Archive for December 2015

Bellevue, Neb: Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Shows Up At Police Headquarters With Sword, Later Gets Tasered

Bellevue, Neb: Purported 'Sovereign Citizen' Shows Up At Police Headquarters With Sword, Later Gets Tasered

James Casale, 36, a purported “sovereign citizen,” allegedly showed up on New Year’s Eve wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask and carrying a sword at police headquarters in Bellevue, Neb. Bellevue police posted a photo of the encounter on Facebook. Casale wasn’t arrested at headquarters, police said. Rather, he was arrested later at the home of […]

BULLETIN: Terrorist-Inspired Attack In Rochester, N.Y., Thwarted, FBI Says

BULLETIN: Terrorist-Inspired Attack In Rochester, N.Y., Thwarted, FBI Says

BULLETIN: (2nd Update 1:58 p.m. ET U.S.A.) The FBI has arrested a man from Rochester, N.Y., saying he planned to show his support for ISIS by carrying out a machete attack today at a bar/restaurant in the Rochester area. ISIS is a terrorist group also known as ISIL. Today is New Year’s Eve. Bars and restaurants will be packed, a […]

BBC Hit With New Year’s Eve DDoS Attack

Websites of the BBC, including those with news content, were rendered unavailable by a New Year’s Eve DDoS attack, the venerable company reported. The outage lasted on the order of three hours. Service has been restored. Sources say “distributed denial of service” attack caused BBC websites to go offline https://t.co/CKzX3hsniB pic.twitter.com/3hzqMlnH1D — BBC News (UK) […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Figure Sann Rodrigues Found In Contempt Of Court

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Figure Sann Rodrigues Found In Contempt Of Court

(4th Update 7:23 p.m. ET U.S.A.) TelexFree, IFreeX and DFRF Enterprises’ figure Sann Rodrigues has been found in contempt of court in the SEC’s Ponzi- and pyramid case against TelexFree and a federal judge in Massachusetts has threatened to jail him. The SEC alleged Rodrigues, a recidivist securities offender,  violated an asset freeze imposed in 2014. […]

An Incredibly Toxic Series Of HYIP Swindles — Everything From Bitcoin-Themed Scams To Purported Real-Estate Ventures That Claim To Aid Victims Of Terrorism

An Incredibly Toxic Series Of HYIP Swindles -- Everything From Bitcoin-Themed Scams To Purported Real-Estate Ventures That Claim To Aid Victims Of Terrorism

Bitcoinest.net, a site that covers cryptocurrency news, reported today that “DoubleCloud.pw Is Another Bitcoin HYIP Ponzi Scheme.” The “pw” extension stands for Palau, an island country in the Western Pacific. But the extension has been rebranded as “Professional Web,” according to Wikipedia. The user-created encyclopedia says Symantec, the security company, reported in 2013 a lot of […]

IN MEMORY: Paul Schlegel, 1963-2015

Paul Schlegel, a St. Louis-based musician and composer and longtime member of the antiscam community, has died. He was 52. Word of Paul’s Dec. 7 passing was received from Lynn Edgington of Eagle Research Associates, via a post today at the RealScam.com antiscam forum. Paul had assisted Eagle for years in its dual mission of educating the […]

BULLETIN: ‘TeamVinh,’ A Ponzi-Board ‘Program,’ Charged By SEC

BULLETIN: 'TeamVinh,' A Ponzi-Board 'Program,' Charged By SEC

BULLETIN: (8th Update 3:34 p.m. ET U.SA.) The SEC has gone to federal court in Minnesota, alleging that an enterprise known as “TeamVinh” that pushed something called “VPAKs” was operating a securities-fraud scheme targeted at MLMers. TeamVinh, which allegedly recruited more than 5,600 participants,  has a presence on the Ponzi boards, including MoneyMakerGroup and TalkGold. Recent chatter suggests the […]

U.S. Tweaks National Terrorism Advisory System, Issues First ‘Bulletin’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a terror “Bulletin.” The issuance coincides with an update to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). A “Bulletin” describes “general developments or trends regarding threats of terrorism,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said today. Two other advisory levels exist: An “Elevated Alert” warns “of a credible terrorism threat against the United […]

DEVELOPING STORY: Proposed Settlement Agreement With Zeek Receiver May Wipe Out MLM Attorneys And Law Firm

DEVELOPING STORY: Proposed Settlement Agreement With Zeek Receiver May Wipe Out MLM Attorneys And Law Firm

DEVELOPING STORY: (5th Update 8:18 p.m. ET U.S.A.) MLM attorneys Gerald Nehra and Richard Waak will sign a confession of judgment for a whopping $100 million and acknowledge that Zeek parent Rex Venture Group “in fact operated an unlawful Ponzi and pyramid scheme” under the terms of a settlement agreement with Zeek Rewards’ receiver Kenneth D. Bell, according to new […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Judge Orders U.S. Marshals To Arrest Zeek Figure Darryle Douglas

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Judge Orders U.S. Marshals To Arrest Zeek Figure Darryle Douglas

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (3rd Update 6:25 p.m. ET U.S..) Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen of the Western District of North Carolina has ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to arrest alleged Zeek Rewards’ insider Darryle Douglas for civil contempt of court. The order was issued yesterday and included a directive for marshals to execute an […]

Watch The Trailer For ‘Madoff’ And Think About How You Could Have Avoided Schemes Such As Zeek And TelexFree

Watch The Trailer For 'Madoff' And Think About How You Could Have Avoided Schemes Such As Zeek And TelexFree

ABC has made available the first trailer for “Madoff,” a network miniseries debuting Feb. 3, 2016. Richard Dreyfuss plays the notorious Ponzi schemer, with Blythe Danner starring as Ruth Madoff. Bernard Madoff’s name first appeared on the PP Blog nearly seven years ago, on Dec. 13, 2008. It has appeared numerous times since then. Says […]