Integrity Assets Group Review: WCM777 Ponzi clone

integrity-assets-group-logoThere is no information on the Integrity Assets Group website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The company does have an “About US” page on their website, however only the following vague marketing copy is provided:

We are a group with a vision, with major projects, and founded in the land of opportunity, “The United States of America”. We truly believe in making a difference in the world.

The company mentions South America frequently on the same page, indicating possible ownership from within:

Integrity Assets Group, Inc. was founded in 2012 in California. We now hold Multi-million contracts by supplying and distributing products and services worldwide. We are associated with well-known partners and companies from Latin America and Japan.

Our distribution to Latin America is about 350,000 tires for automobiles and large trucks. In addition, Home Appliances are also distributed to our partners in Latin America.

We also count on Strategic Divisions for the exploration and extraction of precious metals like Gold and Silver.

Our Business Warranties are completely solid and secure. We have contracts with companies who buy our products and will continue doing it for the decades to come. Such contracts are secured by a in $300 million bond.

Make of that what you will, keeping in mind that no further specifics are provided on any claims made by the company.

Meanwhile the Integrity Assets Group website domain (“integrityassetsgroup.us”) was registered on January 14th 2014. This throws into question the company’s claims they were founded in 2012, and naturally casts a shadow of doubt over the rest of the company’s claims.

The domain registration itself reveals little about company ownership, simply listing “Integrity Assets Group, Inc” as the owner with an address in California.

The mention of California matches the company’s claim they were founded there, however the specific address provided, 1901 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, is owned by Regus.

The lack of a specific office number would indicate Integrity Assets Group are simply buying virtual office space (a mailing address) from Regus at $139 a month.

Two additional addresses appear on the Integrity Assets website, one in New York (14 Wall St New York, NY 10005) and one in California (100 N Barranca St #870 West Covina, CA 91791).

The New York address is yet another virtual mailbox service provided by Regus. The California address is a building owned by Wells Fargo. It might be legit but given the other two addresses are virtual, I’m not about to give Integrity Assets Group the benefit of the doubt.

As such, whether or not Integrity Assets Group has a physical presence in California or elsewhere in the US remains unclear.

I did note the mention of an “A. Al-Ajluni.” as the CEO of Intergrity Assets Group on a press-release covering a purported sponsorship deal between the company and Bryan Herta Autosport.

Indianapolis, IN – May 9, 2014 – Indianapolis 500 winning team Bryan Herta Autosport announced today that Integrity Energee Drink will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 BHA/BBM w/ Curb Agajanian entry driven by Jack Hawksworth in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.

“Integrity Assets Group was founded with a vision to supply and distribute products and services that make a real difference in the communities we serve,” said Integrity Assets Group, Inc. CEO A. Al-Ajluni.

Back in 2010, Alexander Al-Ajluni worked for Autobahn Motors in Belmont, CA as an “e-commerce sales associate”:

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A cached capture of the AutoBahn Motors website at the time reveals Al-Ajluni listed as one of the dealership’s sales staff:

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Today Al-Ajluni’s name does not appear on the AutoBahn Motors website, indicating he’s since stopped working there.

This would go some way to explain the seemingly random sponsorship of an Indianapolis 500 racing team (auto industry contacts), however Al-Ajluni’s MLM history remains a mystery. Ditto why no information about him is publicly disclosed on the Integrity Assets Group website.

As always, if a 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...]


PlanB4You Review: 40 EUR a pop investment scheme

planb4you-logoThere is no information on the PlanB4You website indicating who owns or runs the business.

PlanB4You does have a “who are we?” section on the site, but only the following non-specific information is provided:

We are the BVBA Create Commerce (Ltd.), trading under the name of PlanB4You.

johny-schabregs-owner-planb4youThe PlanB4You domain is registered to a “Johny Schabregs”, with an address in Belgium provided.

This matches the address provided on the PlanB4You website, with the company’s affiliates also naming Schabregs (right) as PlanB4You’s founder and owner in their marketing presentations.

Details on Schabregs’ MLM history are sketchy, despite the PlanB4You website crediting him with “years of Multi-Level Marketing experience”.

Read on for a full review of the PlanB4You MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


IQLife Review: L9 App rebooting as IQKonnect social network?

level-9-app-logoLaunched in February of 2013, Level 9 App was based on the premise of giving away a free mobile app and charging customers $7.95 a month for “extended content”.

Affiliates were charged a little bit extra on top of this for “full compensation plan benefits”.

As is common with app-based MLM companies, shortly after launch the company went into decline. There was certainly no shortage of Level 9 affiliates promoting the company, so it would seem they failed to attract retail paid users of the app.

According to the Level 9 App company website,

In Mid August, 2013, Level 9 Marketing was purchased from its founders by two of its original Brand Partners.

Now, in an announcement made a few months ago, Level 9 App are looking to rebrand themselves as “IQ Life”.

