TethEx fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.

TethEx’s website domain (“tethex.io”), was privately registered on November 17th, 2023.

In the footer of TethEx’s website we have a vKontakte profile link and Telegram link for the account “tethex_ru”.

Over on TethEx’s official Instagram account we find marketing material in Russian:

On YouTube we find more TethEx Russian marketing, headed up by this guy:

Quite obviously, whoever is running TethEx has ties to Russia.

To that end, TethEx has already attracted the attention of Russian regulators. The Central Bank of Russia issued a TethEx pyramid fraud warning on February 13th, 2024.

On its website, TethEx further represents ties to Dubai.

Due to the proliferation of scams and failure to enforce securities fraud regulation, BehindMLM ranks Dubai as the MLM crime capital of the world.

BehindMLM’s guidelines for Dubai are:

  1. If someone lives in Dubai and approaches you about an MLM opportunity, they’re trying to scam you.
  2. If an MLM company is based out of or represents it has ties to Dubai, it’s a scam.

If you want to know specifically how this applies to TethEx, read on for a full review.

TethEx’s Products

TethEx has no retailable products or services.

Affiliates are only able to market TethEx affiliate membership itself.

TethEx’s Compensation Plan

TethEx affiliates invest tether on the promise of passive daily returns:

  • Bronze – invest 100 USDT or more and receive 0.97% a day
  • Silver – invest 1000 USDT or more and receive 1.05% a day
  • Gold – invest 10,000 USDT or more and receive 1.13% a day
  • Diamond – invest 100,000 USDT or more and receive 1.15% a day

TethEx caps returns at 200%, after which new investment is required to continue earning.

The MLM side of TethEx pays on recruitment of affiliate investors.

TethEx Affiliate Ranks

There are twelve affiliate ranks within TethEx’s compensation plan.

Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:

  1. Agent – sign up as a TethEx affiliate and invest at least 100 USDT
  2. Promoter – maintain a 100 USDT minimum investment and generate 1500 USDT in downline investment volume
  3. Adviser – invest at least 250 USDT and generate 5000 USDT in downline investment volume
  4. Mentor – invest at least 500 USDT and generate 15,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  5. Partner – invest at least 1500 USDT and generate 50,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  6. Senior Partner – invest at least 3000 USDT and generate 150,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  7. Manager – invest at least 7500 USDT and generate 350,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  8. Ambassador – invest at least 15,000 USDT and generate 600,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  9. Consul – invest at least 50,000 USDT and generate 1,000,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  10. Director Regional – invest 75,000 USDT and generate 2,500,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  11. Director National – invest 100,000 USDT and generate 5,000,000 USDT in downline investment volume
  12. Co-Founder – invest 150,000 USDT and generate 10,000,000 USDT in downline investment volume

Note that required investment amounts must be maintained as active investments to count towards rank qualification.

Referral Commissions

TethEx pays referral commissions on funds invested by personally recruited affiliates based on rank:

  • Agents earn 3%
  • Promoters earn 5%
  • Advisers earn 7%
  • Mentors earn 9%
  • Partners earn 11%
  • Senior Partners earn 13%
  • Managers earn 15%
  • Ambassadors earn 16.5%
  • Consuls earn 18%
  • Director Regionals earn 19%
  • Director Nationals earn 20%
  • Co-Founders earn 21%

Note that 21% is paid out on all newly invested funds. This means that higher ranked TethEx affiliates earn the difference between lower ranked affiliates in their downline.

E.g. You’re a Senior Partner and you recruit a new investor. You receive your 13% referral commission rate, leaving 8% still to pay out (21% minus 13%).

The system searches upline for a Manager or higher ranked affiliate. Let’s say the first higher ranked affiliate found was a Consul.

The Consul would receive 5% (18% minus the 13% already paid out to you), leaving 3% still to pay out.

The system would then search further upline for a Director Regional or higher ranked affiliate, until the entire 21% had been paid out.

Note that due to them being paid 21%, nothing is ever passed up by Co-Founder ranked affiliates.

ROI Match

TethEx pays an ROI match via a unilevel compensation structure.

A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):

If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.

If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.

The ROI match is paid as 3% of daily returns paid on up to five unilevel team levels.

  • Mentors to Senior Partners receive a 3% match on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates)
  • Managers to Consuls receive a 3% match on levels 1 to 3
  • Director Regionals to Co-Founders receive a 3% match on levels 1 to 5

Rank Achievement Bonus

TethEx rewards affiliates who qualify at Mentor and higher with the following one-time Rank Achievement Bonuses:

  • qualify at Mentor and receive 450 USDT
  • qualify at Partner and receive 1500 USDT
  • qualify at Senior Partner and receive 4500 USDT
  • qualify at Manager and receive 12,250 USDT
  • qualify at Ambassador and receive 21,000 USDT
  • qualify at Consul and receive 35,000 USDT
  • qualify at Director Regional and receive 100,000 USDT
  • qualify at Director National and receive 200,000 USDT
  • qualify at Co-Founder and receive 400,000 USDT

Rank Achievement Bonus Match

TethEx affiliates receive a 10% match on Rank Achievement Bonuses paid to personally recruited affiliates.

Note the Rank Achievement Bonus is only paid on same or lower ranked recruited affiliates.

Director Bonus

Director Regional and higher ranked affiliates receive an additional earnings match on personally recruited Director Regional and higher ranked affiliates.

  • Director Regionals receive a 5% match on personally recruited Director Regionals
  • Director Nationals receive a 10% match on personally recruited Director Regionals and 5% on Director Nationals
  • Co-founders receive a 15% match on personally recruited Director Regionals, 10% on Director Nationals and 5% on Co-founders

Joining TethEx

TethEx affiliate membership is free.

Full participation in the attached income opportunity requires a minimum 100 USDT investment.

TethEx Conclusion

TethEx doesn’t bother to come up with a specific Ponzi ruse. Instead, the company claims to fund its “high-yield investments” through “the company’s activities”.

As it stands, the only verifiable source of revenue entering TethEx is new investment.

Using new investment to pay affiliate withdrawals would make TethEx a Ponzi scheme. The MLM side of TethEx operates as a pyramid scheme, as noted by the Central Bank of Russia.

As with all MLM Ponzi schemes, once affiliate recruitment dries up so too will new investment.

This will starve TethEx of ROI revenue, eventually prompting a collapse.

The math behind Ponzi schemes guarantees that when they collapse, the majority of participants lose money.


Update 27th March 2024 – TethEx has collapsed.