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    So You Want to Invest in an HYIP/ponzi type site?

    [size=18pt]So You Want to Invest in an HYIP/Ponzi Program?[/size]

    Introduction

    First of all you should never invest into any online program with money you aren't prepared to lose. I've heard of people selling their cars or investing life savings, only to lose it all in the end. So don't invest your life away on these high risk programs.

    HYIP stands for High Yield Investment Program, a Ponzi-type program which promises an attractive rate of interest for a relatively short time investment. The typical period of a HYIP investment cycle is between 30 days and 60 days.

    All information presented below represents my opinions and should not be taken as being the opinion or statement of Bitcointalk.org

    [size=18pt]Identifying Risks[/size]


    While you should go into HYIP programs expecting they will one day disappear, there are some signs to look for to recognize if this is going to be a potentially long-term program or a quick grab and dash. In either case remember what I have said - invest only what you are prepared to lose.

    Some HYIP programs have been successfully operational for over a year, others lasted no more than 15 days.

    [size=14pt]1) Check the website's http://www.whois.com information [/size]to determine who registered the site. In all likelihood this information will be made hidden through commercial services that privatize such information. Ordinarily invalid WHOIS information means your domain could be subject to being removed however when a privatized service is used, the domain information could be bogus and you'd not ever know it. Don't rely on this information except to give you an idea of where the site was registered, and for how long it is registered.

    In the case of Twelverized and Leancy (the later involving over $5 million in funds taken), the sites were only registered for ONE year - very short term. [It was only after I mentioned this in a forum post that Leancy changed their domain to expire in the year 2020. Short term sites will not pay for long-term domains.]

    [size=18pt]2) Does the company have an address?[/size]



    Would you feel safe investing in a company with the above contact information? Many do. A company based in "London, England" is quite a span of territory to look for if your money goes missing. Companies such as Leancy may also use addresses that don't exist. Never treat an address as a sure sign that the company has a physical location but treat the lack of an address as a sure sign something is wrong. If you can find an address, try using Google Maps or a Google Search to determine if it's valid, perhaps ask someone who lives in the area. If the address returns to a multi-business building, consider emailing one of the businesses and ask them if they could confirm that this HYIP firm is in the building.

    [size=18pt]3) The famous certificate.[/size]

    [IMG width=400]http://i57.tinypic.com/2e19mxl.jpg[/img]



    Many companies that solicit your hard earned money will feature a 'certificate' on their website. These certificates are purchased for 15 British pounds through Companies House. The Companies House website is available here:
    https://companieshouse.gov.uk/

    Using the website you may search for a registered company by their registration number. Take note that anyone from around the world may create a company based out of the UK using false information. Do not accept these certificates for being credible. In fact in the case of Leancy, they were registered with Companies House in the UK while listing a German postal address. It seems some sites will simply register for the sake of having a certificate, but if the information provided behind the company is bogus that certificate is useless isn't it?

    [size=18pt]4) Who are the players?[/size]

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    First and foremost, who runs the site?

    Leancy's main PR person is a "Ryan L Roth"
    Twelverized's main PR person is a "Mark Ferreiro" and the manager was a Mr. Farid Lee.
    21days.biz main PR person is a "James K Hull" from Chicago.
    Stemcelltechs main businessman is a "Martin Schreiner"

    Sounds good, we have actual names to go with the firm. Now try Googling "Ryan Roth", "Farid Lee" or "James Hull" and see if you can find any of them on the internet. Sure you'll find the generic names but you won't find any association with an investment firm.

    Twelverized

    In the case of Farid Lee (Twelverized.com) you won't find anything at all.

    When I publically questioned Twelverized on their Facebook page as to why there was absolutely NO information on the internet about Mr. Lee, I was told by Mark Ferreiro that Mr. Lee was "not obligated" to provide any information about himself. I responded that while that may be true, it was unusual that Mr. Lee had "21 years" in investing yet there was no internet footprint about him. Another caution sign: Mark Ferreio and Farid Lee both registered on Facebook on March 2nd, 2014 just ONE DAY before Twelverized opened.

    If the administrator or head PR person of the HYIP you're looking to invest in, has been around Facebook as long as your loaf of bread in the kitchen, I'd be very cautious.

    Leancy

    Ryan L. Roth cannot be found, at least having anything to do with public relations and/or investments.

    StemCellTechs.com

    See if you can find any mention of a Martin Schreiner and stem cell research, other than their HYIP website.

    21days.biz

    Let's take a look at 21days.biz and a closer look at James Hull, the administrator of their Facebook page.



    Would you look at that? This James Hull from Chicago, Illinois also happens to be an identical twin for a doctor William Neary out of the UK. What's even more incredible is that the background is identical. Amazing! And these guys want you to trust them with their funds?

    ARGH! I give up, will someone show me a legit company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [hr]

    What? You suggest Barclay's Royal Club? Okay let's try them out.



    Well right off the bat I see a glaring problem. It seems that Dr. Marsh suddenly changes his name to Dr. Warfield in the second sentence. Maybe it was just a typo, perhaps there is still trust to be found with Barclay's?




    ARGH! DAMN YOU INTERNET, CAN YOU NOT FIND ME A REAL PERSON?



    ^ I'm pretty sure that actress Meryl Streep is not working for Barclay's nor has she changed her name. :)


    I'd estimate that 99% of all HYIP's use fake registration information, fake profiles and fake names. But hey, you can trust them with your money right?

    [hr]

    Let's take a look at United HYIP League. Granted they do have an address for the company which I could not confirm. Their "PR Consultant" however is 100% bogus, a stolen photo of a model.



