FocuStar Review: “click a button” task-based app Ponzi
FocuStar provides no information on its website about who owns or runs the company.
FocuStar’s website domain (“focustar.io”), was privately registered on April 10th, 2022.
If we look at the source-code of FocuStar’s website, we see it’s localized to Chinese:
This strongly suggests whoever is behind FocuStar has ties to China.
SimilarWeb currently tracks top sources of traffic to FocuStar’s website as Spain (59%) and neighboring Morocco (41%).
Update 4th September 2022 – FocuStar also operates from the domain “focustar.cc”, privately registered on April 10th, 2022.
SimilarWeb reports top sources of traffic to FocuStar’s .CC domain as Germany (48%), the US (15% and Ukraine (14%). /end update
Although its not linked to on their website, FocuStar has an official YouTube channel. There you’ll find a rented office video featuring “Alan Walker”:
Walker reads off a script that claims FocuStar is based out of the US. This is based off what is represented to be a Colorado shell incorporation.
Alan Walker is in fact Hassan Salim, a Moroccan actor based out of Abu Dhabi with ties to Russia.
I’m not 100% on what Salim’s ties to Russia are, but up until very recently he had a vKontakte account:
VK is Russia’s largest social media platform and operates exclusively in Russian.
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.
FocuStar has no retailable products or services.
Affiliates are only able to market FocuStar affiliate membership itself.
FocuStar’s Compensation Plan
FocuStar affiliates invest tether (USDT) on the promise of advertised returns.
- VIP1 – invest 150 USDT and receive 4.40 USDT a day
- VIP2 – invest 350 USDT and receive 10.40 USDT a day
- VIP3 – invest 800 USDT and receive 24 USDT a day
- VIP4 – invest 1450 USDT and receive 45 USDT a day
- VIP5 – invest 3100 USDT and receive 105 USDT a day
Returns are tied to “daily tasks”. FocuStar has affiliates clicking likes on YouTube videos, with each task paying out between 1 and 2.10 USDT.
The more a FocuStar affiliate invests, the more button clicking they have to do each day to receive the maximum ROI rate.
The MLM side of FocuStar pays on recruitment of affiliate investors.
FocuStar pays referral commissions on funds invested down three levels of recruitment (unilevel):
- level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) – 13%
- level 2 – 5%
- level 3 – 2%
FocuStar pays ROI commissions on daily returns earned by recruited affiliates.
Like referral commissions, ROI commissions are also paid down three levels of recruitment:
- level 1 – 3%
- level 2 – 2%
- level 3 – 1%
FocuStar affiliate membership is free.
Full participation requires an initial 150 to 3100 USDT investment.
Note there is a free and 20 USDT VIP tier, these however are only provided to funnel investors into the VIP1 to VIP5 investment plans.
FocuStar differs from the other “click a button” app Ponzi schemes due to the use of Boris CEO marketing.
Boris CEO videos are typically the work of Russian and/or Ukrainian scammers.
Here we have what appear to be a Moroccan national, living in the UAE with unspecified ties to Russia.
Logically this points to Russians in Dubai working with Chinese scammers.
Whatever the specific background of FocuStar is, it’s probably not worth clearing up. Click a button app Ponzis tend to exit-scam collapse pretty soon after launch.
FocuStar represents “clicking a button” to manipulate YouTube generates revenue:
It doesn’t. All FocuStar are doing is recycling invested funds to pay returns.
FocuStar is part of a group of “click a button” app Ponzis that have emerged since late 2021.
Including FocuStar, BehindMLM has thus far documented thirty-seven “click a button” app Ponzis. Most of them last a few weeks to a few months before collapsing.
The same group of Chinese scammers are believed to be behind the “click a button” app Ponzi plague.
Update 28th September 2022 – FocuStar has collapsed.