FTC’s Success By Health lawsuit survives motion to dismiss

The FTC’s Success By Health fraud lawsuit has survived a motion to dismiss.

The Success By Health Plaintiffs (SBH Plaintiffs) filed a motion to dismiss back on July 28th. [Continue reading…]

Avacen drops NuLife Ventures lawsuit

Following a failed bid to get a restraining order, Avacen has dropped its lawsuit against NuLife Ventures. [Continue reading…]

Scent-Sations Review: Mia Bella candles & forced autoship

Scent-Sations launched in 2002 and is based out of Pennsylvania in the US.

Scent-Sations operates in the personal care MLM niche. The company is headed up by owner and CEO Robert Scocozzo.

According to Scocozzo’s Scent-Sations corporate bio, he started his MLM career in 1989.

No company names are provided. I ran a search on “Scocozzo” prior to 2002 and turned up nothing.

In any event, Scent-Sations was founded in 2002. As retold by Scocozzo (right);

I was doing a fundraiser for my son’s basketball team selling paraffin scented candles manufactured by a local candle-maker.

The kids sold about 1,400 candles, they smelled incredible, and everyone was commenting on how great they were.

When the candles were delivered the “candle-makers” Lynn and Carmen Milazzo asked me if I was still involved in marketing.

When I answered “yes” Carmen told me that they had developed a new candle made of alternative ingredients and he was looking for some advice on the best way to market the product.

The “Entrepreneur” in me got extremely excited and I called my partner, Charlie and told him that we were going into the “candle business!”

Scent-sations was founded by Frank Scocozzo, Charlie Umphred and Carmen Milazzo.

Umphred is Scent-Sations’ Vice-President of Marketing. Milazzo is cited as the company’s Master Candlemaker.

To their credit, Scent-Sations appears to have a clean regulatory run since launch.

Read on for a full review of Scent-Sations’ MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]

QNet affiliates busted for posing as National Security Operatives

A group of affiliates in Ghana decided to market QNet by posing as National Security Operatives.

This didn’t go down well with the National Security Council, leading to actual National Security Operatives arresting the QNet affiliates. [Continue reading…]

WCM777 Ponzi funds laundered through HSBC

A Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filed by HSBC reveals that, even after WCM777 was shut down by US authorities, the bank approved tens of millions in transfers. [Continue reading…]

OneCoin fraud SARs featured in FinCEN Files leak

The FinCEN Files leak contains two Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) pertaining to then suspected OneCoin fraud. [Continue reading…]

P2 Tron Review: Power of 2 smart-contract Ponzi cycler

P2 Tron provides no information on its website about who owns or runs the company.

P2 Tron’s website domain (“p2tron.com”) was privately registered on August 19th, 2020.

P2 Tron’s official Facebook group has one admin, Shawn Kim. Frank Trenado is the group’s sole moderator.

Kim is a Faceless Facebook profile that has been dormant for years. The account has been used to promote USI-Tech and Jeunesse (Brazil) in the past.

One of Kim’s posts references “Richmond” a P2 Tron co-creator.

Whether Shawn Kim is an actual person or the account or was recently purchased is unclear.

Similarly, Frank Trenado’s Facebook profile hasn’t been dormant since 2013.

There is a YouTube channel bearing Trenado’s name. It features a Primerica marketing video uploaded in September 2015.

Trenado features in the video at [0:34]:

The other video on Trenado’s channel is a promo for the Eyeline Trading Ponzi scheme.

As per their respective Facebook profiles, both Kim and Trenado are based out of California.

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…]

Youngevity sues Bulavita for trademark infringement & more

Youngevity has filed suit against Bulavita for trademark infringement, cybersquatting and unfair competition. [Continue reading…]

Mirror Trading International Ponzi blown open by data leak

Owing to the use of off-the-shelf scam software, the internals of Mirror Trading International have been made public.

We know how much they company currently has on deposit, what they owe and who who has so far stolen what. [Continue reading…]

Paraiba World securities fraud warning issued by Austria

Paraiba World has received a securities fraud warning from Austria’s Financial Market Authority.

The FMA’s warning pertains to Pariaba World, cited as a Hong Kong shell incorporation. [Continue reading…]