Report on Hugh-Paul Ward - FutureNet’s “Global Marketing Director”

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Hugh-Paul Ward is FutureNet’s current “global marketing director“ and lives in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. All of the international money making schemes which Mr. Hugh-Paul Ward is and has been involved in have been described as “pyramid scams” or “ponzi scams” by a significant number of scam investigators.

This comprehensive report is in UK, US, European and international public interest. All linked video footage has been downloaded as evidence.

Mr Hugh-Paul Ward is or has been involved in the following:


FutureAdPro (a FutureNet subsidiary)

My Shopping Genie

Cash for Gold International - Karatbars

Wealth Club Wealth Generators



The above schemes are those which are known about. There may be others. Please take the time to read the following links, which were functional at time of report compilation. If some links don’t open you may need to copy and paste them into the address bar of your browser.


Futurenet appointed Hugh-Paul Ward as "Global Marketing Director" in early 2017:

“Futurenet was founded by Stephan Morganstern and Roman Zeeman , who prior to FutureNet were both involved in “OneLine Online“, which was exposed as a share-based Ponzi scheme launched in early 2014. It is assumed their time at OneLine Online formed the inspiration behind FutureNet“:

In late 2015 FutureNet launched a reload scheme, Blue Ocean Online. Like FutureNet, Blue Ocean Online saw affiliates invest in matrix positions on the promise of a return on investment. Traffic estimates for the Blue Ocean Online website suggest the scheme collapsed shortly after launch. FutureNet itself floundered for most of 2015, with an overall decline prompting the launch of FutureAdPro“, which has been described as another Ponzi reload scheme:


In Dec 2017 the Polish authorities issued a scam warning about FutureNet and FutureAdPro:

“The President of UOKiK (Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection) conducts proceedings in connection with the activities of the following entities:

1. FutureNet, FutureAdPro in the Marshall Islands - these are portals offering, in exchange for a fee, the purchase of advertising packages. According to the information on the company's website, you must buy the package and persuade other people to participate.

In a letter from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) dated 13/02/2017 we received a signal about the functioning of the system called FutureAdPro, which may mislead consumers and constitute an unfair market practice by establishing and operating a pyramid promotional system.

On 28/06/2017, the President of UOKiK notified the public prosecutor's office about the possibility of committing a crime. Proceedings in the case are conducted by the District Prosecutor's Office in Wrocław (reference PO 2 Ds. 63.2016).”

UOKIK (Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection) issues scam warning about FutureNet and FutureAdPro (you may need to use your browser to translate this page to English):

“FutureNet is a Scam Warning!“

“Currently, people are joining FutureNet in droves, including many experienced people from former opportunities on the net. Stephan Morgenstern is the guy behind FutureNet and his history is checkered to say the least, so the chance of the business being sustainable long-term is minimal to zero. This is not his first scam. He has been the CEO together with Thorsten Albers from Falkito at One-Line-Online”:

“All Futurenet Club want to do is get people to join their money matrix. Everything else is merely a ruse to front their Ponzi scheme and make it appear like they are operating a real business that offers some genuine value.“

“Futurenet is an illegal Ponzi scheme“:

A comprehensive exposure of Futurenet and FutureAdPro as “AdPack based PONZI SCAMS that the Polish Authorities have issued SCAM warnings about“. The blog author has put considerable effort into exposing FutureNet as a scam:

“With no retail offering and commissions dependant on affiliates purchasing positions in a matrix, FutureNet fits the definition of a recruitment-driven pyramid scheme".

“As with all pyramid schemes, once affiliate recruitment slows down the matrices will collectively begin to stall. Once enough matrices stall.. ..FutureNet will suffer an irreversible collapse."

"When that happens, any money trapped in the system is there for the admin’s taking.”:

“FutureAdPro Review: Futurenet launch a revshare Ponzi”.

“Futurenet launch a $1685 six-tier matrix cycle Ponzi scheme in early 2014”

“FutureAdPro is a cookie clutter Ponzi scheme based on the well established ad-credit model”

“FutureAdPro affiliates invest funds on the pretext of purchasing advertising, with ROIs offered on investment. These ROIs are paid out of newly invested funds, making FutureAdPro a ponzi scheme”:

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“The KNF (Poland’s Financial Supervision Authority) warned UOKiK back in February that FutureNet and FutureAdPro were likely operating as pyramid schemes.

