Paul Burks files criminal trial brief

zeekrewardsPaul Burks’ criminal trial is now less than a week away.

Last week the DOJ filed a lengthy trial brief, going over their gameplan for the trial.

As per judicial procedure in the lead up to a criminal trial, Paul Burks has filed his trial brief too. [Continue reading…]


BBOM’s vibecoin agreement with Uphold suspended

bbom-logoThe latest reincarnation of the failed BBOM Ponzi scheme saw them want a piece of the burgeoning MLM cryptocurrency niche.

Previously BBOM combined Ponzi ROIs with fictitious GPS tracker rentals. When the collapsed the scheme rebooted as InterBBOM, replacing GPS trackers with mobile apps.

That didn’t go anywhere and so the third attempt at BBOM began a few months ago… [Continue reading…]


Nova Coinage Review: 1-3% daily ROI Ponzi scheme

nova-coinage-logoThere is no information on the Nova Coinage website indicating who owns or runs the business.

On the Nova Coinage website “about us” page, the company claims

Nova Coinage Venture LLC. is a well recognized open joint stock company which was established in 2015.

The foundations of company were laid in USA, afterwards at the starting of 2016 the board of directors and management decided to reorganize and transform it into a Limited Liability Company with the merger of Stock Market and Crypto-Currency.

Nova Coinage Venture LLC. is based on a team of highly trained and skilled professionals having profound knowledge and market experience of years and years.

No proof of any of the above claims is provided on the Nova Coinage website.

A residential address in the US state of Michigan is provided as a contact address for Nova Coinage on their website.

A Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Filing Endorsement for Nova Coinage Venture LLC is provided on the Nova Coinage website.

This corporate registration does exist, however a PO Box address in Michigan was used to register Nova Coinage Venture LLC.

The Nova Coinage website domain meanwhile was registered privately on the 27th of January, 2016.

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…]


ProfiAds Review: 125-230% ROI adcredit Ponzi scheme

profiads-logoThere is no information on the ProfiAds website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The ProfiAds website domain (“profiads.com”) was registered on the 13th of April 2016, however the domain registration is set to private.

The ProfiAds website default language is German, with German also featured on the company’s social media profiles.

This strongly suggests that the owner of ProfiAds is German, or at the very least speaks German.

Another possibility is the ProfiAds admin is Russian, with Alexa currently estimating that 60.5% of all traffic to the ProfiAds website originates out of Russia. The ProfiAds website is also hosted in Russia.

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…]


Tuned Hosting Review: Domains and web hosting

tuned-hosting-logoThere is no information on the Tuned Hosting website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Tuned Hosting website domain (“tunedhosting.com”) was registered on the 20th of April 2015, with Rick Weston listed as the owner. An address in the US state of Oregon is also provided.

rick-weston-admin-tuned-hostingIn 2013 Rick Weston (right) appeared on BehindMLM via comments on our My Fun Life review (comment #3 onwards).

My Fun Life, a recruitment-driven travel opportunity, was in decline for most of 2015. In March, 2016, CEO Dan Edwards announced the My Fun Life affiliate database had been sold to WorldVentures.

Prior to My Fun Life, Weston was an affiliate with North American Power.

North American Power was a recruitment-orientated utility MLM. The company terminated its MLM operations in 2015.

Weston also owns WP-MLM, a WordPress plugin that promises to ‘change how you MLM recruit online forever‘.

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


Volishon in “total shambles”, says former affiliate

volishon-logoVolishon is an MLM travel opportunity that officially launched earlier this year.

The company is headed up by CEO Joel Santiago and based out of Georgia in the US.

As is common with MLM travel opportunities, the core focus of Volishon is affiliate recruitment. Six or so months in, today we take a look at where Volishon is at. [Continue reading…]


TPP Success Review: EDA Ponzi points investment

TPP Success (also known as Hulian International and TPP Global) provide no information on their website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The TPP Success website extols “the secret of the Chinese millionaires”. Beyond that, it is little more than an email capture page.

The TPP Success website domain (“tppsuccess.com”) was registered on the 20th of May 2016, however the domain registration is set to private.

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…]


DexCar Ponzi scheme shut down by Italian authorities

dexcar-logoDexCar was a matrix cycler scheme launched in 2014.

You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of it, I hadn’t either. Promotion for DexCar in English is non-existent.

Through a series of six 2×3 matrices, each requiring fourteen positions to be filled, DexCar affiliates recruited their way towards use of a car.

Each matrix position cost €390 EUR, with cars available starting with economical hatchbacks to Maserati and Porsche models after the sixth matrix tier.

DexCar affiliates also received cash bonuses (ROIs) when they cycled out of the six matrix cycler tiers.

As I understand it, DexCar provided the cars for use along with insurance, maintenance and tire changes. Everything else is paid by the qualifying affiliate.

The problem?

After two years and more than €10 million EUR spent, only 84 out of 23,000 DexCar affiliates received a car to drive.

Following an investigation, a fortnight ago Italian authorities moved in and shut the scheme down. [Continue reading…]


72 yo investor sues Lucrazon Global for elder financial abuse

lucrazon-logoLucrazon Global was a Ponzi scheme launched in late 2013.

By late 2014 the scheme had begun to collapse, leaving most investors out of pocket.

One of those investors was Josef Kofman, a seventy-one year old resident of California.

Over the course of three years, Kofman invested over $1.3 million dollars into Lucrazon Global and other ventures operated by owner Alexy Pitt.

Despite “revenue-sharing” promises made by Lucrazon, Kofman has nothing to show for his investment.

In a few short years he has lost everything and is facing creditor collections, is about to be homeless, and owes the IRS substantial sums.

In addition, instead of being able to retire, Mr. Kofman has had to continue working even though he is in his 70s.

He owes more than $100,000 on credit cards with no ability to repay.

Under California’s “elder financial abuse” law, Kofman is now suing Pitt and Lucrazon Global. [Continue reading…]


DOJ file Paul Burks trial brief

zeekrewardsPaul Burks’ criminal trial is a go for July 5th.

As per judicial procedure, the DOJ has filed a 49 page trial brief. The brief lays out the DOJ’s gameplan for court.

In the brief the DOJ provide ‘a summary of some of the points that the Government anticipates are
likely to arise at trial‘, pretty much spanning everything they want to nail Burks for.

The entire brief is too much to cover in lengthy detail so I’ve put together excerpts that highlights the important bits.

I’ve previously gone over every angle of Zeek Rewards’ Ponzi fraud. That was a few years ago though, with the DOJ’s trial brief serving as a convenient and timely refresher. [Continue reading…]