Fort Ad Pays Review: $1-$300 ad-credit Ponzi scheme
Identified as the owner of Fort Ad Pays on the company website is Pedro Fort.
On his LinkedIn profile, Fort lists his location as Columbia, which is presumably where Fort Ad Pays is being operated from.
The Pedro Fort Ads website domain lists Fort as the owner, using what appears to be a bogus address in Spain (fake street address and city).
On his LinkedIn profile Fort (right) credits himself as the CEO of something called “MLM Shop”. The Fort Ad Pays website also uses MLM Shop domain name-servers (“mlmshop.net”).
MLM Shop launched in 2013, with the domain registered anonymously on November 15th.
A visit to the MLM Shop website without a referral link reveals yet another address for Fort, this time in the US state of Florida.
Of note is the banner at the top of the page reads “Business Shop”, suggesting either the name of the MLM shop scheme was changed or that it goes by multiple names.
In any event, research into the MLM Shop compensation plan reveals it to be a Ponzi investment scheme in decline.
As per the MLM shop website affiliates invest up to $50,000 in “packs”, with the company advertising greater than 100% ROIs in 30 days.
My guess is that a gradual decline of new investment into MLM Shop is what prompted the launch of Fort Ad Pays.
Read on for a full review of the Fort Ad Pays MLM business opportunity.
The Fort Ad Pays Product Line
Fort Ad Pays has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market Fort Ad Pays affiliate membership itself.
Once signed up, Fort Ad Pays affiliates are then able to invest in $1 to $300 “ad credit-packs”.
Bundled with each of these ad credit-packs are a series of advertising credits, which can be used to display advertising on the Fort Ad Pays website itself.
The Fort Ad Pays Compensation Plan
The Fort Ad Pays compensation plan sees affiliates $1 to $300 on the promise of an advertised >100% ROI.
- $1 investment = $3 ROI (300%)
- $10 investment = $12 ROI (120%)
- $50 investment = $75 ROI (150%)
- $100 investment = $180 ROI (180%)
- $300 investment = $630 ROI (210%)
Note that Fort Ad Pays affiliates must view a set number of company-supplied ads each day in order to qualify for a daily ROI payout.
This requirement can be waived for an additional fee.
Referral commissions are paid on funds invested by recruited affiliates, paid out down five levels of recruitment (unilevel):
- level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) – 8%
- level 2 – 4%
- level 3 – 2%
- level 4 – 1%
- level 5 – 5%
Joining Fort Ad Pays
Affiliate membership with Fort Ad Pays is free, however free affiliates can only collect referral commissions.
Full participation in the Fort Ad Pays MLM opportunity requires a minimum investment of between $1 and $300.
With nothing being marketed to retail customers, 100% of the revenue paid into Fort Ad Pays is sourced from affiliates.
Thus it follows the same is true of commissions paid out, which when coupled with the ROI nature of the compensation plan, identify Fort Ad Pays as a Ponzi scheme.
As with all advertising-credit based Ponzi schemes, the credits themselves are irrelevant. Affiliates invest in positions with advertised ROI payouts, despite claims of legitimacy and Fort Ad Pays not being an investment scheme on their website.
The simplest way to dismantle the “you are purchasing advertising” argument is to look at Fort Ad Pays’ “no refunds” refund policy:
We share the revenue from your purchase with all members, so we cannot afford to offer refunds.
If indeed advertising credits were being purchased, logically it would follow that affiliates would be able to get a refund on unused credits. What with Fort Ad Pays instead using newly invested funds to pay off existing investors, refunds are of course not possible.
As with all Ponzi schemes, once new investment dries up Fort Ad Pays will find itself unable to meet its ROI obligations.
Or as they put it:
Payouts depend on the volume of sales. At times, volume will be higher than others, so ones earnings will vary accordingly.
With ROIs paid out “every 30 minutes”, any delay in ROI payouts will likely signal an imminent collapse.
Can members compound their earnings?
Yes. Members can use their repurchase and cash balances.
Note that ROI payouts in the backoffice are likely virtual in nature, with Fort Ad Pays affiliates likely to discover the scheme has collapsed only once they try to actually withdraw paid funds.
Actually the withdrawals work 7 days a week and you can request up to 4 a day max. $1000 per day is limit. payouts processing within few hours.
They will work for as long as new investors keep investing.
You can’t beat mathematics though, paying out more than you bring in is a one-way street to a collapse.
It seems like they using both MLM shop and this to balance it out.
You can’t balance out a Ponzi scheme. Paying out more than is invested = inevitable collapse.
You guys did a good job but are just scratching the surface. I did my own investigation and look at what I found. MLMSHOP uses this “contract” mlmshop.net/contrato.pdf where it states the company running is “Inversiones Anderfort SAS”, which is hold in Bogota, Colombia.
