YDYS Trading Review: Crypto investment fraud in Philippines
YDYS Trading provides no information about who owns or runs the company on its website.
In fact as I write this, YDYS Trading’s website is nothing more than an affiliate log in form:
YDYS Trading’s website domain (“ydyscrypto.com”), was privately registered on February 19th, 2022.
On April 21st the Philippine SEC issued a YDYS Trading securities fraud warning.
The records of the Commission show that YDYS TRADING OPC is registered with the Commission on 01 March 2022 as a One Person Corporation.
However, as indicated in its Certificate of Incorporation, it clearly states that it is NOT AUTHORIZED to solicit investments from the public.
The regulator identified cited Mar Albert Pondang Hidalgo as “head” of YDYS Trading.
On social media Hidalgo goes by “Mar Albert Hidalgo”. He is based out of the Philippines.
Perusing Hidalgo’s FaceBook profile, it appears YDYS is his first MLM venture as an executive.
Circa 2020 Hidalgo was shilling whacky COVID-19 “therapy equipment”:
In 2021 Hidalgo was promoting PMS Prime 98 Select:
PMS Prime 98 Select is an MLM company that makes all sorts of bogus health claims about its products:
The promo photo above was posted to Hidalgo’s FaceBook page in late December 2021.
By February 2022 Hidalgo had reinvented himself as a crypto bro and launched YDYS Trading.
Read on for a full review of YDYS Trading’s MLM opportunity.
YDYS Trading’s Products
YDYS Trading has no retailable products or services.
Affiliates are only able to market YDYS Trading itself.
YDYS Trading’s Compensation Plan
As above, YDYS Trading’s website is nothing more than an affiliate log in form. Company details, including compensation, are intentionally hid from the public.
Nonetheless YDYS Trading’s compensation plan is documented by the Philippine SEC in their securities fraud warning.
YDYS Trading solicits investment in Philippine Pesos (PHP), on the promise of returns topping 250% in 45 days.
- Red Staking – invest 300 PHP and receive 750 PHP in 45 days
- Blue Staking – invest 1000 PHP and receive 2500 PHP in 45 days
- Orange Staking – invest 5000 PHP and receive 12,500 PHP in 45 days
- Gold Staking – invest 50,000 PHP and receive 125,000 PHP in 45 days
The MLM side of YDYS Trading pays on recruitment of affiliate investors.
YDYS Trading affiliates earn a 50% commission on funds invested by personally recruited affiliates.
YDYS Trading affiliates earn a “1% commission from the downline’s earnings.”
This is paid on returns, not amounts invested. How many levels YDYS pays residual commissions isn’t clarified.
YDYS Trading investment generates “product points”. Specifics aren’t provided but, courtesy of the Philippine SEC, we can see the accumulating product points qualifies affiliates for various incentives:
Joining YDYS Trading
YDYS Trading affiliate membership is tied to a 300 to 50,000 PHP investment.
The more a YDYS Trading affiliate invests, the higher their income potential.
After 45 days, reinvestment is required to continue earning.
YDYS Trading Conclusion
YDYS is a simple crypto Ponzi scheme. Affiliates invest and, so long as new investment keeps up, they steal 250% of what they invested after 45 days.
Unfortunately for YDYS Trading investors new investment hasn’t kept up.
Despite the SEC warning Hidalgo and YDYS promoters risk a twenty-one year prison sentence or 5 million PHP file (~$94,369 USD), Hidalgo has doubled down on fraud.
On April 22nd, the day after the SEC’s warning, Hidalgo announced an “additional staking package”:
On April 23rd Hidalgo acknowledged “many people went to” YDYS Trading’s office in the Philippines:
Whether this was in response to the SEC’s fraud warning is unclear.
Attempting to address the fact YDYS Trading was committing securities fraud and operating illegally, on April 25th Hidalgo revealed a YDYS Trading “certificate of incorporation”:
This is not a substitute for registration with the SEC. With respect to MLM due-diligence, basic incorporation in any jurisdiction is meaningless.
After heavily promoting investment “flash sales” throughout April…
…on May 1st Hidalgo announced YDYS Trading was having payment issues:
On May 30th YDYS Trading resumed selective payouts:
As of June 5th, YDYS Trading is still under withdrawal pressure.
Hidalgo claims his YDYS Trading Ponzi scheme has “complete legalities”. I believe this is based on bundling products with YDYS Trading investment:
As evidenced by the SEC’s warning, attaching products to a Ponzi scheme doesn’t legalize securities fraud.
YDYS Trading’s bundled products look awfully similar to what’s offered through Prime 98 Select.
Prime 98 Select appears to be an offline MLM opportunity, primarily promoted across the Philippines through social media.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some crossover between Prime 98 Select’s products and YDYS Trading’s investment product bundles.
In any event, YDYS Trading’s withdrawal issues are symptomatic of a Ponzi collapse.
What little investment continued to trickle in throughout May appears to funding selective withdrawals. By publicising these withdrawals, Hidalgo no doubt hopes to ressusicate new investment.
With YDYS Trading racking up 250%+ ROI liabilities every 45 days, that’s unlikely to happen.
Pending confirmation YDYS Trading has completely collapsed, math guarantees the majority of participants in Ponzi schemes lose money.
Update 24th July 2022 – On June 15th the Philippine SEC put out a securities fraud warning for Omnimeta Global Solutions.
Based on information gathered by the Commission, the illegal solicitation activities of YDYS TRADING OPC is being conducted under a new business name OMNIMETA GLOBAL SOLUTIONS (OMGS) whose owner is one and the same, namely, MAR ALBERT HIDALGO.
I flagged Omnimeta Global Solutions for review but it seems to have already collapsed.
At time of publication Omnimeta Global Solutions’ website is non-responsive. Furthermore Hidalgo appears to have deleted his previously accessible FaceBook profile.
An Omnimeta Global Solution FaceBook page was set up in early May. Someone going by Jojo Demoral is the sole admin of the group.
Omnimeta Global Solutions’ FaceBook group has 1,100+ members but no posts have been made this month. It too appears to be dead.