TRC Trade Review: Trading ruse “click a button” app Ponzi

TRC Trade fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

TRC Trade’s website domain (“”), was privately registered on April 14th, 2024.

Despite only existing for about a month, on its website TRC Trade falsely claims it has been around “since 1989”.

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…]

Purvii Review: Not an MLM company for perverts

Purvii, pronounced “pure-vee”, operates in the nutritional supplements MLM niche.

The company is based out of Indiana and is headed up by Tony and Jenny Lusby.

On LinkedIn, Jenny Lusby (right with Tony) cites herself as Purvii’s CEO and founder.

On FaceBook Tony Lusby also cites himself as Purvii’s CEO and founder. For some reason these roles are not acknowledged on Purvii’s website.

Derrick DeSilva also features in the “about us” section of Purvii’s website. DeSilva’s role within Purvii is also not disclosed.

Between the two of them the Lusby’s have promoted Monavie, FGXpress and Zilis. In Zilis the Lusby’s reached Black Diamond Elite, one of the highest distributor ranks.

When the Lusby’s left Zilis is unclear but it seems to have been around late 2021, possibly early 2022. Why the Lusby’s left their top distributor position in Zilis is also unclear.

BehindMLM does note that Zilis was sold off to Zinzino earlier this month.

After the Lusbys left Zilis Tony seems to have succumbed to COVID-19 social media brainrot:

After Tony recovered Purvii’s website domain was registered on March 29th, 2023. Purvii would go on to launch a few months later in June 2023.

Read on for a full review of Purvii’s MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]

edX AI pyramid fraud warning from Russia

edX AI has received a pyramid scheme fraud warning from Russia.

As per the Central Bank of Russia’s May 17th warning, edX AI exhibits “signs of a financial pyramid”. [Continue reading…]

John Bigatton pleads guilty to Bitconnect fraud charge

Australian BitConnect promoter John Louis Anthony Bigatton has pled guilty to a criminal charge brought by Public Prosecutors.

On May 16th Bigatton pled guilty to one charge of providing unlicensed financial services on behalf of another person. [Continue reading…]

Dusery Review: Quantitative trading “click a button” Ponzi

Dusery fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

Dusery operates from two known website domains:

  • (standard fintech website full of bogus information) – privately registered on October 4th, 2023
  • (app) – privately registered on December 23rd, 2023

Despite only existing for a few months, on its .COM website Dusery falsely claims it was “founded in 2020”.

The support link on Dusery’s website leads to a chat script. In the source-code of this script we find references to Meiqia.

Meiqia is a Chinese software company based out of Beijing. This suggests whoever is running DCPTG has ties to China.

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…]

Connect United Review: Node ruse MLM crypto Ponzi

Back in late 2021 BehindMLM published its WinWheel review.

WinWheel was essentially a reboot of the collapsed Algotech Ponzi scheme, fronted by several former top OneCoin Ponzi promoters.

WinWheel offered investors passive returns through node positions, tied to the company Connect.

This is a summary conclusion from BehindMLM’s WinWheel review;

To summarize, WinWheel is a Ponzi scheme with ties to Connect, an unknown blockchain company representing it is based out of the US.

Both companies are run by and/or promoted by serial-scammers, with business models appearing to be intentionally convoluted so as to confuse people.

WinWheel collapsed shortly after launch but Connect rebranded as Connect United and continued to defraud investors.

I made a note of this in BehindMLM’s WinWheel review. Recently though a reader reached out requesting a standalone Connect United review.

Having confirmed Connect United’s offering was MLM and not just a clone of WinWheel, today we’re publishing a separate Connect United review as requested.

Although it was very much created by an individual or individuals, Connect United fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

A visit to Connect United’s website redirects to an affiliate log in form:

Back in 2021 I noted Utah resident Stephen Michael Miller was the face of Connect.

As of May 2024, Miller’s LinkedIn profile cites him as COO of Connect since 2018 and President as of July 2020.

Before getting into MLM crypto fraud, Miller had a history in real-estate.

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…]

Auratus Review: Fake gold investment fraud

Auratus fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

Auratus’ website domain (“”), was privately registered on November 29th, 2023.

Auratus came about following the collapse of the GSPartners fraudulent investment scheme.

GSPartners was an MLM crypto Ponzi scheme run through GSB Gold Standard Corporation. Both companies are owned by German national Josip Heit (right).