This company is registered to Pedro Fort Berbel and Anderson Castrillon Garcia which claims offers advertising services at this webpage handerfort.com
This guy Pedro Fort Berbel, has several bogus companies all around the globe. Nevertheless, the admin face of Fort Ad Pays is this guy “Josep Àngel Colomés” which seems to have been promoted the SCAM that was UNETENET at this page tutorialesunetenet.blogspot.com
I’m giving this information so you can finish the job and research this scammers that are clearly in a fishy business running who knows how many ponzi schemes.
Oz, I think autocorrect got you on Colombia “no U” again. 🙂
Agency, nice digging. Remember, we can’t speak every language in the world. Non-english stuff is probably going to be reliant on Google Translate, and you know how accurate that is. 😀 As I used to live in Valle de Cauca… But that was a very long time ago. 😀
Thanks to BehingMLM, Fort Ad Pays improve 2 aspects of the business: satisfied guarantee (2 months) and erasing this thing of FAQ:
Thanks to help FortAdPays to improve. Thank you very much.
So they’re still a Ponzi scheme, now they’re just trying to hide the fact that they are (pseudo-compliance).
As long as new investors are paid out of existing investor funds, FortAds is a Ponzi scheme.
Thank you very much for this article.
A few days ago I was invited to participate in this company, but after watching this information I think it’s better not to enter, at least for now.
For now and, if you are inteligence, for ever. Congratulation for the article.
all is Ponzi here i guess. LOL
No, just the Ponzi schemes.
A spade is a spade, but that hardly means everything is a spade.
Listen…I am in this, I get paid, and they are very good at customer service…funny how all good replies are erased…
Walmart (Ozedit: is not an MLM company. Offtopic derail attempts removed)
every Rev – share program is called a Ponzi….14 months up and running..gee theyr’e not shut down….gee i just got paid over 2,000…Geee
You still haven’t stated one shut down….grow up !
What does that have to do with Fort Ad pays using newly invested funds to pay off existing investors?
You’re a successful scammer, here’s a cookie.
A Ponzi scheme sees newly invested funds used to pay off existing investors. If the shoe fits…
MLM underbelly schemes typically collapse before they are shut down. This is nothing new, with two years being the typical timeframe for a collapse.
Every victim says that… until they realize they’ve been victimized. Some never did realize that, as they are a “net winner” in a Ponzi.
Nothing you claimed precludes “ponzi scheme”.
so what happens if they go beyond 2 years and are not shut down but keep growing?
Nothing. It’s still a Ponzi scheme, only one that’s lasted longer than the average collapse time-span.
I joined Fort Ad Pays this January and invested S50.00 worth of $1 share.
I did not withdraw any income I had but instead I reinvested my cash and repurchase balance until it reached into 72 shares this morning. But this afternoon, when I logged in in order to buy additional ad packs I could not log in.
I made a support ticket but the site said wrong captcha although it was right. I think I am scammed because I did nothing wrong! Thank you.
I have also recently joined Fort Ad Pays and have purchased what most would consider to be a fairly sizable number of adpacks.
From my observation the company certainly seems to be attracting a significant number of new members and of course the ‘capital’ that comes along with that … (for now !! )
Whether the company is around this time next year , only time will tell but it certainly has more members than most (112,000), has been around longer than many (since Nov 2014), has an attractive/deep referral structure that will encourage members to promote it, plus it also has an a strong 50% repurchase rule, helping to add to it’s stability…
most importantly, it’s consistently paying out !!
…. look, I’m not going to bury my head in the sand and say it’s not risky, because these sorts of things always carry a degree of risk….
Personally , I’ve decided to “go for it”, simply because the potential gain outweighs the undoubted risk …. but , of course, that’s for each of us to decide…
….all I can say, is go in with your “eyes wide open”, appreciate it is risky and tailor your $$ commitment with that in mind….
…. maybe only “invest” a small amount to begin with, do a trial withdrawl or two, perhaps spread the money you put in between multiple payment processors, perhaps avoid programs that use Paypal as one of their processors, observe how transparent the owners are….
…. BUT most importantly, only put in what you can afford to lose….
….with all that “in mind” I’ve decided to have a “punt” on Fortadpays,,,, because that’s what it is …. a “PUNT” !!
And if your conscience dictates it’s quite OK decide to steal from those joining after you, then good upon you, if that’s the kind of world in which you live
“WOW”, you must be fun at a party !!
“Didn’t you know” ….not only does everyone whose ever joined a Rev Share program cheat & steal, we also murder peoples hopes and dreams & pillage their passion !!
I’m gonna have to go …. me and the “Rev Share Gang” have a little old lady to mug and some tainted food we need to sell to 3rd world orphans !!
