Viral Angels Review: 39 – 990 EUR “credit union” scheme

viral-angels-logoViral Angels launched a while ago but earlier this year rebooted the company as a fully-fledged MLM business opportunity.

Primarily targeting Europe, the company appears to be based out of Sweden and is headed up by CEO Anthony Norman (right).

anthony-norman-tony-ceo-viral-angelsAccording to Norman’s Viral Angels corporate bio:

Following the dot com collapse, Anthony worked as a consultant for a number of VC firms in Europe and the US, restructuring tech companies. After selling off his main business to a Swedish public company where he stayed on the management team for three years, he formed his stand alone venture capital firm in early 2006.

Anthony has in the past 15 years formed and managed over forty private companies and has been on the board of a number public companies as well as the advisor for over 15 public companies on various markets in the UK, Sweden, Poland, Germany and the United States.

Tracing Norman’s MLM history is tricky, but it has its origins dating back to early 2012 with the companies SpinGlo, Synkronice and Enwire.

SpinGlo was a shopping portal MLM opportunity. On the side they offered investment opportunities in other companies – which was intertwined with Anthony Norman’s company, Viral Angels.

Synkonrice was the company behind SpinGlo (appears to be a parent relationship), and was renamed Enwire in early 2013. SpinGlo shortly thereafter was renamed Trig.

Enwire kept on marketing Trig but a few months after launch the opportunity collapsed.

According to a message published on the Enwire website, they appear to have tried to salvage the company through a partnership or some such with OPN, however that also seems to have fallen through.

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Who the “dream team” are is not clarified. Which is a little strange considering Enwire appear to blame them for the collapse.

In a Facebook posting dated 12th of September 2013, whoever was left running the company attempted to clarify exactly what went wrong.

It is in this update that Anthony Norman (appearing as “Tony Norman”) is referenced:

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The Synkronice history to why we all had to do what we had to do. You should have been told the truth a very long time back. But here it goes.

In June 2012 we got, as you all know, if you where in Synkronice and Spinglo, into issues with our social media vendor for the Spinglo platform in Sweden.

We had meet Tony Norman at that time and Tony Norman was working at the dating company Jagodu as CTO. It was suggested to us that Tony Norman could handle the exit of the Spinglo DB to be in our own control (it was eventually messed up also with over 600.000 emails and accounts being empty).

Tony Norman initiated and also suggested the new product (that Tony had ran a few years back and failed miserably) called Viral Angels. We where all very excited and told Tony to set it up.

At this time, June 2012 we where also introduced to Phillip Cook, the person Tony knew since several years back.

Phillip Cook was living in UAE after crashing in the financial market in the UK a few years earlier. (Ozedit: This explains why Enwire claimed on their website that the company was “managed and run from the United Arab Emirates”)

New ideas were brought to the table that Phillip would be in charge of. One was the auction-bidding site Justbid.

The Justbid site was created and programmed by people hired by Tony Norman. It was financed by investors from Finland (they never got anything from that either) and like other development that Tony Norman was in charged of, he never paid for it.

One debt for developing Justbid.me was put on to Spinglo and had to go to court, where Spinglo had to defend its innocence regarding what Tony Norman ordered in the name of Justbid. The company is owed over 15.000€ and yet another programmer not paid by Tony.

In August 2012 the Tony Norman and Phillip Cook RAID started for real (even though we never saw it coming at that point in time).

Tony Norman took over the responsibility for the payment gateway and started to run it through DWW International GmbH, the same company Tony Norman used for Viral Angels. Justbid also used the same payment gateway when it was launched in September 2012.

Suddenly we started having issues paying networkers in the Synkronice network (you might all remember that).

Tony’s excuses were always that we had development costs for the money coming in through the network (we still wonder what was developed when we build the new Spinglo for less then 2000€ using Social Engine as core for the social media platform. See link here to the software license and stats postimg.org/image/jop2utt9j/).

Without all the investments brought in by others and us in Aug/Sep 2012 Synkronice and Spinglo would never have made the cruise for 120 people to the Caribbean.