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The app the company was based on?

Well, according to Level 9 it’s being abandoned for a social network:

Now is the time to strategically align with a brand new social sharing platform soon to be released. Level 9 Marketing is shifting to iQLife. Those in this movement will soon be in position to capitalize on this multi hundred billion dollar social sharing arena!

A mobile app opp that went nowhere is now entering the social network MLM niche? Hmm.

Read on for a review of the IQ Life MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


CyberWealth 7 Review: Anti-keylogging and cloud storage

cyberwealth-7-logoCyberWealth 7 went into prelaunch in mid 2013 and launched shortly thereafter in early 2014.

The company is presented as being “a division” of Cyber Wealth Alliance, both of which are based out of the US state of California.

jeff-crane-president-cyberwealth-7Heading up CyberWealth 7 (and presumably Cyber Wealth Alliance) is Jeff Crane (right), who serves as company President.

In 2012 Crane launched the 4 Color Gold opportunity, which saw affiliates get paid to recruit new affiliates and earn residual commissions (paid out of affiliate membership fees) through a series of 2×3 matrices.

Being dependent on affiliate recruitment, 4 Color Gold launched January 2012 and appears to have collapsed a few months later. Today the 4 Color Gold website domain is defunct.

4 Color Gold was set up in a similar fashion to CyberWealth 7 and Cyber Wealth Alliance, only then Crane called the parent company “The Cash Flow Alliance”.

Taken from the BehindMLM 4 Color Gold review,

The Cash Flow Alliance’s previous business adventures include the ‘International Financiers Business Association’ (IFBA), which was advertised way back in 2004 as a ‘profit share’ program and appears to be now defunct.

Another failed Cash Flow Alliance opportunity includes something called ’10k21days’, which dates back to around 2009.

Why Crane renamed The Cash Flow Alliance to the Cyber Wealth Alliance is unclear.

Prior to 4 Color Gold Crane was an affiliate with Royal Cruise Matrix (2009). Royal Cruise Matrix was quite obviously the inspiration behind 4 Color Gold, with it too charging affiliates a participation fee and then relying on them filling a series of matrices (via recruitment) in order to get paid.

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In the above image, Faith Sloan lists Crane as the 8th ranked affiliate in Royal Cruise Matrix.

Faith Sloan incidentally is currently facing a civil lawsuit filed by the SEC over her involvement in the Ponzi scheme TelexFree.

Read on for a full review of the CyberWealth 7 MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


The Legends Network Review: Training & recruitment

the-legends-network-logoThe Legends Network launched in early 2014 and on their website provide a suite address in the US state of Virginia.

Heading up the company is CEO and Founder Bob Bremner (below right).

Attended an A L WILLIAMS opportunity meeting in 1984 and started working part-time building a business in the life insurance and securities market.

Joined a start-up MLM company in 1990 called Consumer Buyline and developed a 200,000+ down line in 18 months.

Founded a MLM company in 1999 specializing in marketing nutritional supplements and continue to serve as the CEO.

Helped found THE LEGENDS NETWORK in January, 2014 and help oversee all phases of the operation of the company.

bob-bremner-ceo-founder-the-legends-networkThe MLM company mentioned in Bremner’s Legends Network corporate bio above is Nutronix.

Bremner’s name does not appear on Nutronix’s “About Us” company website page, however his name does appear on various marketing material where he is credited as the company CEO.

Nutronix flagship product is a “Silver Solution”, which the company claims ‘is a 14 ppm concentration nano-particulate solution that is very potent, effective, and non-toxic.

Read on for a full review of the Legends Network MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


TelexFree business reorganization dead in the water

telexfree-logoReminded only yesterday that TelexFree’s answer to the SEC’s amended complaint was now overdue, Trustee Stephen Darr was quick to file a reply – within which are revelations that shed light on the future of TelexFree.

Darr’s response, filed on behalf of TelexFree which Darr has been put in charge of, is based on the Trustee’s “preliminary investigation”.

The opening paragraphs of Darr’s response speak for themselves:

On information and belief, the Trustee admits that the various individual debtors cited in paragraph 1 appear to have been engaged in a multi-level marketing enterprise, which, while purporting to be in the business of selling telephone service plans using Voice-over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) technology, they were in fact engaged in a Ponzi or pyramid scheme which, in part, involved promising to pay investors for placing ads on the Internet and recruiting other investors to do same.

The Trustee admits that the individual Defendants’ conduct involved fraud, deceit and resulted in significant risk of substantial losses to persons, including the Debtors.

The rest of the response essentially agrees with practically everything the SEC allege, however the Trustee doesn’t go so far as to call out individuals named in the case.

Subpoenas for information on these individuals have been issued to TelexFree related parties, the results of which will no doubt reveal the extent of their individual involvement in the “fraud and deceit” he mentions. [Continue reading...]


