UPDATE: North Carolina Investigators Demanded Info From Zeek On July 6; State Says It Has Not Taken Shutdown Action
UPDATED 10:58 A.M. EDT (U.S.A.) Two new details have emerged in the mysterious shutdown yesterday of the office and websites of Zeekler/Zeek Rewards: The office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told the PP Blog this morning that it has taken no action to shut down Zeek, the operator of an MLM and a penny-auction site.
“We have not taken action to shut the company down and are currently working to get more information so we can pass that along to consumers who may be impacted by this,” said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Cooper.
But Cooper’s office did say that it had issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Zeek on July 6. That’s weeks earlier than initially believed and leads to questions about whether Zeek had known for five weeks that it had been under investigation and did not inform participants.
Without providing details, Zeek announced on its Blog yesterday that it had canceled its Aug. 22 “Red Carpet” event. By early evening, the Zeek Rewards and Zeekler sites began to publish this message: “Zeek Rewards is currently unavailable. More information will be available shortly on this website.”
Earlier in the week, Zeek announced that “there won’t be any training, recruitment or leadership calls for the next few days while planning is going on.”
With Zeek leaving affiliates in an information vacuum, many of them took to the Web. At least two petition drives appear to be under way demanding the government to reopen Zeek. As of the time of this post, the PP Blog has been unable to confirm that an action by any government agency — state or federal — was responsible for Zeek’s sudden absence.
The Blog still is in the process of trying to piece together events in what has emerged as a bizarre and fluid situation. Sensing Zeek affiliates were vulnerable, some MLM opportunists raced to various sites such as The Dispatch newspaper in North Carolina and YouTube with offers to join their “programs.”
Zeek fans on the MoneyMakerGroup Ponzi forum almost immediately blamed critics for Zeek’s problems, with one poster declaring he’d already mined his profits from Zeek and was confident they could not be attached by prosecutors in the United States.
The Better Business Bureau said this morning that it was aware of reports that the doors at Zeek’s office in Lexington, N.C., were closed. The BBB added that it would publish more information as it became available.
Zeek is a purported arm of Rex Venture Group LLC, led by Paul R. Burks.