Prosecutors file WorldVentures pyramid scheme charges in Taiwan

Prosecutors in Taiwan have filed criminal charges against WorldVentures’ owners, alleging the company operates as a “classic pyramid scheme”.

Prosecutors have filed charges against Kenneth Edward Head (aka Eddie Head) and Jonathon Starks McKillip. [Continue reading…]

WorldVentures Review 2.0: Same old customers/affiliates issue

WorldVentures was one of the first companies we reviewed here at BehindMLM.

Our original WorldVentures review was published in March 2011 and, as far as I can tell, for the most part still holds up.

After eight years though and the recent introduction of DreamTrips Titanium membership, a reader requested we revisit the company.

Read on for an updated review of WorldVentures’ MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]

OneCoin “cryptocurrency wizard” arrested in Thailand

Authorities in Thailand have arrested top local OneCoin promoter Mana Chu Mueang.

Mana, who refers to himself as a “cryptocurrency wizard”, is believed to have stolen over 500 million baht from OneCoin victims ($16.3 million USD). [Continue reading…]

Aegea reboots as Energentics, adds “Tesla energy signatures” coffee

Aegea appears to have collapsed and recently rebooted as Energentics.

A visit to Aegea’s old website domain today shows visitors a static branded picture.

Alexa statistics for the domain show a collapse hit hard throughout late 2018.

As above, by 2019 Aegea was well on the way out.

Energentics appears to be a 1:1 reboot, with the addition of Pure NRG coffee.

Energentics’ marketing for Pure NRG is as batshit crazy sounding as the rest of their product line-up:

ENERGENTICS PURE NRG is the world’s healthiest coffee innovation.

We have created a coffee lover’s optimum “monster stack“ of independently performing nutrients and functional ingredients for the body.

Additionally, the proprietary coffee blend is infused with unique TESLA “energy signatures” to support and enhance your body and well-being each day.

It should go without saying that those marketing claims likely wouldn’t stand up to FTC and/or FDA scrutiny.

On the compensation plan side of things it’s mostly the same. Active requirements for Platinum and Platinum Elite have been bumped to 80 PV.

Autoship recruitment is still probably going to be the primary source of Energentic’s company-wide revenue, although affiliates can qualify with a 40/80 PV retail order each month.

One need only look to Aegea to see that the Energentic’s magic energy products are, for the most part, not retail viable.

If you’re looking for more general information Energentics, check out our original Aegea review.

US Court rules BitConnect was a securities offering

As part of the order dismissing claims against BitConnect class-action defendants Glenn Arcaro, Ryan Maasen and YouTube, a US court has definitively ruled that BitConnect was a securities offering. [Continue reading…]

Arcaro, Maasen & YouTube dismissed from BitConnect class-action

Claims against BitConnect class-action defendants Glenn Arcaro, Ryan Maasen and YouTube have been dismissed. [Continue reading…]

18K Ronaldinho Review: Failed watch business turns crypto Ponzi

18K Ronaldinho operates in the “designer products” MLM niche.

The company only cites a “virtual office” on its website but does cite Marcelo Lara as President of the company.

On LinkedIn Lara goes by Marcelo Marcelino, and cites himself as owner and CEO of the company.

Why this isn’t disclosed on 18K Ronaldinho’s website is unclear.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Marcelino is based out of Florida in the US. This is also presumably from where 18K Ronaldinho is also operated from.

Despite being based out of the US, in its marketing material 18K Ronaldinho pretends it’s based out of the Bahamas and Hong Kong:

Note that Mareclino also heavily targets Brazil in his 18K Ronaldinho marketing efforts.

As far as I can tell, 18K Ronaldinho is Marcelino’s first MLM venture as an executive.

Read on for a full review of the 18K Ronaldinho MLM opportunity. [Continue reading…]

Happy Donation Review: Matrix gifting with bad math

Happy Donation provides no information on their website about who owns or runs the business.

Happy Donation’s website domain (“”) was first registered in 2016.

The anonymous registration was last updated in October 2018.

Despite natively appearing in German, Alexa estimates 63% of visitors to Happy Donation’s website originate from Russia.

The Ukraine is the second largest source of traffic at 21%.

Though not definitively conclusive, this data points to whoever is running Happy Donation being based out of Europe.

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. [Continue reading…]

Global Game Arena Review 2.0: Doubling down on investment fraud

A while back Global Game Arena owner Frode Jorgensen reached out regarding “GGA 2.0”.

Following Global Game Arena’s collapse back in April, today we revisit the opportunity to see what’s changed. [Continue reading…]

Intimidation used in Redwood contempt proceedings

The FTC vs. Redwood case seems to have fallen off my calendar, likely due to me forgetting to pen down an update.

In any event I was reminded of the case earlier today by a reader.

Looking at the case docket, wooh it’s a bit of a doozy. [Continue reading…]