The launch of “ProfitClicking,” the follow-up scam to the JSSTripler/JustBeenPaid HYIP scheme (2 percent a day) purportedly operated by Frederick Mann, is under way.
Just who’s running ProfitClicking is unclear, although the site has claimed that cash-gifting enthusiast J.J. Ulrich is the “PC Executive Director” and that Carl Pearson is on the “Management Team.” Pearson purportedly was the one-time COO of JSS/JBP, which experienced a promotional ban in Italy by the securities regulator CONSOB.
Mann hinted last month that he feared arrest in the United States. He previously speculated that the JSS/JBP site could be taken out by “cruise missiles.” Some JSS/JBP members complained that their support tickets hadn’t been addressed in weeks.
Rather than hold JSS/JBP responsibile, Mann suggested, it perhaps was best for members to read a self-improvement manual.
ProfitClicking’s site had featured a countdown clock for days, with the launch set to go live at 6 a.m. (EDT) today. Despite claims by ProfitClicking that new servers and a new engineering approach would make for a seamless experience, the site experienced an immediate meltdown — with the landing page defaulting to a “Block DOS” gateway.
The site did begin to load slowly within a few minutes, but members immediately complained on the MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi forum that they couldn’t log in. Members now are saying that they can log in but that the site is performing worse than dial-up.
Whether members’ data was transferred properly from the JSS/JBP site to the ProfitClicking site remains an open question. Like JSS/JBP, ProfitClicking makes members affirm they are not with the “government.” The site also seeks to disclaim any responsibility on the part of the “opportunity” or its affiliates for offering the “program.”
As JSS/JBP’s purported owner, Mann compared government workers to the Mafia. Regardless, he once permitted JSS/JBP’s conference-call host to hang up on a man who claimed to have been recruited by Mann and later to have suffered a stroke. Prior to being unceremoniously disconnected from the call, the man informed Mann that JSS/JBP support had ignored his pleas for help.
A woman who complained about support after claiming her sister’s home was at risk because of the JSS/JBP “program” was treated rudely during an earlier call — this after she pointed out she had a heart condition.
Among the apparent early aims of ProfitClicking is to permit members to fund accounts, but not withdraw. Such an approach is consistent with an effort to draft suckers into turning over money that may or may not be used at a later time to make Ponzi payments to people who bought into the JSS/JBP scam. AdSurfDaily, a ProfitClicking-like autosurf, scammed its members in this fashion in 2007, according to U.S. federal court files.
Mann was a former ASD pitchman, according to a 2008 promo.
ASD President Andy Bowdoin never told his new members that their money would be used to pay old members on board when the original iteration of ASD collapsed, federal prosecutors said. Bowdoin was sentenced last month to 78 months in federal prison.
All sorts of vacuous claims are made on the ProfitClicking site, including a claim that the purported opportunity is “Legally Compliant” and has a “Patented system.” Like JSS/JBP, ASD and the recently collapsed Zeek Rewards “program,” ProfitClicking has no known securities registrations and purports to do business with payment processors linked to fraud scheme after fraud scheme.
Because ProfitClicking has a virtually unquantifiable number of HYIP scammers within its ranks owing to the fact it was formed from the carcass of JSS/JBP and was promoted widely on the Ponzi-forum cesspits, new members may be at grave risk. ProfitClicking’s original group of scammers has a vested interest in continuing the deception because attracting “new money” may be the only means of getting paid in the future.
For posterity, the screen shots below provide a snapshot of the countdown of a new scam in progress: