Two more OneCoin domains offline, under investigation
Two more of OneCoin’s website domains have been pulled offline.
DNS records reveal the domains were pulled due to an investigation by domain registry EurID.
Both “oneacademy.eu” and “oneworldfoundation.eu” were live as of December 1st. Sometime in the last twenty-four hours however DNS for both domains has been suspended.
One Academy was a website OneCoin set up to host the pseudo-compliance “education” component of its Ponzi scheme. One World Foundation was a bullshit charity set up by Ruja Ignatova to create the illusion of OneCoin’s legitimacy.
As with OneCoin’s primary website, the current status for the One Academy and One World Foundations domains is “server hold”.
This domain name is registered to the domain name holder as shown in WHOIS, but is temporarily inactive (i.e. website and email do not function) and under investigation.
EurID informed us yesterday that this means the domains are under legal investigation.
It is presumed EurID are working with authorities as part of a wider investigation into OneCoin, however details have yet to be confirmed.
As OneCoin’s web properties are pulled offline one by one, eyes are turning to “onelife.eu”.
OneLife is the website used to track OneCoin affiliate investment. It is instrumental in the continued perpetuation of fraud.
OneCoin’s website was registered through One.com (no business relation). One Academy and One World Foundation were registered through NameCheap.
OneLife is registered through GoDaddy. Whether that has anything to do with the domain still being up is unclear.
In light of OneCoin’s website DNS being suspended, a BehindMLM reader reached out to EurID to inform them of the company’s other domains.
This included the OneCoin, DealShaker, One Academy, One World Foundation and One Pay website domains.
The reader also pointed out that the OneLife and OneLife Events domains were registered by the same person using a “onecoin.eu” address.
In their response EurID confirmed they are investigating all of OneCoin’s domains listed above.
So far the EURid action has had only little impact, as the main scam operation site where the ponzi packages are sold and member DashBoard resides, OneLife.eu ,remains online.
BehindMLM always give negative review about Onecoin, are you a Bitcoin conduct ?…We are still exist and will be the bigest crypto, broo.
^^ First and only third-world country comment I’ll allow on this article (for the lulz). Rest will be spam-binned.
Maybe you could just put these comments in some seperate article, like “best of OC scammers and scammed”. Would be fun to read it…
So what do you expect? Praising this idiotic cult & scam?
I’ll see how we go this week. Probably will only happen if OL.eu goes down. That’ll send them into a desperate panic something chronic.
Another domain to report is Dealshaker.it
Also “onecoin.eu” is now in “server hold” state.
@Nonecoinxxx, doesn’t matter, when the servers are shut upped – everything will go to the river!
Dealshaker.it is just an another page. The most important are servers!
To be fair oneacademy.eu still contains exactly the same amount of educational information as it did before.
It’s great that this is happening, but I’ve already seen messages claiming that this is just the “big update” that was announced (it’s apparently so big they have to put the domain on hold).
Soon someone will come up with a new website where people can send in their screenshots, that should string along the extra-gullible for at least another three months.
It is all over WhatsApp, but not what you guys think. The promoters are claiming that the blockchain will go online soon and therefore the sites are down.
OneCoin is a cult, therefore people simply ignore facts. I know people who are still buying so called “education packages” in Austria.
Well, it is Wednesday now and still no news update. That doesn’t seem to concern the true believers, though.
Maybe it’s just an indication that the corporate is getting ready for exchange and don’t have any time to update the wonder wheel.
@Roque It is a mix of cult, scam, home, and so on… Therefore people are believing everything and such false statements are getting ignore.
The shocking thing is that there is currently a hype on the OneCoin secret WhatsApp and Telegram groups because the sites are down because that means that the exchange is coming soon. Unbelievable.
In the EU the biggest promoter is MaMa so far. He is claiming that he has no down line etc. but this does not change the fact that he is promoting OneCoin.
Now an announcement has appeared which says that Veselina Valkova and Habib Zahid are no longer “part of the Company’s family”.
It refers to the domain issues as technical issue which software specialists are trying to resolve.
A series of meetings will be held to discuss the future.
I wonder who is behind the announcement. Perhaps it’s not even true but a move in an attempt to hijack the scam.
Here is the full announcement:
So the announcement was sent in a format of the weekly (no)newsletter.
The source of this message is the same as the regular Monday Newsletters (see Past Issues) so indeed it looks like Veselina has jumped the sinking ship!
No doubt with a hefty bag of millions too. And still the gullible carry on like porkchops.
I don’t think there’s really been a ship anymore for a while now. There are just people clinging on to various bits of still-floating debris (for instance, there is someone who has the password to that Twitter account), some of them pretending their bit of debris is the ship and that they’re the captain.