The money coming in through DWW was now controlled by Tony, and besides that he made two smaller transfers to our banking system in September and October that was used to pay bonuses out, NOTHING came in to pay anyone. Over 130.000€ vanished! Where did it go?

Tony Norman was always saying it was used for developments!? He has yet to answer that question.

In this process it was also suggested that we should make Cellpoint into Synkronice (or Enwire as its called today). This so we quickly could become a listed company, since Cellpoint already was listed on Aktietorget in Sweden.

That idea was voted down and a new idea came up by Tony Norman and Phillip Cook that was sold to us all. Lets start fresh and new.

Enwire was thought up of. No papers were ever signed, the only thing was to focus on listing the company and that was no problem according to Phillip Cook and should happen in January 2013.

Again we all collectively started brining money into the company. Enwire struggled and could not even get a bank account or payment gateway opened and still is having issues paying its bills. Where did all the money go?

Over 600.000€ came into Enwire during the month of Dec 2012 to May 2013, through direct investments, through co-operations in Millioo, through Viral Angles monthly payments and through selling of shares received on deals made with Cellpoint and via the network.

And still many bills where unpaid and networkers where not getting paid. Where did it go?

Enwire has several black marks in Sweden for not paying its bills. Information about listing was promised every week by Phillip Cook and Tony Norman but nothing came out.

They slowly just tried to get the founders of the network and the investors out of the game. Manipulating information being sent to people and lying to people. New companies was formed that they controlled and funded using money you all brought to the table.

Many things are yet to be answered but if you start asking yourself questions of your own you should not be so cleaver to figure out that this has been a systematic plan directed by Tony Norman and Phillip Cook from day one.

They have put in their friends and relatives in the board of the companies. The chairman of the board for Enwire resigned in beginning of August 2013 since he felt the situation was getting out of control. He knows there are no real equity in the company or values, just a pumped up vision of Viral Angels owning large parts of none listed and delisted companies.

In fact not a single Viral Angels company is anymore listed. The one that was listed in January was delisted (IQMoney) and Cellpoint has been put on the observation list and have to reapply for listing since it is not meeting the criteria for a listed company.

Now to the questions again;

• Without a network, Tony Norman and Phillip Cook cannot sell anything. They can’t sell shares; they can’t sell Viral Angels (or any of the projects that are controlled by them).

• Not paying the network but instead paying themselves is rule number ones in business.

Where did Phillip Cook get money to pay for his cosmetic surgery in beginning of June 13?

He had nothing when he came to all of us. We send him money several times on Western Union so he could pay his phone bills.

10.000€ he used company funds to pay the cosmetic surgery. Is that what you do when you are not paying the networkers? Your money!

• Why has Tony transferred over 120.000€ in 5 months from Viral Angles to his personal account?

According to him, it went to all cases? The cases are Tony Norman’s and Phillip Cook’s! Besides investing in companies that are not listed on Viral Angels through a private company called Grey Knight Capital AB.

• Why has the Viral Angels Company in Sweden got its tax status revoked (well, for not keeping the records in order and field any tax declarations or yearly books).

• Why has Cellpoint got put on the observation list at Aktietorget? That’s because its clear that the audit did not go well and they cant really show what values they have in the company.

• Why have not Enwire listed yet? It was said in January, then February then March etc!

Tony Norman and Phillip Cook have different meanings here. Tony says that it has not been focused on (because he had to clear his own debt to the tax office and did not really have time to do it).

Phillip on the other hand is saying its because of the owners and people behind it (us all).

Looking at what he is communicating to others then Phillip Cook through Justbid FZE is the sole owner of all Enwire shares. Its my company Phillip roars!

• Why was all networkers promised to get their e-wallet money paid out and gift-wallet money? That was a way to keep people in the game directed by Tony and Phillip.

They have paid some leaders really well to keep them in the game. Some in Sweden (you know who) and some in Portugal (you know who) and that is why Viral Angels still are being promoted.

Not because it is working, just because some leaders are being groomed into the false picture they have been painting.

We were naïve and believed in it also. We were also stupid and very ignorant. We thought they could deliver on the promises we had been given by Tony Norman and Phillip Cook.

The truth will always prevail and the truth is what it is. We all got set up; you got set up and everyone else. They stole your money and our money! These two raiders came in and took advantage of all of us.

Neither of them has brought one euro to the table, or any one person that has build this up. You have all been a part of that and now they are trying to justify a re-start of the Network Enwire again?!!?

They have no experience at all and will fail again, like they have in the past.

If you choose to believe in what they are saying, good luck.

Call my cynical, but it would appear this latest incarnation of Spinglo/Enwire is Norman’s attempt to salvage whatever remains of his Viral Angels empire.

Phillip Cook is also still involved, listed as the head of “Strategy and Business Development” over at Trig. Trig itself still appear to be active, but are only mentioned on the Viral Angel’s website as a separate company (Trig Media Group AB).

Viral Angels today describe themselves as ‘the world’s largest private equity and business angel network‘. Given that, I’d assume there’s some way for Viral Angels affiliates to pump money into Trig once they’ve joined (via virtual shares or otherwise).

Anyway, now that you’ve got an idea of the mess Anthony Cook has been a part of these last few years, let’s take a look at his latest offering.

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Trivaren Review: Knights pushing cancer cures?

trivaren-logoSo uh… occasionally I run into an MLM company where I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a joke or they’re actually serious.

Trivaren is one of those companies.

Launched in late 2011, Trivaren was evidently founded by someone who played one too many games of D&D growing up.

The company refers to some of their affiliates as “knights of the round table” and appears to communicate to them in ye olde English speak.

Back in 2011 the company had its founding affiliates pay large amounts of money to join the company. In exchange, Trivaren promised them commission qualification for two years.

There was a catch though, in that all founding affiliates had to attend a Trivaren “knighting ceremony” to get “knighted”. Some affiliates complained they couldn’t attend the ceremonies to become “honorary knights”, and so Trivaren put the matter to a vote in early 2012 (click to enlarge):

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I thought that might have just been a silly inside joke… but here’s how Trivaren describe themselves on their website:

America’s health care system is broke. No cures have been provided in over 60 years. The cost of hospital stays, drugs, surgeries, and insurance are soaring.

The rates of heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disorders and diabetes have more than doubled in the last 30 years. Obesity is an epidemic and now even our children are paying the price.

Something must be done.

Trivaren believes the only real answers will come in the form of prevention and support through proper nutrition allowing the body to do what God designed it to do, stay healthy and heal when damaged or diseased.

By becoming a Citizen of the Healthy Kingdom you can improve the quality of your life and the quality of other people’s lives all over the world.

roy-williams-president-ceo-trivarenHeading up this Healthy Kingdom freakshow is Roy Williams. In his Trivaren corporate bio, Williams (right) describes himself as a “natural health guru”:

Due his knowledge in natural health Roy has been interviewed on radio and TV over 1000 times. He also does a radio program called This Weeks Health Update that has helped thousands learn how to become and remain healthy.

He has been known as the Guru of Good Health on a local TV program for over 15 years, writes a Weekly Health Update newsletter and writes articles for newspapers and magazines.

I wasn’t able to find a concrete MLM history for Williams (too many people share the same name), but his Trivaren bio suggests Trivaren is his first network marketing venture:

Roy researched the network marketing industry and realized he could reach more people by having successful distributors share the story and be paid from their own efforts instead of paying huge amounts for radio, TV and print advertising.

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Zeek Rewards Ponzi paid Kevin Grimes $843,000

zeekrewardsOne of the recurring questions that arises whenever a shadier MLM company attempts to market itself on the reputation of their lawyer, is “what on Earth are they thinking?”

Often times these are individuals who have practicing law for decades, yet there their names are – intertwined with what are obviously business models bound to fail regulatory scrutiny.

