STRANGENESS PILES UP: OWOW ’8G Zip Drive Stick’ Offered From Non-Existent Address Of ’123 Internet St.’ In Des Moines, Iowa; Similar Bogus Address Of ’123 Online St.’ Advertises ‘Global Gifting Connection’
Advertising a Des Moines, Iowa, business address of 123 Internet St. and claiming the “owow 8g zip drive stick is the new face of data network affiliates,” an affiliate of DNA/OWOW is seeking to drive business to the firm.
But the Des Moines Police Department told the PP Blog this morning that no such street address exists in the city, despite multiple online listings encouraging prospects to do business with OWOW at the address.
A separate Des Moines address — 123 Online St. — that advertised something called “Global Gifting Connection” also was bogus, the police department said. It is unclear if the same person placed both ads.
Why bogus addresses were used to advertise OWOW and a cash-gifting program was not immediately clear.
“[I]f you would like use this product or learn how to grow a team to market it,” an ad in Des Moines said about the OWOW stick, “I have help top leaders place over 30,000 people into this company and i will be happy to help you.”
The OWOW ads appear at online venues such as MerchantCircle and HelloDesMoines.com. The business has not been verified, according to the MerchantCircle website. The ad on the HelloDesMoines site carries a photo of the OWOW stick.
The Des Moines development follows on the heels of a prompt by OWOW, which is associated with Internet Marketer Phil Piccolo, to recruit prospects by planting the seed that a product known as OWOW TurboMune cures cancer.
It also follows on the heels of a bizarre bid by an OWOW affiliate to suggest that Michael Chertoff, a Harvard-educated former federal judge and federal prosecutor and the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was a “suspect” in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States and that Israel had conducted the attacks.
The bizarre claim was made despite the fact that Chertoff’s nomination to the DHS post was approved by a 98-0 vote in the U.S. Senate more than three years after the attacks occurred.
OWOW is the apparent successor company to DNA, a Nevada-registered company that operates from Florida and claimed it was developing a database to help law enforcement and the AMBER Alert program rescue abducted children.
No evidence has emerged that DNA has the capacity to assist either law enforcement or the AMBER Alert program, which the firm chastised earlier this year by suggesting it had a bloated budget and had rescued “ONLY” about 500 children over the years.
A “Non-Affiliated Support” link on the OWOW website includes no contact information for the company and no form through which prospects or members of the media can submit questions.
OWOW also has advertised that it pays an annual interest rate of 24 percent to members who send it money. Questions have been raised about whether the company is selling unregistered securities as investment contracts.
One link in the MerchantCircle ad for OWOW prompts visitors to visit a site that redirects to video promos for an “opportunity” known as Monitium and a cycler program known as 150 Cash.