CommHubb Review: Ad revenue profit shares

commhubb-logoCommHubb, which stands for “Community Hubbub”, has no information on their website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The CommHubb website domain (“commhubb.com”) was registered on the 6th of October 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.

In a CommHubb press-release published on May 11th, Vashek Mohr (full name: Vashek Mick Mohr) is identified as one of the Founders of the company.

My name is Vashek Mohr. I am 63 years old and one of 3 Founders (all American) of CommHubb.

The 3 of us will be the managing  partners for the first 2 years ONLY (until the IPO) and then we plan to retire.

Why the other two Founders of CommHubb are not disclosed is unclear. I also wasn’t able to put together an MLM history for Mohr, with his experience in the industry unknown.

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…]


Crowd Rising Review: MMM Global gifting clone

crowd-rising-logoThere is no information on the Crowd Rising website indicating who owns or runs the business.

Rather than disclose management details, Crowd Rising instead only provide the following:

Crowd Rising is a semi-automated system created by a group of 5 individuals who are funding and Founding members referred to as the 5 Horsemen.

The Crowd Rising website domain (“crowdrising.net”) was registered on the 26th of March 2016, with Gerhard Rempel listed as the owner. A residential address in Manitoba, Canada is also provided.

gerhard-rempel-admin-fast-perpetual-cash-cycloneRempel (right) first appeared on BehindMLM’s radar back in 2013, as co-owner of Belizers.

Belizers, now long since collapsed,  saw affiliates invest between $10 and $25 on the promise of an advertised 150% ROI.

In mid-2015 Rempel resurfaced as the admin of Fast Perpetual Cash Cyclone. Also collapsed, Fast Perpetual Cash Cyclone was an ad-credit Ponzi scheme.

Rempel purportedly launched the scam to ‘raise funds to get surgery to sow and patch up (his) nasty groin hernia‘.

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


Liberty Reserve co-founder sentenced to 10 years in prison

liberty-reserve-logoFollowing the regulatory shutdown of Liberty Reserve in May, 2013, co-founder Vladmir Kats was the first executive to enter a guilty plea.

In November, 2013, Kats plead guilty to “money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business”.

Commenting on the plea at the time, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated

Vladimir Kats, by his own admission, helped to create and operate an anonymous digital currency system that provided cybercriminals and others with the means to launder criminal proceeds on an unprecedented scale.

As a co-founder and operator of Liberty Reserve, Vladimir Kats served as a global banker for criminals, giving them an anonymous, online forum to hide the proceeds of their illegal and dangerous activities.

Kats’ sentencing hearing finally came up yesterday, with U.S. District Judge Denise Cote sentencing him to 10 years in prison. [Continue reading…]


Final Filho Status Conference set for June 14th

dfrf-enterprises-logoCarrying on from our last set of updates in the Daniel Filho wire fraud case, today a report on the latest Status Conference.

A Status Report filed before the conference on May 9th reveals that discovery in the criminal matter is complete.

As previously discussed with the Court, the United States made the remaining electronic material seized pursuant to the warrants in this matter available for inspection and further offered to provide copies of the material to the defense upon provision by the defense of a computer drive with adequate storage capacity.

Prior to the last status conference, defense counsel requested a copy of that material.

On April 21, 2016, after defense counsel provided a storage device, the government gave a copy of the requested materials—which total approximately 6 terabytes of data—to the defense.

No additional discovery requests are pending.

The preceding Status Conference was held on May 12th, after during which it was ordered: [Continue reading…]


Simply35 Review: $35 a month matrix-based recruitment

simply35-logoThere is no information on the Simply35 website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Simply35 website domain (“simply35.com”) was registered on the 25th of February 2016, however the domain registration is set to private.

Of note is that the Simply35 website is hosted on the same private web-server as QuantumAdz:

simply35-same-domain-quantumadz

QuantumAdz was a matrix cycler launched in late 2012. The admin of the scheme described it as having ‘the best of the features of JBP, Zeek and W4all’.

JustBeenPaid, Zeek Rewards and Wealth4AllTeam were all well-known MLM underbelly scams at the time.

Launched on December 26th, 2012, by February 2013 QuantumAdz had collapsed.

Read on for a full review of the Simply35 MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]


Divvee Review: $9.95 a month for access to discounts?

divvee-logoThere is no information on the Divvee website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Divvee website domain (“divvee.social”) was registered on the 8th of December 2015, with Allen Davis listed as the owner. An address in the US state of Utah is also provided.

As per a Divvee marketing video, Allen Davis is the CEO of the company. Why this information is not provided on the Divvee website is unclear.

allen-davis-ceo-divveeDavis (right) has a legal background, which is reflected in his positions within the MLM industry.

