Writing And Branding

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NORTH CAROLINA: Teen Allegedly Swindled Senior Citizens In ‘Stark Innovations’ Scam That Purportedly Sold Overseas ‘Electronic Consumer Goods In Bulk’

NORTH CAROLINA: Teen Allegedly Swindled Senior Citizens In 'Stark Innovations' Scam That Purportedly Sold Overseas 'Electronic Consumer Goods In Bulk'

A North Carolina teenager who allegedly swindled senior citizens in an investment scam known as Stark Innovations was arrested yesterday, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall said. Bond for the suspect, David Alan Topping, 19, of Oak Island, was set at $250,000. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the case. “I am […]

RIPPLING NIGHTMARE: Has TelexFree Been Dwarfed By Another MLM Ponzi Scheme? Better Living Global Marketing Reportedly Says It Has Taken In $3.3 BILLION — And Is Experiencing ‘Cash Flow Problem’

RIPPLING NIGHTMARE: Has TelexFree Been Dwarfed By Another MLM Ponzi Scheme? Better Living Global Marketing Reportedly Says It Has Taken In $3.3 BILLION -- And Is Experiencing 'Cash Flow Problem'

EDITOR’S NOTE: In a story dated today, BehindMLM.com has broken down claims made in a recent video in which Better-Living Global Marketing (BLGM) figure Luke Teng appears. The potential criminality at BLGM, purportedly based in Hong Kong, not only is alarming, it is stunning. Even more disconcerting is the level of disconnect surrounding the scheme, […]

Foreign Office Asks U.K. Travelers To Be ‘Vigilant’ In Wake Of Ongoing Military Campaign Against ISIS; North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To ‘Attempting To Aid’ Terrorist Organization Linked To Beheadings

Citing a generalized global terrorism threat, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office says it is updating its travel advice and has asked U.K. travelers to be “vigilant.” From the Foreign Office (italics added): “There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated […]

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At ‘Fraud Affects Every Community’ Event At FTC, Announces ‘Pyramid-Scheme Task Force’ And Tells Audience That ‘Program’ Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At 'Fraud Affects Every Community' Event At FTC, Announces 'Pyramid-Scheme Task Force' And Tells Audience That 'Program' Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

“We know of at least one victim who borrowed, I think, $50,000 from his mother and gave it all to [TelexFree]. And it was her entire retirement.” — Melissa Armstrong, assistant chief litigation counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Oct. 29, 2014 UPDATED 12:19 P.M. EDT OCT. 30 U.S.A. Affinity fraud was one of the […]