EDITORIAL: ENOUGH! Payments For ‘JustBeenPaid’ Purportedly Routed Through Canada From BigBooster.com Email Address Linked To Frederick Mann At Domain That Uses Street Address In South Africa; Pitch Site Features Repurposed Video Of Warren Buffett And Prompt To Register With Gmail Address — Even As YouTube Removes Some Video Pitches; Alert Pay-Enabled Site Once Touted AdSurfDaily
There are the deliberate shills for JustBeenPaid — serial Ponzi board hucksters such as “10BucksUp,” for example.
And there are the unwitting shills whose celebrity is stolen without their knowledge to sanitize the over-the-top fraud that promotes absurd returns — people such as famed investor Warren Buffett. Buffett’s only tie to JustBeenPaid is that he lives and breathes on the same planet occupied by the collective of international scammers behind the purported “opportunity.”
A YouTube video in which Buffett is giving a speech to a group of Florida MBA students is shoehorned into a JustBeenPaid promo at BigBooster.com. As Buffett arrives at the podium, he makes sure the microphone is working.
“Testing,” he quips. “One million, two million, three million.”
The audience appreciates the line.
Buffett’s repurposed appearance sandwiched into the JustBeenPaid promo at BigBooster.com is one filled with irony that is the very definition of bizarre. As this post is being written, it is the only video on the page that works. Two in-house videos for JustBeenPaid do not work and carry these messages:
- “This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.”
- “This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service.”
But the repurposed video of Buffett is every bit as dangerous as it is bizarre: It is being used to help the JustBeenPaid Ponzi scheme proliferate globally. And the people behind JustBeenPaid once promoted AdSurfDaily before the U.S. Secret Service exposed the ASD Ponzi scheme in August 2008. (See graphic near bottom of story.)
To its credit, YouTube has been removing JustBeenPaid videos at least for several days. But even as YouTube does the right thing by taking the videos offline in the age of epidemic white-collar crime and global money-laundering and Ponzi theft, the video of Buffett still plays on the BigBooster site. The likely reason is that there is no easy way for YouTube to associate Buffett’s 13-year-old speech at the University of Florida to a relatively recent BigBooster.com ad for JustBeenPaid, a “program” of recent vintage.
Research by the PP Blog suggests Buffett delivered the speech on Oct. 15, 1998 — when Saddam Hussein still was presiding over Iraq and George W. Bush still was governor of Texas before being elected President of the United States more than two years later. A decade passed — as did the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush’s eight-year occupancy of the White House and the fall of Saddam Hussein — before the people behind JustBeenPaid apparently had the brainstorm of shoehorning the Buffett video into the BigBooster promo to help them sell a scam.
YouTube’s removal of the JustBeenPaid videos poses only a minor hurdle, according to an email attributed to JustBeenPaid honcho Frederick Mann, who’s also the apparent braintrust behind BigBooster.com and a former ASD member.
“We’ve started moving our videos to our own server,” the JustBeenPaid email attributed to Mann read in part.
BigBooster.com appears to be hosted in South Africa; JustBeenPaid.com appears to be hosted in the United States. Both domains use a street addresses in South Africa that lists Mann as the administrative contact.
Here is some of the advice attributed to Mann in the BigBooster.com promo associated with JustBeenPaid and related “programs.” (Italics added.)
- Get in early.
- Get in with “significant” money
- If the program performs well, do some early compounding.
- Sponsor as many people as possible to earn referral fees.
- Withdraw your original risk capital as soon as appropriate to get into a “can’t-lose” position.
- Parlay, compound, or let run some of your profits.
- Think in terms of maximizing the money you “take off the table.”
Much of the power of this formula is that it enables you to make money with programs that fail after a few months, but if a reasonably good program lasts 6 months or longer, you could earn tens of thousands.
The message could not be more at odds with the principles for which Buffett stands, and yet Mann and JustBeenPaid incongruously sandwich him into the promo after previously leading ASD recruits to disaster.
And even as JustBeenPaid tells members it is saying goodbye to Google’s YouTube, is is encouraging members to register for the “program” by using a Google Gmail addresses.
“Gmail E-mail addresses work well with JustBeenPaid! – and they are free!” the firm informs prospects on its sign-up page.
But it gets stranger yet: Payouts from JustBeenPaid come from an email address assigned to “michael” on the BigBooster.com domain, according to “I got paid” posts by shills on the Ponzi forums such as MoneyMakerGroup.
Not “JustBeenPaid” or “Frederick” — but “michael.”
And the cheerleaders and shills cheer on, even as a condition has developed in which the program is trying to rescue itself from collapse, offshore servers apparently are being brought into play — and the money is being routed from AlertPay in Canada to a murky business with footprints in both the United States and South Africa and the “opportunity” just happens to be trading on the name of Warren Buffett after previously pushing traffic to ASD.
This is happening through a process by which a 13-year-old speech by the billionaire has been repurposed and made to load on the BigBooster site via YouTube — even as JustBeenBeen can’t get its own YouTube videos to load and even as it apparently is saying goodbye to YouTube while encouraging people to use Google Gmail addresses to sign up so they purportedly can get paid by “michael” at BigBooster.com for JustBeenPaid.
Like JustBeenPaid, ASD had a tie to AlertPay. And ASD and a spinoff surf known as AdViewGlobal also used Gmail addresses and relied on videos to spread the scheme.
On May 14, 2008, according to research by the PP Blog, ASD was touted on BigBooster.com as a “cash cow.” Less than three months later, the U.S. Secret Service alleged that ASD was an international Ponzi scheme that had sucked in tens of millions of dollars, routed money through Canada and was contemplating ways to get offshore.
“I (Frederick Mann) have been with ASD since January 07,” remarks attributed to Mann on the BigBooster site read. “Past performance indicates a strong probablility (sic) that ASD will continue to perform as advertised. (By early May 2008, I had received 14 payments totalling over $6,000!”)