MODERN MLM? Purported JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid Promoter Who’s Also a Purported Zeek Promoter Tells Zeek Members They Can Post Their ‘Ads’ On His Blog To Earn Zeek Payouts
UPDATED 11:22 A.M. EDT (JUNE 13, U.S.A.) Images of a man described as “Alan Chapman” appear in online promos for both the JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid and Zeek Rewards “programs” that plant the seed that enormous daily returns on the order of 1 percent to 2 percent are possible.
In one Blog pitch for JSS/JBP dated Oct. 6, 2011, “Chapman” is quoted as saying, “I have been with JustBeenPaid! since it launched in early 2010, which proved to be very successful. But now in these last 4 short months JSS-Tripler has proven to be my best income earner compared to all the other programs I have joined in the previous 4 years!”
The ad includes a photo of “Chapman.”
Meanwhile, in a Blog pitch for Zeek in a publication titled “ZeekRewardsPays,” “Chapman” is quoted as saying Zeek members can post their “ads” on the ZeekRewardsPays site “to qualify [for] your [Zeek] earnings for that day!”
The Zeek pitch also includes a photo of “Chapman.”
Zeek members who want to share in the firm’s purported revenue pool are required to post an ad online to qualify for a payout. The ad-posting requirement may be a bid to undermine the “Howey Test,” which determines what constitutes a security/investment contract.
One of the questions posed by the Howey Test is whether profits can be derived from an opportunity solely from the efforts of the purveyors. By insisting that Zeek members cannot get paid unless they post an ad, Zeek may be setting the stage to argue that Zeek’s ad-posting requirement constitutes “work” by affiliates and therefore the payouts do not derive solely from Zeek’s efforts.
Both Zeek and JSS/JBP use offshore payment processors such as AlertPay (now Payza) and SolidTrustPay that are friendly to fraud schemes promoted on known Ponzi-scheme forums such as TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup. Both Zeek and JSS/JBP have promoters in common, and both “programs” are being promoted on the Ponzi boards.
Because Zeek and JSS/JBP have common promoters and a presence on Intenet cesspits, questions have been raised about whether the “programs” and their banks and payment-processing vendors have come into possession of funds tainted by fraud schemes.
On the ZeekRewardsPays site with the photo of “Chapman, the following claim is made today:
ZeekRewards Daily Profit Last 7 Days!
June 11 2012 1.89 %
JUNE 10 2012 0.88 %
JUNE 09 2012 0.96 %
JUNE 08 2012 0.92 %
JUNE 07 2012 1.91 %
JUNE 06 2012 2.00 %
JUNE 05 2012 1.93 %
In recent days, Frederick Mann, the purported operator of JSS/JBP, has raised the prospect that JSS/JBP members could be on their own if law-enforcement agencies take action against the “program.”
JSS/JBP also has banned discussion about customer-service issues on its weekly conference call. That announcement was made during the June 7 call, a week after a woman identified as “Ping” begged Mann for assistance, asserting her concerns had not been addressed in a month.
On May 31, “Ping” implied she was ill with a serious heart condition, was managing three JSS/JBP accounts that had been hacked a month ago and said her “sister borrowed on her house [to] put money in JBP.”
During the June 7 call, Mann also implied that JSS/JBP members were free to start their own business-with-a-business — for example, they could create pools from investor money at the local, regional, national or international level and a single JSS/JBP member could manage the pools and perhaps make a profit by playing the spread between what JSS/JBP pays and the fees a local pool manager would charge for managing the pool.
JSS/JBP has no known securities registrations, does not identify where it is operating from and may have ties to the “sovereign citizens” movement.
Mann now has taken to doling out medical advice during the JSS/JBP calls, insisting that JSS/JBP members should not trust their doctors.
Nor should they trust attorneys, Mann implied.
JSS/JBP members are required to affirm they do not work for the “government.”
Zeek recently has encountered problems at at least two U.S. banks. Zeek preemptively has denied it is a pyramid scheme. The firm also claims it is not offering an investment product.