BULLETIN: ‘MooreFund,’ A Ponzi-Board HYIP ‘Program’ Pushed By Achieve Community Huckster, Is Using Unauthorized Security Seal From Norton
BULLETIN: (Updated 8:17 a.m. ET Feb. 25 U.S.A.) An HYIP “program” that operates at MooreFund.com is using a “Norton Secured” seal that is not authorized, Symantec told the PP Blog late this afternoon.
Symantec, owner of the famous Norton brand, is a software and computer-security company. Its name is misspelled as “Symentec” on the FAQ page of MooreFund in an awkwardly worded passage that plants the seed Symantec and other security firms are providing deposit insurance.
Under a subhead that reads “How can I be sure that Moore Fund is licensed and safe,” the MooreFund site claims (italics added/verbatim):
Moore Property Investment Co Limited is registered in United Kingdom and verified by Worlds most popular security insurance company like Symentec-Norton (veriSign), Comodo and TRUSTe. MOORE PROPERTY INVESTMENT CO LIMITED holds a website identity assurance warranty of $1,750,000. This means that you are insured for up to $1,750,000 when relying on the information provided by IdAuthority on this site. US Patent Number 7,603,699.”
The PP Blog contacted Symantec after observing a YouTube promo today for MooreFund by Achieve Community huckster Rodney Blackburn. The Blog also contacted the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority because MooreFund purports to operate from the United Kingdom through Moore Property Investment Co Ltd. FCA, closed for the evening, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update 8:17 a.m. ET Feb. 25 U.S.A. Chris Hamilton, a spokesperson for FCA, declined this morning to comment specifically on MooreFund. Hamilton added, however, that “the FCA is one of a number of organisation that does investigate, and prosecute, Ponzi schemes. The other UK authorities include the Police and the Serious Fraud Office.” (Original story continues below . . .)
“They have insurance to cover . . . so, it helps you to feel, you know, more peace of mind in getting into an investment like this,” Blackburn says in his video for MooreFund. The 13:11 production is dated today and titled, “Moore Fund- Rodney’s Review on this HYIP.”
Blackburn also advised MooreFund registrants to place banner ads for the “program” on other HYIP sites. In what might be a troubling trend, HYIP schemes recently have been publishing ads for other HYIP schemes, a development that suggests tainted proceeds are circulating among any number of scams.
Achieve Community, which was charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 12 with operating a Ponzi- and pyramid scheme that had gathered more than $3.8 million, permitted members to place banner ads for other “programs.”
Like Achieve, MooreFund has a presence on well-known Ponzi-scheme forums such as MoneyMakerGroup and TalkGold. The “program” purports to offer four investment plans. These promise absurd daily interest rates of between 1.5 percent and 3 percent, with “compounding” available on three of the four plans and tiered recruitment commissions offered on all four.
Investors, according to the website, may send in sums from $15 to $99,999, a circumstance that suggests MooreFund is operating both a micro and macro scam.
MooreFund claims its accepts Bitcoin. It also claims prospects can send money via Western Union, bank wire and a range of processors, including well-known fraud enablers such as SolidTrustPay, Perfect Money and EgoPay.
The site includes a number of awkward passages in English such as “Fill up the form to make a new deposit,” “Sometime website is down due to ongoing maintenance work,” “You just have to contact the support department and ask for cancelling your investment” and “MooreFund minimizes risk level by offering deposit insurance system.”
This is the supposed insurance (italics added/verbatim):
Plan Beginner – 99.99% of the funds are insured
Plan Pro – 75% of the funds are insured
Furthermore, You can cancel and refund your money anytime between first 7 days of your deposit.
Using a calculator on the MooreFund site, Blackburn asserts that by compounding his $500 deposit over the course of a year, he’ll emerge with $53,721.54.
“Guys, that is a nice little nest egg right there,” he says.