Bonus Surf Review: $10 – $2500 Ponzi investment scheme
Bonus Surf initially launched in March of 2014, offering affiliates 140% ROIs on their investments with a 10 day maturity period.
By July Bonus Surf had shut down. In an email sent out to Bonus Surf affiliates, the admin claimed ‘exciting improvements (would be) coming up in a month time‘.
Bonus Surf did relaunch again in August, before going offline again in September.
In October Bonus Surf relaunched for the third time, offering yet again a new compensation plan and Bitcoin support.
Despite going through three relaunches in a year thus far, the owners of Bonus Surf have never revealed themselves.
The Bonus Surf website domain (“bonus-surf.com”) was registered on the 27th of February 2014, however the domain registration is set to private.
Bonus Surf website traffic statistics reveal a strong presence in Russia (providing an estimated 37% of all website traffic). When combined with the poor English on the Bonus Surf website and multiple Russian website appearing under “recommended links”, it’s likely that the company is being operated from within Russia itself.
A “recent news” post does ask for “Russian translators” to provide translating services for the site, which is a little strange if Bonus Surf is being run by Russians.
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 Bonus Surf Product Line
Bonus Surf has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market affiliate membership to the company itself.
Once joined, affiliates can then invest between $10 to $2500 a day with the company. Bundled with each investment are a series of advertising credits which can be used to display advertising on the Bonus Surf website.
The Bonus Surf Compensation Plan
The Bonus Surf compensation plan revolves around affiliates investing funds into the scheme on the promise of advertised ROIs.
Affiliate investment is capped at $2500 a day, with the following nine plans available:
- Bonus Surfer 1 ($10) – 10% for 14 days ($14 total ROI)
- Bonus Surfer 2 ($50) – 10% for 14 days ($70 total ROI)
- Bonus Surfer 3 ($100) – 10% for 14 days ($140 total ROI)
- Bonus Subscriber 1 ($50 to 250) – 9% a day for 14 days (126% total ROI)
- Bonus Subscriber 2 ($250 to $1000) – 10% a day for 14 days (140% total ROI)
- Bonus Subscriber 3 ($1000 to $2500) – 11% a day for 14 days (154% total ROI)
- Pay Today Paid Tomorrow 1 ($50 to $250) – 1.5% a day for 14 days plus initially invested amount
- Pay Today Paid Tomorrow 2 ($250 to $1000) – 2.% a day for 14 days plus initially invested amount
- Pay Today Paid Tomorrow 3 ($1000 to $2500) – 3.5% a day for 14 days plus initially invested amount
Note that the following additional requirements apply to the Bonus Surfer plans:
- Bonus Surfer 1 – view 15 company-supplied advertisements a day
- Bonus Surfer 2 – view 30 company-supplied advertisements a day
- Bonus Surfer 3 – view 50 company-supplied advertisements a day
Referral commissions are paid on investments made by recruited affiliates, paying out a percentage of the funds invested down ten levels of recruitment as follows:
- level 1 – 5%
- level 2 – 4%
- level 3 – 3%
- level 4 – 2%
- levels 5 to 10 – 1%
Joining Bonus Surf
Affiliate membership with Bonus Surf is free, however investment in one of the nine available plans is required in order to earn commissions.
This means defacto affiliate costs with Bonus Surf is between $10 to $2500.
Taken from the Bonus Surf FAQ:
How much can I invest?
We accept deposit from $10 to $2500 and concider (sic) the $2500 as a day max investment. However you are allowed to make several deposit within this max per day on any choosen (sic) plan.
Bonus Surf operate a fraudulent Ponzi investment scheme and seemingly don’t even attempt to put the usual “but we have a product” pseudo-compliance spin on it.
The Bonus Surf website is littered with investment terminology and promises of returns. Typically I don’t review straight up HYIP schemes but the ten level referral commissions mean Bonus Surf are using an MLM compensation plan.
I suspect the braziness on the Bonus Surf website in regard to the blatant offering of unregistered securities is the likelihood that the owner(s) is/are in Russia. This means they are likely unconcerned about being caught.
It also means that when Bonus Surf inevitably collapses, as all Ponzi schemes do, the anonymous admin(s) will easily be able to vanish with participant’s funds.