Have a wonderful weekend littleroundman… Sorry if this seems like I’m not taking you seriously…..
Participating in investment fraud and stealing from subsequent victims is nothing to joke about.
This kind of crap destroys people financially and we’ve seen a number of victim suicides as a result of MLM Ponzi schemes over the years.
You are a Screwball…first of all a disclaimer is made, a NO guarantee clause,..we are not cond into this..I wasn’t… matter of fact i have not spent 1 penny, I have made 100’s and 100’s back.. have helped other…they are making money as well….
Listen Mr, enough with the crap…like are you freakin serious…!
A banner on the Fort Ad Pays website says this:
The Fort Ad Pays presentation also states:
No guarantee? Riiiiiiiiiight.
Furthermore Ponzi disclaimers are worth less than used toilet paper. Fort Ad Pays investors are investing on the promise of advertised ROIs.
Fort Ad Pays pay those ROI with newly invested funds, making it a Ponzi scheme.
Whether you and your buddies have scammed people through it has no bearing on Fort Ad Pays being a Ponzi scheme. All it shows is that you are a Ponzi scammer.
So you just admitted your ads are insincere promises. Is that correct?
No ponzi scheme participant ever takes serious advice seriously, at least not until the realized they’re IN a ponzi scheme.
BTW, you didn’t deny anything. Is that a tacit yes or a sidestep?
Walmart and Apple (Ozedit: are not Ponzi schemes. Ponzi excuses 101 removed.)
[Does this make any sense at all?
$1 investment = $3 ROI (300%)
$12 ROI (120%)
why not just buy $4 and get $12 back? or spend $40 and get $120 back instead of $100 for $120 back?
There is something that I believe is a clue in this ptc system:
First of all we have to know we are talking about virtual money, not true money. It means that there is no need for the system/site to deal with real money to get the system up.
In practice, at least first time (and in most of cases it will be one time only) members who paid, will pay with the real money, thorough Payza, 2pay4you or PerfectMoney.
FortAdPays secures their sustainability from repurchase balance wich is the 50% of each pack profitability.
Plus, there is normal practice in the period of 4-6 consecutive months from many of the affiliates that consist on to use 100% of the profitability for to buy new Packs. Then, it is obvious that affiliates are buying new packs dialy with money only from the comissions.
But let´s do some calculations:
So far, around $11 Millions on Payouts
around $9 Millions on Commissions
around 150.000 members
Let´s say 50% of the members made a deposit of $200 (I try to get the average, if possible from the idea, rounded). This is $15 Millions, which is 25% less than payouts and commissions generated.
For my understanding, system is generating constantly virtual money thorugh repurchases, and bassically as much as fAP is going serious, paying, new members comming exponentially each day; now it reaches around 2k dialy new affiliate members, and there will be many more members who will deposit at least one time and with higher quantities than in the past.
Thanks for reading.
I’m almost about a year and a half in both FortAdpays, as in The Business Shop and never seen as functional business and paying like these.
For some people, for this internet outside everything is ponzy or scam. So tell me what the perfect business know also want to go!
I’ve been to hundreds of business over 10 years and have never seen better than estes. Continue to speak evil and all of us here that we are receiving! … Moreover, nobody is forced to be here!
For others, just scams that use newly invested funds to pay off existing investors – like Fort Ad Pays.
And what shit businesses those must have been, that a Ponzi scheme is the best you’ve seen in a decade.
Yeah, and you’ll continue to steal funds as long as new victims enter the scheme. That’s how Ponzi schemes work.
from $3200/day to $1000/day to $100/day now to max of $300 PER WEEK. you tell me what is next? $0.00????????
In 2015, My Family and I decided to return back to the USA to Florida after spending about 10 years in France, so we’ve sold our car and some owned items in our household.
We received an offer for a great opportunity to double our money by ways to join the MLM Shop (today The Business Shop), which offered to buy AD Packs that would allow us to earn 25% return every month with the possibility to redraw these 25% reurn everymonth also.
This, for a period of one year each month in increment (ie, if you invest $1000 you earn 200% of your investment so at the end of the 12 months, you have collected $3000 so it makes $2000 profits.
We signed a contrat with MLM specifying all the earnings. It looked great since we’ve sold most of our belonging with more that 40% loss.
So from France, we had to transfer money to MoneyCorp in England to Deposit the initial deposits in several times via PAYZA, the financial provider to the Account of Inversioness Anderfort SAS, a subsidiary of Fort Marketing Group.
We have been reinvesting our earnings for the past 10 months. Today we have $90 000 in Investments and we cannot withdraw anything; every month we have a go around about a lack of possibility for TBS or The Business Shop to wire transfer from banks to banks or even to withdraw via the financial provider.
