Hosting problems/maintenance

The Thankgivings problems appear to be back. Started last night about 12 or so hours ago.

It’s not just BehindMLM with problems, pretty much every site on the host is experiencing “site full” or 503 errors.

I haven’t changed anything on my end so it’s definitely a problem on the host end. Hopefully they get it together within a few hours.

Long-term I’ll see how the rest of the year plays out. Might look at changing hosts early next year if this continues.

Apologies for the inconvenience. Will remove this post when it appears to be over. [Continue reading…]


USFIA a Ponzi scheme, SEC granted summary judgement

In an effort to save time, last month the SEC filed for summary judgement against Steve Chen.

Chen opposed the filing and argued, among other things, that summary judgement would deprive him of a jury trial.

Last we checked in the SEC had filed a reply to Chen’s opposition. The regulator claimed there was “undisputed evidence” Chen was running a pyramid scheme through USFIA.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for November 28th, however taken off the calendar on November 22nd.

Looking at the case docket, it appears the November 28th hearing was canceled in favor of a December 8th Settlement Conference. [Continue reading…]


Youngevity granted injunction, Wakaya granted dismissals

Earlier this year Youngevity filed a lawsuit against Wakaya Perfection.

The complaint accused Wakaya Perfection, co-founder Todd Smith and several named defendants of effectively gutting Youngevity from the inside.

In May Youngevity filed for an injunction against Todd Smith, Blake Graham and Total Nutrition Inc.

The injunction sought to stop Smith, Graham and Total Nutrition from continuing to use “Youngevity properties” to ‘market and profit off the sale of Youngevity products‘.

In a nutshell, Total Nutrition websites that ranked for Youngevity queries were being used to direct people towards Wakaya Perfection.

The injunction was denied in June owing to pleading deficiencies in Youngevity’s complaint.

In July Youngevity filed an amended complaint, again requesting a preliminary injunction be granted. [Continue reading…]


CFTC granted Entry of Default against Changes Trading

Back in September the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit against Timothy Baggett, Kimball Parker, Make Your Future, Changes Worldwide, and Changes Trading.

Timothy Baggett and Kimball Parker failed to respond to the lawsuit. The CFTC subsequently filed for an Entry of Default which was granted against both defendants last month.

The CFTC had also sought an Entry of Default against Changes Worldwide and Changes Worldwide. Owing to procedural issues however, the motions were denied. [Continue reading…]


Final judgement granted against three Zeek Rewards net-winners

Of the named net-winner defendants being pursued by the Zeek Rewards Receiver, default judgement has been granted against Darryle Douglas ($2.2 million), Todd Disner ($2 million), David Sorrells ($1.19 million) and Trudy Gilmond ($2.1 million).

Following summary judgement granted against Zeek’s net-winners just over a week ago, the Receiver filed for final judgement against the remaining named net-winner defendants. [Continue reading…]


James Merrill guilty plea prompts TelexFree victim claim extension

The TelexFree victim claim portal went live earlier this year in May.

In September, the TelexFree Trustee sought an extension to the claim deadline. This request was approved, with an extension for filing victim claims granted until December 31st, 2016.

With the deadline only a few weeks ago, the Trustee has again sought a deadline extension. [Continue reading…]


DOJ seek post-indictment forfeiture of Fabio Wanzeler’s house

Realizing the gig was up, Carlos Wanzeler fled the US as regulators closed in on TelexFree.

As one of the owners of the TelexFree Ponzi scheme, in July 2014 Wanzeler was indicted for fraud and conspiracy.

A superseding indictment was filed back in September, focusing on money laundering and assets derived from unlawful activity.

While is partner James Merrill has since plead guilty to wire fraud, Wanzeler (right) remains a fugitive on the run in Brazil.

US authorities are working with their Brazilian counterparts, however whether Wanzeler returns to the US to face charges is unclear.

In the meantime the DOJ have filed for a post-indictment temporary restraining order. If granted, the TRO will freeze what appears to be the residence of Wanzeler’s brother in the US. [Continue reading…]


Latvia issues second OneCoin pyramid scheme warning

Back in March Latvia’s Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) issued a regulatory warning against OneCoin.

Claiming OneCoin was “modeled on pyramid scheme principles” and unlicensed, the FCMC warned soliciting investment into OneCoin was a criminal offense.

At the time it was uncertain whether the FCMC would take any further action against OneCoin or local affiliates.

Nine months later they haven’t yet, however a few days ago the regulator did issue another warning. [Continue reading…]


MMM FSTP Review: MMM Global Ponzi clone (China?)

There is no information on the MMM FSTP website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The MMM FSTP website domain (“mmmfstp.com”) was privately registered on June 9th, 2016.

Alexa currently estimate that 89% of all traffic to the MMM FSTP website originates out of China. It’s a good bet that whoever is running the company is likely also based out of China too.

As always, if an MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or owns it, think long and hard about joining and/or handing over any money. [Continue reading…]


FastBTC Review: Three-tier bitcoin cash gifting

There is no information on the FastBTC website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The FastBTC website domain (“fastbtc.info”) was registered on November 28th, 2016. Faisal Kamal is listed as the owner, with an address in Dubai also provided.

On his LinkedIn profile, Kamal (right) cites himself as a Supervisor at Forever Living Products.

Other MLM opportunities Kamal has recently are mostly of the cash gifting variety: ZarFund, The Dollar Sharing, 2×2 Funds, Coin Leaders (Ponzi points), RiseBits, VertigoBTC, 3×2 Core, 2×4 Club, Binary Global and Verdant BTC.

When he’s not scamming people through cash gifting schemes, Kamal is also an IT Systems Analyst at Dubai Petroleum.

Read on for a full review of the FastBTC MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]


My Advertising Pays TRO against VX Gateway denied

Following a hearing on December 7th, the Temporary Restraining Order My Advertising Pays had sought against VX Gateway has been denied. [Continue reading…]