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Hola mis amigos!

I really appreciate complicated and multifaceted books, movies or websites. It's nice to have a thing or experience that you need to get back to in order to understand all its aspects.

However, having said that, sometimes simplicity is just... nice. Especially when it's this hot and my keeps on mind going to the holidays that will not come my way any time soon. Catena Finance provided just what I needed, a nice break from reading into the innuendos, digging for the dirt and doing all the double-checking my life seems to consist of on day-to-day basis.

 

Catena Finance's motto, "invest with confidence", seems to sum up the general feel of the website. With the main photo of an attractive guy sitting by the sea with a laptop, the message seems to be: just lay back and we'll take care of everything. It reminds me of a SPA, somehow, and if there's something I like more than vacations, it's the whole SPA extravaganza. OK, I promise, that's my last digression, amigos... The website itself is definitely not complex or hard to navigate. Setting up an account, for instance, takes literally less than a minute and you don't need to be all that effusive; they do, however, require the full name.

Once you're a member, things do not get complicated either: the members area isn't that much different from the regular page. By the way, the website is supposedly protected against DDoS attacks, although I couldn't find any information regarding the company responsible for that. What one can easily find, on the other hand, is that the page is secured with RapidSSL certificate issued by GeoTrust Inc. on May 29, 2013 which expires within a year. As long as we're being technical, the domain was registered on March 21, 2013 and is also valid for a year. Now that you know all the details, maybe it's time to reveal what Catena Finance is all about?

NEO Mutual review RSS - comments

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NeoMutual reviewHola mis amigos!

I don’t get to read as much as I’d want to. There you have it, my full confession. What may seem like a paradox to you, since all I do is write about the pages of programs I’ve visited, is actually 100% true.

You need to understand that most of the websites I peruse do not provide the reader with some fancy reading material; it’s mostly the same stuff over and over again: we are the best, we care, our team of professionals this and that, we’re not like the others who cheat, etc. You get my point, amigos?

Which is why I so rarely get excited about some program’s blog or Facebook page or Twitter account, because – more often than not – they only just repeat the same slogans they used on their website. As you may have guessed, today’s protagonist is quite unusual. In a good way.

 

NEO Mutual is a company that, according to the website (domain created on January 18, 2013 and expires within 3 years), is “incorporated in the Republic of Panama” (the official address: Revolution Tower Calle 50 Panama City Republic of Panama). Not only do I like the name considering my almost-life-long Matrix obsession, but – as you may have already deduced – I genuinely enjoyed browsing through their well-prepared and designed website. The reason is quite simple: it’s a page that you can actually read. Filled with plenty of information on what they do, how they do it and what NEO Mutual is all about, but in a way that’s not overwhelming.

The content is truly informative without being dry as dust. I’d think that the copywriter responsible for the page content should give her/himself a pat on the back. The only thing that may be missing is some personal info about the creators, who seem to be on the “protect your identity” side of the forever-ongoing online privacy discussion. The user-friendly script provided by Shadow Script and the clean and clean-cut design make for a nice online experience (although I must admit that the homepage photo of “corporate looking” stern people started to make me feel uneasy after a while... But, I suppose, that’s something for my therapist to consider). How do I know who developed the script, you ask? Funny thing, you see, they simply added a neat little package of information called “Technicalities” from which you may also find out that the hosting is taken care of by BlockDDoS and that NEO Mutual implemented some SSL security (PositiveSSL certificate by Comodo valid from 4/6/2013 to 4/7/2015).

As far as the registration process is concerned, I should warn you that somehow it may seem daunting at first glance, it’s actually pretty standard. They do require, however, you full name and birth date. Obviously, there is only one account “per individual or corporation” and the “account creation” is being monitored.

 

Australian Business Group review RSS - comments

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Hola mis amigos!

It’s not often that I get to tell you about a program that has been around for more than a month. Usually, my job can be compared to assessing whether the new-born pink baby has got what it takes to become a fully developed money-obsessed toddler.

That’s why I cherish these moments, amigos, since what we have here is a one-year old (according to the website’s news section, the first birthday party was celebrated on June 2, 2013), who joined the online world on December 22, 2012 (the domain is valid for one year).

