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In Wake Of Profitable Sunrise Alert, British Columbia Issues 2 More Warnings Against HYIPs; Like Profitable Sunrise, Both ‘Programs’ Had Presence On TalkGold And MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi Forums

In Wake Of Profitable Sunrise Alert, British Columbia Issues 2 More Warnings Against HYIPs; Like Profitable Sunrise, Both 'Programs' Had Presence On TalkGold And MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi Forums

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to PP Blog reader “Tony” for pointing us to the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) warning against the Lucra Fund and Goldenarium HYIP schemes. Earlier this month, BCSC issued a warning on the Profitable Sunrise scheme. The British Columbia Securities Commission has issued warnings on HYIP “programs” known as Lucra Fund and […]

LETTER TO READERS: Our Choice For The Most Important PP Blog Post Of 2012

LETTER TO READERS: Our Choice For The Most Important PP Blog Post Of 2012

Dear Readers, The PP Blog’s choice for the “Most Important” story to appear on the Blog in 2012 is this one, dated July 28: “Site Critical Of Zeek Goes Missing After HubPages Receives Trademark ‘Infringement’ Complaint Attributed To Rex Venture Group LLC — But North Carolina-Based Rex Not Listed As Trademark Owner; Florida Firm That […]

‘Investor-Fraud Summits’ Set For 6 U.S. Cities: Stamford, Conn.; Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco; Denver; Cleveland And Miami

'Investor-Fraud Summits' Set For 6 U.S. Cities: Stamford, Conn.; Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco; Denver; Cleveland And Miami

What: Investor Fraud Summits. Where/When: Stamford, Conn. (today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT at the University of Connecticut – Stamford Campus); Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 4 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT at Vanderbilt University Law School’s Flynn Auditorium located at 131 21st Avenue South) ; San Francisco (Oct. 9, in Walnut Creek, […]

SEC: California Scammer Traded On Agency’s Name To Sanitize $60 Million Fraud And Ponzi Caper; John A. Geringer And GLR Capital Management Charged With Fraud Amid Allegations ‘Fund’ Claimed Handsome Return Before It Even Existed

SEC: California Scammer Traded On Agency's Name To Sanitize $60 Million Fraud And Ponzi Caper; John A. Geringer And GLR Capital Management Charged With Fraud Amid Allegations 'Fund' Claimed Handsome Return Before It Even Existed

“Geringer painted the picture of a successful fund weathering America’s financial crisis through a diversified, conservative investment strategy. The reality, however, was the complete opposite. Geringer lost millions of dollars in the market, tied up remaining investor funds in a pair of illiquid private companies, and lied about it in phony account statements.” — Marc […]

BULLETIN: SEC Says Boston Church Scammed By Fraudster While Dual Probes Were Under Way; Federal Judge Freezes Assets Of Arnett L. Waters; A.L. Waters Capital LLC And Moneta Management LLC Also Charged

BULLETIN: SEC Says Boston Church Scammed By Fraudster While Dual Probes Were Under Way; Federal Judge Freezes Assets Of Arnett L. Waters; A.L. Waters Capital LLC And Moneta Management LLC Also Charged

BULLETIN: Arnett Lanse Waters, 62, of Milton, Mass., was “permanently barred” on March 9 “from association with any” Financial Industry Regulatory Authority member for failing to provide testimony” in a FINRA probe, the SEC said. This ban occurred after Waters — in 1993 — was “censured and barred for two years by the New York […]

UPDATE: JSS Tripler 2 And Associated Scams Get More Bizarre By The Day: After Purported Bout With Dengue Fever, ‘Dave’ Purportedly Gets Married; Cashouts Now Reportedly Delayed Due To Wedding And Script Glitch — As Members Encouraged To Carry Out Blog-Posting ‘Tasks’

UPDATE: JSS Tripler 2 And Associated Scams Get More Bizarre By The Day: After Purported Bout With Dengue Fever, 'Dave' Purportedly Gets Married; Cashouts Now Reportedly Delayed Due To Wedding And Script Glitch -- As Members Encouraged To Carry Out Blog-Posting 'Tasks'

This will be a familiar refrain to many readers of the PP Blog: In July 2010, the Blog reported that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) had launched a public-awareness campaign about HYIP fraud. FINRA called the HYIP sphere a “bizarre substratum of the Internet.” Just a month earlier — in June 2010 — the […]

Day After SEC Announces Judgments Totaling $4.2 Million Against Serial HYIP Pitchman, Another Serial Pitchman — ‘Ken Russo’ — Makes ‘I Got Paid’ Post On TalkGold For JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid; Separately, McAfee’s ‘Site Advisor’ Declares JBP Pages ‘Dangerous’

Day After SEC Announces Judgments Totaling $4.2 Million Against Serial HYIP Pitchman, Another Serial Pitchman -- 'Ken Russo' -- Makes 'I Got Paid' Post On TalkGold For JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid; Separately, McAfee's 'Site Advisor' Declares JBP Pages 'Dangerous'

In a 29-page court order announced yesterday by the SEC, U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh of the Eastern District of Michigan laid out the case of willful blindness against serial HYIP pitchman Matthew John Gagnon. That case now has resulted in court-ordered judgments of more than $4.2 million against Gagnon, who also was named […]

BULLETIN: CFTC Moves Against Alleged Texas Forex Fraudster Christopher B. Cornett; Agency Says Huckster Is Convicted Felon Once Banned By NASD; 5 International Law-Enforcement Agencies Assisted In Probe

BULLETIN: CFTC Moves Against Alleged Texas Forex Fraudster Christopher B. Cornett; Agency Says Huckster Is Convicted Felon Once Banned By NASD; 5 International Law-Enforcement Agencies Assisted In Probe

BULLETIN: The CFTC has gone to federal court in Texas, alleging that Christopher B. Cornett of the town of Buda was operating a Forex- pool fraud and misappropriation scheme that gathered more than $14 million in phases between June 2008 and October 2011. Cornett has been charged civilly with fraud, which allegedly operated through entities […]

ALERT! On Heels Of SEC’s Complaint Against Alleged Latvian Hacker Accused Of Manipulating Stock Prices By Hijacking Brokerage Accounts, FINRA Warns Of Plots Targeting Email Accounts

ALERT! On Heels Of SEC's Complaint Against Alleged Latvian Hacker Accused Of Manipulating Stock Prices By Hijacking Brokerage Accounts, FINRA Warns Of Plots Targeting Email Accounts

“Investors who suspect that their email account has been hacked should immediately notify their brokerage firm and other financial institutions, and anyone who suspects they have been defrauded should file a complaint with FINRA.” — Gerri Walsh, vice president for Investor Education, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Jan. 26, 2012 The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

‘DAVE’ UPDATE: JSS Tripler 2 (T2) Blocks Public Access To Forum; Purported ‘Admin’ Claims Members Distorting ‘The Facts’ As He Announces ‘Scan’ Of Member-Critics On MoneyMakerGroup; Faith Sloan Chides Legendary Huckster ‘Ken Russo’ With ‘Oopsies’

'DAVE' UPDATE: JSS Tripler 2 (T2) Blocks Public Access To Forum; Purported 'Admin' Claims Members Distorting 'The Facts' As He Announces 'Scan' Of Member-Critics On MoneyMakerGroup; Faith Sloan Chides Legendary Huckster 'Ken Russo' With 'Oopsies'

UPDATE: “Dave,” the purported “admin” of an increasingly bizarre HYIP known as JSS Tripler 2 (T2), has blocked public access to the T2 forum. T2, which purportedly was born after a meeting of Ponzi-forum minds, is using payment processors notoriously friendly to Ponzi and fraud schemes. The “program” is trading on the name of a […]

SEC Names 3 Defendants In Alleged $16 Million Credit-Card ‘Merchant Portfolio’ Ponzi Scheme Targeted At Mormons; Records Show Schemes Within Schemes Dating Back Years

SEC Names 3 Defendants In Alleged $16 Million Credit-Card 'Merchant Portfolio' Ponzi Scheme Targeted At Mormons; Records Show Schemes Within Schemes Dating Back Years

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re keeping a Bubba Blue notebook on how to have a Ponzi scheme as opposed to shrimp, here is an entry: an alleged “merchant portfolio” Ponzi scheme. Ponzi and fraud schemes often use impressive-sounding terminology to separate people from their money. Schemes typically mushroom to consume millions of dollars when investors — […]