ByXpress Review: Coins Race MCoin mining feeder

byxpress-logoA ticker on the ByXpress website indicates that the company plan to launch sometime in May 2015. Håvard Michelsen is identified as ByXpress’ CEO.

The ByXpress website domain was registered on the 22nd of May 2014, with “Adonxpress Limited” listed as the domain owner. An address in Gibraltar is also provided.

Further research reveals this address belongs to Fiduciary Group, who offer “establishment of Gibraltar companies” as a service.

As such ByXpress appears to exist in Gibraltar in name only.

ByXpress marketing material also identifies Michelsen as the CEO of AdonExpress Limited, who as per the ByXpress domain registration appears to the be a parent company.

Four shell company registration addresses appear in the marketing material; one in Gibraltar (differing to ByXpress’ domain registration), one in the UK, one in Hong Kong and one in Turkey.

havard-michelsen-ceo-byxpressMichelsen (right) hails from Norway but, as per his Facebook profile, is currently living in Spain. This is in all likelihood where ByXpress is actually being run out of.

As far as I can tell, AdonXpress was launched in mid 2014 as an e-commerce portal. The company signed up with a bunch of third-party merchants and promised to pay users 50% of any commissions the merchants paid them.

Today the former AdonXpress website is defunct, with Michelsen looking to reboot the concept as an MLM opportunity under the ByXpress brand.

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


Genesis Global Network v2.0 Review: From Ponzi to pyramid?

genesis-global-network-logoGenesis Global Network was initially announced for launch in the first quarter of 2014. The scheme was modeled on the AdWallet Ponzi scheme, which itself was modelled on the $850 million dollar Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme.

Genesis Global Network’s original business model saw affiliates invest in points, with ROIs paid out of subsequently invested affiliate funds.

Not surprisingly, towards the end of 2014 Genesis Global Network began to collapse.

After a period of multiple changes to the compensation plan, which aimed to make it more difficult for affiliates to withdraw funds, around November 2014 the original Ponzi points model was scrapped.

What followed over the next few months were numerous compensation plan modifications and rewrites, as Donald Bernardin attempted to figure out what he wanted to do with the company.

Those plans appear to have been recently finalized, and so BehindMLM brings you a v2.0 review of the Global Genesis Network MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading…]


Socialx20 Review: Two-tier matrix Ponzi relaunch

socialx20-logoSocialx20 initially launched in mid-2014 as a $25 a pop matrix cycler.

The scheme quickly collapsed upon launch, and that was that.

Now, some six months after the first collapse the Socialx20 admin seeks to resurrect the scheme.

Who this admin is remains a mystery, as there is no information about who owns or runs Socialx20 on the company’s website.

Additionally the Socialx20 website domain was first registered on the 7th of March 2014, 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…]


Mula Matrix Review: One and a half years of prelaunch?

mula-matrixMula Matrix in its current format was first announced mid-last year. Prior to that there was a launch announcement that had something to do with ClickBank in late 2013.

Citing “brute force attacks”, the scheme had still not launched as of December 2014.

In January 2015 a March 21st launch date was set.

At the time of publication, a countdown timer on the Mula Matrix website advises that a new launch date has been set for March 28th.

Admin communications from Mula Matrix are signed off on by a “Robert Arnold”.

Other than an individual with the same name credited with running Reserved Position (a recruitment-driven scheme), I was unable to find any further information on this person.

Alexa are currently estimating that some 50.5% of traffic to the Mula Matrix domain is originating out of Italy, so there’s a good chance that’s where the business is being run out of.

Meanwhile the Mula Matrix website domain (“mulamatrix.com”), was registered on the 11th of June 2013 but the domain registration is set to private.

Flagging this one as highly suspicious…

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…]


Worldwide Solutionz confirm Ponzi, about to pull runner?

worldwide-solutionz-logoThe sorry saga that is the Worldwide Solutionz Ponzi collapse continues to play out…

For those unfamiliar with the scheme, Worldwide Solutionz saw affiliates invest $25 on the promise of a 90-day $40 ROI.

When the 90 days is over, the original $25 pops back up in your account balance. Did you notice what just happened?

Your $25 became $40 while you were working on … Oh that’s right, you don’t have to do anything at all to earn this or make it happen.

Just purchase, relax, enjoy, rinse and repeat.

These investments were referred to as “life jackets”.

In attempt to mask the blatant Ponzi fraud taking place, owner Marelize van Niekerk-Venter added a layer of charity to the scheme. The ruse being that investors were helping locals start businesses and then being paid ongoing returns from said business activities.

To the best of my knowledge, the only business activity that came of Worldwide Solutionz was a restaurant van Niekerk-Venter bought for one of her sons.

In any event, Worldwide Solutionz began to collapse late last year. Van Niekerk-Venter has continued to deny regulatory intervention, but more and more that’s looking to be the case.

As it stands, thousands of dollars in invested funds remain unaccounted for, van Niekerk-Venter has suspended all business operations and investor communications are being screened by her lawyer.

