Engofor Review: Three package investment fraud
Engofor initially launched as “Cryptocoins Invest” back in June.
The company hosting the Cryptocoins Invest website appears to have since terminated the site with it today showing an “account suspended” message.
Rather than acknowledge this, those running Cryptocoins Invest have trotted out a sob story involving hackers:
To our dismay we realized that the hackers have caused more damage to the CCI network than we initially thought.
They succeeded to manipulate the system that there are now quite a number of accounts at another final balance than expected.
This, both positively and negatively. It has proved impossible to recover the data.
How much money has so far been lost is unclear. A relaunch as Engofor was announced last month which, as I understand it, is pretty much the same business model.
A corporate address in the Netherlands is provided on the Engofor website. No information about who owns or runs the company is provided.
Further research reveals Diego van der Veen (owner), Wendy van Dijk and David Vink as co-CEOs of the company.
These do appear to be actual people, however due to language-barriers I was unable to put together an MLM history on any of them.
Update 28th December 2016 – The Engofor website now credits Diego van der Veen as “Founding Director” of the company. Wendy van Dijk is credited as “Financial Support”.
Generic corporate bios for both on the Engofor website don’t actually reveal anything about their MLM history. /end update
Read on for a full review of the Engofor MLM opportunity.
The Engofor Product Line
Engofor has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market Engofor affiliate membership itself.
The Engofor Compensation Plan
The Engofor compensation plan sees affiliates invest in three packages on the promise of an advertised ROI:
- Package 1 – invest $10 to $50,000 and receive a 4% daily ROI for 40 days ($500 max daily withdrawal)
- Package 2 – invest $10 to $50,000 and receive a 0.5% daily ROI for 500 days ($500 max daily withdrawal)
- Package 3 – invest $10,000 or more and receive a 10% monthly ROI over 730 days
Update 9th February 2017 – Package 1 now pays a 1.5% daily ROI as opposed to the original 4%.
No reason for the percentage change is provided on the Engofor website. /end update
Referral commissions are available on funds invested by downline affiliates, paid out down three levels of recruitment (unilevel):
- level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) – 5%
- level 2 – 2%
- level 3 – 1%
The Diweda Bonus pays Engofor affiliates to recruit new affiliates.
To qualify for the bonus, an Engofor affiliate must have invested at least $100.
If an Engofor affiliate recruits five affiliates who each invest at least $25, all within a 21 day period, they earn a $75 Diweda Bonus.
Note that the Diweda Bonus is earnable over a rolling 21 day period.
Engofor affiliate membership is tied to a minimum investment of $10.
The only verifiable source of revenue entering Engofor is affiliate investment.
Using this new investment to pay off existing investors makes Engofor, as with Cryptocoins Invest before it, a Ponzi scheme.
The Engofor website does mention forex, real estate, company acquisitions and binary options as revenue sources, however as is typical with Ponzi schemes, no specific information is provided. Much the less a direct connection linking external revenue with affiliate ROIs.
In any event, Engofor doesn’t pass the Ponzi logic sniff test.
If Diego van der Veen, Wendy van Dijk and David Vink were able to consistently and legitimately generate a 4% daily ROI, why would they need your money?
Even a modest bank loan compounded at 4% daily would generate an extraordinary amount of wealth in a relatively short time.
This suggests the ROI Engofor pay out is not created legitimately, which brings us back to it being a Ponzi scheme.
As with all Ponzi schemes, once recruitment of new Engofor affiliates dries up so too will new funds entering the scheme.
This will see Engofor unable to meet its daily ROI obligations, prompting a collapse.
Package 1 is where a collapse will be spotted first, owing to its 40 day maturity period.
Unfortunately for affiliates 2.5% of the daily 4% ROI is withheld until the end of the 40 day maturity period. This means Engofor affiliates aren’t going to be aware of a collapse until it’s too late.
This is of course by design, giving the Engofor admins plenty of time to do a runner.
Update 2nd March 2017 – After suspending affiliate withdrawals on February 16th, today Engofor confirmed they are under investigation by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.