Qivana Review: Autoship concerns & missing information

qivana-logoQivana launched in 2009 and operate out of the US state of Utah.

Heading up Qivana is co-founder Derek Hall (below right), who serves as CEO.

derek-hall-founder-ceo-qivanaRefreshingly, Qivana don’t shirk from naming past companies its execs have been involved in:

Derek’s career has been focused on growing sales revenues and profitability for a variety of industry leaders. He has served as President and CEO for Nature’s Way, Botanicals International, Integrative Therapeutics, Unigen USA and Univera.

In addition, he served as Vice-Chairman and CEO of ECONET, Inc. His success of achieving and maintaining profitability at the companies over which he has presided is a matter of record.

Usually MLM companies will acknowledge involvement of their execs in other MLM companies, but rarely cite a name. Sometimes this is easy to research and sometimes it takes a little more digging. Either way it’s annoying, so full points to Qivana for complete disclosure.

As for the companies Hall has been involved in, they’ve been around for a while and from the brief research I did appear to be well-established in the industry. A common theme of dietary supplements, health and nutrition runs through all of them.

As at the time of publication I haven’t reviewed any of the companies on BehindMLM, so I can’t really go into any specific details on each of the opportunities. That said I did look each up, and specific to Hall’s involvement didn’t spot any pressing points of concern.

In early 2009 there was some kefuffle when Hall left Univera (of which EcoNet is the parent company).  Shortly after Qivera launched, Univera filed a lawsuit (MLM Watchdog)

against Qivana LLC and its CEO, Derek Hall, for intentional interference with economic relations, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

The suit relates to actions taken by Qivana that are detrimental to the structure and integrity of Univera’s business operations and that threaten the businesses of Univera’s independent distributors (Associates).

The complaint alleges that Qivana has attempted to target a certain group of Univera Associates in order to persuade such Associates to breach their Associate Agreements with Univera and to violate Univera’s Policies and Procedures.

Given Hall was CEO of both Univera and EcoNet, they appear to have been upset he left and worried he’d raid the company’s affiliate-base.

By the end of 2010 (approx a year and a half later), the lawsuit was settled:

Univera, Inc., announced today that it has reached a settlement in two lawsuits filed in Federal Court in the Western District of Washington and the Middle District of Florida, and one lawsuit filed in Utah state court (collectively, the “Litigation”).

The Litigation involved Univera, Inc., Qivana, Inc., Univera’s former CEO Derek Hall, and three former Univera Distributors: John Terhune, Marshall Douglas, and Joe Land.

“From the beginning, Univera’s actions in the Litigation were designed primarily to protect the businesses of countless independent distributors (Associates) who were adversely affected by the actions that led to the Litigation,” said Thomas J. Hoolihan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Univera and its parent Company, ECONET, Inc.

Unfortunately ‘the terms of the settlement were not disclosed‘, so how the lawsuit was settled is a mystery. In any event, both Univera and Qivana are still in business today and appear to have successfully moved on since.

Read on for a full review of the Qivana MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


MLM Ponzi pimp updates, July 16th 2014

Two brief updates today in the ongoing battle between MLM Ponzi pimps and regulators.

Neither really had enough weight for a separate writeup though, so I’ve combined them together below. [Continue reading...]


Trivita fined $3.5 million for bogus Nopalea health claims

trivita-logoExtracted from the Nopal cactus, Trivita’s Nopalea is essentially cactus juice available at $39.99 per 32oz bottle.

Or as Trivita describe it on their website:

Nopalea is a delicious, nutrient rich drink from the Sonoran Desert. Featuring the superfruit of the Nopal cactus, it contains a powerful class of nutrients called Bioflavanoids.

Nopalea customers enjoy so many aspects of this unique drink: the taste, color and certainly its health benefits.

Following an investigation by the FTC, the marketing of those “health benefits” has landed Trivita in hot water. [Continue reading...]


Judge: “Government has a strong case against TelexFree”

telexfree-logoThat the SEC were going to object when James Merrill requested $4 million in seized funds be released was always a given.

Not only because Merrill claimed he needed the money to fund his legal defense but more importantly, because the money had been stolen from TelexFree affiliate investors.

Merrill didn’t deny otherwise, but argued that it was up to the government to prove the funds were derived from his involvement in TelexFree.

Unfortunately for Merrill, that’s not how it works. Filing their objection to Merrill’s request on the 14th of July, the SEC explain why.

The Defendant cannot use forfeitable, victim funds to pay for his defense, much less an unusually expensive one. Nor does he provide any evidence that he even needs the funds to retain counsel of his choice (indeed with $325,000 in the bank, nor can he).

At the forefront of the argument against Merrill’s motion is the fact that he already has $325,000 in known assets, and who knows how much more in as of yet undeclared assets. [Continue reading...]