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URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: ‘North Korean Government’ Responsible For Sony Pictures Hack, FBI Says

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: The “North Korean government” is responsible for the catastrophic hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment last month, the FBI says. As pressure mounts for the United States to retaliate, President Obama is expected to take questions on the matter at 1:30 p.m. today. The FBI said it was “deeply concerned about […]

IRONY: Scheme Whose Actual Name is ‘PlanB’ Tackled By European Authorities

IRONY: Scheme Whose Actual Name is 'PlanB' Tackled By European Authorities

One of the core signatures of an HYIP scam is highlighted when a “program” is presented as a “Plan B,” typically in the context of creating “multiple income streams” or “in case Plan A fails, you’d better have a “Plan B.” Zeek Rewards A-lister Keith Laggos gushed about Lyoness, his “Plan B” program. Zeek collapsed […]

UPDATE: Competing Cycler Advertised Inside ‘Achieve Community’ Forum Collapsed At Launch Yesterday

UPDATE: Competing Cycler Advertised Inside 'Achieve Community' Forum Collapsed At Launch Yesterday

UPDATED 2:12 P.M. ET U.S.A. A competing cycler advertised inside the supposedly private “Achieve Community” forum and promoted on the MoneyMakerGroup forum collapsed at launch yesterday, triggering a classic uproar among willfully blind Ponzi-board scammers. The name of the cycler is Cycles 24/7. The PP Blog learned of the “program” only because Achieve promoter Mike […]

Federal Prosecutors Have No Immediate Comment On ‘Achieve Community’ Call In Which Senior Citizen With 86-Year-Old Ailing Husband Was Told, ‘You Are Exactly The Type Of Person That The Achieve Community Is Built Around And For’

Federal Prosecutors Have No Immediate Comment On 'Achieve Community' Call In Which Senior Citizen With 86-Year-Old Ailing Husband Was Told, 'You Are Exactly The Type Of Person That The Achieve Community Is Built Around And For'

3RD UPDATE 11:30 A.M. ET U.S.A. A female senior citizen from the 434 Area Code in South-Central Virginia dialed into a  Dec. 10 “Achieve Community” conference call, according to an audio recording of the call playing on YouTube. She explained that she had a heart condition, that she had trusted in God and joined Achieve […]

SPECIAL REPORT: We’re Like ‘A Ride At Disney World,’ Achieve Community Cycler Bizarrely Claims

SPECIAL REPORT: We're Like 'A Ride At Disney World,' Achieve Community Cycler Bizarrely Claims

UPDATED 11:39 A.M. ET DEC. 12 U.S.A. In its latest effort to expand its reality-distortion field, “The Achieve Community” money-cycling “program” that tells prospects a $50 “position” increases by a factor of eight and turns into $400 in a few months (or even in as few as 55 days) has compared itself to The Walt […]

‘The Achieve Community’ Promoter Records Commercial At ATM In Hawaii; YouTube Text Promo Claims Achieve A ‘True Lifetime Income Plan!’

'The Achieve Community' Promoter Records Commercial At ATM In Hawaii; YouTube Text Promo Claims Achieve A 'True Lifetime Income Plan!'

UPDATED 10:42 A.M. ET DEC. 11 U.S.A. Promoters of the MPBToday network-marketing scam recorded promos at FDIC-insured banks and inside Wal-Mart stores to sanitize the outrageous “program’s” fraud scheme in 2010. In 2013, MPB Today operator Gary Calhoun was sentenced to a term in Florida state prison on a racketeering charge. MPBToday operated a cycler […]

4 People Arrested: ‘Your Own Branded Social Network’ (YOBSN) Was ‘MLM Fraud’ And ‘Pyramid’ With U.S. Webhost, Indian Police Say

4 People Arrested: 'Your Own Branded Social Network' (YOBSN) Was 'MLM Fraud' And 'Pyramid' With U.S. Webhost, Indian Police Say

Ever receive an MLM pitch that claims a “program” will be the next Facebook or that social-media riches are in your future? A “program” known as YOBSN (Your Own Branded Social Network) was an “MLM fraud” that collected millions of dollars and had a webhost in the United States, Bangalore City Police (India) say in […]

UPDATE: Bromide-Fest, Ripped Music Soundtrack From ‘Celtic Woman’ Mark Apparent Return Of ‘The Achieve Community’

UPDATE: Bromide-Fest, Ripped Music Soundtrack From 'Celtic Woman' Mark Apparent Return Of 'The Achieve Community'

“The Achieve Community” money-cycler train wreck has announced it’s back on the rails (sort of) and will relaunch today (sort of), after losing its payment processor last month. The asserted relaunch is occurring on the heels of multiple warnings from regulators about scams spreading on social media. It’s also occurring against the backdrop of allegations […]

BULLETIN: Italian Securities Regulator CONSOB Issues Warning On ‘TureProfit,’ HYIP That Claims It Accepts Sums From $10 to $500,000

BULLETIN: Italian Securities Regulator CONSOB Issues Warning On 'TureProfit,' HYIP That Claims It Accepts Sums From $10 to $500,000

BULLETIN: CONSOB, the Italian securities regulator, has issued a warning and suspended the trading of an HYIP “program” known as TureProfit that appears to be operating as both a macro- and a microscam while using the name of Bitcoin. On its English website in a prompt dated Aug. 17, 2014, TureProfit purports it has “gained […]

AdClickXpress, Successor Scam To 2 Earlier Scams, Stirring Again — And Gets Bad Press In South African Media

AdClickXpress, Successor Scam To 2 Earlier Scams, Stirring Again -- And Gets Bad Press In South African Media

“6. I affirm that I am not an employee or official of any government agency, nor am I acting on behalf of or collecting information for or on behalf of any government agency. I affirm that I am not an employee, by contract or otherwise, of any media or research company, and I am not […]

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 […]