4 People Arrested: ‘Your Own Branded Social Network’ (YOBSN) Was ‘MLM Fraud’ And ‘Pyramid’ With U.S. Webhost, Indian Police Say

Source: Bangalore City Police via Facebook.

Source: Bangalore City Police via Facebook.

Ever receive an MLM pitch that claims a “program” will be the next Facebook or that social-media riches are in your future?

A “program” known as YOBSN (Your Own Branded Social Network) was an “MLM fraud” that collected millions of dollars and had a webhost in the United States, Bangalore City Police (India) say in a Facebook post. (Bangalore also is known as Bengaluru.)

Among four people arrested in a police sting at a hotel pitchfest were three Indians and Denise Driver, a 52-year-old New Zealand national, police said. The three Indians were identified by the Times of India as Mohammed Kurram Iqbal, 44, of HBR Layout, Kiran Jitendra Modi, 39, and his elder brother Hithesh Modi, 42.

Driver, the alleged Asia-Pacific head of the YOBSN pyramid scheme, had been camped out at a hotel since Oct. 9 to deliver pitches, police said.

From the Facebook post by Bangalore police (italics added):

On Dec. 3, “acting on a complaint received at the office of DCP Crime, CCB F&M squad raided Room No 225 of Hotel Capital, Raj Bhavan Road, where 4 accused persons were explaining, advertising & collecting enrollment fee from new victims of YOBSN SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK MLM fraud web based company ( hosted from US ) and run through a website www.socialmediatechnologies.com . . .

New members are lured with promise of big money in USD $s by pushing the ‘CREATING YOUR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK’ tagline and encouraging members to bring in more members & growing their pyramid on the LEFT & RIGHT side.

They advertise by saying that when a company like Facebook etc is making billions of $s from social network, why can’t you make money.

This company runs a Web site called Smart Media Technologies. Any person can become a member by paying 8000 to 25000 INR as per their capacity. Then the person has to introduce Two persons (Left & Right member) to invest for which he would get 25% BONUS each as commission. As the pyramid grows, he would get more bonus. Each member is given a username/password and the commission earned & number of members introduced is meticulously accounted in the login itself. In fact, each user can see his pyramid and the amount of commission earned by it.

CCB investigated the documents available with the accused persons and found that the ONLINE account of Miss Driver Denise has 2844 members in the Left Side and 29495 members on Right Side across the world, and she alone personally has collected around 50,00,00,000 INR worth enrollment.

Most of ‘her’ members belong to :-> 2000 from US, 1700 from India, 28000 from Malaysia, 500 from New Zealand, 200 from Dubai, 100 from Pakistan. Her members In India, are distributed pan-India:-> 300 from Karnataka, 800 from Maharashtra, 100 from Delhi, 100 from Punjab, 300 from MP, 100 from Hyderabad.

Md Kurram also has 2000 members in his tree & claims to have received 10000 $ as commission.

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5 Responses to “4 People Arrested: ‘Your Own Branded Social Network’ (YOBSN) Was ‘MLM Fraud’ And ‘Pyramid’ With U.S. Webhost, Indian Police Say”

  1. Finally… I suspected it was an Indian company back in March’14

    http://behindmlm.com/companies/smart-media-technologies-review-yobsn/#comment-228099

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  2. no this is absolutely not true in terms of what has been said in the article. Here is a detailed answer for you by the company:
    https://www.smartmediatechnologies.com/IndiaAnswer/

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  3. YOu believe a company’s own spin rather than police reports and newspaper reports, eh?

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  4. How can I help You shut down YOBSN and Communicate to You the FRAUD they are doing ….
    Do You have an address to for them…. Lawyer’s Letter Returned

    I have 4 Sites that they have Closed My Access to as Property we ALL Buy, Manage OR Take Over as Online Property Owned!…. And Because people don’t buy their Crap they have hidden themselves…

    How can I REPORT to U. S. Agencies, Authorities, INTERPOL Alerts on David Martin, and Ken Brough, Rick Olsen, Steve Shoemaker, Gwen Edge and Steven Lantz who I think are ALL Culpable in Why I cannot get into My Owned Accounts….

    These People Need to Be Stopped like in India and other Places

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  5. myla:
    no this is absolutely not true in terms of what has been said in the article. Here is a detailed answer for you by the company:
    https://www.smartmediatechnologies.com/IndiaAnswer/

    lol. wacky scammers.

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