Back in late 2021 BehindMLM published its WinWheel review.

WinWheel was essentially a reboot of the collapsed Algotech Ponzi scheme, fronted by several former top OneCoin Ponzi promoters.

WinWheel offered investors passive returns through node positions, tied to the company Connect.

This is a summary conclusion from BehindMLM’s WinWheel review;

To summarize, WinWheel is a Ponzi scheme with ties to Connect, an unknown blockchain company representing it is based out of the US.

Both companies are run by and/or promoted by serial-scammers, with business models appearing to be intentionally convoluted so as to confuse people.

WinWheel collapsed shortly after launch but Connect rebranded as Connect United and continued to defraud investors.

I made a note of this in BehindMLM’s WinWheel review. Recently though a reader reached out requesting a standalone Connect United review.

Having confirmed Connect United’s offering was MLM and not just a clone of WinWheel, today we’re publishing a separate Connect United review as requested.

Although it was very much created by an individual or individuals, Connect United fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

A visit to Connect United’s website redirects to an affiliate log in form:

Back in 2021 I noted Utah resident Stephen Michael Miller was the face of Connect.

As of May 2024, Miller’s LinkedIn profile cites him as COO of Connect since 2018 and President as of July 2020.

Before getting into MLM crypto fraud, Miller had a history in real-estate.

As always, if an 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.

Connect United’s Products

Connect United has no retailable products or services.

Affiliates are only able to market Connect United affiliate membership itself.

Connect United’s Compensation Plan

Connect United affiliates invest in “win nodes” and “switch node” positions.

  • a win node investment position costs $2000 annually
  • a switch node investment position costs $8900 annually

This is done on the promise of a variable daily passive return.

Note that although Connect United’s compensation plan uses USD, the company warns “rewards are paid out in USD equivalent, NOT paid in USD”.

Connect United pays returns and commissions in its own WIN token.

The MLM side of Connect United pays on recruitment of affiliate investors.

Connect United Affiliate Ranks

There are four ranks within Connect United’s compensation plan.

Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:

  1. Droid – sign up as a Connect United and invest in a win node position
  2. BlockBot – recruit five affiliates who have invested in a win node position and have earned $10,000 in commissions over the past 12 months
  3. BlockBot5 – have a BlockBot or higher ranked affiliate in five separate recruitment legs
  4. BlockBot10 – have a BlockBot5 or higher ranked affiliate in five separate recruitment legs
  5. BlockBot20 – have a BlockBot10 or higher ranked affiliate in five separate recruitment legs

Referral Commissions

Connect United pays referral commissions on invested funds down two levels of recruitment (unilevel):

  • 10% on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates)
  • 5% on level 2

BlockBot and higher ranked affiliates receive a bonus 10% on level 1.

Joining Connect United

Connect United affiliate membership is free.

Full participation in the attached income opportunity requires a:

  • $2000 win node investment or
  • $8900 switch node investment

Note that these amounts are as quoted by Connect United in their marketing material. Live pricing however appears to be variable and based on whatever amount Connect United feels like charging.

Note that once quoted, Connect United advises investment costs are “locked in place for 30 minutes. ”

Connect United solicits investment in USD (credit cards), tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC) and its own WIN token.

Connect United Conclusion

WinWheel’s simple investment scheme was buried in a pile of crypto jargon and pseudo-compliance. Connect United is pretty much the same.

Stripping away the crypto jargon and pseudo-compliance leaves us with a pretty basic investment scheme.

Connect United affiliates sign up, invest in “node positions” and receive a passive return. Commissions are paid on recruitment of investors who do the same.

Despite being based out of the US and primarily servicing US residents (as of April 2024 SimilarWeb tracked 84% of Connect United’s website originating from the US), neither Connect United or Stephen Miller are registered with the SEC.

Make no mistake, no amount of pseudo-compliance and crypto jargon changes the fact that, as per the Howey Test, Connect United’s node position investment scheme is a securities offering.

Connect United affiliates invest with the company (a common enterprise), on the expectation of profits (there is no other reason to invest), with said profits derived from the efforts of others (Connect United’s node returns are paid passively).

Failure to register with the SEC sees Connect United and Stephen Miller commit securities fraud.

On the money side of things, Connect United appears to be laundering funds through Switch Pay.

Switch Pay operates from the domain “”, only recently privately registered on February 20th, 2024.

Shell companies cites on Switch Pay’s website include Fortress Trust LLC, Ibanera LLC and Switch Reward Card DAO LLC. No specific information about these companies is provided.

In what is likely an attempt to hide Switch Pay’s association with Connect United and its fraudulent investment scheme, investments through Switch Pay are dressed up as NFT purchases:

As it stands, the only verifiable source of revenue entering Connect United is new investment.

The proceeds from all transactions completed through Connect are distributed according to the Win Blockchain Distribution Algorithm.

The use of new investment to pay ROI withdrawals would make Connect United a Ponzi scheme.

As with all MLM Ponzi schemes, once affiliate recruitment dries up so too will new investment.

This will starve Connect United of ROI revenue, eventually prompting a collapse.