Thursday, June 28, 2012

Well, well, my own name on Ripoff Report... as a scammer! How cute

Someone pointed me to my own handle KsChang on Ripoff Report!

Complaint about "Kacey Chang", posted December 2011. 

The complaint got a couple details right: I do run a few blogs, and I do live in in San Francisco, but that's obviously from my Blogger profile, which can be read easily by any one.

But the fact that the guy can't even get my name spelled right, linked to an empty G+ profile (I have my own and it's not that) and provided a picture of random Asian dude in Los Angeles (Staples Center, hmmm?) makes this a rather lame fake complaint.

What's more, the timing for this, December 2011, would make it BEFORE Zeek and before Wazzub.

Which pretty much leaves TVI Express members as the ones making up this ****.

And given the lack of details (except the stuff found on my Blogger profile), it is probably one of the people who came to "debate" me on my blog.

Which suggests that it's some Filipino fans of TVI Express, as TVI Express is dead just about everywhere else.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Checking up on an ex-TVI... Dave Kettner

Dave Kettner claims to be network marketer since 1998, and he's very excited about his current biz... sell "chewable" vitamins.  Clearly, he's not excited enough to put it actually in his "current" job, but instead, left the dead TVI Express bogus scam position as his "current" job.

Even that "team" he belonged to, "triumph together" is long dead.

But what else was he excited about? According to his Internet activity, he's only excited about potential scams.

In July 2011 he was promoting ZeekRewards, a suspect Ponzi scheme, which according to him, is promising 1.2% DAILY return.

Searching for that phone number he gave brought up a link to "Diamond Holiday", a clone of TVI Express scam:

Why is it that once a person joins a pyramid scheme, they almost always join another one?

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Why would any one put TVI Express in their resume?

TVI Express has been proven a scam on every continent in the world except Antarctica. So why would any one put it in their resume?

Yet if you looked on LinkedIn, you can still find remnants of people "advertising" their TVI Express affiliation. Here's profile that belongs to this "Karen Stanley".

As TVI Express had been dead in the US since 2010, she's clearly unemployed, or never bothered to update her LinkedIn profile ever since.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Did Tarun Trikha launch more scams?

An interesting complaint surfaced on ComplaintsForum

SayYourWay is hidden behind "domaindiscreet", the domain privacy service offered by

Search of domain archive shows nothing.

The "executive team" has pretty generic names such as "Simon Cooper", "Ray Koo", "Brian Marsh", "Martin Duke", and "Kitty Leung", none of which included actual items that can be fact checked.

It also has some very odd badges at the bottom, such as TrustE, Verisign, DSA, and a generic "satisfaction 100% guaranteed" badge, but all of them are quite small.

The Verisign and TrustE badges are NOT LINKED for verification, so they are bogus.

DSA badge is bogus too, as the company has nothing to do with direct selling. In any case, if you are a DSA member you should say "associate member" or such.

Study of the remainder of the website revealed it to be a better presented version of the SpeakAsia scam.

While the whole thing is indeed very likely to be a scam, I cannot find anything to link it to Tarun Trikha. It is possible, but there's no evidence (yet) pointing that way.

I'll check Neo-Vo and MLMconnects in a future post.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Filipino National Bureau of Investigation reports on TVI Express scam

Filipino National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)  repeated the report from ACCC of Australia that TVI Express is a scam.

This is the first time TVI Express was mentioned in OFFICIAL Filipino government communique (except for the "company registration").

Wonder what's next? (Get out while you can)