MulaUp Review: Already thrice collapsed matrix cycler
MulaUp’s origins can be traced back to Mula Network in early 2021. The current offering more closely represents Mula 4 You.
Mula 4 You operated from the domain “mula-4-you.com”. Here’s what a visit to Mula 4 You’s website today looks like:
Mula 4 You began to collapse towards the end of 2021. This prompted the launch of Mula-4-Wifi.
Mula4You affiliates were also funnelled into Jonathan Sifuentes’ Xifra Lifestyle Ponzi scheme.
Xifra Lifestyle collapsed a few months later. Here’s what a visit to Mula-4-Wifi’s website today looks like:
Mula-4-Wifi’s collapse prompted the launch of MulaUp, originally hosted on a .CO.ZA domain.
Here’s what a visit to MulaUp’s .CO.ZA website today looks like:
MulaUp’s South African domain launch collapsing prompted the launch of MulaUp on “mulaup.com”,
MulaUp’s .COM domain was registered on May 26th, 2022.
MulaUp is run by Hanli Lombard (right).
On FaceBook Lombard represents she is based out of Randburg in South Africa.
Lombard made a name for herself as a top South African promoter of Crowd1.
In May 2020, Lombard boasted of stealing 14 million ZAR through the Ponzi scheme (~$860,000 USD).
A few months after Lombardi’s boast, South African authorities confirmed they were investigating Crowd1.
In December 2020 CEO Johan Stael von Holstein cashed out and went into hiding, officially marking Crowd1’s collapse.
After Crowd1 collapsed Lombard went on to launch Mula Network in early 2021. I believe this is the first iteration of Lombard’s Mula* schemes.
Mula Network collapsed pretty quickly and was rebooted as Dial-A-Mula.
Possibly in an attempt to dodge taxes, Lombard launched UmVuzo on or around February 2022. Lombard pretends Dial-A-Mula is a “product” under UmVuzo.
UmVuzo itself appears to be just another channel Lombard markets her Mula* schemes through. It could also be used to funnel victims into other Ponzi schemes Lombard is promoting (e.g. Xifra Lifestyle).
Before Lombard was stealing money through Ponzi schemes, she was stealing from her employers.
Lombard was found guilty of theft in July 2007;
Magistrate Amrith Chabilall told Hanli Lombard, 35, “What stands out in this case is the relationship you had with your previous employer.
She was kind to you, and treated you as if you were her own daughter.
To put it bluntly, it is unforgivable for you to steal from her like you did, and the fine must be a perpetual reminder to never ever conduct yourself in this manner again.”
Lombardi was also accused of settling up fake deals to further defraud her employer, but was found not guilty.
SimilarWeb began tracking traffic to MulaUp’s current website domain in June 2022. 100% of the website traffic originates from South Africa.
Read on for a full review of MulaUp’s MLM opportunity.
MulaUp has no retailable products or services.
Affiliates are only able to market MulaUp affiliate membership itself.
MulaUp’s Compensation Plan
MulaUp affiliates purchase 200 ZAR a month positions in a seven-level matrix cycler.
MulaUp uses a 2×2 matrix in its cycler.
A 2×2 matrix places an affiliate at the top of a matrix, with two positions directly under them:
These two positions form the first level of the matrix. The second level of the matrix is generated by splitting these first two positions into another two positions each (4 positions).
Each 2×2 matrix thus has six positions in total to fill.
Positions in a matrix are filled 200 ZAR position purchases by directly and indirectly recruited MulaUp affiliates.
When all six positions in a matrix are filled, a “cycle” is generated.
From tier 2 and onwards, this generates a cycle commission and new position in the next tier of the cycler.
Payments across MulaUp’s seven-tier cycler are as follows:
- Tier 1 (positions cost 200 ZAR a month) – no cycle commission and generates a new tier 2 position
- Tier 2 – no cycle commission and generates a new tier 3 position
- Tier 3 – 150 ZAR cycle commission and generates a new Tier 4 position
- Tier 4 – 400 ZAR cycle commission and generates a new Tier 5 position
- Tier 5 – 1500 ZAR cycle commission and generates a new Tier 6 position
- Tier 6 – 3500 ZAR cycle commission and generates a new Tier 7 position
- Tier 7 – 12,000 ZAR cycle commission
MulaUp rewards affiliates when personally recruited affiliates cycle out of Tier 3 and higher:
- when a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of Tier 3, you receive 15 ZAR
- when a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of Tier 4, you receive 40 ZAR
- when a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of Tier 5, you receive 150 ZAR
- when a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of Tier 6, you receive 350 ZAR
- when a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of Tier 7, you receive 1200 ZAR
MulaUp charges 200 ZAR a month, which effectively renews both cycle commissions and referral commissions each month.
E.g. If you made it Tier 4 cycle commissions one month, if everyone in your matrices paid 200 ZAR the following month, you’d again make it up to Tier 4.
