Writing And Branding

Two Readers Who Made A Difference — And How You Can, Too

NOTE: This post originally was published March 30 at 12:21 a.m. It will remain in this slot for several days, but new posts will appear below it. Dear Readers, In November, I introduced “penny-a-post” annual subscriptions. These were designed to allow readers to value the PP Blog’s editorial well of 2,500 articles between 1 cent […]

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues USHBB Inc., Maker Of Zeek Videos — And Ties Firm To AdSurfDaily Ponzi Scheme

BULLETIN: Receiver Sues USHBB Inc., Maker Of Zeek Videos -- And Ties Firm To AdSurfDaily Ponzi Scheme

9th UPDATE 9:01 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Indianapolis-based USHBB Inc. and three of its principals — James A. Moore, Robert Mecham and Oscar H. Brown — have been sued by the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case. Receiver Kenneth D. Bell alleges USHBB, a producer of videos, also did work for the […]

Registration Page At TelexMOB Triggers ‘Web Forgery’ Warning In Firefox Browser

Registration Page At TelexMOB Triggers 'Web Forgery' Warning In Firefox Browser

Late last night the PP Blog visited the registration page of the emerging and bizarrely named “TelexMOB” scheme, which appears to be targeting victims of the alleged TelexFree Ponzi- and pyramid scheme. Our earlier story is here. The page now is triggering a “Web Forgery” warning in the Firefox browser. Such warnings may be associated […]

Now, ‘TelexMOB’

Now, 'TelexMOB'

UPDATED 11:25 A.M. EDT U.S.A. Something calling itself “TelexMOB” has established a web presence this month. A logo resembling that of TelexFree — an alleged Ponzi- and pyramid scheme said to have gathered $1.8 billion across national borders — appears on the site. BehindMLM.com was first with the news today. The PP Blog has sent […]

March PP Blog Subscription Post

NOTE: This post originally was published March 4 at 1:07 p.m. It will remain in this slot for several days. New posts will appear below it. Dear Readers, As was the case with our 2,500th-post commemoration in November, there are four subscription options. In the spirit of that post and the 6th anniversary post in […]

‘MyAdvertisingPays’ And A Bromide Thrice Vomited

'MyAdvertisingPays' And A Bromide Thrice Vomited

It turns out that a hackneyed expression currently in play within MyAdvertisingPays (MAPS) is a lightly remixed version of one used in the collapsed Zeek Rewards and Achieve Community schemes. Will this thrice-vomited bromide become a kiss of death for MAPS? Back before the SEC shut down Zeek in 2012, the $897 million scheme traded […]

UPDATE: ‘Automatic Mobile Cash’ Tanks

UPDATE: 'Automatic Mobile Cash' Tanks

“Automatic Mobile Cash,” pushed on YouTube by “Achieve Community” hucksters Rodney Blackburn and Mike Chitty, has tanked, according to chatter on the MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi forum. MMG poster “im the man,” citing information from SolidTrustPay, claimed yesterday that SolidTrustPay had blocked AMC’s ability “to accept deposits or make withdraws.” Other information in the 16-page, 226-post MMG […]

[PART 2]: ‘MyAdvertisingPays’ Scheme Referenced In TelexFree-Related Class-Action Complaint That Alleges Racketeering — A Zeek Tie, Too

[PART 2]: 'MyAdvertisingPays' Scheme Referenced In TelexFree-Related Class-Action Complaint That Alleges Racketeering -- A Zeek Tie, Too

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of this two-part PP Blog series covered allegations against an alleged New York City-based TelexFree promoter . . . **__________________** 2ND UPDATE 9:42 A.M. EDT U.S.A. Though not charged as a defendant, the emerging “MyAdvertisingPays” (MAPS) scheme is referenced in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against multiple TelexFree figures and financial […]

‘Achieve Community’ Domains Disconnected

'Achieve Community' Domains Disconnected

Two domains linked to the alleged “Achieve Community” pyramid- and Ponzi scheme appear to have been disconnected. On Feb. 17, the PP Blog reported that the domains — ReadyToAchieve.com and TheAchieveCommunity.com — were displaying “Account Suspended” messages. ReadyToAchieve appears still to have DNS servers, but now displays nothing and will not return a ping. TheAchieveCommunity, […]

[PART 1]: CLAIM: Major TelexFree Promoter Operated Out Of New York City Beauty Salon And Marriott Hotel

[PART 1]: CLAIM: Major TelexFree Promoter Operated Out Of New York City Beauty Salon And Marriott Hotel

“Because that’s where the money is.” — Classic rejoinder attributed to Brooklyn-born criminal Willie Sutton, reportedly after he was asked why he robbed banks. The often-quoted line may or may not be apocryphal. (Also see “Sutton’s Law” on the need to consider the obvious and “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras.”) UPDATED […]

New York Times Story — ‘Birdman[:] The Pigeon King And The Ponzi Scheme That Shook Canada’ — Shatters Myths

New York Times Story -- 'Birdman[:] The Pigeon King And The Ponzi Scheme That Shook Canada' -- Shatters Myths

“Birdman[:] The Pigeon King and the Ponzi Scheme That Shook Canada” appears online today at the website of the New York Times Magazine. The story by Jon Mooallem examines the strange case of Arlan Galbraith, the narratives surrounding his “Pigeon King” scheme, Galbraith’s efforts to serve as his own attorney, how a veteran prosecutor new […]