Pinga Work Review: Content moderation?
There is no information on the Pinga Work website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Pinga Work website domain (“pingawork.com”) was registered on the 14th of January 2014, and lists a “Sher Ali” of “Pinga Work Limited” as the domain owner. A corporate address in London is also provided.
Sher Ali’s name does not appear anywhere on the Pinga Work website, nor is his name listed in connection with the company outside of the Pinga Work domain registration.
There’s a common tendency for scammers to register their opportunities in London using fake details, as all that is required is a PO Box. Pending further details, I’m therefore flagging Sher Ali as likely to be a fake name.
Supporting this is the fact that most of the marketing material I’ve seen for Pinga Work is coming out of Brazil and Russia, neither of which have anything to do with the UK.
Additionally broken English was also observed on the Pinga Work website, which fits the frequently used model of an Indian-based scheme registered in the UK with fake credentials.
As always, if a 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.
The Pinga Work Product Line
Pinga Work claim to be “experts” in content moderation. This primarily appears to revolve around image moderation.
conserve the repute and veracity of your brand by permitting our trained image moderators to reassess and analyze your user-generated images in recommendation to your pre-defined guidelines and brand commands.
Pinga Work charge companies at three levels for image moderation:
- Standard – $100 a month
- Premium – $1000 a month
- High Volume – $12,000 a month
The primary difference between the plans is how many images Pinga Work promises to moderate.
The Pinga Work Compensation Plan
The Pinga Work compensation plan has nothing to do with the company’s image moderation service offering, and instead revolves around affiliates investing between $100 to $10,000 in six plans.
Once an affiliate has invested, Pinga Work promise to pay out a fixed weekly ROI for 30 weeks:
- Basic ($100) – $10 a week ROI ($300)
- Turbo ($500) – $55 a week ROI ($1650)
- Business ($1000) – $120 a week ROI ($3600)
- Professional ($3000) – $390 a week ROI ($11,700)
- Ultimate ($5000) – $700 a week ROI ($21,000)
- VIP ($10,000) – $1500 a week ROI ($45,000)
Referral commissions are also available on investments made by personally recruited affiliates, paying out 5% on all deposits.
In addition to the investment ROIs offered above, Pinga Work also pay affiliates binary commissions.
A binary compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a binary team, split into two sides.
Positions in the binary are filled via recruitment (either direct or indirect), with commissions paid out on 1:1 paired positions on either side of the binary.
Pinga Work state they pay out 10% on all matched pairs, but do not state what the 10% is paid out on (presumably invested money or the ROI paid out each week).
Joining Pinga Work
Affiliate membership to Pinga Work is free, however affiliates must invest in one of the six offered plans if they wish to earn any money.
The notion that “corporate companies” are going to pay Pinga Work $12,000 a month (or even $100) “moderate images” is laughable. Ditto the notion that Pinga Work will be able to “police” the internet for brand-damaging content.
If we discard the whole content management facade, Pinga Work deteriorates into your standard Ponzi investment scheme.
Affiliates buy into the scheme for between $100 to $10,000 on the expectation of an advertised ROI. Then all Pinga Work do is take newly invested money and use it to pay off the weekly ROI on existing investments.
Despite the obvious Ponzi nature of the business however, Pinga Work insist they are not offering an investment opportunity:
Yet amusingly, the following is presented to visitors via the Pinga Network marketing video on the company homepage:
[1:05] Pingawork offers an amazing opportunity to grow a substantial income for yourself off six different investment packages.
[1:18] You can start at any package you want, but remember you earn depending on your moderation package. So the higher your package, the higher your earnings.
The marketing material for Pinga Work’s packages also specifies “returns”, signifying they are indeed investments:
And even without the above blunders there’s still the whole using new money to pay off existing ROI liabilities thing.
As with all Ponzi schemes, once Pinga Work runs out of new affiliate money they won’t be able to pay out their existing affiliates.
I will give them points for a convincing website (English issues aside) and content moderation angle, but at the end of the day Pinga Work just another cookie-cutter Ponzi scheme.