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URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Says It Has Filed For Bankruptcy In United States; Uganda’s Central Bank Issues Fraud Warning

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: TelexFree Says It Has Filed For Bankruptcy In United States; Uganda's Central Bank Issues Fraud Warning

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (6th update 2:36 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) TelexFree LLC and “certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates” have filed for bankruptcy in Nevada, the firm said in a statement this morning. In its statement, the company did not directly identify the other TelexFree firms involved in the filing. A link in the […]

SEC: Yet Another Social Media Fraud Scheme; Hawaii Woman Charged

SEC: Yet Another Social Media Fraud Scheme; Hawaii Woman Charged

On the same day the SEC announced a civil and criminal prosecution of alleged Florida-based scammers using YouTube to fleece the masses in a Ponzi scheme, it announced it had charged a Honolulu woman who allegedly engineered two fraud schemes through promotions on her own website and Twitter, Facebook and Skype. Keiko Kawamura’s scams featured […]

TelexFree, An Alleged Pyramid Scheme, Promotes Itself During Probes By Wrapping Logos Of Local Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC Affiliates Into Video

TelexFree, An Alleged Pyramid Scheme, Promotes Itself During Probes By Wrapping Logos Of Local Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC Affiliates Into Video

In this article: In its role as a watchdog for consumers, the FTC has sued third-party companies and individuals who have published the logos of prominent news agencies and falsely traded on their trusted identities to sanitize a purported product or opportunity. (See screen shot of Evidence Exhibit from one FTC case below.) In a […]

TelexFree’s Name Appears In Federal Court Filings In The SEC’s Pyramid And Ponzi Case Against WCM777

TelexFree's Name Appears In Federal Court Filings In The SEC's Pyramid And Ponzi Case Against WCM777

UPDATED 8:51 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) Already under investigation in Massachusetts, is TelexFree destined to encounter trouble from state regulators in California and perhaps the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? At least by Nov. 14, 2013, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) was asking questions about the TelexFree MLM scheme, according to filings in […]

EDITORIAL: Uproar In TelexFree’s Billion-Dollar Broom Closet

EDITORIAL: Uproar In TelexFree's Billion-Dollar Broom Closet

UPDATED 12:15 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The Boston Red Sox were at the White House Tuesday to receive recognition for winning the 2013 World Series. There were plenty of smiling faces, perhaps particularly when slugger David Ortiz, the MVP of the series, posed for a selfie with President Obama. But back home in Massachusetts, particularly in […]

BULLETIN: Federal Judge Freezes At Least 54 Bank/Vendor Accounts Linked By SEC To Alleged WCM777 Ponzi/Pyramid That Targeted Asians And Latinos; Court Authorizes Saturday Depositions And Orders Protection Of Records And Assets To Be Repatriated

BULLETIN: Federal Judge Freezes At Least 54 Bank/Vendor Accounts Linked By SEC To Alleged WCM777 Ponzi/Pyramid That Targeted Asians And Latinos; Court Authorizes Saturday Depositions And Orders Protection Of Records And Assets To Be Repatriated

BULLETIN: What happens if it is alleged by law enforcement that you’re a Ponzi schemer/affinity fraudster, a business associate of a Ponzi schemer/affinity fraudster or a vendor of a Ponzi schemer/affinity fraudster? A federal judge has frozen at least 54 bank or financial accounts the SEC has linked to WCM777, an alleged $65 million Ponzi- […]

AFRICAN NATION NOT ON MLM FIRM’S ‘RADAR’: TelexFree Pushes Back On Reports In African Media Of Rwanda Ban And Money-Laundering: ‘Mistaken Identity’

AFRICAN NATION NOT ON MLM FIRM'S 'RADAR': TelexFree Pushes Back On Reports In African Media Of Rwanda Ban And Money-Laundering: 'Mistaken Identity'

UPDATED 8:45 PM EDT (U.S.A.) Already under investigation in Brazil and Massachusetts and linked to at least one affiliate allegedly involved in an earlier pyramid- and affinity-fraud scheme aimed at the Brazilian community, TelexFree acknowledged in a news release this morning that it had a presence in the economically challenged nation of Rwanda. But TelexFree […]

TelexFree Hong Kong Convention?

TelexFree Hong Kong Convention?

UPDATED 7:15 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The website of TelexFree has been promoting a March 26 (today) “conference” at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, with tickets priced at $150. Whether the event actually took place is unclear. A search of the KITEC website returned no result for TelexFree — on the […]

MORE MLM WHACK-A-MOLE: (1) Quebec Securities Regulator Issues Warning On Karatbars International; (2) Cross-Border Colleagues Follow Suit; (3) Former Zeek Ponzi Scheme Pitchman Defends ‘Program’ As Others Push It Alongside TelexFree

MORE MLM WHACK-A-MOLE: (1) Quebec Securities Regulator Issues Warning On Karatbars International; (2) Cross-Border Colleagues Follow Suit; (3) Former Zeek Ponzi Scheme Pitchman Defends 'Program' As Others Push It Alongside TelexFree

UPDATED 12:21 P.M. EDT (MARCH 28, U.S.A.) Whack-A-Mole. Here’s the latest disturbing incarnation: On March 20, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) published a warning on a gold “program” known as Karatbars International GmbH. BehindMLM.com spotlighted the warning yesterday. From the AMF warning (bolding added): “With the company’s ‘Affiliates’ program, investors can make Internet-based purchases […]

UNBELIEVABLE: Bundle Of 550 TelexFree ‘AdCentrals’ Advertised For $16,760, A Purported Discount Of $8,190; Purchaser Will Receive ‘Minimum’ Guaranteed Payout Of $56,100 — And Maybe Even $110,000, Pitch Claims

UNBELIEVABLE: Bundle Of 550 TelexFree 'AdCentrals' Advertised For $16,760, A Purported Discount Of $8,190; Purchaser Will Receive 'Minimum' Guaranteed Payout Of $56,100 -- And Maybe Even $110,000, Pitch Claims

UPDATED 12:14 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) Being under investigation in Brazil and Massachusetts and getting kicked out of Rwanda apparently isn’t viewed in MLM La-La Land as a strong-enough clue that it’s time to give up the TelexFree ghost. Or maybe it is — and the TelexFree-related fire sales have begun. It wouldn’t be the first […]

TelexFree, WCM777 (Etc.) — In Pictures

TelexFree, WCM777 (Etc.) -- In Pictures

California-based WCM777, an MLM “program,” got booted out of Massachusetts in November 2013, amid allegations of securities fraud and affinity fraud targeted at the Brazilian community through hotel pitchfests. WCM777, purportedly operated by Ming Xu and recruiting affiliates to conduct business over the Internet, later got booted out of California. In addition to the Brazilian […]