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Norway reopens Lyoness pyramid scheme investigation

Back in 2014 the Norwegian Gaming Board wrapped up an investigation into Lyoness. The conclusion of the investigation saw the Gaming Board confirm Lyoness ‘does not engage in illegal activities in Norway‘. Analysis of the Gaming Board’s official report revealed the regulator primarily relied on marketing material provided by Lyoness in their investigation. Three years later, [Continue reading…]

Lyoness a pyramid scheme according to Swiss Court of Appeal

It’s the same old story, a Lyoness affiliate invests in Accounting Units, nobody signs up under them and so they lose thousands of dollars. Between 2014 and 2015 a Lyoness affiliate in Switzerland invested 4500 CHF ($4510 USD). When it became clear he wasn’t going to earn any money, the affiliate asked for a refund. [Continue reading…]

New criminal charges against Lyoness and Freidl in Austria

Austria’s White Collar Crimes and Corruption” Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKSTA) has a long history with Lyoness. WKSTA has been trying to hold Lyoness and founder Hubert Freidl criminally accountable for years. Unfortunately for the regulator, legal decisions have thus far gone against them. Rather than resign themselves to a new era of legalized Ponzi fraud in [Continue reading…]

Swiss court rules Lyoness a Ponzi scheme, affiliate contracts invalid

Lyoness has lost a lawsuit filed in a Swiss Cantonal court. The lawsuit sought to ascertain whether or not Lyoness Premium affiliate memberships were legally binding. Who filed the lawsuit is unclear (although my guess is a Lyoness affiliate who lost money).

Lyoness still causing Mastercard “brand abuse”

Hasn’t BehindMLM covered this story already? Back in June of 2014 Lyoness announced a ‘new prepaid Lyoness Mastercard for European members‘. In an attempt to justify Lyoness’ Ponzi-like AU investment scheme business model, the Mastercard announcement saw “legitimacy by association” marketing begin shortly after. By January 2015 Mastercard had had enough, and affirmed they had “no [Continue reading…]

Lyoness Terms and Conditions illegal in Poland

In 2013 a legal complaint was filed against Lyoness in the Polish  Court of Competition and Consumer Protection (abbreviated as CCCP in English or SOKiK in Polish). The complaint raised the question of whether Lyoness’ affiliate Terms and Conditions were illegal under Polish Consumer Protection law. The case has been playing out for almost three [Continue reading…]

Austrian Regional Court upholds Lyoness criminal decision

The legal status of Lyoness in Austria is… complicated. Earlier this year Lyoness was found guilty of deceptive trade practices. Lyoness filed an appeal against the decision, which was denied last month. A concurrent push to hold Lyoness and founder Hubert Freidl accountable on a criminal level has also been playing out. Late last year [Continue reading…]

Lyoness warning: Portuguese Consumer Protection Assoc

The Portuguese Consumer Protection Association, otherwise known as DECO, is is an independent non-profit association with charity status. It is the largest consumer association in Portugal and possesses a ‘Public Utility’ status. Following a series of complaints by Lyoness investors, DECO recently issued a warning against participation in the scheme.

Vienna Court of Appeal upholds Lyoness T&Cs are illegal

Alleging Lyoness’ Terms & Conditions were “incomprehensible”, the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) in Austria took legal action against the company back in 2013. In their lawsuit VKI referenced “61 vague and inexplicable clauses”. The consumer advocacy group claimed they’d ‘never seen so many incomprehensible clauses in one contract‘. The contracts signed by the members contain many [Continue reading…]

Lyoness investigation in Sweden dropped, appeal filed

Back in March of 2014, the Swedish Gaming Board concluded an investigation into Lyoness. Suspecting Lyoness was running a pyramid scheme, the Gaming Board forwarded their findings to police for further investigation. That investigation has been quietly carried out for almost two years, with prosecutors deciding to drop the investigation last November. Not because Lyoness was running [Continue reading…]