GSPartners offered investors, primarily in the US and Canada, weekly passive returns through “metacertificates“.

Regulators in Canada began cracking down on GSParners and Josip Heit in early 2023.

In response to the initial Canadian regulatory fraud warnings, GSPartners attempted to rebrand as Swiss Valorem Bank in May 2023.

Swiss Valorem Bank flopped and was quickly abandoned. GSPartners continued to defraud consumers under its original name.

By October 2023 the strain of regulatory fraud investigations into GSPartners began to emerge. On October 3rd, 2023 GSPartners disabled weekly ROI payments.

In November 2023, news broke of multiple US regulatory fraud investigations into GSPartners and Heit.

Outside of the US

Amidst the avalanche of regulatory fraud warnings, fines and cease and desist notices, GSPartners collapsed on December 16th, 2023.

Heit attempted to continue to run GSPartners and GSPro, however that was short lived and didn’t go anywhere.

US and Canadian GSPartners investor accounts were terminated on December 20th, 2023 and February 12th, 2024 respectively.

In March 2024 Billionico emerged as a potential backdoor reboot for US and Canadian GSPartners investors.

The Texas State Securities Board issued a Billionico securities fraud warning on April 22nd, 2024. Billionico is believed to have been quietly abandoned shortly after.

Auratus emerged in or around mid April 2024. New shell companies associated with Auratus’ launch include:

  • Helvetic Digital Finance AG (Switzerland)
  • TAS Helvetic Gold Trading LLC (Dubai)
  • DX and One Trust LTD (Bulgaria)
  • MTX Finance LLC (Montana, US) and
  • Link Genius Portal LLC (Dubai)

Auratus and representative Terry Lee were named in TSSB’s Billionico securities fraud order;

On April 19, 2024, Billionico Academy began offering investments in a digital gold vault issued by Respondent Auratus, represented by Terry Lee, that purportedly secures physical gold and generates passive income using fintech and blockchain technology.

The investments in the digital gold vault are being illegally, deceptively and fraudulently offered in Texas and the Securities Commissioner is entering this Emergency Cease and Desist Order to stop the scheme and protect the public from immediate and irreparable harm.

Both Billionico and Auratus have since blocked Texas residents from visiting their website:

Additionally, Auratus states on its website; affiliates (including those of commercial nature) are NOT AUTHORIZED and are prohibited by To claim that is recommended by any financial regulator body is strictly forbidden.

This website, and any products within, are not intended to be accessed by USA or Canadian based persons.

On its website Auratus provides a “legal imprint” section. This is a legal requirement in German-speaking countries.

Although he’s based out of Dubai, through known and unknown shell companies Josip Heit is believed to be behind Auratus.

Auratus is currently being promoted in secret by mostly Australian and New Zealand former GSPartners investors.

Auratus is not registered to offer securities in Australia or New Zealand.

Since GSPartners’ collapse last year, Heit has not made any public appearances. Heit’s known travel has been restricted to countries and jurisdictions that do not have extradition treaties with the US (Dubai, the Maldives and international waters).

Due to the proliferation of scams, sheltering of wanted fugitives and failure to enforce securities fraud regulation, BehindMLM ranks Dubai as the MLM crime capital of the world.

BehindMLM’s guidelines for Dubai are:

  1. If someone lives in Dubai and approaches you about an MLM opportunity, they’re trying to scam you.
  2. If an MLM company is based out of or represents it has ties to Dubai, it’s a scam.

If you want to know specifically how this applies to Auratus, read on for a full review. [Continue reading…]

NovaTech FX promoter securities fraud C&D from Ohio

A NovaTech FX Ponzi promoter has received a securities fraud cease and desist from Ohio.

Steven Douglas Alexander, of Cincinnati, is cited as a Respondent in the Ohio Division of Securities March 22nd order. [Continue reading…]

Dubai leak ties dozens of properties to OneCoin scammers

A “Dubai Unlocked” leak pertaining to real-estate records in the UAE has tied over two dozen properties to OneCoin scammers.

The leak, shared and vetted by various media publications, also provides intel on OneCoin fugitive Frank Schneider. [Continue reading…]

Nutra Pharma Corp’s CEO settlement tops $79,000

Following news of a settlement between Nutra Pharma Corp defendants and the SEC in April, details of two settlements have now been made public.

As part of a final judgment in favor of the SEC; [Continue reading…]