The latest communication from van Niekerk-Venter was sent out within the last twenty-four hours. In it, van Niekerk-Venter comes the closest to admitting she was running a Ponzi scheme yet.

Alarmingly, the tone of the communication also suggests she’s preparing to do a runner with everyone’s money. [Continue reading…]


Lot Flow Review: Cash-based penny auctions

lot-flow-logoThere is no information on the Lot Flow website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Lot Flow website domain (“lotflow.com”) was registered on the 16th of October 2014, listing “Zhuhai Yingxun Keji Limited” as the owner. An address in Guangdong, China is also provided.

Further research reveals Zhuhai Yingxun Keji Limited as the owners of thousands of web domains, with the sample that come up in Google search being somewhat questionable (porn, pharmaceutical, knock-off goods, “fake banks” etc.).

Far more probable is that the owner(s) of Lot Flow are based on Russia. This is based on available languages on the site being Russian and English, and the company having a page on VK, the largest Russian social network site.

Marketing videos that feature on the Lot Flow website are also in Russian, as are the tweets made by the official Lot Flow Twitter account.

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…]


Allysian Sciences Review: Brain products & recruitment

allysian-sciences-logoAllysian Sciences went into prelaunch in March of 2015 and are based out of British Columbia in Canada.

Heading up the company are co-founders Rod Jao (a “global entrepreneur”) and Apolo Ohno (an “8 time Olympic medalist”).

rod-jao-apolo-ohno-counfounders-allysian-sciencesJao appears to be the more MLM savvy of the two (both in the photo on the right), serving as Allysian Science’s CEO.

As per his corporate bio, back in the day Jao cut his MLM teeth in Amway:

Rod Jao has been the President of Trident Venture Group Inc., a privately held investment company.

Trident invests and holds interests in commercial and residential real estate projects and, through its venture capital arm, seeds and funds opportunities in the technology, manufacturing, food and beverage and telecommunications sectors.

Rod’s background includes software development and network marketing, and he is one of the youngest individuals in the history of Amway Global to reach a high level of success.

A few years back, Jao was also involved in the management of All In Energy. The now defunct company marketed energy drinks, and appears to have had more than a few ex-Amway affiliates behind it.

As for Apolo Ohno, Allysian Sciences appears to be his first MLM venture. His corporate bio makes no mention of any prior MLM history, relying heavily instead on Ohno’s Olympic history and ability to “create brand-awareness”.

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


Xegal Review: $30 matrix positions, $15 a week fees

xegal-logoThere is no information on the Xegal website indicating who owns or operates the business.

The Xegal website domain (“xegal.biz”) was registered on the 15th of January 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.

An address in the UK features on the Xegal website, however further research reveals this address belongs to Shoreditch Office Space.

The company advises on their website that they offer virtual mailing addresses in England for £15 a month.

Of note is that Alexa estimates that 91.3% of the traffic to the Xegal website originates out of India. This strongly suggests that India is where Xegal is being operated out of.

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…]


TelexMOB Review: Shameless TelexFree reload scheme

telexmob-logoThere is no information on the TelexMOB website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The TelexMOB website domain (“telexmob.com”) was registered on the 2nd of March 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.

The TelexMOB website does have an “about us” section, but no specific details of the company’s ownership or management structure are provided:

Group of Investors and market analysts, who believe in a highly profitable market. The market Advertising and Technology gradually increases and already a worldwide trend. We are returning to once again make a difference in Multilevel Marketing.

Our Facilities are scattered in various world countries, so as to bring the security that everyone wants.

The TelexMob, begins operations in several countries, showing once again its market strength.

And if you’re wondering what the “comeback” theme is all about, it’s because TelexMOB aims to identify itself with TelexFree.

From the logo, the name of the opportunity, affiliate membership labels and marketing copy present on the website, the owner(s) of TelexMOB are clearly targeting those who lost money in TelexFree.

TelexFree was a $1.8 billion dollar Ponzi scheme shut down by Brazilian authorities in 2013, with the SEC shutting down their global operations in 2014. Hence the line: “Our Facilities are scattered in various world countries, so as to bring the security that everyone wants.”

The implication obviously being that TelexMOB believe they are safe from regulatory action.

Why would they feel the need to make such reassurances?

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


Regulators intervene in Bostick vs. Herbalife settlement

herbalife-logoAs part of the settlement in the Bostick lawsuit against Herbalife, those represented by the class-action lawsuit had to

agree to fully release Herbalife from all claims that were or could have been raised in the complaints in this action.

What that basically meant was, after the settlement was finalized, Herbalife victims would be unable to further pursue claims against the company.

The Bostick lawsuit alleged Herbalife was a “fraudulent pyramid scheme”. The proposed settlement terms were given preliminary approval late last year, however the settlement terms have yet to be finalized.

As we slowly progress towards finalization of the settlement terms, one of the more interesting stories to emerge has been that of regulatory intervention. [Continue reading…]