It’s a question many of our readers ask and, not being an MLM lawyer, it’s one I really don’t have a concrete answer to. These are professionals who are supposed to know MLM regulation both inside and out, so why does this keep happening?

Well, from an amended complaint filed by the Zeek Rewards Receivership yesterday, here’s one reason:

Grimes and MLM Compliance received approximately $843,000 from RVG.

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Race Cycler Review: $230 cycler pyramid scheme

race-cycler-logoThere is no information on the Race Cycler website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Race Cycler website domain was registered on the 24th of June, however the domain registration is set to private.

kent-brown-admin-race-cyclerResearch into the company reveals affiliates naming a “Kent Brown” as the owner of Race Cycler in their marketing presentations. Brown (right) can also be heard hosting several Race Cycler affiliate update calls, so this seems to fit.

Brown appears to be no stranger to the MLM “cycler” niche, mentioning he’s been in “some other programs in the past” on a Race Cycler affiliate call ([1:17], July 31st).

One example appears to be TNT Rotator, for which Brown left a glowing testimonial on the company website:

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TNT Rotator is a matrix-based opportunity that uses 2×2 and 2×3 matrices. Under the guise of selling “text-ads and software”, affiliates pay $89.97 and are then paid to recruit new affiliates into the scheme.

A Facebook account that appears to be run by Brown shows his progression datewise from TNT to Race Cycler:

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Whether Brown is still involved with TNT Rotator is unclear, but his participation in the scheme (and other “programs”) has likely influenced the setting up of Race Cycler.

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Leafit Review: Social network photo spam?

leafit-logoWhen I first began researching Leafit, I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a reincarnation of 2012s vLeaf Ponzi scheme or if it was something else altogether.

Digging up the archives, I headed over to vLeaf’s old website domain (“vleaf.com”), which confirmed that these two companies were indeed one and the same:

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Why the vLeaf and Leaf International branding was abandoned I have no idea, but today the company is going by the name Leafit.

One possible reason is vLeaf’s business model:

Building on the traditional Ponzi scheme “buy advertising and earn a ROI” model, Leaf International introduces a retail offering to the recipe, throws in some online marketing tools and pairs it with a 3×9 pyramid scheme.

That vLeaf was destined to collapse was a given, however when exactly that happened is unclear.

The Leafit website domain (“leafit.com”) was first registered way back in 2006, however the domain details were only recently updated on July 27th. This is probably a good indication of whereabouts the domain was re-purposed to begin marketing Leafit as an opportunity.

That said, the Leafit website in its current state isn’t all that helpful:

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What are we about? Well, we are creating a new type of social network that helps users actually make money from their content!

By posting content socially, like people do everyday on other social networks, Leaf It users will automatically be able to earn from what they post themselves, and even from what they share from others!

Hmm.

lawrence-sowell-ceo-founder-vleaf-leafitThe website Leafit affiliates are pushing, “leafit.biz” is a bit more useful, offering up some basic information about the opportunity.

One pleasant change from vLeaf is that ownership of the company is now fully disclosed. Heading up Leafit is Founder and CEO Lawrence Sowell (right).

Somewhat curiously, on his LinkedIn profile Sowell only cites involvement with Leafit beginning January 2014.

Sowell’s Twitter meanwhile reveals he was most definitely involved in vLeaf:

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Sowell’s background appears to be in marketing and promotion. Before vLeaf and Leafit, Sowell launched Get2Marketing in 2007.

Taken from Sowell’s Get2Marketing corporate bio:

Lawrence’s passion for marketing and promotions began when he was 18 years old in College. Little did he know, by the age of 22 he would have done 2 musical tours and over 20 promotional events with headline names like Nelly (hip hop), Sawyer Brown (country).

Lawrence has since moved his passion to the internet where he is an expert at ad concept creation, branding strategy’s, website analysis, online and offline marketing, ad placement, and reporting.

This advertising background is probably what laid the foundation for the failed vLeaf Ponzi/pyramid hybrid attempt.

As far as MLM goes, I wasn’t able to find any involvement by Sowell on the affiliate or executive side. This indicates that vLeaf was Sowell’s first MLM venture.

