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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 […]

TelexFree Probe Continues; ‘Substantial Amount’ Of YouTube Video Content Sought In Search Warrant Served Oct. 16

TelexFree Probe Continues; 'Substantial Amount' Of YouTube Video Content Sought In Search Warrant Served Oct. 16

The TelexFree probe continues in the United States, with prosecutors revealing today that federal agents served a search warrant on Google on Oct. 16 that sought a “substantial amount” of content on YouTube. Precisely what content prosecutors are seeking was not immediately clear. Google told agents that “compliance will take several weeks,” according to the […]

Tweets Claim SEC Inquiring About ‘Hundreds’ Of Bitcoin-Themed Companies

4th UPDATE 8:09 A.M. EDT OCT. 30 U.S.A. In the past several hours, Tweets sourced to Bitcoin-themed publications such as CoinFire, CryptoCoinsNews and CoinTelegrah claim the SEC has opened preliminary inquiries into hundreds of Bitcoin-themed enterprises. On the CoinTelegraph website, the publication asserts there is a “gag order attached to these requests for voluntary cooperation.” […]

Top Official Who Warned About Cross-Border ‘Criminal Enterprises’ And ‘Frivolous Libel Cases’ To Mask Them Is Leaving Justice Department

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Justice Department, is leaving after four years, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed in a statement. (Holder also is leaving, a topic for another day.) Cole said something in Mexico City at the High-Level Hemispheric Meeting Against Transnational Organized Crime in March 2012 that […]

CKB/CKB168, WCM777 And TelexFree Prosecutions Make SEC’s 2014 Highlight Reel; Agency Says Its Job In MLM Sphere Isn’t Done

CKB/CKB168, WCM777 And TelexFree Prosecutions Make SEC's 2014 Highlight Reel; Agency Says Its Job In MLM Sphere Isn't Done

The prosecutions of the CKB/CKB168, WCM777 and TelexFree “programs” made the SEC’s highlight reel for fiscal year 2014, which began on Oct. 1, 2013 and ended on Sept. 30 of this year. In a statement today, the SEC said “new investigative approaches and the innovative use of data and analytical tools contributed to a very […]

RECEIVER: Zeek Rewards Was ‘Pig’ To Which MLM Lawyers Attemped To Apply ‘Lipstick’ — While One Of The Lawyers Participated On Massive Ponzi Scheme’s ‘Leadership Calls’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kevin Grimes, MLM Compliance VT LLC and the Grimes & Reese law firm have argued that the claims against them should be dismissed. Zeek’s receiver argues otherwise, saying a “bogus ‘compliance course’” advanced by Grimes helped dupe the Zeek masses. Zeek affected hundreds of thousands of people, the SEC has said. Legal malpractice […]