AdSurfDaily Downline Group Known As ‘Oneteam’ Repeatedly Used Names Of Government Agencies, Bank Of America In Advertisements For Embattled Andy Bowdoin ‘Surf’ Firm
An AdSurfDaily downline group known as “oneteam” used the names of U.S. government agencies, a Congressionally chartered insurance entity for depositors and Bank of America in what appears to have been a brazen bid to disarm doubting prospects continuously in advertisements for at least 18 months.
The ads appeared online beginning in February 2007.
Among other things, the ads advised prospects that ASD provided “shelter” from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The FTC, among its many duties, polices false advertising; the SEC regulates the securities industry, prosecuting illegal activities such as securities fraud, the sale of unregistered securities and Ponzi schemes in a securities environment — all of which are activities associated with the so-called autosurf “industry.”
Autosurfs typically call themselves “advertising” companies in a bid to avoid regulatory scrutiny and short-circuit prosecutions. “oneteam’s” ads began to appear one year to the month after the SEC filed fraud charges against 12DailyPro in February 2006, in a widely publicized case that effectively smashed a $50 million Ponzi scheme. ASD was struggling to recruit members when the “oneteam” ads debuted.
“oneteam’s” ads also repeatedly mentioned the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), an independent agency created by Congress during the height of the Great Depression in 1933 to maintain stability and public confidence in the U.S. financial system. One version referenced the FDIC in prominent type in a headline box and included another FDIC reference below, placing Bank of America’s name right next to the FDIC claim.
The web library archive.org archived the ads at a specific “oneteam” URL between February 2007 and October 2007, a period of eight months. The ads, however, appear to have continued for at least 10 months beyond that, according to a screen shot taken Aug. 26, 2008, as part of this Blog’s research into ASD.
‘Damned Determined To Be Rich’
Meanwhile, a second URL associated with “oneteam” styled the group as “Teamed For Integrity,” noting that members were known as the “Damned Determined To Be Rich Bunch.”
The URL “oneteam” created for its ASD ads was active for a minimum of 25 days after the government began the process of seizing tens of millions of dollars from ASD on Aug. 1, 2008, amid allegations of wire fraud, money-laundering and securities fraud in a Ponzi environment. The “oneteam” ad appeared at the URL at least through Aug. 26, 2008. It went missing on a date uncertain after Aug. 26.
The URL — http://oneteam.homestead.com/asdall.html — now resolves to the main page at homestead.com, a hosting service. Previously it behaved as a subdomain, with the URL resolving to the ASD ads.
An archive.org archive from Feb. 9, 2007 (see note below about an earlier archive from a different URL), strongly suggests that “oneteam” was trying to plant the seed that ASD was like no other surf program because member deposits were “insured” by the FDIC. Bank of America’s name appeared directly next to the FDIC claim, the third claim on a numbered list.
Here is a screen shot of “oneteam’s” Bank of America claim, with our notes included in red outlines:
To see the archive.org archives of “oneteam” ads, visit archive.org and type in this URL:
To see the archive.org archive of the “Teamed For Integrity” page, visit archive.org and type in this URL:
NOTE ABOUT EARLIER ARCHIVE: To see the archive.org archive for yet another URL “oneteam” used to promote ASD, visit archive.org and type in this URL:
The URL that ends with “asd.html” first was recorded by archive.org on Feb. 3, 2007, and lists several captures beyond that. In these versions of the ad, “oneteam” touted ASD “longevity.” The Feb. 3, 2007, version of the ad said ASD was “predicted to go mainstream by 2/23/07!” — making an additional claim that ASD had a “NEW Un-Breakable Business Model.” The “oneteam” group later changed the predicted date ASD would go “mainstream” from Feb. 23, 2007, to May 1, 2007. The earliest archived version of this URL (Feb. 3, 2007) also featured the FDIC claim in a prominent headline box, and placed Bank of America’s name next to the FDIC claim lower in the ad.
FDIC Claim Removed From Headline
The Feb. 9, 2007, ad at “asdall.html” appears to have been pulled quickly — perhaps appearing online for a minimum of one day and a maximum of eight before being edited and restructured. By Feb. 17, Bank of America’s name had been deleted from the numbered list — although the FTC, SEC and FDIC claims remained — and Bank of America’s name continued to appear elsewhere in the ad.
“oneteam” also restructured the ad in other places. The Feb. 9 version, for instance, made the brazen FDIC insurance claim in 14-point Arial type in a headline box near the top of the page. The FDIC claim in the headline box did not appear on Feb. 17, 2007, the date archive.org recorded its next visit to the site.
Later versions of the ad also dropped the FDIC claim from the headline, while maintaining the claim lower in the ad and not mentioning Bank of America in the context of FDIC insurance. The final archive entry is dated Oct. 5, 2007.
“oneteam’s” pitch was supplemented in forum posts that also used Bank of America’s name. Here is a claim from Feb. 25, 2007, that cites the “oneteam” URL, Bank of America’s name and a sign-up link for ASD.
At one time, the first external link on the “oneteam” page at “asdall.html” resolved to this URL: http://www.adsurfdailytraining.com
ASD President Andy Bowdoin is listed as the adsurfdailytraining.com domain owner. The domain was registered on Oct. 12, 2006. It listed an address — 13. S. Calhoun Street, Quincy, Fla. — federal prosecutors later said was fraudulent. Heardy Myers of Marietta, Ga., is listed as the technical contact for the domain. The URL now resolves to a parked GoDaddy.com page.
Virtually every claim made in the “oneteam” ad is dubious or demonstrably false, including the apparently toned-down version that deleted Bank of America’s name from the numbered slot next to the FDIC claim. Some of the claims — the references to the SEC, FTC and FDIC, for instance — can be described aptly as utterly preposterous.
Although the Bank of America reference in the numbered list next to the FDIC claim was deleted, subsequent versions of the ad continued to reference the bank lower in the copy, using these words:
“*USA – Direct Deposits can be made through Bank of America*.”
The asterisks led to a prompt to “*Please get back to the person who invited you to this page for their Web Site Link*.” A confusing claim also was made that Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones had provided a testimonial, apparently for a non-Bank of America debit card somehow connected to ASD.
Even as Bowdoin — whom prosecutors described as a “convicted fraudster” — was suspending pay-outs and blaming problems on a script that purportedly overpaid members and drained ASD’s resources in early 2007, “oneteam” positioned ASD as “well-capitalized” with “top management.”
“oneteam” also repeatedly heralded (for months) an imminent ASD name change and, at one point, asserted that ASD had been marketing itselfÂ “all wrong.”
Some of the claims border on the bizarre, because they are so obviously untrue. The references to “shelter” can be construed as a bid to make ASD appear to be legal or a safe option — unlike 12DailyPro, which was smashed by the SEC in February 2006, one year prior to the appearance of “oneteam’s” ASD ads.
Meanwhile, the FDIC claims can be construed as a bid to fool customers into believing that money they invested in ASD was insured against investor losses, meaning there was no way to lose money with ASD.
Here is a screen shot taken by this Blog Aug. 26, 2008, of a “oneteam” ASD ad that appeared live at the “asdall.html” URL: