On December 9, 2015, Christopher George Smith, 45, of Toronto, and Rajiv Dixit, 45, of Vancouver, were arrested for running the Banners Broker scam. On April 27, 2017, Smith and Dixit pleaded guilty to operating a pyramid scheme under the Competition Act.
Kingsley Ezeude and Chukwuka Obi have started a class action lawsuit against PayPal for over $5 million. PayPal was used by the owner of Traffic Monsoon Charles Scoville to collect millions from his victims. He had used PayPal before in one of his previous scams.
Wealth Partners Publishing was founded in 2009 with a single title about earning money through self-publishing. They claim to have helped many individuals realize their dreams of being an author. Members of their program are claimed to be able to make money by purchasing the rights to resell a direct mail marketing course. It looks like this is actually not the case.
Weight loss products come in an endless variety. Many use claims that are not backed by science to take your money. These types of products are popular for MLM recruiting scams like Herbalife. My subscribers have requested that I take a look at the Valentus business opportunity. Valentus is a MLM company that sells weight loss coffee products. Here is what I have found.
One of the many scams that people who want to work from home will run into is the re-shipping scam. This is one of those scams that almost seems legitimate when you are first contacted about it. When you look a little deeper, the offer is a little too good to be true.
The warnings about the Onecoin scam continue to roll in. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, better known by its abbreviation BaFin, has frozen bank accounts that were used to transfer money out of Germany for the Onecoin scam. BaFin is the financial regulatory authority for Germany. Now a blockchain expert is stepping up and exposing the Onecoin scam.
Buying and selling on eBay or Craigslist can be great, but it can also be quite risky. If you're planning to purchase something more expensive, you need to know how to spot scammers and avoid losing your money. Here are some of the most common Craigslist and eBay scams and tips to help you steer clear of them.
A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk. In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors to create the false appearance that investors are profiting from a legitimate business. Ponzi schemes like to use uncommon or hidden investments to keep you in the dark about what is actually happening. My subscribers have requested I take a look into Atlantic Global Asset Management. Here is what I have found.
The SEC in July of 2016 stepped in and asked for a temporary restraining order against Traffic Monsoon. They claimed it was a Ponzi scheme that took in $207 million from more than 160,000 investors around the world.
The founders of 5linx Craig Jerabeck, 56, of Rochester, Jeb Tyler, 44, of Penfield, and Jason Guck, 42, of Victor, were charged by federal prosecutors on 3/23/2017 with wire fraud and conspiracy. Each faces 20 years in federal prison and a half-million dollar fine if convicted.
UFUN representatives did not mention their products in their sales pitches. Instead, they urged people to expand their teams by offering high-value items such as cars or gold bars. That way, the money made mainly came from new members rather than selling products. In other words, UFUN was a pyramid scheme. Now they are paying the price.