Following an internal investigation, UOKiK notified public prosecutors on June 28th of the possibility FutureNet and FutureAdPro were committing crime.

BehindMLM reviewed FutureNet in 2014 and concluded it was a “six-tier matrix Ponzi cycler“.

FutureNet launched FutureAdPro, an adpack “revshare” Ponzi spinoff, in early 2016.

Last we heard FutureNet were trying to launch their own pump and dump Ponzi ICO.”

“FutureNet Scam? Yes It Is In My Opinion!”

FutureNet Scam Conclusion:

“In my opinion, FutureNet is a recruiting scam. They use low value web based products and a social network to provide the cover for a money making opportunity that is focused on recruiting people to pay a membership fee to join the money making opportunity. The creators of FutureNet have a history of creating recruiting scams. The compensation plan they offer pays commissions 10 levels to an infinite levels deep. This makes it an exploitative money transfer scheme. They do not provide any information on what people are actually making on average. I would avoid the FutureNet money making opportunity.”

~ Ethan Vanerbuilt - the internet’s most trusted scam buster:

FutureNet is not dissimilar in nature to Traffic Monsoon.

“Traffic Monsoon, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (US), claimed to be an advertising company that promised to pay people for clicking on banner ads. ..The sad reality is that Traffic Monsoon’s advertising business was a scam designed to disguise its sale of unregistered securities in a Ponzi scheme, perpetrated through PayPal’s infrastructure and with its knowledge and crucial assistance. Traffic Monsoon made 99% of its revenues from the sale of AdPacks:

In the following video, Hugh-Paul Ward promotes FutureNet in Birmingham UK, and by strongly urging potential investors to purchase adpacks and recruit other people into the scheme if they want to make “serious money“.

Under FutureNet terms and conditions “2.4 Business Model” it clearly states that it is not necessary to invite new people or purchase FutureNet products (eg. adpacks):

Yet in Hugh Paul Ward’s videos, including the following Birmingham presentation (video published 28 Apr 2017), the entire thrust of the presentation is on purchasing adpacks and recruiting new members as a prerequisite to making “serious money“:

In the following video Hugh-Paul Ward promotes FutureNet in Poland. The video was published on 4 June 2016; eighteen months before the Polish authorities issued a scam warning about FutureNet and FutureAdPro in Dec 2017:

The above video was published by Adrian Hibbert, another FutureNet promoter who has been exposed as a ponzi scammer:

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Hugh Paul Ward (right) promoting FutureNet in Poland.

As already stated, the Polish authorities have issued a scam warning about Futurenet and its subsidiary spin-off FutureAdPro.

The “FutureNet Scam” Facebook Page:

“FutureNet is a Ponzi scam that promises riches for doing very little. Stay well away!”

“FUTURENET is a PONZI scam. Don’t be fooled by Futurenets slick marketing, they claim that if you INVEST $1000 you can get back $7.4 MILLION which is plainly ridiculous! The Securities and Exchange Commission (US) have issued an alert about these Ad Pack based Ponzi schemes which FUTURENET clearly is, stay well away is my advice!”:

My Shopping Genie

Hugh Paul Ward was the main distributor in Ireland for "My Shopping Genie", which was exposed as a pyramid scam by Irish investigative journalist Rory Egan. During Egan’s investigation, Barrister and UCD lecturer in commercial law, Brian Hutchinson, gave his professional legal opinion on the evidence on My Shopping Genie:

"On the face of it, I think there is enough there certainly for a prosecution to be initiated. And I think it's important to stress that that alone creates a worry at an Irish level for those who would be involved in this scheme."

My Shopping Genie was co-founded by Bruce Bise and David Freed, two Americans, one a convicted fraudster (Bise) who had been sentenced to 7 years in prison in the US for felony forgery and ‘fraudulent schemes artifice’, and whose most recent scheme, according to an expert in Irish Law, "had many of the hallmarks of a pyramid promotional scheme".