In this sense, as long as people in all the matrices across all the tiers you have positions in continue to pay 200 ZAR a month, the above cycle and referral commissions are monthly recurring.
If a MulaUp affiliate has all positions in their tiers 1 to 7 matrices filled, they earn a 50,000 ZAR bonus.
Note this is not likely to be reliable from month to month, for reasons we’ll cover in the conclusion of this review.
MulaUp affiliates receive a 10% Matching Bonus on cycle commissions down two levels of recruitment (affiliates you recruit and those they recruit).
MulaUp affiliate membership is 200 ZAR a month.
MulaUp is a simple 200 ZAR a month pyramid scheme.
While the company has no retailable products or services, Hanli Lombard has bundled various garbage across each matrix cycler tier:
One of the bundled products is “E-Selfie”, a digital business card:
The cards are provided through Go2 Online Marketing. Lombard has been using the service to promote Ponzi schemes for years:
There was also mention of wifi network shares, although I’m not sure if that’s still part of the offering.
In any event, adding things to a pyramid scheme doesn’t legitimize a fraudulent business model. You just end up with a product-based pyramid scheme.
The fact of the matter is it’s the income opportunity that people pay 200 ZAR a month for. The promise that if you pay 200 ZAR a month and, find suckers who also pay in, you could earn tens of thousands of ZAR each month.
Pyramid schemes are illegal because math guarantees the majority of participants will lose money. MulaUp is no different.
Update 18th November 2022 – MulaUp has collapsed for a fourth time.
A fifth “MulaUp Mobile” reboot has been announced.
Behind mlm, I am not sure what your angle is but do you realize that your articles actually hurt businesses that are truly legit.
This company is so far from being a scam. I have been with Mula for over a year and yes changes have been made but please tell me how long does it take to build a business.
Hanli has had to see what works and what does not work and so make changes. ARE THEY STILL HERE….YES.
You wrote an article about CBI, saying they are a scam and 5 years later, they are still going strong. You need to get your facts in place. Not everything is scam.
BehindMLM’s “angle” is MulaUp is a pyramid scheme and Hanli Lombard is a serial scammer. I thought that was pretty clear.
Considering when we don’t find compliance issues with an MLM companies compensation plan and/or marketing we say so, this is false.
you are a scammer shilling your scam.
You stealing money through a pyramid scheme doesn’t make it legit.
Every iteration of Mula* has been a pyramid scheme. Stop making excuses for scammers.
1. CBI Global hasn’t been around for five years.
2. CBI Global and its previous incarnations collapsed. Coenie Botha is paying himself and Afrika Jones, everybody else is getting screwed in offshore banking fees.
Making excuses for scammers doesn’t change facts. And yes, not everything is a scam. MulaUp and CBI Global though are definitely scams.
Their bank accounts are frozen,multiple countries are investigating them for financial crime and 75% of their monthly expenses is to their “compliance” Exec’s Lawfirm. Seems to be going very well
And Oz is quick to highlight legitimate MLMs (rare as they are) so your angle is a bit weak
You are what sharks would call a “perfect mark”
Weak cognitive ability,desperate,and repeatedly fall for simple scams
I have been in Hanlis Lombarts system for almost 2 years and have seen no returns it keeps on changing.
do you think I will see any money from her system or is she just playing us for fools should I just give up on Hanlis system?
Another thing why does she do this to innocent people?
Matrix cycler = Ponzi scheme. You invested in a Ponzi scheme and your money disappeared when you invested.
Same as any other scammer, money.
we invested more than R20 000 when it was dial a mula. Now 2years later, we are still trying to get back the R15 000 for the slot we paid and everytime Hannelie has a thousand excuses.
My husband worked hard for that money and I hope that if we do not get our money back that justice will prevail and that Hannelie will somehow land behind bars where she belong.
I hope you made a case of fraud at the police and reported her to the FSCA at least.
Dear Owners/Developers of this site and writer of this article .
Please note, Ms Lombaard is NOT part of UmVuzo Lifestyle Creators and / or Dial-A-Mula and never was.
You are most welcome to view and verify all information with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in South Africa. (CIPRO) (cipc.co.za/) It is always advisable to verify one’s story before publication and to make sure all information is factual.
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Best of luck with the scamming.
@Oz: On a related note,the big guy in the bottom right pic is Juan Meyer.
He was invested in Karatbars (facebook.com/auruminvest.kb/photos/a.585526708850538/618883675514841) and had a public spat with the South African promoters at one point when that didn’t pan out.
Also he’s the one that instituted proceedings against another famous South African Ponzi his business (Aurum Wealth) was heavily invested in (Africrypt). I believe he was also invested in MTI
For the record, the South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, is as much of a free-for-all as Companies House is in England but without the efficiency of registration.
Yeah I figured there was some shell company shenanigans going on.
Why rely on bogus corporate records when the scam itself acknowledges Lombard as the founder on social media. Big brain move that one.