Gollong Solar Review: “Click a button” Ponzi targeting Africa
Gollong Solar fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.
In fact as I write this, Gollong Solar’s current website is nothing more than an affiliate sign up form:
I say “current website” because Gollong Solar originally targeted South Africa through the domain “gollong.org”.
That iteration of Gollong Solar collapsed in mid-December, just before Christmas.
The current iteration operates in XAF, targeting French-speaking Central Africa through Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
- gollong.org (South Africa) was privately registered on May 24th, 2022
- gollong.online (XAF) was privately registered on October 4th, 2022
There might be other iterations of Gollong Solar I’m not aware of.
Despite targeting Africa, we can confirm Gollong Solar is run by Chinese scammers through its website source-code:
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.
Gollong Solar’s Products
Gollong Solar has no retailable products or services.
Affiliates are only able to market Gollong Solar affiliate membership itself.
Gollong Solar’s Compensation Plan
Gollong Solar affiliates invest on the promise of a daily return.
The original South African Gollong Solar investment tiers were:
- G-VIP1 – invest R230 and receive 140% over 40 days
- G-VIP2 – invest R500 and receive 160% over 40 days
- G-VIP3 – invest R2100 and receive 250% over 50 days
- G-VIP4 – invest R6000 and receive 275% over 50 days
- G-VIP5 – invest R21,000 and receive 330% over 55 days
- G-VIP6 – invest R48,000 and receive 344% over 55 days
- G-VIP7 – invest R75,000 and receive 390% over 60 days
- G-VIP8 – invest R140,000 and receive 420% over 60 days
The current Central African CFA franc tiers are:
- GL-1 – invest 3000 XAF and receive 187% over 20 days
- VIP GL-1 – invest 3000 XAF and receive 206% over 20 days
- GL-2 – invest 10,000 XAF and receive 150% over 30 days
- VIP GL-2 – invest 10,000 XAF and receive ???
- Super1 – invest 15,000 XAF and receive ???
- Super2 – invest 40,000 XAF and receive ???
- GL-3 – invest 50,000 XAF and receive ???
- VIP GL-3 – invest 50,000 XAF and receive ???
- GL-4 – invest 80,000 XAF and receive 175% over 35 days
- VIP GL-4 – invest 80,000 XAF and receive 189% over 35 days
- Super3 – invest 100,000 XAF and receive ???
I’m mostly working off Gollong Solar promotional material here and have filled in the ROI rates I could find.
On the MLM side of things, “click a button” Ponzi schemes typically pay referral commissions down three levels of recruitment.
For Gollong Solar I was unable to find specific referral commission rates.
Joining Gollong Solar
Gollong Solar affiliate membership is free.
Full participation in the attached income opportunity requires an initial 3000 XAF or more investment.
Gollong Solar solicits investment in XAF or tether (USDT) equivalents.
Gollong Solar Conclusion
Gollong Solar is yet another “click a button app Ponzi scheme, this time targeting South Africa and now Central Africa.
The ruse behind Gollong Solar is “renting solar energy equipment”.
Rented equipment purportedly generates a daily return, so long as a Gollong Solar investor logs into the app and clicks a button daily.
SunSolar was a similar solar themed “click a button” app Ponzi that targeted Nigeria and Benin.
Gollong Solar operates through cryptocurrency and XAF. XAF is collected through MTN MoMo and Orange Bank.
MTN MoMo payments were originally collected through the domain “ocpay.info”, privately registered on June 6th, 2022. I believe the “ocpay.info” domain has since been made defunct.
Orange Bank payments are collected through the still-active domain “kmlgopay.com”, privately registered on October 9th, 2022.
The reason Gollong Solar uses these domains with different names is to fool MTN MoMo and Orange Bank into providing them payment processor services.
“Click a button” app Ponzi schemes emerged in late 2021. They are the work of Chinese scammers and tend to target specific countries with each launch.
Including Gollong Solar, BehindMLM has thus far documented forty-four “click a button” app Ponzis. Most of them last a few weeks to a few months before collapsing.
The same group of Chinese scammers are believed to be behind the “click a button” app Ponzi plague.
To date the only government that has acknowledged the existence of “click a button Ponzis is the Philippines.
Other fraud warnings have been issued against specific “click a button” Ponzis, but the sector as a whole has mostly flown under the radar.