Shaboxx Review: Cable deregulation = legal piracy?

shaboxx-logoThere is no information on the Shaboxx website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Shaboxx website domain (“shaboxx.info”) was registered on the 15th of August 2015, 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…]


MMM China collapses, govt issues warning

mmm-global-logoIn an effort to dupe investors into thinking the scheme is run locally, Sergey Mavrodi has set up local chapters of his MMM Global Ponzi scheme.

Localized versions see the country name they operate in prefixed with “MMM” (MMM South Africa, MMM Egypt etc.).

The more prominent of MMM Global’s localized chapters is MMM China, which appears to have collapsed late last year. [Continue reading…]


iCharity Club Review: An $18.6 billion dollar gifting scheme?

icharity-club-logoThere is no information on the iCharity Club website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The iCharity Club website domain (“icharity.club”) was registered on the 30th of October 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.

At the time of publication, 30.2% of all traffic to the iCharity Club domain originates out of India. Neighboring Pakistan is the second largest source of traffic, coming in at 12.7%.

This suggests that the admin of iCharity Club is likely based out of India.

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…]


Fast Viral Cash Review: $40 cash gifting scheme

fast-viral-cash-logoThere is no information on the Fast Viral Cash website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Fast Viral Cash website domain (“fastviralcash.com”) was registered on the 29th of October 2015, with “Joe Sanchez” listed as the owner. A residential address in the US state of Texas is also provided.

Sanchez appears to own or have owned a number of domains, with internet marketing appearing to be a common theme: webprosnet.biz, directegoods.com, listviralizer.com, getleads4free.com and sofreakingbored.com.

Due to the relatively ubiquitous nature of the name Joe Sanchez, I was unable to establish whether or not Sanchez has an MLM history.

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


The Business Shop Review: Fort Ad Pays Ponzi reload scam

the-business-shop-logoThe Business Shop website domain (“tbsbusiness.com”) was registered in November 2015, with the MLM opportunity launching shortly thereafter.

Identified as CEO of the company on The Business Shop website is Pedro Fort.

Fort (right) pedro-fort-owner-fort-ad-paysfirst popped up on BehindMLM’s radar as the owner of Fort Ad Pays, a Ponzi scheme that touts up to 300% ROIs on $1 to $300 investments.

The Business Shop appears to be the latest incarnation of MLM Shop, another of Fort’s schemes. In our BehindMLM review of Fort Ad Pays, we observed The Business Shop logo used to advertise MLM Shop back in July 2015.

This was before The Business Shop launched, with it likely coming about following a decline of new investment into MLM Shop.

Read on for a full review of The Business Shop MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading…]


Easier Faster Cyclings Review: $22 three-tier Ponzi cycler

easier-faster-cyclings-logoThere is no information on the Easier Faster Cyclings website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Easier Faster Cyclings website domain (“easierfastercyclings.com”) was registered on the 23rd of November 2015, listing “Rebba Darris” as the owner. A residential address in the US state of Florida is also provided.

There is no further information available linking Darris to Easier Faster Cyclings. The email address used to register the Easier Faster Cyclings domain however is the same used to register “rush2residual.com” and “unlimitedmillionairesclub.com”.

Rush2Residual was a matrix cycler Ponzi launched in July, 2015 by An Fuller. The scheme collapsed shortly after launch.

Unlimited Millionaire’s Club launched a few months later in September, promising affiliates million dollar ROIs off of a $1.50 investment.

Unlimited Millionaire’s Club appears to have collapsed around October 2015, with the company website today unresponsive.

An Fuller would appear to be behind Easier Faster Cyclings, despite the bogus “Rebba Darris” name used to register the website domain.

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


Lyoness acknolwedge investment scheme with “deposits”?

lyoness-logoThe thorn in the side of Lyoness’ claims to be a shopping portal has always been affiliate’s depositing funds directly with the company.

Lyoness store these funds, with cash ROIs paid out (by Lyoness) once enough new deposits have been made.

Back in the day you had affiliates investing in Accounting Units, today through Lyconet it’s “shopping units”.

In a move that appears to finally acknowledge the shortcomings of claiming to be a shopping portal, Lyoness recently announced a payment portal. [Continue reading…]


Thirty-One Gifts Review: Women’s fashion with great retail

thirty-one-gifts-logoThirty-One Gifts operate in the women’s fashion MLM niche and are based out of the US state of Ohio.

So the story goes,

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Founder, President & CEO Cindy Monroe started Thirty-One in her basement in 2003.

From those humble beginnings we’ve grown into one of the most successful direct-selling businesses in the world, with more than 90,000 independent Sales Consultants across the U.S. and Canada.

I wasn’t able to find any information on whether Monroe (above right) had been involved in other MLM opportunities prior to founding Thirty-One Gifts.

Of note is that Thirty-One Gifts recently underwent restructuring, with the company expected to close an Ohio production facility this year.

The closing, announced Thursday afternoon, will affect 74 employees at the company as well as an undisclosed number of workers at Exel Logistics, a local subcontractor.

The company initially pledged to create as many as 500 jobs when it first opened the distribution center at 1000 Titus Rd. in Springfield in 2011, but most of those jobs never materialized.

Along with the Springfield operations, the decision will also affect 220 workers in Johnstown in Licking County, Ohio.

“We will consolidate our distribution and personalization activities to our home office in Easton in Columbus, closing our Johnstown and Springfield facilities in 2016,” Thirty-One Gifts said in a press release.

“We are making these changes to align our operating capacity with business needs. Operations at Easton will continue without interruption.”

The impact, if any, this has had on Thirty-One Gifts’ MLM business operations is unclear.

Read on for a full review of the Thirty-One Gifts MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading…]


Rodrigues arrested in Florida, pending Massachusetts transfer

telexfree-logoAs per an SEC filing earlier today, following the issue of an arrest warrant on January 15th, Sanderley Rodrigues was arrested in Florida on January 20th.

After his arrest he appeared before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Jenkins of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Tampa) regarding the terms of his incarceration.

The court ordered him detained in the Pinellas County Jail in Florida pending a further hearing on Friday, January 22, 2016, to determine whether he can travel to Massachusetts on bond or whether the U.S. Marshals Service must escort him to Massachusetts.

A followup filing by the SEC details potential problems with this ruling. [Continue reading…]


CoinSafe: OneCoin’s latest ploy to trap invested funds

onecoin-logoWith top OneCoin investors purportedly withdrawing millions of dollars from the scheme each month, new investors have little to no hope of recouping their own invested funds when the time comes.

That’s basic mathematics, but evidently evasive to the majority of OneCoin affiliates.

Nonetheless, OneCoin can’t payout funds it doesn’t have – and so now the race is on to trap what’s left and newly invested funds alike.

Well, at least a representation of the funds, as the actual money continues to be withdrawn out the top end. [Continue reading…]