DigAdz Review: AdBonuz Ponzi scheme rebooted
There is no information on the DigAdz website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The DigAdz website domain was registered on the 31st of October 2014, however the domain registration is set to private.
Further research reveals DigAdz affiliates identifying the admin of the company as “BeeJay”. I did hunt around but wasn’t able to ascertain anything further on this individual.
Purportedly Beejay is also the admin behind AdBonuz:
AdBonuz launched in early 2014 and promised affiliates up to 125% ROIs on $20 to $49 investments. Referral commissions on investments made by personally recruited affiliates were also offered, paying out down three levels of recruitment (unilevel).
In late November, AdBonuz affiliates on social media began reporting withdrawal problems. The company website is still alive today, however the scheme appears to have collapsed.
The language on the DigAdz website isn’t terrible, but it is slightly off:
Best performance for your advertising to get link back to your business and increase more rate of your goal.
Show your business keys or benefits before they visit your site or business. That can help you filter and get quality of visitor and them really want to join or purchase your product and services.
If one clicks the Facebook link on the DigAdz website, you are directed to a Facebook profile containing a heap of marketing videos from a “Marius Pedersen”.
Pedersen has been uploading DigAdz marketing videos to YouTube since the company launched in early November. On his own Facebook profile, Pedersen claims to be based out of Norway.
Whether Pedersen is “BeeJay” however is unclear, as he seems to focus on promoting the company over claiming ownership of it.
That said, Pedersen’s early involvement in DigAdz and his videos appearing on the official DigAdz website indicate he has a close relationship with those running it.
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 DigAdz Product Line
DigAdz advertise advertising campaigns on their website “from $1”.
The idea is that non-affiliates purchase advertising from the company, with these visitors being affiliates in the attached DigAdz MLM opportunity.
The DigAdz Compensation Plan
The basic gist of the DigAdz compensation plan is that affiliate invest funds into the scheme and in exchange are given points.
$1 appears to be equal to 1500 points.
These points are “used up” each time an affiliate views company-supplied ads. These ads are whatever sites other affiliates and non-affiliate advertisers are advertising at the time.
As points are used up, a daily ROI is paid out. 1500 points on each dollar is ultimately paid out until 150% ($1.50) is reached.
Three levels of paid membership are also offered:
- Digger – 21 cents
- Hunter – $3
- Hunter Pro – $21
These memberships last seven days if an affiliate receives back (via points) more than they paid for membership during this time.
If an affiliate is not made whole on their membership fees, their membership continues for extended 7-day periods until they are.
As I understand it, paid affiliates receive “higher-paying” ads to view (translating into a greater share of new affiliate funds in ROIs).
Finally, referral commissions are offered at a rate of 10% of investment made by personally recruited affiliates. 5% is also paid on these affiliate’s earnings via the clicking of ads.
Affiliate membership with DigAdz is initially free, however an affiliate must invest at least $1 in order to withdraw commissions (including referral commissions as a free affiliate).
Upgrade options from between 21 cents to $21 are available, potentially adding to the cost of DigAdz affiliate membership.
A little bit confusing with the whole points thing, nonetheless DigAdz is still just your regular advertising credit affiliate-funded Ponzi scheme.
Essentially you’re looking at task-based returns, with affiliates required to click on supplied ads – with this task converting points into withdrawable funds.
It should go without saying that, despite DigAdz offering their advertising services to non-affiliates, only Ponzi participants are going to be attracted to paying to have their advertised websites (which are typically similar scams) shown to Ponzi investors.
Affiliates only view the ads to collect their daily ROI, which DigAdz fund with newly invested affiliate funds.
Those who pay more for 7-day membership receive a higher share of the funds over free or cheaper membership purchasing affiliates, favoring yet again those who commit more funds to the scheme.
Like I said, slightly different with the issuing of points which is then converted to withdrawable funds, but it’s still the same story on the backend:
DigAdz affiliates are paid with newly invested funds, directly proportionate to how much they themselves and those they recruit have invested.
Putting two and two together, it would appear BeeJay got DigAdz together around the time AdBonuz’s new investment funds started drying up. Then towards the end of November he or she simply abandoned AdBonuz to focus on DigAdz.
It’s likely that whatever funds remained in the AdBonuz kitty were used to kickstart DigAdz’s reserve account.
Those who got in early in AdBonuz ripped off those who joined after them, and now it’s likely that latter group will be looking to recoup their losses in DigAdz.
Trouble is investors like Marius Pedersen will again beat them to punch… and history will repeat itself.
For reference, AdBonuz lasted six months before imploding. Reload schemes typically don’t last as long as their predecessors. As such, one can safely expect DigAdz to go kaboom sooner rather than later.