Whoever is pulling the linguistic strings at the Banners Broker HYIP cult operating globally online now is channeling Zeek Rewards, AdSurfDaily and AdViewGlobal in their final days.
Zeek, an $850 million Ponzi- and pyramid fraud that once suggested participants should change their toilet-paper dispensing habits if instructed to do so, threatened to ban members who didn’t stick to the company’s insidious, Stepfordian chant. It also planted the seed that it would use the courts to gag doubting voices and sue credit unions that dared to speak ill about its “program” that averaged a payout of 1.5 percent a day. And through proxies, Zeek made sure that other MLM companies and executives who’d dare question its outrageous claims knew that the Zeek eye in the sky was watching them.
AdSurfDaily, a $119 million Ponzi scheme that promised to pay 1 percent a day, announced that it had filled a pot with $750,000 in cash and would sue critics for tens of millions of dollars. (The U.S. Feds were so moved by the claim that they made sure it was included in an evidence exhibit used to seize more than $80 million in ASD cash.) Prior to the seizure, ASD’s Stepfordian wing made sure that doubters knew their doubts would be reported by right-thinking loyalists to “ASD legal.” After the seizure, some of the ASDers planted the seed that any fellow member who filed a remissions claim through the U.S. Department of Justice would get sued by their fellow members.
In 2009, after forming itself from the carcass of ASD’s MLM fraud scheme and on the brink of collapse itself, AdViewGlobal threatened to sue critics for purported copyright infringement. (Zeek, through purported “consultant” Robert Craddock, later would work the “infringement” gambit into its arsenal while planting the seed one or more Zeek lawyers would go after critics.)
To cement its thuggery, AVG, a Zeek- and ASD-like 1-percent-a day “program” that gathered millions of dollars, said it was watching what members said about it online and planted the seed it would seek to have the Internet connections of in-house critics shut down. AVG bizarrely (and incongruously) did these things while purporting to have “protectors” in its ranks and while purporting to enjoy U.S. and Florida Constitutional speech and commerce protections from its purported base of operations in Uruguay.
Now comes word that Banners Broker, an almost indescribably bizarre “program” whose online steroidal puppeteers have been stringing people along and picking pockets since at least 2012, has accidentally announced that it, too, has become a factory from which MLM thuggery is manufactured. Not only is Banners Broker watching members, the “program” says, its members also are watching members. The news first appeared on the RealScam.com antiscam forum.
Banners Broker, of course, wants members of its cyberspace cult to remain in their Stepfordian trances and not to notice they’re being manipulated like robots, so it has given its strong-arm bid an innocuous (if not wholesome-sounding) name: “Community Watch.”
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Given the monitoring policy, individual members who’ve posted negative content should remove it, the “program” instructs. And members who observe other members posting negative content should contact the doubters and provide a copy of the “program’s” policy that bans negativity and threatens management-led account seizures.
On Feb. 12, Banners Broker will begin to take “a firmer stance against people that are speaking badly against Banners Broker,” the “program” bizarrely bleats.
“Affiliates found to be contributing to the negativity on the Internet will have their accounts locked,” the “program” threatens. “[T]hey will be banned from participating in the Banners Broker system and they will forfeit all of their inventory and revenue.”
Banners Broker appears also to be trying to chill nonmember critics.
“If you know of a site with content that is negative towards Banners Broker, we ask that you report it to the Community Watch,” the “program” instructs.
In June 2012, the PP Blog reported that a website selling “customers” to Zeek recruiters also was directing traffic to double-your-money Banners Broker and the 2-percent-a-day (precompounding) JSSTripler/JustBeenPaid HYIP scam purportedly operated by Frederick Mann.
On Jan. 17, 2013, the PP Blog reported it was receiving menacing communications about Banners Broker.
For additional background on bids to chill reporters or program members who publish information about scams and highly questionable “opportunities,” see this Dec. 27, 2012, PP Blog post: Our Choice For The Most Important PP Blog Post Of 2012.