Alleged Ponzi Schemes

BitClub Network Now Wants 500 New Suckers; Participants Exhorted To Be Patient Because Purported Mining ‘Community’ Venture Is Like ‘Building A Home-Made Space Ship To Explore Outer Space’

BitClub Network apparently has found its first crop of 500 suckers willing to throw down $3,599 to become “Founders.” A link from a new post on Twitter suggests BitClub Network now is trying to line up 500 new suckers who’ll purportedly earn half of what the core group was promised. The new suckers will be […]

RECOMMENDED READING: Two Stories/Threads At BehindMLM.com On ‘The Achieve Community’

RECOMMENDED READING: Two Stories/Threads At BehindMLM.com On 'The Achieve Community'

We recommend these two stories/Comments threads at BehindMLM.com on “The Achieve Community.” Access the first here. Access the second here. BehindMLM.com covers emerging MLM fraud schemes. Naturally the site separates some MLMers from their senses because it so neatly debunks cover stories and magical constructions that have helped MLM scams trading on the Internet thrive […]

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 […]

The Monumentally Alarming Tale Of ‘Secure Investment’

The Monumentally Alarming Tale Of  'Secure Investment'

“Secure Investment lured customers by creating its own good reputation and by publishing a seemingly successful trading record on its elaborate website. It was all a lie. The company’s claims to have offices and a large staff were also false. At least some of its so-called customer testimonials were actually delivered by actors.” — Bloomberg […]

REPORTS: Paul Burks, Alleged Operator Of $850 Million Zeek Rewards Ponzi, Pleads Not Guilty And Is Released On $25,000 Unsecured Bond

REPORTS: Paul Burks, Alleged Operator Of $850 Million Zeek Rewards Ponzi, Pleads Not Guilty And Is Released On $25,000 Unsecured Bond

Paul Burks pleaded not guilty this morning and has been released on $25,000 unsecured bond, The Dispatch newspaper of Lexington, N.C., is reporting. Burks, 67, was the alleged operator of Zeek Rewards, which federal authorities have described as an $850 million Ponzi- and pyramid scheme. He was indicted last month on charges of wire and […]

UPDATE: With Purported 100 Percent ‘Repurchase Or Recapitalization Feature,’ BitClub Network Dials Up The Scamming

UPDATE: With Purported 100 Percent 'Repurchase Or Recapitalization Feature,' BitClub Network Dials Up The Scamming

Affiliates of the BitClub Network “mining” scam have taken to Twitter today with news asserted to be glorious: Participants can leave 100 percent of their money in the “program.” “The reason why you should consider setting all your bitclub network mining pool repurchases to 100% is the fact that you will build up your amount […]

President Obama To Nominate Loretta Lynch To Replace Eric Holder As Attorney General

President Obama To Nominate Loretta Lynch To Replace Eric Holder As Attorney General

UPDATED 8:42 A.M. ET NOV. 9 U.S.A. Many Americans will have only a vague recollection of her name. Others will not be able to place her at all. But they’ll remember cases with which she has been involved. One of those involved the prosecution of New York City police officers, including Justin Volpe, implicated in […]

UPDATE: Another Bizarre Turn In WCM777 Ponzi Probe

UPDATE: Another Bizarre Turn In WCM777 Ponzi Probe

With a storyline that has included claims that $14,000 would turn into $500,000 in a year, a declaration of love to the Peruvians it had fleeced and additional claims that all would become clear when “4 blood moons” appeared in the sky in April, the WCM777 “cloud computing” MLM scam has served up a symphony […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: First U.S. Criminal Prosecution Of Bitcoin-Themed Scheme; Trendon Shavers Arrested

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: First U.S. Criminal Prosecution Of Bitcoin-Themed Scheme; Trendon Shavers Arrested

In the first U.S. criminal prosecution involving a Bitcoin-themed scheme, Trendon Shavers has been arrested and charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. Shavers, 32, of McKinney, Texas, was charged civilly by the SEC in July 2013. He is known as “pirateat40,”  and allegedly pushed his Bitcoin Savings and Trust Ponzi scheme from a forum. […]

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 […]