Jeunesse settles RICO class-action victim lawsuit for $2.5 million

August 18, 2018 0

Following a granted stay last month, a Stipulation of Settlement has been filed in the Jeunesse RICO class-action lawsuit.In 2016 Plaintiffs James Aboltin and Pamela Knight sued Jeunesse for deception.
In the lawsuit Aboltin and Knight alleged Jeunesse was running a “misleading business opportunity”, masquerading as “a legitimate way to make money”.
The proposed class-action settlement covers current and former Jeunesse affiliates who signed up after January 1st, 2010 and

paid for a Starter Kit
affirms they intended to build their Jeunesse business by selling Jeunesse products
never advanced in rank and
earned less in commissions than was paid for a Starter Kit and Jeunesse products

As per the…

MOBE bilked nun out of $60,000, CFO made death threats (and more)

August 17, 2018 0

Since the appointment of the MOBE Receivership, the Receiver has been approached by a wide-range of victims.Virtually all of the consumers with whom the Receiver has communicated did not earn back the amounts they paid to purchase MOBE memberships.
One specific example cited in the Receiver’s Initial Report is a Catholic nun, who purportedly borrowed $60,000 from her family.
At the heart of MOBE was a 21 step series of ‘commercials, narrated by McPhee (and) designed to entice consumers to purchase additional MOBE memberships‘.
Russel Whitney, a MOBE top earner who organized most of the company’s events and charged up to $100,000 for “private…

USI-Tech scam warning issued in New Zealand

August 16, 2018 0

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority has issued an investment warning against USI-Tech.Better late than never?
As per the FMA’s August 16th warning;
USI-Tech is not registered on the Financial Service Providers Register to provide financial services in New Zealand.
We consider that the operations of the entity bear the hallmarks of a scam.
We therefore strongly recommend that you do not deal with the entity.
Following a securities fraud cease and desist issued in Texas last year, USI-Tech pulled the plug on their bitcoin package scheme.
Following the typical Ponzi collapse playbook, USI-Tech’s owners Joao Severino, Horst Jicha and Ralf Gold have gone underground.
How much they collectively stole…

Limbic Arc Review: Get vitamins and nutrients through a mobile app?

August 16, 2018 0

Limbic Arc operates in the health and wellness MLM niche and are based out of Utah in the US.The company is owned by Global Unicorn Holdings, a publicly traded company.
The founder and CEO of Limbic Arc is Vaughn Cook.
One of the other companies Global Unicorn Holdings owns is Zyto, also founded by Cook.
Zyto market a “hand cradle” that it claims
measures the body’s galvanic skin response to each unique signature and sends the data directly to the software for analysis.
In 2015 Cook received a warning letter from the FDA.
During an inspection of your firm …  an investigator from the United States Food…

LifeVantage class-action filed, pyramid scheme & snake oil allegations

August 15, 2018 0

BehindMLM reviewed LifeVantage back in 2015.Although retail was possible, we found LifeVantage’s overall business model was focused mostly on autoship affiliate recruitment.
This combination of token retail with affiliate recruitment is at the core of modern-day MLM pyramid schemes.
The FTC took action against Vemma and Herbalife a few years ago for use of the model, but for whatever reason we haven’t seen anything since.
LifeVantage meanwhile have had three years to clean up their act.
If a lawsuit filed earlier this year is to be believed however, nothing much has changed.
In a January 24th filed complaint, Brian Smith identifies himself as a LifeVantage affiliate who…

Financial Education Services Review: $715 commission on $499 sale?

August 14, 2018 0

Financial Education Services operates in the financial services MLM niche. The company provides a PO Box address in the US state of Michigan on their website.Heading up Financial Education Services are co-founders Parimal Naik (CEO) and Mike Toloff (President).
According to Naik’s LinkedIn profile, Financial Education Services was initially launched as VR Tech back in 2004.
To the best of my knowledge, Financial Education Services is the first MLM venture Parimal Naik and Mike Toloff have operated.
Read on for a full review of the Financial Education Services MLM opportunity.
Financial Education Services Products
Financial Education Services’ flagship product is their Protection Plan, of which credit…

RamTrex Review: Crypto Ponzi collapsed? Fork blockchain and reboot.

August 13, 2018 0

Mass Cryp was a Ponzi scheme that launched in late 2017.Three co-founders headed up the scam; Pijush Sarkar (CEO), Saurabh Singh (CFO) and Shashank Mishra (COO).
The basic gist of Mass Cryp’s business model was *somethingsomething blockchain digital advertising free money*.
BehindMLM reviewed Mass Cryp in December 2017 and concluded it was a simple $100 in, $120 out Ponzi scheme.
Attached to this was a pointless MASS altcoin which, as predicted, crashed shortly after launch.
In June Mass Cryp announced it would be forking its MASS altcoin to create ADMC.
Being another pointless altcoin, ADMC saw desperate investors quickly drain Mass Cryp’s ROI reserves.
Visitors to the Mass…

AI Trade Review: Bot trading crypto Ponzi scheme

August 13, 2018 0

AI Trade provides no information on their website about who owns or runs the business.The AI Trade website domain (“aitrades.org”) was privately registered on May 9th, 2018.
Official AI Trade marketing videos feature Mark Davis;

On his personal website, Davis “promotes crypto” and cites himself as an Australian “author and speaker”.
To what extent Davis is involved in the operation of AI Trade is unclear.
Other AI Trade marketing videos suggest the company operates out of Kiev, Ukraine. That none of this is disclosed on the AI Trade website is telling.
As always, if an MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or…

Members Choice Ponzi cycler collapses, promises “reborn” reboot

August 13, 2018 0

Was it the Ponzi cycler business model, ties to the Waszupp Global and Noble 8 Revolution cyclers, religious affinity marketing model, or prior arrest of Johnny William Cabe for fraud that saw Members Choice collapse?Who knows…
Comparing itself to a pregnancy however, Members Choice has informed affiliates it’s planning a reboot.
Do you remember what it was like to be pregnant? The anticipation? The excitement? And all that patient waiting… hoping… wondering… then the baby came!
Joy unspeakable and full of glory!
Well, Members Choice has been pregnant with expectation for a little while now and it is with great pride we announce the birth…

Evolution Travel Review: Paycation travel pyramid clone

August 12, 2018 0

Evolution Travel operate in the travel MLM niche, with an address in Las Vegas, Nevada provided on their website.Further research however reveals this address actually belongs to Regus and is virtual in nature.
Evolution Travel name David McCovy (right) as founder of the company.
As per McCovy’s Evolution Travel corporate bio;
A lifelong entrepreneur, David has founded a clothing store, a restaurant, the largest independent concert company in Las Vegas, and has also invested in a hollywood film.
Persistence from his mother along with time freedom that his traditional businesses didn’t allow him are the things that got David involved in network marketing.
He quickly ascended…