    Which brings us to our next chapter....


    [size=18pt]Photo Theft[/size]

    In the above section you saw that I was able to find fake images used by these HYIP sites.

    Determining if a photo has been used from another source is not difficult to do with Google. Keep in mind that some photos may be taken from websites not indexed by Google so you may not always be able to determine if a photo is authentic.

    Let's begin with Leancy's PR spokesman, Ryan L Roth.



    Okay, this company has a spokesman, he looks reputable... you might be able to trust him with your money.


    STEP 1: Save the image to your computer.



    Now for this particular image you're unable to right click and save it. What I did was captured the screen by pressing Print Screen and then cut out the image and saved it to the computer separately. Ordinarily you would just right click and save the image to your computer.

    STEP 2: Go to Google Images



    STEP 3: Click on the camera icon and select "Upload an Image"



    And Google will tell you that the photo belongs to an unsuspecting Google+ user:
    https://plus.google.com/117881706355020970177/about


    [size=18pt]Women promoting HYIP[/size]

    Women don't lie to us right? Surely they must be honest. There seem to be quite a few women who are involved in HYIP promotion, many of whom are naturally gifted with beauty. I wonder though, are these women REAL? Or are they shady people operating with ulterior motives? Perhaps paid to promote for a HYIP, perhaps part of the HYIP itself?

    I can't say what their intentions are, but I can tell you that many of these well known promotors of Ponzi's are not who they appear to be. They follow one HYIP program to another, always there, always promoting them. I suspect they are really administrators, but that's only my opinion.


    Let's see who she really is...



    Aaaaand take your pic from at least five names, most of them Russian.




    Here's another HYIP promoter:

    Let's see who...



    she really...



    ...is



    So while you're looking for a place to lose your money to invest in, just remember that more than likely you're dealing with wolves promoting in sheep's clothing (or men with women's photos).


    [size=18pt]Recourse[/size]

    As much as we leave a digital trail, you'd be surprised as how easy it is for these people to get away with your money. First of all, in order to initiate an investigation you'd have to file a formal police complaint. Since taking part in an Ponzi scheme is illegal in many countries, many victims say nothing.

    Even if you were to investigate these financial crimes, the websites tend to operate from offshore locations which are out of legal jurisdiction. This isn't to say that tracing these people is impossible but is certainly a time consuming and expensive process. The best way to avoid being scammed is not to take part in a scam in the first place.


    [size=18pt]Final Thoughts[/size]

    It is pretty much a given that if you invest in a 150% profit in 30 days adventure, it's too good to be true. Do you know of many HYIP/ponzis that have been operational beyond a few months? Not many, if any at all. That's because the people who register these sites in places, will always run off with your money. That's why it's a Ponzi!

    Sadly there are people who invest in crowdfunding programs and are unaware that they are being caught up in a Ponzi scheme - and they end up losing.

    If you do make the decision to invest, I hope the above information will guide to as to which firms are questionable.

    Be aware that some people generate a profit by simply promoting these scams, they invest none of their own money - but make money from YOUR referral. A referral usually looks something like this:

    www.myponzi.net/index.php?ref=bob111
    scammer.com: The Leading Scams Site on the Net
    www.ripmeoffplease.com/?ref=bob111

    In these cases bob111 will receive a percentage of what YOU invest. It's not dishonest, but it certainly does encourage them to promote spamming the hell out of forums. I've accepted these people as friends on Facebook and had them spam my wall within 60 seconds. These are not 'friends', these are opportunists.

    Pay attention to:

    - Site admins that speak in broken English, many of these scams originate in Russia
    - Domains registered in China, hosted in offshore locations, with a UK certificate of incorporation.
    - Promises of fast cash in under 30 days
    - Staff whose names result in no Google results
    - Flashy website clipart of businessmen in suits. You're most likely looking at a balding man in a spaghetti stained T-shirt being the real admin.
    - No contact information
    - Some sites will link to HYIP monitors. HYIP monitors show status based on the votes of members and small investments made by the HYIP monitor owners. When investments are working, the votes are positive and the HYIP admin is receiving their investment - and the monitor will display a good result.
    - Some HYIP's link directly to the monitor as a sign of trust. Keep in mind though that after a period of about 14 days the HYIP site will have accumulated a lot of money and then the members will begin to withdraw funds. It's this time that the site is likely to run away with your money - and those monitors won't tell you until it's too late.


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    Re: So You Want to Invest in an HYIP/ponzi type site?

    Quote Originally Posted by jennifertong View Post
    If you do make the decision to invest, I hope the above information will guide to as to which firms are questionable.
    If someone makes a decision to waste money after what you posted they need their head examined. Good analysis of the BS that is out there, but ALL firms are questionable. People in the HYIP scene know what they are participating in, and as you indicated are very likely making their money not from playing, but from getting others to play.

    It is a negative expectation no matter how it is sliced. Promoters set up the program and take a cut, the recruiters get a cut, and what is left gets divided up. Since no revenue is generated, this will ALWAYS be less than is paid in by players. For one to come out ahead, others MUST lose. If these were advertised as a money game that would be one thing, but they are ALL promoted as if they are legitimate operations. As such, many think they are investing in a real business, not a sham. Hence the ones that bet the farm on a "sure fire opportunity'.

    Even if someone latches on to a long running program, say Bernie Madoff, and makes millions. All that money, and anything bought with it is up for grabs via clawbacks. So they either need to put it up their nose, in da belly, or hide as well as the thieves that promote this stuff.
    "It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
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