Thursday, April 30, 2015

More Idiots Who Don't Check the Information They Pass On: UFUN Edition

UFUN is a multi-national alleged ponzi scheme that has ties in Thailand, Malaysia, China, and other countries. In the past three weeks Royal Thai Police have swept up a lot of the heads of the company, but the company's real headquarters is in Malaysia, and at least three of the heads escape through Malaysia. One's remaining in the limelight, supposedly celebrating some signing documents with some developement project, while the other other two have fled Malaysia as well. A retired Thai General that's involved has escaped to the US.

Its primary American cheerleader appears to be a guy by the name of Rodney Burton, who gave himself the title "Global Ambassador", and recently posted something like this on Facebook:

The problem is the link was in Thai, and he clearly does not read Thai, as a different link describing the same announcement reads VERY VERY differently. As you can see, same three guys, just a very different angle. Follow me so far? Here's the link:

And a quote from the article:
Suwira quoted prosecutors as saying that the UFUN case would be regarded as a transnational crime if police were able to present to the OAG clear evidence that the company had been involved in similar criminal offences outside the country as well.  
If the attorney-general deems it a transnational crime, the punishment will be harsher than under normal law. The attorney-general will be the person setting the interrogation method and there will be more complicated steps in the probe, he explained. 
For now, police will gather more documents and interview those claiming damages to confirm whether there were criminal offences outside Thailand, Suwira said, urging affected persons to file complaints with police during the May 1-5 holiday period.
So basically, this Mr. "GlobalAmbassador" Burton got it completely wrong. There is plenty of evidence of UFUN's guilt in Thailand. There's not quite enough evidence of victims OUTSIDE Thailand for Thai Office of Attorney General (OAG) to elevate the case to "Transnational Crime" and invoke ASEAN and Interpol international assistance to end this scheme once and for all.


Which proves that if you don't read or understand Thai, you should not pretend to understand what the video actually said. Liar, liar, hair on fire...

Right now there's no mention of how will Thai Police gather victim reports from outside of Thailand.

I personally would suggest that if you are a victim of UFUN outside of Thailand, and have a local Thai Embassy, you should write up your report and ask your local Thai Embassy to turn it over to Thai Police. I can't think of any other way at the moment. If there is an address or such where you can send such reports published, I will update the method here. 

Fiverr is the Goto Place for Shill Testimonials

Fiverr is a site where people put themselves out to do small jobs for $5.00 USD (thus the name) and recently, a LOT of scams needing "testimonials" from people decided to employ amateurs off Fiverr in hopes that people won't recognize them as shills.

Too bad, here's MyFlexJob getting caught using Fiverr folks for "realistic" testimonials.

Here's a "Mr. Alexander Herring" (Does he go by "Red"?) claiming to have realistic testimonials:

It's realistic, but not real, since she'll do it for anybody for $5!

But wait, there's more!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This is how many scammers react to questions...

When you ask some scammers (or scammer-taught sheeple / judas goats) about their scheme, they may react this way:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

OLD NEWS: World Ventures busted in China, Taiwan, and Malaysia back in 2014

According to Chinese news (Hunan TV) World Ventures, i.e. "WV", was investigated by Changsa Public Security back in October 2014. Other sources indicate that World Ventures was also met with legal challenges in Taiwan, and Malaysia, where it was accused of operating illegally.

Ministry of Labor and Commerce Enforcement Agents along with Public Security raided a facility that had a huge sign with the WV Logo and slogan outside, and asked the two present, a male and female, to show the business registration papers for WV. The two refused, claiming they had nothing to do with WV, but is instead a university career training workshop, and thus is not licensed and not for profit.

When confronted with the sign outside, the male "supervisor" deny any and all knowledge about the banner, claimed they had nothing to do with the banner. During the search, a business card was discovered with the supervisor's name on it, and even had the WV logo, but the man still refused to admit he runs a local WV branch, but instead tried to explain "I merely suggested some trip ideas to my friends and relatives."  PS personnel then found the documents saved on the company computer and printed them out, which contains WV promotional material and comp plan. When confronted, the man continue to deny, claiming it was left by visitors. He was then confronted that his own printer printed those off his own computer. Then he had nothing else to say.

Labor and Commerce enforcement bureau spokesperson explained that WV is suspected of illegal pyramid selling, but most of the websites used to promote such are located outside of China, and thus making investigation and enforcement difficult.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

When the Lies Don't Even Make Sense: "Bluechip Business Bonds" HYIP

Another HYIP (read: small online Ponzi scheme) that hit the scenes recently is "Bluechip Business Bonds", which obviously has nothing to do with business or bonds. Instead, it's promising up to 4% DAILY interest. Yes, daily. It can't be real, obviously.

But when it writes fiction... well...

Let's take an example, under people: it showed a "Peter Boskin", who allegedly received a MBA from Bowdoin College.

First of all, that is a photo of Pyotr Volkov, head of Department of Stock Exchange Operations of Gazprom, the Russian energy company. The faker trimmed the photo and mirrored it to throw off the image search. Here's the original photo for comparison.

Furthermore, Bowdoin College doesn't offer MBA program. It's a liberal arts college.

And why does it say "Reed served in the Peace Corps"? Who's Reed? That turns out to be "Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix. Here's Crunchbase data on Mr. Hastings:

Exact same wording, except the perp added a "M" in front of BA to embellish it. Tsk tsk tsk. Naughty, naughty, naughty.

Ah, wait, there's more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More on "SVM Global" possible scam warning signs, and how people "whitewash" their reputation with fancy titles

Previously we've covered a potential scam called "SVM Global" where the operator, "Sheila V. Tabarsi" claimed to be able to turn 100K into 1M in 90 days, with minimum buy-in at $990, and may be targeting veterans, the poor, and so on.

But who is "Sheila V. Tabarsi"? That answer turned out to be much more difficult to answer, as it turned out she may have used at least 8 different names, includes:

  • Sheila V. Tabarsi (current)
  • Sheila V'Eleos Tabarsi (variant)
  • Sheila Tabarsi (variant)
  • Sheila Hibbitts (former)
  • Sheila A. Hibbitts (former)
  • Sheila V'Eleos (ordained name)
  • Sheila V (psychic)
  • Sheila Tucker (mom's maiden name? married name?)
Sheila apparently served in the US Air Force before and part of SVM Global's hook was "we will turn closed US Air Force Bases into economic zones (and end poverty)". How interesting that she's moving from New York to Costa Rica to do so, hmmm?

from Sheila V. Tabarsi's Google Plus profile

But how did she get so many names? She currently calls herself:

Sheila V'Eleos Tabarsi is a 4th Generation Native Cherokee / African American Spiritual Life Coach, Universal Life Church Minister, Business and medical Intuitive, with 17 active years of practice performing Clair-emphatic healing and various forms of intuitive readings....
excerpted from

But what is "intuitive healing"? Or Clair-emphatic? Turns out, that's a fancy term for "psychic", yes, crystal ball and tarot cards and all that. This kind:

Psychic sign: Psychic, Tarot Cards, Crystal Readers, Reader, Advisor
"Clair-empathic" is attempting to appropriate the "clair" in clairvoyance to mean telempathy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Is a Scam Targeting Veterans "to end poverty" citing a FAKE JAG lawyer?

A potential scam called SVM Global is soliciting participants that promises "100K to 1M in 90 days"
SVM Global promises 100K to 1 Million in 90 days, WTF?!
So what the heck is this thing? It's ran by a "Sheila V. Tabarsi". SVM, of course.

This is from her Pinterest Profile:

Sheila Tabarsi, via Pinterest profile

And this is from her Google+ profile:

Sheila Tabarsi, via Google+ profile
Let us be absolutely clear... There are NO LEGITIMATE PROGRAMS that can turn 100K into 1M in a year, much less 90 days. This can't be legal, period. Money doesn't grow on trees, or multiply like bread and fish in the hands of Jesus.

BehindMLM came to the same conclusion: it is a ponzi scheme. And apparently grandmas are pawning jewelry, and single parent with 3 kids and trouble making rent are still fronting up $900 to join. WTF?!?!

But that's not the really WTF part... that would be that she may be referring to a FAKE lawyer.