Rory Egan forwarded his findings on My Shopping Genie, which Hugh Paul Ward actively distributed and promoted, to the National Consumer Agency in Ireland. Ward declined the opportunity to go on Prime Time television to answer questions about his involvement in the scheme…

…and this is probably why:

“Under Section 65 of the Consumer Protection Act 2007, it is illegal in Ireland to establish, operate, promote or knowingly take part in a pyramid scheme. If convicted, an operator, promoter or participant in a pyramid scheme could be liable to a fine of up to €150,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment or both.”:

How The My Shopping Genie Scam Was Exposed.

“There's usually a catch or two in getting rich quick …Beware of software schemes that offer amazing rewards - they may not be all that they seem - warns Rory
Egan.” …

…“At the first meeting I went to, I met Hugh Paul Ward, the main distributor in Ireland. He gave a very slick presentation and told the room of hopeful investors that he had been over to My Shopping Genie offices and had been really impressed.” -Rory Egan.

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The following links contain unequivocal evidence of Hugh Paul Ward’s involvement in the My Shopping Genie pyramid scam:

How the My Shopping Genie Scam was uncovered in Ireland

The second video in this article provides an insight into the My Shopping Genie investigation, and contains footage of Hugh-Paul Ward promoting My Shopping Genie, co-founded by Bruce Bise - a convicted fraudster, and exposed by Irish journalist Rory Egan as an illegal pyramid scam:

My Shopping Genie was also classified as illegal in the UK as well as Ireland, and because it simply failed to comply with trading scheme regulations.
It is a criminal offence in the UK to promote a scheme which does not comply with the Trading Schemes Regulations. Sadly, it seems that many people in the UK have were duped into joining this illegal scheme:

Review of My Shopping Genie - Avoid Scam With Our Unbiased Reviews And Find A Good Home Business Opportunity

Hugh Paul Ward has also been involved in the promotion of "Wealth Club Wealth Generators" and “Cash for Gold International - Karatbars“.


The Canadian authorities issued a scam alert about Karatbars which has over 5,500 members in Quebec. The AMF, which is the organisation responsible for financial regulation in the Canadian province of Québec, and which regulates the province's financial markets and provides assistance to consumers of financial products and services, stepped in to “protect investors" from the “Karatbar Scam“.

In 2016 Karatbars International was banned in Canada and the pyramid scammers fined:

“On November 4th 2016 a ruling on the case was made in favor of the AMF. The ruling bans promotion of Karatbars International in Canada. Karatbars and three local promoters of the scheme were also fined:

Ethan Vanderbuilt has also denounced Karatbars as an illegal “pyramid recruitment scam", and strongly discourages people from getting involved:

In this footage Hugh Paul Ward can be seen promoting the Karatbars pyramid scam in the Grosvenor Hotel, London, UK, consequently flouting UK law in relation to ponzi/pyramid scams. Video published 4 Jul 2017:

Here Hugh Paul does similar via “webinar“. Video published 16 Mar 2017:

Wealth Generators

“Wealth Generators Is A Pyramid Scheme”

“Wealth Generators claims to be a provider of financial education, research and electronic tools for the individual offered on a monthly subscription basis and distributed via network marketing. Colombian regulators have issued a warning that Wealth Generators is a pyramid scheme.” …

“It looks like Wealth Generators days in Columbia are limited. In my opinion, Wealth Generators is just another recruiting scam. Avoid this money making opportunity.”:

December 2016:

"Colombia’s Superintendencia Financiera regulatory body (similar to SEC), claims that the Wealth Generators is a pyramid scheme. The Financial Superintendence of Colombia made this claim against the company on December 16th 2016:

“The Superintendency was able to verify that the mentioned company offers to pay “benefits” represented in money, to affiliates that fulfill the requirement of recruiting more people who contribute their monetary resources, which is the only source of money that sustains the pyramid.

"Superintendencia reminded the residents of Colombia that pyramid schemes are illegal in the country and the people participating in such practices run the risk of becoming involved in illegal activity."


