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BULLETIN: Ambush Attack Leaves Florida Deputy Dead

BULLETIN: A Leon County sheriff’s deputy has been shot and killed in what authorities are calling an “ambush.” Early reports suggest the following circumstances: A house in northwest Tallahassee, the state capital, was set ablaze. The deputy was a first-responder and was shot and killed at the scene of the fire by the person who […]

EDITORIAL: Uber Isn’t MLM, But It Sure Acts Like It

EDITORIAL: Uber Isn't MLM, But It Sure Acts Like It

We’ll begin by pointing out that Uber, the popular ride-sharing company and darling of venture capitalists, is not an MLM firm. But it sure is acting like one, even briefly vomiting one of MLM’s most familiar and reflexive responses to critics: HatersGonnaHate. Can MLM enterprises and MLMers in general learn from Uber’s bizarre missteps? You […]

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 […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges Alleged HYIP Operators Who Ran ‘Profits Paradise’ From India; Scammers Allegedly Used Fake Names And Engaged In Wanton Deception

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges Alleged HYIP Operators Who Ran 'Profits Paradise' From India; Scammers Allegedly Used Fake Names And Engaged In Wanton Deception

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (Updated 9:33 p.m. ET U.S.A.) The SEC has charged two Indian nationals with running an HYIP scheme known as “Profits Paradise” that reached into the United States and offered “extraordinary” returns of up to 480 percent in 240 days, plus “compounding.” As is typical in HYIP schemes, the “program” gained […]

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 […]

U.S. Postal Service Targeted In Cyber Attack; Customer, Employee Data Breached

U.S. Postal Service Targeted In Cyber Attack; Customer, Employee Data Breached

There have been cyber attacks on banks, retail outlets, U.S. government sites and sites operated by U.S. government contractors. And now the FBI is investigating an attack on the U.S. Postal Service. In some ways, the attack might be viewed by Americans as the most personally violative to date. Virtually the whole of America — […]

Self-Described Missouri ‘Sovereign Citizen’ And Associates Brought ‘Fake Criminal Charges’ Against Banker In Fictitious ‘International Environmental Court,’ Authorities Say

Self-Described Missouri 'Sovereign Citizen' And Associates Brought 'Fake Criminal Charges' Against Banker In Fictitious 'International Environmental Court,' Authorities Say

UPDATED 2:27 P.M. ET U.S.A. The prosecuting attorney for Greene County, Mo., has publicly thanked a People’s Bank manager for “not succumbing to [John F. Gibson’s] attempts to harass and bully his way out of responsibility for his criminal conduct.” Gibson, 61, of Willard, Mo., entered a guilty plea Oct. 29 to a felony charge […]