I know, I know, children shouldn’t be exposed to the Internet at that age, but you know, amigos, the times, they are changing. Plus, it’s only a metaphor, so get over it.

Australian Business Group, or ABG as I will call it henceforth, is “a private investment club” dealing mainly with the Forex market. To be specific, as one may read on australianbusinessgroup.net, ABG “examines the current exchange rates, gold, stock and foreign exchanges”. With a website that seems to be aimed at those who are just starting the Forex adventure – you even have a separate “About Forex” section – ABG gives quite a comprehensive view at what Forex actually is. Unfortunately, some of the subsections are still not available on the website and – what’s truly confusing – there’s no FAQ section; it’s all somewhat disappointing as the page has been online for quite some time now. However, as we all know, it’s a tough business and in the celebratory one-year piece, ABG mentions coming upon some major obstacles last year:

“blocking of the domain site, DDoS-attack, moving to a new hosting, closing Liberty Reserve”. 

Regrettably, the page is still not secured with any SSL certificates, which is pretty surprising when one takes into consideration what ABG has been through. As far as the documents go, what Australian Business Group does have is a separate section in which you can find the paperwork they decided to publish.

Newsletter: Fast-Funds, AustralianBusinessGroup, NeoMutual, Travel-Invest adds RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

What a beautiful and sunny day to be alive! I hope you’re already tan and well rested so that you can appreciate what’s coming for you today. As usually, we aim to please and, despite what some pessimists may call a bore of a week, we have managed to add four new programs for you to consider.

What’s more, expect some true in-depth analysis in the days to come, as we’ll review some of the newcomers in a close-up.

And, in case you still feel like life just isn’t exciting anymore, remember what I’m always saying: no news is good news in this business. Keep up the good work, the universe!

 

NEW PROGRAMS: FAST-FUNDS, AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS GROUP, NEO MUTUAL, TRAVEL-INVEST

Since I’m a fan of alliteration, I’ll start with Fast-Funds, a program with a domain created just recently, on June 27, which should work at least two years. The page is secured with PositiveSSL Comodo certificate issued on June 28, 2013 which expires within a year. As of now, the program’s got the paying status on money-monitor. To keep up with the alliteration trend, Fast-Funds is all about the Forex business and offers four investment plans, each starting at $10 (non-returnable principal): you can get 25% daily for 5 days, (115% total return), 130% after 5 days (120% total return), 170% after 10 days (150% total return), or 280% after 20 days (240% total return). The interest accumulation depends on the plan and can be acquired: “Daily, Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly and Yearly and is credited to your available balance at the end of each day”. The maximum spend is $20,000, payouts shouldn’t take longer than 12 hours, which isn’t that long considering they’re being handled manually, and you can use STP, EgoPay or Perfect Money.

Since I always feel like traveling, let’s now go to Australia, at least figuratively. Australian Business Group is “a private investment club” that “examines the current exchange rates, gold, stock and foreign exchanges and then at the right time enter the market and gin as much as possible”, which actually means that ABG has “mainly [...] been playing at the Forex market”. With one of the most complicated websites ever, Australian Business Group provides one with quite the reading material. The domain was created last year, on December 22, and expires on December 22, 2013.

Unfortunately, there’s no security certificate to further my usual investigation. What I do know is that for the time being ABG has the paying status on our page. Also, thanks to the plethora of information on the website, you can view three different certificates, read about the Forex market and get to know the investment plans ABG offers. There are five plans: Start, Light, Trust, Gold Forbes, Stability. The profits range from 1% to 3% and you can start with just $1 and go as high as $15,000. Plans last from 15 to 90 days. With the exception of ABG Stability, you earn your profit on working days only. The most expensive plan, Stability, pays 7 days a week and it is also the only option with a non-returnable principal. Withdrawals start at $0.01 and are processed manually within 48 hours, except weekends and public holidays, and ABG accepts bitcoin, STP, EgoPay and PM.

The third contender, NEO Mutual, has set the bar quite high with investments starting at $20. According to the website, NEO Mutual is “incorporated in the Republic of Panama”, and deals with the hottest thing right now, namely the crowdfunding. The domain was created on January 18, 2013 and expires within 3 years, and the website is secured with PositiveSSL Comodo certificate from June 6, 2013 which expires on July 4, 2015. To fund your NEO Mutual wallet you need an account on one of the following: bitcoin, STP, EgoPay, PM, PexPay. If you’re looking for the investment options, it’s under Features, Compensation Sheet: there is Junior, Senior and Executive (by invitation only) option and you can earn 1.4%, 1.6% or 1.9% a day accordingly. The “compensation” lasts 200 business days and earn 280%, 320% or 380% of “total compensation”. Payouts take up to 48 hours, there is no compounding and the principal is not returned upon maturity.

Newsletter: AddProfits100, CatenaFinance, MaxeniumAds and TopFinancial5 adds RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

It has been little over a week but it seems like forever. How you’ve been, amigos? I’m back from a short holiday trip and I’m ever more tired than I was before – how’s that even possible? Do you suffer from the same post-holiday depression every time?

And, man, was it a busy week to miss as far as the new programs are concerned: we’ve got four new ones to introduce to our precious readers. However, when it comes to the news section, I feel like I’m in a post-apocalyptic movie where it turns out everybody died in the meantime and the streets are just equally dead silent. Nothing’s happening, amigos. Scary, right?

 

NEW PROGRAMS: ADDPROFITS100, CATENA FINANCE, MAXENIUM ADS, TOP FINANCIAL 5

Let’s do this alphabetically today and start with AddProfits100, an easy to understand program with a mediocre, but secured with PositiveSSL Comodo certificate (valid from May 27, 2013 to May 28, 2014), website. You can get 2% daily for 100 days by purchasing advertising units, “each ad packages unit price is $2 and advertiser receives 8000 Credit points to place text and banner ads with every purchase and the earnings depend on the amount of units you purchase”. Consequently, the minimum you have to spend is $2.

The minimum to withdraw is $1 and the maximum withdrawal is $2,000.00 a week. The whole withdrawing process – you can use either EgoPay or Perfect Money – takes up to 48 hours perhaps because it’s handled manually. AddProfits100 also offers an affiliate program with referrals: “promoters get 19% with 5 levels + to 87 % additional weekly bonus of conformity”.

Newsletter: UnitedAMG new on the list, VladimirFX now legally, SecureAssets scam RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

You have no way of knowing that we’re so close to a very special date... Can you guess, amigos? No, it’s not the anniversary of anything related to money, you can relax. It’s, actually, a more private matter. Let me give you a hint: I’d like to congratulate you for sticking with me and my ramblings, because... Yes, amigos, in a matter of days we should be celebrating my one year anniversary as your newsletter aficionado!

I can’t believe that it’s been this long. You probably can believe since you’re the ones who had to deal with my crazy ideas all year long. As life’s irony is everywhere, it just so happens that next week newsletter would mark exactly one year since I started and, at the same time, it will be the first newsletter in a year that I won’t write because I’m planning on having in my life some sunny beaches and lots of drinks with those cute little umbrellas. I will drink to you, though, amigos!

 

NEW PROGRAM ADDED: UNITEDAMG

 

The only newcomer this week was UnitedAMG, the “creator” of one of the most prolific “About Us” sections I’ve read in a very long time. Here it goes, amigos:

“United AMG is an independent financial services groups in the East of Asia [...] founded in 1997 in the wake of the Asian currency crisis, and is credited with creating the asset management industry within South Korea. Our wholly owned affiliate in South Korea is licensed with the Monetary Authority of Korea [but UnitedAMG also] has a presence in England (headquarters), in addition to our home office in Incheon, Korea. Our affiliate in the U.K. (United Asset Management (UK) Group) is authorized as an investment manager with the UK Financial Services Authority. [...] As of 30 April 2013, our group employs as many as 43 investment professionals around the globe”.

And imagine that it’s not even all of it, just the more important pieces of information. Despite being founded in 1997, the domain was registered just recently on May 13, 2013 and was bought for three years in advance. As far as dates go, Thawte SSL certificate was issued on May 21, 2013 and lasts for a year. When it comes to the investment options, there are three plans to choose from: A, B, or C. Each plan lasts 40 calendar days, compounding is always available while the returnable principal is never an option ("As your investment principal is involved with our daily business, then we are not able to refund your initial investment").

