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BULLETIN: Extraordinary Drama Playing Out In Zeekland; Credit-Card Processor Says It Has Been ‘Rendered Insolvent’ Through Misconduct Of Paul Burks And Rex Venture Group

BULLETIN: Extraordinary Drama Playing Out In Zeekland; Credit-Card Processor Says It Has Been 'Rendered Insolvent' Through Misconduct Of Paul Burks And Rex Venture Group

BULLETIN: (8th Update 10:09 p.m. ET Dec. 18 U.S.A.) Payment vendor for a Ponzi-board “program?” More than two years after the shutdown of Zeek Rewards by the SEC, Plastic Cash International, a credit-card processor and would-be debit-card vendor for Zeek, said it has been “rendered insolvent as a result of the misconduct of [Rex Venture […]

BULLETIN: Judge Freezes Property Owned By Mother Of WCM777 Ponzi Figure Ming Xu

BULLETIN: Judge Freezes Property Owned By Mother Of WCM777 Ponzi Figure Ming Xu

BULLETIN: A federal judge has frozen real estate in California owned by the mother of accused WCM777 MLM Ponzi schemer Ming Xu. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter of the Central District of California took the action today after court-appointed receiver Krista. L. Freitag alleged Friday that the $730,000 used to purchase the San Gabriel […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: eAdGear Figures Indicted In California On Conspiracy Charge Of Structuring Transactions To Evade Bank-Reporting Requirements

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: eAdGear Figures Indicted In California On Conspiracy Charge Of Structuring Transactions To Evade Bank-Reporting Requirements

4TH UPDATE 3:44 P.M. ET U.S.A. Before the SEC announced its civil pyramid- and Ponzi-scheme case on Sept. 26 against eAdGear figures Charles Wang and Francis Yuen, the pair had been indicted on a criminal charge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the PP Blog has learned. Docket records show the […]

North American Securities Administrators Association Publishes Warning On HYIP Frauds: ‘Ponzi Schemes Sold By Unlicensed Individuals,’ International Group Says

North American Securities Administrators Association Publishes Warning On HYIP Frauds: 'Ponzi Schemes Sold By Unlicensed Individuals,' International Group Says

Don’t get fleeced by HYIP scammers and commission-based promoters who push such fraud schemes on the Internet, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) says in a new warning. From the warning (italics added): Have you ever seen an ad on the Internet or a posting on a social media site promising too-good-to-be-true rates of […]

Full Statement From Zeek Receiver On New Information Available Through Claims Portal

EDITOR’S NOTE: Zeek Rewards receiver Kenneth D. Bell has issued the statement reproduced below. It is dated Nov. 25, 2014. Source: Zeek Rewards Receivership Website. ** ________________________________ ** ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE RECEIVER – November 25, 2014 Today, new features were added to the claim status portal in response to issues that have arisen in the […]

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 […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges Alleged HYIP Operators Who Ran ‘Profits Paradise’ From India; Scammers Allegedly Used Fake Names And Engaged In Wanton Deception

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: SEC Charges Alleged HYIP Operators Who Ran 'Profits Paradise' From India; Scammers Allegedly Used Fake Names And Engaged In Wanton Deception

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: (Updated 9:33 p.m. ET U.S.A.) The SEC has charged two Indian nationals with running an HYIP scheme known as “Profits Paradise” that reached into the United States and offered “extraordinary” returns of up to 480 percent in 240 days, plus “compounding.” As is typical in HYIP schemes, the “program” gained […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: First U.S. Criminal Prosecution Of Bitcoin-Themed Scheme; Trendon Shavers Arrested

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: First U.S. Criminal Prosecution Of Bitcoin-Themed Scheme; Trendon Shavers Arrested

In the first U.S. criminal prosecution involving a Bitcoin-themed scheme, Trendon Shavers has been arrested and charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. Shavers, 32, of McKinney, Texas, was charged civilly by the SEC in July 2013. He is known as “pirateat40,”  and allegedly pushed his Bitcoin Savings and Trust Ponzi scheme from a forum. […]

SEC: Penny-Stock Scammers Used ‘Intricate Web Of Offshore Corporations, Foreign Accounts, And Financial Institutions . . . In Canada, Nevis, Panama, Switzerland, And The Turks And Caicos Islands’

SEC: Penny-Stock Scammers Used 'Intricate Web Of Offshore Corporations, Foreign Accounts, And Financial Institutions . . . In Canada, Nevis, Panama, Switzerland, And The Turks And Caicos Islands'

Two Canadians have been charged by the SEC in an alleged pump-and-dump scheme that included a reverse merger between a “shell public company” and a startup, “blast emails” and a concerted hype campaign, the U.S. agency said. Named defendants are Bruce D. Strebinger, 38, of Vancouver, and Brent Howard Chapman, 38, who “is or has […]

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order ‘Without Notice’ That Directs Zeek Vendor ‘To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership’ Nearly $5 Million

In Extraordinary Development, Federal Judge Approves Temporary Restraining Order 'Without Notice' That Directs Zeek Vendor 'To Immediately Deposit With The Receivership' Nearly $5 Million

DEVELOPING STORY: (Updated 10:02 p.m. EDT U.S.A.) In an extraordinary development on this Halloween Friday, the federal judge presiding over the SEC’s Ponzi- and pyramid-scheme case against Zeek Rewards has issued a Temporary Restraining Order and directed a Zeek vendor to immediately turn over to the receivership more than $4.85 million. The order was entered […]

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At ‘Fraud Affects Every Community’ Event At FTC, Announces ‘Pyramid-Scheme Task Force’ And Tells Audience That ‘Program’ Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

SEC Official Speaks On TelexFree Case At 'Fraud Affects Every Community' Event At FTC, Announces 'Pyramid-Scheme Task Force' And Tells Audience That 'Program' Consumed Entire $50,000 Retirement Account Of Trusting Mom

“We know of at least one victim who borrowed, I think, $50,000 from his mother and gave it all to [TelexFree]. And it was her entire retirement.” — Melissa Armstrong, assistant chief litigation counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Oct. 29, 2014 UPDATED 12:19 P.M. EDT OCT. 30 U.S.A. Affinity fraud was one of the […]