Archive for March 2016

RECEIVER: (1) Zeek Defendant Class Action May Conclude This Year; (2) Some Claimants Still Haven’t Signed Required Release; (3) $10 Million Settlement With NewBridge Bank

RECEIVER: (1) Zeek Defendant Class Action May Conclude This Year; (2) Some Claimants Still Haven't Signed Required Release; (3) $10 Million Settlement With NewBridge Bank

Three significant pieces of news from Kenneth D. Bell, the receiver in the Zeek Rewards’ Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case: In a March 28 announcement on the receivership website, Bell wrote that a defendant class-action lawsuit against more than 9,000 alleged Zeek winners in the United States may conclude this year. “We hope to bring to […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek Vendor Pleads Guilty To Obstructing Probe

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Zeek Vendor Pleads Guilty To Obstructing Probe

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (12th Update 2:57 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) In what may be a warning shot fired across the bow of payment vendors who hope to profit from Ponzi schemes, Zeek Rewards’ vendor Jaymes Meyer of Preferred Merchants Solutions LLC has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of obstructing investigators in the Zeek Ponzi- […]

Hoax Weaves Conspiracy Theories And Taunts Rep. Gabby Giffords, Victims Of Arizona Mass Shooting

Hoax Weaves Conspiracy Theories And Taunts Rep. Gabby Giffords, Victims Of Arizona Mass Shooting

Jan. 8, 2011, was a horrifying day in U.S. history. It’s the day Jared Lee Loughner shot then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head. Grievously wounded, Giffords, remarkably, survived. Six others died in the Tucson attack, including U.S. District Judge John Roll of Arizona. In this Jan. 9, 2011, story, the Washington Post remembers Christina-Taylor Green, a 9-year-old slain by […]

CSA: ‘No Business Is Currently Registered Or Authorized To Market Or Sell Binary Options In Canada’

Offshore scammers have their eyes on your pocket book.  “[N]o business is currently registered or authorized to market or sell binary options in Canada,” the Canadian Securities Administrators said in an Investor Alert today. The risk is not merely the loss of money, CSA said. “Canadians are exposing themselves to the high risk of identity theft […]

SEC, Lawyer Clash Over Representation Of TelexFree Figure Sann Rodrigues; Lamborghini Once Owned By Accused DFRF Enterprises’ Ponzi Schemer Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho Was Used To Pay Sann’s Legal Fees

SEC, Lawyer Clash Over Representation Of TelexFree Figure Sann Rodrigues; Lamborghini Once Owned By Accused DFRF Enterprises' Ponzi Schemer Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho Was Used To Pay Sann's Legal Fees

3RD UPDATE 9:36 AM EDT MARCH 17 U.S.A. This one features highly questionable dealings between an alleged MLM securities fraudster (TelexFree’s Sann Rodrigues) and an alleged Ponzi schemer (Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho of DFRF Enterprises). Filho also has been linked to the alleged 2010 Finanzas Forex/Evolution Market Group Ponzi scheme, a Ponzi-board “program” that allegedly had ties to the narcotics trade. Suffice to […]

TelexFree Trustee Seeks Approval Of Settlement With PricewaterhouseCoopers

TelexFree Trustee Seeks Approval Of Settlement With PricewaterhouseCoopers

Big Four accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers posted more than $115,000 in fees from the TelexFree Ponzi/pyramid scheme and will pay it all back under the terms of a stipulated settlement with TelexFree Trustee Stephen B. Darr, according to court filings. PwC admits no liability in the settlement, which requires the approval of Chief Bankruptcy Judge Melvin […]

In Wake Of Herbalife Probe And Vemma Litigation, ESPN Asks If AdvoCare Is Pyramid Scheme And Pusher Of False Hope

In Wake Of Herbalife Probe And Vemma Litigation, ESPN Asks If AdvoCare Is Pyramid Scheme And Pusher Of False Hope

“And while the company claims its primary objective is selling products, many of its distributors tell a different story. ESPN interviewed more than 30 current and former salespeople, the vast majority of whom said their focus, and the focus of their superiors, was on recruiting other distributors. These new members, many of whom are drawn […]

Bot Attack At PP Blog

The PP Blog is experiencing a spambot attack that almost exclusively is trained at a single story and Comments thread from February 2010, more than six years ago. Since early Tuesday, the onslaught has included about a spam per minute. The attack, a sort of miniDDoS involving scores and scores of IPs and email addresses likely […]

BULLETIN: Darryle Douglas, Alleged Zeek Insider, Arrested

BULLETIN: (4th update 9:11 p.m. ET U.S.A.) Alleged Zeek Rewards’ insider Darryle Douglas has been arrested in Riverside, Calif. Court filings docketed March 7 in the SEC’s civil case against Zeek say Douglas, whose age was not listed, was arrested March 2 by the U.S. Marshals Service. On Dec. 10, 2015, Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. […]

SEC: Binary Options Case Triggers Investor Alert

SEC: Binary Options Case Triggers Investor Alert

Is there a double whammy in your MLM future — first being ripped off in a binary-options “program,” only to be ripped off a second time by scammers posing as government agencies and offering purported refunds for a fee? Naturally some MLMers have added binary options to their offerings, with some incredible solicitations and tales being told […]

At Chicago Symposium, SEC Highlights Pyramid Scheme Task Force And Notes ‘Whack-A-Mole’ Nature Of Online Scams

At Chicago Symposium, SEC Highlights Pyramid Scheme Task Force And Notes 'Whack-A-Mole' Nature Of Online Scams

“These frauds are easily duplicated, and at times, we find ourselves playing ‘whack-a-mole,’ chasing the same set of fraudsters who, after feeling a bit of heat, simply close down one scheme and quickly set up a new one under a different name.” — Andrew Ceresney, SEC Enforcement Division director, March 2, 2016 EDITOR’S NOTE: Type […]