Not long ago, we had to re-sign another contract with completely different articles. We had threats from TBS that if we did not sign the new contracts, they could cancel our account and keep our money.
We and all members or investors had to open differents account with different financial providers such as 2ClickPay and 2Pay4You and PAYZA etc provided by TBS (the Business Shop) but without any funds arriving.
I want this guy to be bought to Justice and pay us back, today we are stuck in France and our older son is stuck alone in florida waiting for us to join him, but we have no money to help him or help our self at this time, we can’t even hire a lawyer at this point.
There is no way to communicate with any members of The Business shop AKA Fort Marketing Group-Fort AD Pay -Inversiones Anderfort Sas in Spainor PEDRO FORT himself, No phone number, no fax, no email adress. No offices to make apointment.
Basically, we are hostages, simple as that and with no way to recover our money.
I am willing to join others for a class action Suit, since I don’t think I will ever see my money again.
Hate to break it to you… but that money doesn’t exist.
Hell, you’re original investment probably doesn’t exist anymore either. Ford and friends withdrew it all, hence your payment problems.
Thank’s OZ, for your comments, is there any thing we can do as a group or a class action in the USA and Europe to catch Pedro Fort and his crew.
Does any one knows if he actually worked for CAIXA Bank in Spain?
You could if you tracked him down and filed locally.
Best to speak to a lawyer though if you’re serious about pressing forward.
Is Filling Locally means in Columbia or in the Common wealth of Dominica where I tracked him so Far.
He his building another scam, this time it is a Bank, and he is selling shares??? from the Bank.
Everyone need to watch out for Pedro Fort in the future. He has owned many different programs, and will likely keep on stealing from people, as that seems to be all he knows how to do.
The reason that his programs run Longer than most, is that Both the Membership Count (number of members), and the Total Amount Paid Out are FAKE numbers, giving New Investors a False sense of security.
There are easy to use “codes” that he has programed into the script, that roll those numbers, and fake username to record setting levels.
We need to be Smart, and relize that there is “no magic box” where you can put in $100, and get $300 back out!
Outside revenue MUST be achieved, in order for a business to NOT be a Ponzi.
i wished ive seen this article a week before i invested in this bullshit, well at least i got half back so “half-comfort”.
beware from the name Fort smells bad at any form. btw you cannot get paid now over 1 month i think.
im just lucky i tried this with small amount of money to invest. i feel bad for all the people who thought it was true.
i always had my doubt i guess i was right always go with your instincts i guess …. peace out.
El colapso del negocio piramidal Fort Ad Pays atrapa a 40.000 personas (ES)
Thanks for the heads up Bernado, much appreciated.
here is the latest News from TBS Shop former MLM Shop, what do you think Guys?
Pedro Fort has run out of newly invested funds to pay off existing investors with, he’s bullshitting you: behindmlm.com/companies/fort-ad-pays-ponzi-collapses-40000-victims-lose-money/
They can’t even pay out owed ROIs, nobody is getting a refund.
All this does is set up a scapegoat in “the banks”, for Fort to blame.
“Oh we’d love to pay you but can’t because the banks won’t release your money!”
The only time a Ponzi scheme stops paying out is when they run out of money, that’s all that’s happened here.
I have a Fort ads pays account and have been trying to withdraw funds for a month.
Don’t invest with this company and they wont respond to a ticket involving withdraw requests.
Is there any other people that lost money with pedro fort schemes, please let us know, so we can create a worldwide class action.
At least to punish this guy and his group, so they stop, let’s get them wanted by FBI and Interpole, so one day we will have an answer.
my money is clean, I worked for it and wanted back. please contact me on this site.
this site stop payment last 1 months. also no one payment processor are supported to cash out.
hope admin start payout as soon as possible. there are many options in profile to set up your payment but it still doesn’t working.
This is a clear SCAM,Pedro fort is about to stock all the investors money into his own off shore bank and runway to the shitty country called Dominican( Pedro already has it’s Citizenship).
So, a quick action is required now…before it’s too late. After 4 months from now… you will remember my advice.
Hi guys, I am creating an entity to hire marshals and bounties to recuperate our money from Pedro fort.
Where ever he is, if the law cannot help, Then we need to help each other, you can contact me (Ozedit: attempt to take discussion offsite removed).
Very interested in assisting with your efforts.
thanks, we can always share the steps with the people on this site to respect OZ ‘s request, so this is the steps:
I filed an iC3 Complaint Refferal Form with the FBI with the internet Crime Complaint Center division, so any one of you that lost money with Pedro Fort or Peter Fort MLM Shop, TBS, or FortAdPay, you can file the same form and keep us informed on this forum.
Tthe more we will be, the better we will build a case against the thieves of the internet.
Good Luck and look forward to hearing from you.