“I think Wealth Generators is yet another pyramid scheme. There is a very thin and faded line between the very rare legit direct selling companies and multi-level-marketing pyramid schemes that scam people. Whenever a new MLM appears they need to come up with a “product” in order to disguise their main structure – the pyramid. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) understands this and they often shut down such companies because they understand that the “product” or “service” offered is phony and simply serves as a disguise.”:

“Based on information from the Federal Trade Commission’s website, I suspect Wealth Generators is a pyramid scheme":

Hugh-Paul Ward promoting the "Wealth Club Wealth Generators" pyramid scheme in Manchester and Armagh, UK:

Wealth Generators - Manchester - video published 20 Mar 2017:

Wealth Generators - Armagh - video published 25 Nov 2016:

Wealth Generator’s Web presenatation:

Futurenet’s latest affiliate ventures see Hugh-Paul Ward promoting “Futurocoin” and “Futuronetwork”, which along with FutureAdPro are interrelated FutureNet ventures.


Futurocoin is a cryptocurrency. “Cryptocurrencies have been compared to ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and economic bubbles:

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“Futuro Coin is a scam, just like many other altcoins/tokens which we have reviewed here before. What appears to be a legitimate company with focus on the aforementioned areas of business is actually a scam hiding behind Cryptocurrencies. To confirm this assertion, we have been forced to list down the specific elements of this scam that has made it qualify to be called a shady internet operation“…

…“Futuro Coin is definitely a fraud since the website claims that if you bank on their concept now, you can immediately start to see your financial life changing because many people have already started with them, and they are soon becoming millionaires. It’s your typical run on the mill scam where the red flags are obvious.”:

“Pyramid schemes in China were criminalised in 2005, but are still booming, with the authorities investigating more than 2,800 cases in 2016, a 20 per cent increase from 2015.”…

…“An official from the government’s anti-pyramid scheme department acknowledged that there were “too many” scams and investigating them requires a lot of resources.”…

…“Like elsewhere in the world, the scams have proliferated in China as fraudsters trick people into thinking they can become rich quickly. Members are charged a joining fee and required to recruit new investors with promises of high returns.”

Hugh-Paul Ward takes to the stage at the Futurenet, Futureadpro, Futuro Coin Launch in Macau, China on 24 Nov 2017”:

Hugh Paul Ward (somewhat foolishly) publicising his involvement in “Lyoness” and “Vemma“, both exposed as pyramid scams:

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“As a consultant recruits other consultants, they generally earn a percentage of their recruits’ sales. These recruits are called the “downline” distributors. Conversely, if you are recruited into a MLM company then you will have a sponsor. Your sponsor – along with other consultants in levels above you – is considered your “upline.” Your upline will receive a percentage of your sales. This will entice them to recruit more consultants.”


“..the ACCC is determined to see the case through. It has started proceedings against Lyoness International AG, Lyoness Asia Limited, Lyoness UK Limited and Lyoness Australia Pty Limited (together Lyoness) for operating a pyramid-selling scheme and engaging in referral selling.”

“Lyoness SCAM. STAY AWAY.” …

…“I am a gold member of lyoness. Lyoness is a true scam. I can responsibly tell you this. STAY AWAY FROM LYONESS. Do not ever buy gold membership. I am going to tell you why.” …

…“Stay away from Lyoness. Spread the world about this scam.”…

“Lyoness Judged To Be An Illegal Pyramid Scheme”

“In the amount of time that the business has been operating there have been several lawsuits filed, selective investors have backed out demanding full refunds on all investments and many customer complaints. There are many reviews stating that the company is simply running a huge pyramid scheme”:


“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has logged more than 150 complaints about Vemma and it’s pyramid scheme.”

“Vemma is Just Another Pyramid Scheme – just sorta upside down.”

“The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit to shut down energy drink seller Vemma after an investigation showed the company to be a pyramid scheme that generated $200 million in annual sales.”

“Vemma is an illegal pyramid scheme that “lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich” but left most of them with no profits, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which seized all the inventory and halted its operation.”

“Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Arizona-based Vemma Nutrition Company will end the business practices that the FTC alleged created a pyramid scheme.”


A significant number of scam investigators have described all of the aforementioned schemes as a “pyramid scam” or a “ponzi scam”. The weight of the combined evidence is overwhelming and makes it impossible to avoid the opinion that Mr Hugh-Paul Ward is a prolific international scammer, who is or who has been involved in the promotion of all of the above scams in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, continental Europe and further afield, thus breaking UK, Irish and international law pertaining to pyramid and ponzi scams.

This is an abbreviated version of a report which was forwarded to Action Fraud - the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre.