Data leak provides insight into $60M+ EmpiresX Ponzi
Today we take a look inside the EmpiresX Ponzi scheme.
Who’s running it? From where? How much have they stolen? And who are EmpiresX’s top earners?
The following data is believed to have been sources from EmpiresX’s own servers. It is believed to be current as of early January 2022.
Admins running EmpiresX are:
- Flavio Goncales;
- Jomo Santos;
- Vinicius Guimaraes; and
- Emerson Pires
Goncales, Santos and Guimaraes log into EmpiresX through Tecnologia2u email addresses.
Tecnologia2u is a Brazilian development firm owned by Goncales.
EmpiresX’s admin accounts log in from IPs from Minas Gerias and Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Florida in the US.
This suggests that, at least at time of publication, Flavio Goncales and his team are still in Brazil. Emerson Pires is a resident of Florida and appears to still be there.
The current total number of EmpiresX accounts stands at just over 1.2 million, of which 5% to 10% are estimated to be fake.
On the money side of things EmpiresX has taken in an estimated minimum $60 million. The actual amount is believed to be higher but we don’t have a specific figure.
Based on the available dataset, total ROI withdrawals to date sits at $16.4 million to $25 million.
Commissions paid out to EmpiresX top promoters is $17.7 million dollars.
The top earners in EmpiresX are:
- Shohan Bowala through the email address kirannaqqash@(removed) – over $500,000
- Nawin Sukkhadit through the email address chanit.bkk17@(removed) – over $500,000
- Tom Hickerson through the email address dataphonesales@(removed) – over $350,000
- Canhhoang Ngoc through the email address damphuong2022@(removed) – $over $250,000
This is MLM commissions only. How much each of the above earners has withdrawn through ROI withdrawals is unclear.
Shohan Bowala is a resident of Melbourne, Australia.
In addition to EmpiresX he has and continues to promote multiple Ponzi schemes through his “Crypto Cartel” FaceBook group.
The other three names are unknown to me and I wasn’t able to dig up anything definitive.
One last interesting tidbit is the presence of data corresponding to “eworkoin.com” and “miningcapitalcoin.com” in EmpiresX’s backend data.
I believe “eworkoin.com” corresponds to Neworkoin, a short-lived Ponzi from 2019. This is not a definitive link.
Mining Capital Coin is a Ponzi scheme from 2018. Of note is Emerson Pires popping up in the comments to defend the scam.
In total there are references to fourteen other websites in EmpiresX’s backend data:
This suggests code is recycled between Tecnologia2u projects.
It also suggests Pires and Goncalves have been running Ponzi schemes through Tecnologia2u for some time.
EmpiresX withdrawals have been disabled since late October. BehindMLM called EmpiresX’s collapse in early December.
Since then, recruitment of new victims has transitioned from western countries to Africa.
Alexa currently ranks top sources of traffic to EmpiresX’s website as Tanzania (68%) and South Africa (16%). Vietnam comes in third at 6%.
Coinciding with disabling EmpiresX withdrawals, Emerson Pires and Flavio Goncales have slowed down communication with investors.
In their last audio announcement, dated December 12th, Pires and Goncales threatened to sue EmpiresX victims and promoters.
What’s the source?
Source is EmpiresX.
Oz, you always say Pozi’s need to provide a provable source of income.
Now it’s your turn to prove the source of this data. Otherwise, why would you demand it from others?
Did you hack the EmpiresX servers yourself? Did you find it on 4chan or reddit? Dark web?
These two things aren’t the same.
And I told you the source, it’s EmpiresX. Feel free to confirm the data with them.
Oz, why dodge a question like this? Pretty simple question: how did you get this data? Was it sent to you by an anon? Did you find it on the dark web?
If there is a recurring theme in your posts, it’s always “need to prove the source, otherwise it’s BS”.
So, stand by your own words mate, and don’t try to shortcut this by only saying “EmpiresX is the source”. If it’s coming from EmpiresX, how did it get to you? Can you share a link to the dataset?
For the record I’m not trying to defend this ponzi, but I do hold the same standards for evaluating arguments in favour and against something. If this is all we’re getting, this post is pretty worthless tbh.
That’s not what you asked.
My answer to that particular question is “a source”. I’ve been protecting sources for over a decade and that’s not changing. Welcome to journalism 101.
MLM companies abiding by the law isn’t “standards for evaluating arguments”. MLM companies offering securities are legally required to disclose audited financial reports.
Neither myself or my sources owe you anything. Move on.
You’ve been given the source of the data. You’re welcome to verify it.
Ok, so I reckon I’ll have to take your word for it. Fair enough.
I would never expect EmpiresX to confirm a data leak anyways.
For clarity’s sake, what I meant with “standards”, is that regardless of what side someone’s on, we should be equally critical in assessing their claims and arguments.
Anyways, moving on.
MLM companies complying with the law and BehindMLM protecting its sources is not the same thing. There is no equality standard to meet.
If BehindMLM was soliciting investment based on the content of this article you’d have a point.
Thanks for your article.
All details in the article are true as I am a victim of f. Flavio, Emerson, Joshua and another hiden man named Enoqui – head of Financial?!
My up line in US said they could not contact any of them and all their money in TD Ameritrade’s account has gone. No one of investors has been received their money since the end of October 2022.
Now there is a small group or just one man called Support team answering some simple requests from investors and they said that by the end of February of 2022 all the investment capital will be paid and asking investors to make sure of their cypto’s wallet address!!!
This is total scam. and we are very regreting not to know the information earlier.
They are bad people they stole money from erdely here in my city Port Saint Lucie and they are living here as well, I have all of their home address here and I am trying to get enough people and go after them.
Emerson Pires: (removed)
Flávio Gonçalves : (removed)
EmpiresX Office: 1855 Se Port Saint Lucie Blvd Port Saint Lucie FL 34952
Joint us to catch those people
I am alos a victim of EmpiresX.. i invested my money with the company since October last year we agreed on a 12 months contract.
Since 02/02/22 my profits have not been paid.. the update that i get is they are closing down and they will pay our investments end of February..
I’m aware EmpiresX shutdown, we covered it here. Where is the February date coming from though?