Somewhere nearby is a dinghy with Simon Le in it, who is trying to pick up survivors desperately clinging on to the makeshift liferafts they’ve made from screenshots, hoping they’re so deluded they will mistake his dinghy for the original ship.
And of course there’s Markus Mayer, who is floating above the water, held up by the sheer strength of his belief that the ship never sank and it was all made up by the lying press.
Scammer Habib Zahid is a black sheep! 😀
@OneCon Squad Sofia
Nope, they are fired! I suppouse, that they are tryng to stoll money from the firm. It’s not for first time 🙂
And who fired Veselina? Veska?
Could be they just left because the situation is absolutely hopeless.
So there’s no honor among thieves…
The well-known OneCoin scammer Marco Vassanelli from Italy has installed his own DealShaker:
The domain registration of dealshaker.it:
The offer is ridiculously low, but the portal has not been online for long. Can each country set up its own DealShaker?
OneCoin scammer Marco Vassanelli:
That’s a good question, and it reminded me I cannot remember anyone ever mentioning who owns the OC-related trademarks.
So I took a quick look at the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) website, because surely any serious new business setting up in the EU these days takes out a EU-wide trademark rather than a national one.
The answer to your question appears to be: yes they can, at least within the EU. There is no EU trademark on the word DealShaker (regardless of the use of capitals):
For OneLife, it’s more interesting. There are quite a few trademarks for that, owned by completely unrelated companies. A trademark is restricted to a list of business activities, so there is nothing to prevent several companies having the same one, as long as they registered it for different things.
‘Our’ OneLife did try to register its name, complete with logo, but as late as July 2017, and it didn’t get the registration because somebody filed an objection:
Why the Portuguese company which objected thought it could cause confusion with their own trademark, I don’t know, but their objection was successful, without it seems OC trying to dispute it.
The applicant is a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve never seen the name Power Holding Corporation (Flat 2, 1 Sadler Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2RR, UK) before. \
Their representatives are named as Iliana Marinova and Ivanka Pakindanska, both located at 6 Trapezitsa Str, Fl.1, Office 4, 1000 Sofia. Also two names that don’t seem to ring a bell.
But it’s the same company and the same people who, on that same date in 2017, successfully registered OneCoin as a trademark:
The list of goods and services they registered it for are interesting:
So from that, it seems that, unless there are trademarks registered in separate EU countries or the Benelux, anyone can start doing business as either OneLife or DealShaker. (And perhaps, now that they may have read this, rush to register those names for themselves.) OneCoin one could get in trouble for using, if the mysterious Power Holding Corporation of Wells, Somerset suddenly springs into action.
But it does show how incredibly amateurish OC always was. It took three years for them to think about doing something as elementary as registering a trademark.
They didn’t get one for OneLife, and seem to have given up after the first attempt. And for DealShaker, supposedly so central to their ‘ecosystem’, they never even bothered.
P.S. Come to think of it: that application happened two months after Pitt Arens’s brief stint as CEO began, during which he claims he tried to put OC on a more properly organised footing.
@WhistleBlowerFin, I think, there is more people in the shadow. What you know about this people? What you know about, for example, for Krum?
What about the others? I think, that they are trying to steal more and more, and now the prob is who will get more money! The ship is on the way … bubble, bubble 🙂
Nope, just shutdown mysql db ( blabla blockchain ) and will be interesting to see how they will “pay” with one’s!
One of bulgarian onecoiners said that centralized blockchain (aka mysql db) is better!
By the way, I can set up my private DealShaker! 🙂 Hahaha
And even then via a shell company.
But on the other hand: if you’re running a Ponzi/Pyramid hybrid fraud, the trademark is not very high on the list of worries.
Again, I had the misfortune of having lived this:
1. Everything about OneLife is purposely designed to be confusing
2. Pitt Arens did try to sort the structure out but clashed with Irina
3. The holding company of the DealShaker brand is an entity that was based in Hong Kong that was allowed to lapse. There is no institutional memory or proper recording system in OL so I have what is probably the only record
4. The trademarks, etc, are registered in the EU in Bulgaria to another company that has been allowed to lapse. Again I have the record that I stumbled upon just two days ago
5. If Sofia ask nicely, they can have copies, the originals are going to law enforcement
6. DealShaker, as it exists now, is a mere module on the core OL server. We tried to set it up separately but couldn’t, mostly because that would involve giving my team access to everything. How that went down when we got access ourselves is well recorded.
The end result is that anyone could set-up anything “DealShaker” because the owner of the thing has lost the records, couldn’t prove ownership and are allergic to courts for good reason although they do have a love of using toy law firms to send threatening letters.
Ironically my team does own one of the DS domains directly. We’re not using it and we’re certainly not giving it up.
One more update on the trademark situation.
I am afraid I have to announce that the UK shell company Power Holding Corporation Ltd., once proud owner of the OneCoin trademark in the EU, is no longer.
Having been set up in June 2017, and after having narrowly avoided compulsory strike-off in 2018 (they got to the stage of an announcement in the Gazette, which means they were no longer answering their mail), by officially becoming a dormant company, it was dissolved in August 2019.
On the presumption that when a company owning a trademark disappears without the trademark being transferred, the trademark simply lapses, this means the only EU trademark OC had is now also gone, even though EUIPO hasn’t been made aware of this.
That company, with a capital of one pound, was set up by a man named Christopher Snook-Lumb.
According to the internet, besides being an avid amateur chess player (he was last active on an online chess site hours before I’m writing this), he is a serial registrant of shell companies, not just in the UK, although on a modest scale and operating from very modest premises.
The only thing that links him to OC, according to a quick google, seems to be that shell company.
An earlier comment right here on BehindMLM stated it also tried to register a trademark on OneCoin in the US, without saying if that was successful.
As always, we are left with questions. Why on earth didn’t they just register those trademarks directly?
Why would anyone ever want to set up a secretive shell company, to register what is by necessity the most highly visible part of a business?
(I know it’s sometimes done to register a trademark on the sly, before the public launch of a new product, but this happened three years after OneCoin had begun using those names publicly.)
The British Commercial Register names five companies that use or have used the term “Onecoin”.
Ruja’s ONECOIN LIMITED was registered in Gibraltar. Director was her mother Veska.
In addition, five other domains have been registered with the term “Dealshaker”.
dealshaker.us is for sale! Denis Murdock could buy this domain for at least $ 99: 😛
The owner of the domain is Jonas Kropf from Olten, Switzerland:
A trademark registration in a country is only valid within that country. Since OC always operated internationally, just registering in Bulgaria would have been a stupid, pointless waste of money.
Anybody could have told them they should get an EU trademark (and of course also ones in all the non-EU countries where they planned to operate).
You’d think a hot-shot lawyer like Ruja would know that. What they actually did in terms of EU trademarks I already described.
Completely pointless. The only proof of trademark ownership is the register entry, which anyone can check. That’s why such registers were created in the first place. I also can’t imagine why any law enforcement agency would be interested in the matter.
The only reason anyone can set up anything called “DealShaker” in the EU is that nobody holds a trademark on the word, and nobody ever did.
There simply is no owner. And again, ownership of a trademark is established by the register, and only the register, which doesn’t lose records.
If somebody were to decide to register DealShaker as a trademark and was successful (anyone could give it a try), you could be forced to give up that domain name.
They probably wouldn’t even have to go to a proper court, there are binding arbitration procedures for such things (you signed up for them when you registered that domain).
@ PasserBy a very good analysis! A trademark, copyright or patent will be respected by another government on the basis of international public law.
The point is moot. Who on earth would want to own a toxic brand like OneLife, DealShaker or OneCoin?
I wonder when onelife.eu will go to “Server hold” state..?
As soon as someone registers the “OneLife” trademark and requests the rights for the onelife.eu address?
Email from the “Leaders” in Sweden Peter And Maria Hjelte.
Translated from swedish via google translate.
So basically Veselina is the new Ruja Ignatova and we can expect a reboot Ponzi shitcoin to launch at some point.
OZ: Maybe they can call the newcoin BIGCOIN. ohhhh wait..
It’s also very funny that “everybody” was so agains bycoi. And now they are abbanoing ship for a new coin, and doing exactly the same.
Yeah the bycoi hypocrisy didn’t escape me either.
Sebastian Greenwood has repeatedly stated:
Quoted from oneworldfoundation.eu:
Obviously the OWF TEAM no longer exists because I read:
It is also funny that these mega-scammers in Sofia ask for donations and name this bank account:
For the purpose of establishing who specifically launched what within OneCoin, Ruja Iganatova == Sebastian Greenwood.
As an extremely curious woman, I regularly check out onelifeevents.eu/en/events. Unfortunately without any success, because I only see canceled events.
Is Albena Topalova no longer working for the OneCoin scam?
I hate websites that don’t update!
The account twitter.com/onelifeevents has been blocked.
The account twitter.com/onelifeevents1 is also empty and therefore superfluous.
OneLife events were also announced on this account until December 31, 2018: twitter.com/OneLife_Network