Some of Sowell’s co-workers are also worth mentioning too. On Leafit’s Fundable investor page the company advises that it’s ‘interested in raising funds from accredited investors.

At least one investor seems to have jumped in, with Sowell noting in a July 16th update about a “Private Placement Memorandum” (PPM) that

The PPM has been launched after recently closing the Friends and Family Offering. On it’s first day one investor purchased stock in the amount of $50,000.

If you scroll down the main Leafit Fundable page, management is listed along with Leafit’s master associate, Vaughn Tarver.

Research reveals that Tarver was heavily involved in the penny-auction scheme BidXcel:

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After being in the industry for 24-plus years, I would say in the last six months I have seen more change than I did in the previous 20 years combined.

BidXcel wasn’t as bad as some of the more obvious Ponzi scheme penny auctions that launched in the post Zeek Rewards era, but still permitted affiliates to directly invest and receive a ROI if they created dummy customer accounts.

Launched in September 2012, BidXcel ran out of new affiliate funds to pay off existing affiliate investors a few months later in March 2014. Abruptly and without forewarning or clear communication to its affiliate-base, BidXcel management did a runner and left those who had invested hanging.

Speaking of Zeek Rewards, also listed on the Fundable website is Mike Green. Green is credited as Leafit’s VP of Sales and lists his location as Spokane, Washington on his LinkedIn profile:

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Green also currently appears to be one of the net-winners in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme. Clawback litigation was recently launched against net-winners in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme who failed to negotiate a settlement with the Receiver.

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Green’s name appears on the Receivership’s list of net-winners who earned $1000 or more and refuse to return the stolen Ponzi funds they were paid back to the scheme’s victims.

steve-heiman-stemtech-affiliateSteve Heiman is named Leafit co-founder and COO, and is also co-owner of Sowell’s Get2Marketing company. MLM wise I’m not entirely sure but Heiman might be an ex-affiliate of StemTech International. Various replicated affiliate pages for a Steve Heiman in StemTech (affiliate ID: 1004901) are currently cached by Google (they are otherwise no longer publicly available).

Heiman’s LinkedIn profile also credits him with involvement in vLeaf.

As is clear from the above, Leafit’s management and master associate certainly have a colorful history. We know what’s attracted them as MLM marketers in the past, but has Leafit changed from vLeaf’s original advertising-based Ponzi points model?

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ISN Coins Compensation Plan Review v2.0: Autoship redux

isn-coins-logoLast month I was contacted by ISN Coins founder and CEO Matt Barkes:

My name is Matt Barkes. I’m one of the founders of ISN. I apprecite (sic) you taking the time to evaluation ISN, however almost everything you have written is out dated.

After hiring Kevin Thompson as our MLM attorney we’ve made many changes to better the company for our members.

This being the case I respectfully request that you either modify the information to to (sic) reflect ISN currently or remove the blog.

I first reviewed ISN Coins back in 2012, so it wasn’t surprising to learn that the business might have changed since then.

Today we take a look at ISN Coins as it stands in 2014, read on for the review. [Continue reading…]


ACN Review: $499 affiliate fee and services

ACN-logoACN (an abbreviation for “American Communications Network”) launched all the way back in 1993, initially operating as ‘a marketing arm for a long-distance reseller called LCI Communications‘.

That relationship ended in 1998 until LCI was sold off, at which point ACN broadened their product and service offering. Today ACN are involved in a number of MLM niches, including utilities, communications, home entertainment and security “and more”.

Based out of the US state of North Carolina, ACN was co-founded by four individuals who, to their credit, have retained their executive positions within the company.

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Greg Provenzano (second above) serves as President, Robert Stevanovski (fourth) as Chairman and Mike (third) and Tony (first) Cupisz (twins) as Vice-Presidents.

chip-barker-ceo-acnChip Barker (right) was brought on as CEO in 2007. Prior to his CEO appointment, Barker served as ACN’s Chief Operating Officer of European Operations.

