affinity fraud

PP Blog Tag archives on references to "affinity fraud."

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- […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Promoters May Be Lobbying TelexFree To Keep Ponzi Scheme Intact

UPDATE: Promoters May Be Lobbying TelexFree To Keep Ponzi Scheme Intact

Updated 8:36 a.m. ET (Feb. 26, U.S.A.) Some TelexFree promoters may be lobbying the company and Brazil-based executive Carlos Costa to keep its original Ponzi scheme intact, according to a Blog post (in Portuguese) observed by the PP Blog this morning. BehindMLM.com reported on Feb. 19 that TelexFree may be in the process of changing […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges 3 Executives, 8 Promoters Of Alleged ‘Worldwide’ Pyramid Scheme Operating From Hong Kong, Canada And British Virgin Islands; ‘CKB’ And ‘CKB168′ Fraudsters Allegedly Targeted Asian-American Community, Agency Says

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges 3 Executives, 8 Promoters Of Alleged 'Worldwide' Pyramid Scheme Operating From  Hong Kong, Canada And British Virgin Islands; 'CKB' And 'CKB168' Fraudsters Allegedly Targeted Asian-American Community, Agency Says

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: 3RD UPDATE 5:46 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The SEC says it has gained an asset freeze and charged three executives and eight promoters of a worldwide pyramid scheme operating through five entities from Hong Kong, Canada and the British Virgin Islands. Promoters of the scheme, which “purportedly” sells Internet-based children’s educational […]

BULLETIN: Florida Woman Sued Civilly, Charged Criminally In Alleged Ponzi- And Affinity-Fraud Scheme Targeted At Colombian-Americans

BULLETIN: Florida Woman Sued Civilly, Charged Criminally In Alleged Ponzi- And Affinity-Fraud Scheme Targeted At Colombian-Americans

BULLETIN: The SEC has sued a Florida woman, amid allegations she swindled Colombian-Americans and other Colombians in a $4 million Ponzi scheme that duped investors into believing her purported “immigration bail bonds” program was backed by the FDIC and an “investment broker” later blamed for payout delays. The woman — Jenny E. Coplan of Tamarac […]

REPORT: ‘Women’s Circle’ Cash-Gifting Pyramid Scheme ‘Making Its Rounds’ In Canada’s Province Of British Columbia

REPORT: 'Women's Circle' Cash-Gifting Pyramid Scheme 'Making Its Rounds' In Canada's Province Of British Columbia

The Castlegar Source, a publication in British Columbia, is reporting that the Nelson Police Department has issued a warning on a purported “women’s circle” gifting “program” making its way around the area. A similar scheme operating in the United States resulted in criminal charges being filed against Connecticut-based pitchwomen and subsequent convictions — with jail […]

BULLETIN: George Theodule, HYIP Ponzi Huckster Identified In 2008 By SEC, Arrested On Criminal Charges

BULLETIN: George Theodule, HYIP Ponzi Huckster Identified In 2008 By SEC, Arrested On Criminal Charges

George Louis Theodule, identified by the SEC in a 2008 civil case as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi huckster and affinity fraudster largely targeting the Haitian community through so-called “investment clubs,” now has been arrested on criminal charges, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida said. Investors were duped into believing Theodule’s HYIP “program” through entities […]

SEC: Utah Ponzi Schemer With ‘Loans’ Program Ripped Off Church Associates, Family Members, Friends, Seniors — And Some Of The Money Went To ‘Multilevel Marketing And Web-Based Advertising Business Opportunities'; Separately, Newspaper Reports Allegations Of Cash Handoffs To Investors In Parking Lots

SEC: Utah Ponzi Schemer With 'Loans' Program Ripped Off Church Associates, Family Members, Friends, Seniors -- And Some Of The Money Went To 'Multilevel Marketing And Web-Based Advertising Business Opportunities'; Separately, Newspaper Reports Allegations Of Cash Handoffs To Investors In Parking Lots

In the latest affinity-fraud scheme detected in Utah, an Orem man conducted a $4 million offering fraud and Ponzi scheme aimed at church associates, family members and friends, including senior citizens and the “recent widow of a church associate” whom he volunteered to help with finances after she lost her husband, the SEC said. Some […]

UPDATE: Statue Of Jesus Christ Used In TelexFree Promo On YouTube

UPDATE: Statue Of Jesus Christ Used In TelexFree Promo On YouTube

Depictions of Jesus Christ were used in the Profitable Sunrise and the equally bizarre “Cash Tanker” HYIP schemes — and now are being used in promos for TelexFree, an MLM “opportunity” under investigation in Brazil amid pyramid-scheme and securities concerns. It looks as though the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro has […]

Philly Affinity Fraudster Traded On Coca-Cola’s Name And Ran Ponzi, Feds Say

Philly Affinity Fraudster Traded On Coca-Cola's Name And Ran Ponzi, Feds Say

EDITOR’S NOTE: Affinity fraud takes many forms. The case against Constant Damas appears to have been one that married an appeal to a common nationality to an appeal to the taste buds and brand recognition. Scammers often trade on the names of famous companies and individuals. And they often issue appeals to people of common […]

DIABOLICAL: Purported ‘Christian’ Enterprise With Purported Ties To Catholic Church Launches Spam Campaign For Purported ‘Loan’ Program And Bizarrely Tries To Sanitize It By Linking To PP Blog Story On Profitable Sunrise Scam

DIABOLICAL: Purported 'Christian' Enterprise With Purported Ties To Catholic Church Launches Spam Campaign For Purported 'Loan' Program And Bizarrely Tries To Sanitize It By Linking To PP Blog Story On Profitable Sunrise Scam

Is it channeling Profitable Sunrise as part of an affinity-fraud/identity-theft reload scam? An enterprise that bizarrely is calling itself  “ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH LOAN FIRM” purports to have an office in England and appears to be targeting Catholics and Christians in general to be fleeced in a purported “loan” program. The spam/scam pitch begins, “I […]