Playstation VIP Review: Stolen identity “click a button” Ponzi

Playstation VIP fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

Playstation VIP’s website domain (“playstationvip.top”), was registered with bogus details on July 7th, 2024.

Of note is Playstation VIP’s website domain being registered through the Chinese registrar Alibaba (Singapore).

Playstation VIP has already attracted the attention of financial regulators. The Central Bank of Russia issued a Playstation VIP pyramid fraud warning on July 15th, 2024.

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…]


SAEG Receiver accepts 211 claims totalling $57.7 million

The SAEG Receiver has accepted 211 victim claims totalling $57,715,542.

Of the accepted claims, 160 were for the amount submitted. 51 claims have been accepted with a reduced claim amount totalling $13.2 million. [Continue reading…]


Farad Connect Review: “Energy blockchain” pyramid scheme

Farad Connect fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

In fact as I write this, Farad Connect’s public-facing homepage is nothing more than an affiliate login/sign up form:

An MLM company not disclosing information about itself to consumers is an immediate red flag.

Further research reveals Farad Connect marketing citing Nick VandenBrekel as “architect and founder” of the company:

VandenBrekel (right), originally from the Netherlands but now residing in Florida, first appeared on BehindMLM in 2019.

VandenBrekel was the “architect” of ORU Marketplace, an MLM pyramid scheme built around ORU Ponzi points.

Today ORU Marketplace’s website is disabled:

Farad Connect operates from the website domain “faradconnect.net”, first registered in June 2023. The private registration was last updated on June 24th, 2024.

In researching this review, other companies I came across that VandenBrekel is associated with include Positron Magnetics and Grange Group.

Positron Magnetics is some malarkey about “decentralized electric power”. Grange Group claims it “excels at leisure lifestyle real estate projects”.

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


GMC Elev8ed fraudulent trading scheme collapses

GMC Elev8ed, launched as part of the collapsed Greek Mythology Club Ponzi, has itself collapsed.

Following widespread losses throughout the week, GMC Elev8ed investors are now reporting liquidation. [Continue reading…]



Jeremy Roma continues to gaslight Daisy Ponzi victims

In December 2023 the last iteration of Daisy Global collapsed.

Eight months later, owner Jeremy Roma is still gaslighting victims of the at least thrice collapsed Ponzi scheme. [Continue reading…]


Cardiff’s lawyers ask to withdraw 6 weeks from trial

Jason Cardiff’s lawyers have filed a Motion to Withdraw six weeks out from trial.

As detailed in their July 17th motion, Cardiff’s lawyers claim; [Continue reading…]


iX Global promoter arrested in Maharashtra, India

An iX Global promoter has been arrested in Wardha, a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Following an EOW Nagpur investigation, Preeti Nilesh Raut stands accused of stealing Rs. 25.9 million through iX Global (~$309,000 USD). [Continue reading…]



Almarai USDT Review: Stolen identity “click a button” Ponzi

Almarai USDT fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

Almarai USDT’s website domain (“almarai-usdt.top”), was registered with bogus details on July 4th, 2024.

Of note is Almarai USDT’s website domain being registered through the Chinese registrar Alibaba (Singapore).

Almarai USDT has already attracted the attention of financial regulators. The Central Bank of Russia issued an Almarai USDT pyramid fraud warning on July 11th, 2024.

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…]


BryteLyfe Review: Wes Melcher reboots WorldVentures model

BryteLyfe operates in the travel MLM niche. The company does not provide a corporate address on its website or social media profiles.

Heading up BryteLyfe is founder Wesley Melcher (aka Wes Melcher, right).

Both BryteLyfe and Melcher are based out of Texas.

As per his LinkedIn profile, Melcher (right) started his MLM career off with Cutco in 1997. In 2005 Melcher cites himself as a co-founder of WorldVentures Holdings.

WorldVentures Holdings was behind WorldVentures, a travel-niche MLM pyramid scheme.

As the regulatory fraud warnings began piling up, WorldVentures began to collapse in 2018.

Around this time Melcher filed suit against WorldVentures Holdings in September 2018. I don’t have access to any filings but Melcher abandoned the case a few months later.

WorldVentures would go on to eventually file for bankruptcy in late 2020.

Around the same time Melcher joined IM Mastery Academy.

Despite fraud warnings from Colombia, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the UK, the CFTC in the US and Peru, Melcher claims he did “months of due-diligence and investigation” before joining IM Mastery Academy.

Describing IM Mastery Academy as “the next legacy company” when he joined, Melcher quietly ditched IM Mastery Academy in late 2023/early 2024.

During Melcher’s time at IM Mastery Academy;

After ditching IM Mastery Academy in late 2023 or early 2024, Melcher published a video titled “The REAL TRUTH about WorldVentures, DreamTrips, Seacret, and all TRADING and CRYPTO MLM Companies!!” on his YouTube channel.

In the March 23rd video, Melcher claims he left WorldVentures because he and others “weren’t getting paid”. Melcher also confirms this was the reason he filed suit against the company.

Notably, Melcher doesn’t address WorldVentures being an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Instead, Melcher blames WorldVentures’ management decisions.

[25:53] In the beginning the trips were good, the discounts were good, the culture was good. Everything was working.

But then we started to realize that the trips were not scalable. And the other thing was that we were continually trying to build a search-engine to compete with Travelocity and Expedia.

That is a bottomless pit that is a for sure loser … there was absolutely no way that we were gonna ever compete with Travelocity and Expedia.

But we still haemorrhaged millions of dollars in the beginning, trying to build a search-engine that never worked. It was broken from day one and it never worked.

And we were never able to do it and we wasted millions of dollars, millions of hours of resources. Okay?

And on top of that, we couldn’t spend properly. Because, y’know, they wanted to be like Google. They read the book, “The Google Effect”, and so we needed to have this big office and, y’know, Wayne [Nugent] just had to have a building with WorldVentures’ name on it.

And so we’re spending hundred plus thousand dollars a month for office space. We hired all these fancy, y’know, degree people.

Half of the executive team over about a ten year period had no experience in network marketing.

And then we go buy Rovia, we go buy Putnam Travel, a guy who doesn’t even believe in the MLM industry, who doesn’t even believe in our model, who’s a traditional travel agency.

And you go get all these people to come in and try to run a company that have no MLM experience, that have no direct sales experience.

[27:50] We went through like three or four CMOs over like a three or four year period. We had a new CMO like every six months, nine months.

And you know what’s crazy? At the end in 2017, we had a higher payroll for severance than we did for the employees that were actually still working there. Because we hired terribly.

[28:17] I remember coming into a meeting and having to explain [to] somebody who was the new CEO, how MLM worked. What? Are you serious?

And so literally, these were just the beginnings of the problems.

Melcher claims that he “brought people to the company … that could have saved the company”, but wasn’t listened to.

[29:59] I knew we were hemorrhaging money. I brought it up, I was shunned in meetings for bringing it up.

People didn’t care because the company was growing.

While WorldVentures’ management and poor financial decisions no doubt contributed to its collapse, at the end of the day it was still recruiting inevitably drying up that ultimately killed WorldVentures off. Financial overextension and a reduction in revenue tied into each other.

I also want to stress that, despite being a co-founder, Melcher didn’t leave WorldVentures until the money dried up.

Melcher also briefly touches on his time at IM Mastery Academy. From a regulatory perspective, Melcher claims joining Im Mastery Academy was “a mistake” ([56:33]).

Towards the end of March 2024, the same month Melcher released his video, BryteLyfe launched.

Arguably Melcher’s video is long enough to perhaps warrant a separate article. I’ve included it here though as the video is basically a preamble to BryteLyfe. And it is through the lens of Melcher’s words that we will analyze BryteLyfe in our conclusion.

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


TronCoin Review: Crypto mining “click a button” app Ponzi

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

TronCoin’s website domain (“tron-coin.net”), was privately registered on June 23rd, 2024.

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…]