Due to the age of the company and a lack of information provided in their ACN corporate bios, what each of the four ACN co-founders did specifically before launching the company is a bit of a mystery.

Taken from Greg Provenzano’s personal website (“gregprovenzano.com”):

Greg is a born entrepreneur who had a very successful career in the network marketing industry that began in 1984. He spent nearly a decade examining the industry before founding his own direct sales company

A biography for Robert Stevanovski on an ACN marketing site reads:

After entering the network marketing arena in the late 1980s, Robert held senior positions with two highly successful marketing companies.

ACN Founder Robert Stevanovski These experiences positioned him as one of the driving forces behind the formulation of ACN.

The biography also credits Stevanovski with having ‘managed several businesses throughout the 1980s, directly influencing growth and expansion‘.

In his ACN corporate bio that appears on replicated ACN affiliate websites (which differs from the main corporate bio), Mike Cupisz is credited with having ‘built several successful companies prior to founding ACN.‘ Tony Cupisz bio claims he ‘has worked in direct marketing since 1986‘.

I wasn’t able to find any information on what Chip Barker was up to prior to ACN.

On the regulatory front, ACN has run into problems with the Montana Commissioner of Securities and the Bureau of Consumer Services in Pennsylvania.

In August, 2010 the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen announced the issuance of a Cease and Desist Order and Notice of Proposed Agency Action against ACN, Inc. and several of its founders for allegedly operating a “pyramid scheme.”

In September, 2010 the Commissioner moved to vacate the Cease and Desist Order in full settlement of the case.

In the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, the Commissioner determined that the actions giving rise to the initial concerns were not part of the ACN business model, but instead were isolated instances taking place by certain ACN’s independent representatives in Montana.

The Commissioner and ACN agreed that ACN would implement additional training with its independent representatives.

On June 13, 2002, ACN settled a case with the Bureau of Consumer Services in Pennsylvania wherein it was alleged that a small number of IBOs were “slamming”, or switching consumer services without authorization.

ACN disputed the allegations and the exact details of the settlement are under court seal.

Nothing too serious, although the settlement under seal indicates a likely “we’ll pay the fines but don’t admit to anything” resolution. The Montana cease and desist appears to be related to marketing efforts by the company’s affiliates.

ACN haven’t been pinged since for this, so hopefully that indicates the company and it’s affiliates have cleaned up their act.

For additional information, a read of ACN’s Wikipedia entry is recommended. Otherwise, read on for a full review of the ACN MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading…]


OneBiz Review: Spam content as an MLM product?

onebiz-logoIdentified as the “the people behind” OneBiz on the company website are Heiko Häusler, Thomas M. Duda and Tobias Knoof.

As per their supplied corporate bios, all three have internet marketing experience, however any MLM credentials are noticeably absent.

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The OneBiz HangOuts are broadcast out of Germany, indicating that this is where Häusler is operating the company out of.

Contact details provided on the OneBiz website clash with this, and instead point to an address in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Possibly due to language-barrier issues (I believe all three owners are German), I was unable to independently track down an MLM history for any of the company’s owners.

In any event, read on for a full review of the OneBiz MLM business opportunity.

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Talk Fusion Review: $1499 video communication packages?

talk-fusion-logoTalk Fusion launched in 2007 and operate in the digital communication MLM niche.

The company is based out of Florida and headed up by Founder and CEO, Bob Reina (right).

bob-reina-ceo-founder-talk-fusionAccording to Reina’s corporate bio, the idea behind Talk Fusion came from

a simple desire to put video in an email.

America Online said “that’s impossible!” but Talk Fusion Founder & CEO Bob Reina didn’t believe that for a second. Enlisting an expert IT mastermind, Bob set out to prove AOL wrong.

He did. Impossible achieved; video email sent! That was just the beginning of Talk Fusion’s legendary story.

Prior to Talk Fusion Reina launched Travel Reaction (2001) and Cash Card Worldwide (~2005).

Travel Reaction are still in business and operate in the travel MLM niche. The company charges affiliates $249 to access third-party travel discounts, and pays out commissions when those who have purchased membership book travel.

Cash Card Worldwide was a similar venture, providing affiliates access to third-party travel discounts for $499.

Taken from a Cash Card International affiliate presentation:

You will receive up to a 50% commission split on every cruise, vacation package, hotel accommodation, car rental, airline ticket and travel insurance policy that you refer to us, and in which Cash Card Worldwide receives a commission.

You’ll also receive commissions every time you refer a friend or business colleague that also enrolls in the program and purchases our independent travel agent program.

When exactly Cash Card International shutdown I’m not sure, but today the company is no longer in business.

On the legal front, Talk Fusion sued some iWowWe affiliates back in 2011. The complaint against J.J. Ulrich and Joe Read alleged that they had left Talk Fusion and were using trade secrets to encourage Talk Fusion affiliates to join iWowWe.

iWowWe also operate in the online communication MLM niche.

Talk Fusion won a requested injunction against Ulrich and Read, which prohibited them from raiding Talk Fusion’s affiliate-base.

The company also went after popular Russian social network VKontakte in March of 2013.

Seeking $290,980 in damages, Talk Fusion claimed

that some posts on the VKontakte site are untrue and damaging to Talk Fusion’s business reputation.

According to Talk Fusion, certain posts on the VKontakte site refer to it as a “covert financial pyramid” and say that any information promoting it on the social network will be blocked.

The case was dismissed in June of the same year after one of the defendants alleged his VKontakte account ‘was hacked and damaging information was placed on it by unidentified individuals‘.

As for VKontakte themselves,

a representative of VKontakte told the court in May that they did not publish any defamatory information regarding Talk Fusion, but only replied to users who asked why Talk Fusion ads were blocked.

During the June 4 hearing, a VKontakte representative said these technical letters pointed to “elements of a financial pyramid” in the operations of Talk Fusion, but did not describe it as a Ponzi scheme.

That was apparently enough to get Talk Fusion’s complaint against them dismissed too.

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BrandOnline365 Review: JubiRev without the Ponzi

brandonline365-logoThere is no information on the BrandOnline365 website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The company does have an “about” section on their website, however it only provides a short marketing spiel. No information about the company itself or its management is provided.

The company’s website domain, over at “brandonline360.com” was registered on the 30th of January 2014, however the domain registration is set to private.

Further research reveals that in the BrandOnline365 compensation plan video embedded into the company website, J. Joshua Beistle introduces himself as the President of the company.

Why Beistle’s name does not appear anywhere on the BrandOnline365 website is unclear.

Long-time readers of BehindMLM will immediately recognize Beistle as the (former?) CEO of JubiRev. JubiRev launched in launched in early 2013 as a Zeek Rewards Ponzi reload scheme.

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The idea behind JubiRev was to meld Zeek’s Ponzi points business model together with a mishmash range of cheaply produced products under the brand “JubiMax”.

The company launched in March but, as most reload scams do, failed to attract the momentum of the company it was modeled on. By June 2013 JubiMax had all but run out of funds to pay investors with, and consequently announced they were abandoning their passive revenue-sharing model.

A new compensation was launched shortly after that, however the attempt to push a retail customer focused business model onto an affiliate-base who were initially attracted to passive investment failed.

The details of how JubiRev collapsed remain sketchy, with J. Joshua Beistle going into hiding shortly after the compensation plan change. I myself don’t recall ever seeing any clarification on the status of the company in the months that followed their comp plan change.

Today the JubiMax website is still live, however if one tries to visit JubiRev the account comes up suspended:

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As I understand it, affiliates who invested in JubiRev were simply left in limbo.

Prior to JubiRev, Beistle launched Dream Style Vacations Club with Randal Williams in 2009. Providing access to third-party travel discounts, Dream Style Vacations was a recruitment driven scheme that paid affiliates based on how many new members they brought into the scheme.

Beistle also markets lead generation services through his company MyPhoneRoom, which he launched in 2009 (non-MLM).

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