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MILESTONE: The PP Blog’s 2,500th Post: Pennies For Our Thoughts

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally was published at 12:40 a.m. ET on Nov. 3. It will continue to appear at the top of the PP Blog for a while, but new stories will appear below it . . . Dear Readers, What a long, strange, occasionally exhilarating and sometimes frightening ride it has been. This […]

Quebec Moves To Shut Down Site That Purportedly Monitors HYIP Programs, Saying Operator Is Aiding Scammers

Quebec Moves To Shut Down Site That Purportedly Monitors HYIP Programs, Saying Operator Is Aiding Scammers

If the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) gets its way, a website styled maxhyip.com will be shut down and its operator blocked from promoting “products and services relating to various high-yield investment programs (HYIP[s]) to Quebeckers.” The alleged operator of the site is Steeve Beaudin, against whom AMF is seeking a cease-trade order and “administrative […]

BULLETIN: Zeek-Like Situation Surfaces In TelexFree Case — Dishonored Cashier’s Checks; Trustee Seeks Authority To Subpoena Banks, Including Bank In Puerto Rico

BULLETIN: Zeek-Like Situation Surfaces In TelexFree Case -- Dishonored Cashier's Checks; Trustee Seeks Authority To Subpoena Banks, Including Bank In Puerto Rico

BULLETIN: The court-appointed trustee in the TelexFree bankruptcy case is seeking authority to issue subpoenas and obtain information from eight financial institutions, including Puerto Rico-based Oriental Bank. The other seven are Digital Federal Credit Union, based in TelexFree’s headquarters city of Marlborough, Mass., Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citizens Bank, Santander, TD Bank and Wells […]

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order ‘Without Notice’ That Directs Zeek Vendor ‘To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership’ Nearly $5 Million

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order 'Without Notice' That Directs Zeek Vendor 'To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership' Nearly $5 Million

DEVELOPING STORY: (Updated 10:02 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) In an extraordinary development on this Halloween Friday, the federal judge presiding over the SEC’s Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case against Zeek Rewards has issued a Temporary Restraining Order and directed a Zeek vendor to immediately turn over to the receivership more than $4.85 million. The order was entered […]

KABOOM! Banners Broker MLM ‘Program’ Described As ‘Criminal Enterprise’ That Gathered Tens Of Million Of Dollars

KABOOM! Banners Broker MLM 'Program' Described As 'Criminal Enterprise' That Gathered Tens Of Million Of Dollars

“Affiliates found to be contributing to the negativity on the Internet will have their accounts locked, they will be banned from participating in the Banners Broker system and they will forfeit all of their inventory and revenue.” —  Banners Broker threat to members, February 2014 “It is the position of investigators that this business was […]

NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO: Secretary Galvin Talks TelexFree, Sann Rodrigues And ‘IFreeX,’ Tells Station Accused Huckster’s ‘Current Whereabouts . . . Unknown’

NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO: Secretary Galvin Talks TelexFree, Sann Rodrigues And 'IFreeX,' Tells Station Accused Huckster's 'Current Whereabouts . . . Unknown'

UPDATED 8 A.M. EDT U.S.A. New England Public Radio has a minute-long audio report on TelexFree, iFreeX and Sann Rodrigues, including comments from Massachusetts Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin. An NEPR text report is available here. Look under the byline of Kari Njiiri for a link to the audio report. Rodrigues, accused in April 2014 by […]

SPECIAL REPORT: eAdGear ‘Program’ Allegedly Traded Falsely On Names Of Famous Companies And Brands; SEC Contacted Google, Yahoo, Target, Victoria’s Secret (And More) To Refute Claims; Separately, ‘Bossteam’ Enterprise In Canada Operated In Similar Fashion, Records Show

SPECIAL REPORT: eAdGear 'Program' Allegedly Traded Falsely On Names Of Famous Companies And Brands; SEC Contacted Google, Yahoo, Target, Victoria's Secret (And More) To Refute Claims; Separately, 'Bossteam' Enterprise In Canada Operated In Similar Fashion, Records Show

EDITOR’S NOTE: eAdGear, which had entities in California and Hong Kong, “primarily” targeted “investors in the U.S., China, and Taiwan” and gathered $129 million in a combined pyramid- and Ponzi scheme that engaged in brand-leeching, the SEC alleged last week. An MLM scam known as WCM777, which allegedly gathered more than $80 million, also engaged […]

‘BitClub Network’ Now Reportedly Set To Launch On Sept. 10, Eve Of Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

'BitClub Network' Now Reportedly Set To Launch On Sept. 10, Eve Of Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

The BitClub Network “program” — originally set to launch Sept 1, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II — reportedly now will launch on Sept. 10. That’s the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Sept. 10 launch time is pegged for “2pm EST,” which possibly means the […]

BULLETIN: U.S. TelexFree Probe May Expand Overseas

BULLETIN: U.S. TelexFree Probe May Expand Overseas

BULLETIN: Federal prosecutors in the United States have informed a federal judge that “evidence underlying this case is closely tied to certain foreign countries, especially Brazil” and that “it is likely that the parties will need to review evidence in foreign countries and arrange for foreign witnesses and/or law enforcement officers to travel to the […]

BULLETIN: MLM Attorney And Companion Entity Received $843,000 Through Sale Of ‘Bogus Compliance Course’ That Served As ‘Window Dressing’ For Ponzi- And Pyramid Scheme, Zeek Receiver Says

BULLETIN: MLM Attorney And Companion Entity Received $843,000 Through Sale Of 'Bogus Compliance Course' That Served As 'Window Dressing' For Ponzi- And Pyramid Scheme, Zeek Receiver Says

BULLETIN: (2nd update 9:54 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) MLM attorney Kevin Grimes and a companion entity known as MLM Compliance VT LLC received $843,000 from the Zeek Rewards pyramid- and Ponzi scheme through the sale of a “bogus compliance course,” receiver Kenneth D. Bell has alleged in an amended complaint. The amended complaint, filed yesterday, includes […]

ANOTHER MLM PR TRAIN WRECK: Receiver Alleges Clawback Defendants May Be ‘Serial’ Participants In Zeek-Like ‘Revenue Sharing’ Schemes, Asks Court To Take ‘Judicial Notice’ Of T. LeMont Silver Videos

ANOTHER MLM PR TRAIN WRECK: Receiver Alleges Clawback Defendants May Be 'Serial' Participants In Zeek-Like 'Revenue Sharing' Schemes, Asks Court To Take 'Judicial Notice' Of T. LeMont Silver Videos

MLM, witness your latest PR train wreck — as voiced by alleged Zeek “winner” and purported “revenue sharing” consultant/trainer and Florida “Expat” T. LeMont Silver. (Video below.) In a consolidated motion in response to motions by various alleged Zeek “winners” to dismiss the clawback lawsuits against them, the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi- […]