As per Davis’ LinkedIn profile, he has served as

  • General Counsel, VP of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer for Neways (1997 to 2006)
  • General Counsel and VP of Operations for Trivani (2006 to 2010)
  • CEO of Qnique (2010 onwards)
  • General Counsel and Chief Operation Officer for ForeverGreen International (2012 to 2015)
  • General Counsel for TruVision Health (2015 onwards)

Davis ran his own law firm between 2011 and 2015, with Divvee his second stint as an MLM executive.

Davis’ former company Qnique (body wraps) appears to have been shut down. None of the companies’ websites were responsive at the time of publication.

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


SEC accuse Faith Sloan of lying & wasting time

telexfree-logoBack in April Faith Sloan demanded the release of $30,800, currently frozen as per a preliminary injunction granted in May, 2014.

Having previously had a similar motion denied by the court, the SEC’s response to Sloan’s latest filing can be paraphrased as “nothing has changed since”.

That didn’t stop Sloan going gangbusters and invoking all manner of irrelevant caselaw and constitutional rights, which the SEC have now responded to bluntly. [Continue reading…]


Paid Rocket Review: Two-tier matrix cash gifting

paid-rocket-logo“Richard Stevenson” is identified as the Founder of Paid Rocket on the company website. No information other than Stevenson’s name is provided.

The Paid Rocket website domain (“paidrocket.com”) was registered on the 21st of March 2016, however the domain registration is set to private

Richard Stevenson is a good candidate for a generic Anglo-Saxon sounding name, so I’m flagging it as a potential false identity.

Languages provided on the Paid Rocket website include Spanish and English. Updates on the Paid Rocket Facebook page also appear in both languages.

Alexa currently estimates that some 58.2% of traffic to the Paid Rocket website originates out of Spain. Colombia is the second largest source of traffic at 12.4%

This suggests the Paid Rocket admin is probably based in Spain. “Richard Stevenson” as represented on the Paid Rocket website likely doesn’t exist.

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…]


Swisscoin Review: 25 to 15,000 EUR Ponzi points investment

swisscoin-logoIf the name “Swisscoin” conjures up dejavu, it’s because BehindMLM reviewed “SwisCoin” back in October, 2015.

Swisscoin appears to be an unrelated company, despite the near identical name.

Whereas Swisscoin don’t appear concerned about potential confusion between the two opportunities, SwisCoin have published the following clarification on their website:

Recently we have noticed some duplicate projects in the market which have been started with similar name like “Swisscoin” hit the internet and being spread by certain people.

That project only has a login page so far. It has nothing to do with our project and people who designed it (are) trying to confuse everyone and use “swiscoin” as name of real crypto currency to attract people to invest money into their project.

Kindly be aware of such fake projects!!!

As noted above, the Swisscoin website is currently nothing more than an affiliate signup page. If you Google pages available on the site however, we learn the following from Swisscoin’s Terms and Conditions:

The following terms and conditions are part of each distributor agreement between the EURO SOLUTION GMBH, Ruessenstrasse 12, 6340 Baar, Kanton: Zug, Schweiz, represented by its CEO Mr. Werner Marquetant (hereafter: SWISSCOIN) and the independent and autonomous distributor.

Despite the Swiss address and name of the company, the Swisscoin Terms and Conditions instead make multiple references to German law.

SWISSCOIN treats any content stored on the servers by distributors as third-party content, as defined in the German Tele Media Act (TMG).

The company also only accepts German residence permits as proof of identity:

SWISSCOIN reserves the right to require from distributors, or the applicant in the case of registration by a legal person or partnership, that they prove their identity before any commissions are paid or any services are delivered.

Identity can be proven with a photocopy of the individual’s identity card or passport, or a German residence permit, and must be supplied within 2 weeks of the request.

Swisscoin banking also appears to be conducted in Germany:

german-banking-details-swisscoin

The Swisscoin website domain registration also lists an address for Euro-Invest Consult GmbH in Leipzig, Germany.

The default language of the Swisscoin website is German, and while German is a national language of Switzerland, I suspect the company is infact being mostly operated out of Germany.

That said a Wener Marquetant does show up on LinkedIn, with the profile listing his location as Kanton Aargau, Switzerland. Whether this is the same Marquetant as Swiss Coin’s however is unclear.

In an official Swisscoin marketing presentation, Marquetant claims to be a Swiss citizen. I did try to research background information on Wener Marquetant but nothing came up.

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


Scott Miller violating TelexFree preliminary injunction?

telexfree-logoScott Miller was a top investor in the TelexFree Ponzi scheme.

For his part in scamming TelexFree victims out of $3 billion dollars, a preliminary injunction was granted against Miller on February 14th, 2016.

The injunction is part of a civil class-action against several top TelexFree investors. The injunction freezes any ‘assets, including, without limitation, any money, stocks, bonds, jewelry, vehicles other personal property and real property‘ owned by Miller.

You would think such an injunction would cripple Miller’s business activities. As per an email Miller sent out on May 5th however, apparently it’s still business as usual. [Continue reading…]