MAXIMUM IRONY? Man Tells British Newspaper That He Used Prepaid Mastercard From Banners Broker At ATM — And Received Counterfeit £20 Note

recommendedreading1UPDATED AT 10:40 A.M. ET (U.S.A.) A member of the “Banners Broker” program tells The Bristol Post that he used a prepaid Banners Broker MasterCard at a NatWest ATM to withdraw £600 and that a counterfeit £20 note was in the stack of cash dispensed by the machine.

The plan, Paul Scoplin reportedly told the paper, was to withdraw the cash at NatWest and then to deposit it into an HSBC account — but the plan didn’t go swimmingly.

“I took the cash over to HSBC straight away and they flagged up one of the notes,” he reportedly told the paper.

NatWest is investigating the note, according to The Post.

Banners Broker is a “program” that gained a head of steam in part from ceaseless promotions on Ponzi-scheme boards such as TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup. Members are complaining about not getting paid and suggesting that Banners Broker is making selective payouts to sustain a fraud scheme.

Whether Scoplin’s reported claim that counterfeit currency somehow made its way into a NatWest machine would result in additional scrutiny of the Banners Broker “program” was not immediately clear.

In June 2012, the PP Blog reported that a site purportedly selling “customers” to members of the Zeek Rewards “program” also was pushing traffic to Banners Broker and JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid, the bizarre, 730-percent-a-year “program” purportedly operated by Frederick Mann.

JSS/JBP may have ties to the “sovereign citizens” movement.

In August 2012, the SEC described Zeek as a $600 million Ponzi- and pyramid scheme operating online. JSS/JBP then morphed into a “program” known as “ProfitClicking,” amid reports of the sudden retirement of Mann. But now Mann, a former pitchman for the AdSurfDaily online Ponzi scheme, is back — this time as a pitchman for a “program” known as “ClickPaid.”

When Mann spoke during a recent ClickPaid conference call, the VOX identifier displayed the name “J. J. Ulrich” when Mann was speaking. Ulrich was associated with ProfitClicking, which has led to questions about whether Mann and Ulrich simply were extending an online fraud that started with JSS/JBP.

The presence of the various “programs” on forums linked to Ponzi schemes has led to questions about whether banks and payment processors are coming into possession of funds tainted by fraud. The “programs” are known to have promoters in common.

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7 Responses to “MAXIMUM IRONY? Man Tells British Newspaper That He Used Prepaid Mastercard From Banners Broker At ATM — And Received Counterfeit £20 Note”

  1. With all due respect, the fault is 100% with the bank and has absolutely nothing to do with BB. I have just spent 3 months in South America and regularly use my card in UK too, and without a hitch. It seems the (UK) bank needs to get its security right.

  2. With all due respect, unless it was a VERY GOOD counterfeit I’m not buying the whole of the story, and ATM is a very unlikely source for a fake note as they have electronic detection equipment that would not allow a counterfeit to be dispensed. Follow up on this story if you can, Patrick, I’m sure NatWest will attempt to run the bill again through their machine, and just as sure that it will not work. The detection equipment in an ATM is much better than what they have inside most branches.

  3. Well, either the man was lying or there was a fake banknote. In any case, it can’t be blamed on Bannersbroker or the ATM card.

  4. The guy promotes Banners Broker as being a legitimate “opportunity” so he’s used to lying and his credibility is automatically in question.

  5. the whole story is just passive aggressive bullshit advertising for the banners broker scam. There was no need to mention the name of ANY card used. The guy is a scammer.

  6. Whatever the truth of the matter is, he has certainly drawn the attention of the Bristol Post to the Banners Broker scam. He might think he has done himself a favor receiving free publicity and he might well live to regret it.

  7. I see the BB prepaid Mastercard has ceased to be today. The beginning of the end for this rubbish dubious company I suspect.