MyAdvertisingPays vs. TaraTalks lawsuit dismissed in 24 hrs

myadvertisingpays-logoFollowing up on a threat made to the TaraTalks blog earlier this year, the Ponzi scheme My Advertising Pays filed a lawsuit against the blog on April 6th.

My Advertising Pays’ lawsuit lists the company and owner Michael Deese as plaintiffs and was filed in a District Court of Illinois.

As they stated they would back in February, My Advertising Pays filed the lawsuit based on diversity jurisdiction.

As per Wikipedia;

In order for diversity jurisdiction to apply, complete diversity is required, where none of the plaintiffs can be from the same state as any of the defendants.

In BehindMLM’s coverage of the lawsuit, I observed;

Unless I’m missing something, My Advertising Pays citing diversity jurisdiction, when they acknowledge they don’t know where the author of Tara Talks resides, makes little sense.

Guess how the Judge assigned the case ruled on the matter… [Continue reading…]

TelexFree victims claim portal to go live next month

telexfree-logoA brief update from TelexFree Trustee Stephen Darr today, regarding the status of the victims claim portal.

As per a filing by Darr on April 11th, he and his legal team have been working on the portal and electronic proof of claim (ePOC) with BMC Group since late January. [Continue reading…]

Steve Chen under FBI & IRS criminal investigation

usfia-logoOn February 19th, Steve Chen filed a sealed motion to stay the SEC’s case against himself and USFIA.

Over the course of the past month, a whole bunch of correspondence regarding the motion has been filed by both Chen and the SEC.

The SEC have opposed Chen’s motion, with Chen filing several memorandums in support of it – all filed under seal.

On April 8th Judge Klausner denied Chen’s motion, with the order revealing Chen is the subject of criminal investigations by multiple US regulatory agencies. [Continue reading…]

Did Russian Ponzi legislation trigger MMM Global collapse?

mmm-global-logoWhenever you see Russia as the top source of traffic to a questionable MLM opportunity, it’s usually a safe bet it’s a scam.

That might sound harsh, but Russia isn’t really known for Ponzi regulation – and for years the country has been a hotbed for online scams.

Looking to change that, Russian parliament recently adopted a bill ‘that would introduce criminal liability for organizing large Ponzi schemes‘.

As the MLM underbelly reels from the collapse of MMM Global, we question whether this new legislation might have had something to do with it. [Continue reading…]

OneCoin warning issued by Austrian Consumer Protection

onecoin-logoAccompanied by a visual representation of a thief stealing money, yesterday saw Austria’s Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection issue a warning against OneCoin. [Continue reading…]

1×2 Marketing Suite Review: Ingreso Cybernetico feeder

1x2-marketing-suite-logo1×2 Marketing Suite recently launched, with the company’s terms and conditions suggesting it is based out of Michigan in the US.

In a 1×2 Marketing Suite promotional video on the company website, Dwayne Golden introduces himself as CEO.

dwayne-golden-owner-blue-bird-bidsGolden (right) first popped up on BehindMLM’s radar in connection with Blue Bird Bids.

Blue Bird Bids launched in late 2012 and was a clone of the Zeek Rewards MLM penny auction Ponzi scheme.

By January 2013 the scheme was on the verge of collapse, amid claims auction bots were being used to generate false bids.

In 2014 Golden surfaced as the CEO of Ingreso Cybernetico.

Ingreso Cybernetico operate a five-tier matrix cycler. Affiliates pay $50 to $3500 for matrix positions, with recruitment of affiliates who do the same paying ROIs of up to $10,000.

Today Ingreso Cybernetico is still in operation, primarily targeting South American countries.

Read on for a full review of the 1×2 Marketing Suite MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]

Money23 Review: $29 a month matrix recruitment

money23-logoThere is no information on the Money23 website indicating who owns or runs the scheme.

The Money23 website domain (“”) was registered on the 31st of January 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…]

TelexFree slapped with $130 million tax penalty

telexfree-logoFollowing a ruling late last year certifying TelexFree a Ponzi scheme in Brazil, things have been pretty quiet down there.

From filings in the US cases, we know that Brazilian and US authorities are cooperating behind the scenes with their various investigations.

One of the Brazilian agencies investigating TelexFree is the IRS, who claim TelexFree’s owners owe them at least $130 million. [Continue reading…]

MMM Global Ponzi collapses, Sergey Mavrodi in hiding

mmm-global-logoThe financial apocalypse is upon us, MMM Global has collapsed.

BehindMLM called it yesterday, the only reason a Ponzi scheme stops paying out is if there are banking issues or they run out of money.

MMM Global’s use of BitCoin rules out the former, so with investors not paid out for over a month the writing was on the wall.

What we didn’t know was just how soon after publishing our article MMM Global’s collapse would be confirmed.

In a message sent to investor’s backoffices a few hours ago, their worst nightmare has been confirmed. [Continue reading…]

Philippine SEC file second round of EmGoldex complaints

emgoldex-logoAttempts to quash EmGoldex and its various incarnations in the Philippines continue, with news of the SEC filing a second round of complaints. [Continue reading…]