Plan A is for those who want to invest $10-$1,999 and earn 4% daily. To join Plan B you need at least $2,000 and you get 4.5%, which gives one 180% total return. The most expensive plan, Plan C, takes $5,000-$200,000 and offers the total return of 200% (5% daily). Interest is paid 7 days a week. UnitedAMG cooperates with Solid Trust Pay, EgoPay and Perfect Money; the payouts take up to 24 hours and transactions are handled manually. You can withdraw the interest anytime you want, payouts start at $1. UnitedAMG offers the rare option of opening more than one account per investor under only one condition: “you are NOT Allowed to ‘Invite’ yourself using your personal invitation link”.

 

Newsletter: Capital A Limited, EuroTradeInvest adds, exchange domains seized! RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

As you have probably anticipated, the Liberty Reserve affair is a gift that keeps on giving. Everybody is trying to deal with the fallout of the LR in their own way: some programs simply went down, others are still trying to catch a breath, but there were those who took the bull by its horns and dealt with the issue accordingly by, for instance, letting the users switch to another payment processor.

The last days saw many admins playing the waiting game, testing the waters and doing their best to adapt to the new post-LR reality. For now it seems that they are keeping quiet about their new projects, staying in the shadows and examining possible scenarios. It may seem that what we can expect, amigos, is yet another lull period in the business. What do you think?

 

NEW PROGRAM ADDED: CAPITAL A LIMITED, EUROTRADEINVEST

The first new program this week, Capital A Limited, is a “British investment company specializing in UK real estate market and investing in construction and real estate objects with the aim to re-sell the ready-to-use apartments, townhouses and homes”. Sounds clear enough, so let’s follow up.

With a domain bought on April 26, 2013 for the period of five years and GlobalSign issued SSL certificate valid from June 6, 2013 to January 15, 2018, and having already earned the PAYING status with us, Capital A Limited signals that it wants a long-term commitment. The plans, on the other hand, offer a less abiding deal: you can stay with CAL for 30 or 7 days. The first plan promises 5% daily and is “specifically designed for large investors with large sums to invest”.

Accordingly, the minimum investment is set at $20 and goes as high as $50,000. If you choose the 7-day plan, “where for a week you will get 10% of the capital invested”, you can start at $20 as well, but only go up to $300. The deposit is returnable if you go with the short-term option, but compounding is never the possibility. Minimum to withdraw is $1 and you can use EgoPay, Perfect Money or bank wires to do so. The process should not take more than the regular 24 hours. In case you have any questions, you may use the online contact form to send a “callback request”.

The company’s address can also be found there (Lynton House 304,Bensham Lane, Thorton Heath Surrey, United Kingdom CR7 7EQ), as well as its registration info (“we are an officially incorporated investment company and we are registered with the Companies House under number 07046218”).

The second program, EuroTradeInvest, has already earned the PAYING status on money-monitor. Perhaps that is why the creators are quite confident and claim that it’s “the best investment plan online and a unique opportunity for safe and very profitable online fund investing”. EuroTradeInvest is a relatively new program, the domain was created on April 11 and expires within two years. As far as the daily profits go, they vary between 1.5%-2.5% daily, depending on which of the four investment plans you choose. EuroTradeInvest has something for the ones who avoid committment: 24 hours and 7 days plans that start at $5 and $10 and go as high as $9.99 and $999.99; but there is also something for those who intend to stay with EuroTradeInvest longer, that is 30 or 90 days. When it comes to the 30-day plan, you can invest from $1,000.00 to $9,999.00, get 2.10% daily profit and get a 5% bonus. The last and most expensive plan, with the minimum set at $10,000.00 and maximum at $100,000.00, offers 2.50% profit and a 10% bonus. According to the FAQ section, the profit is “ calculated by calendar days, regardless of weekends and holidays”. What one needs to remember is that the principal will be returned and that the minimum withdrawal “at one time” is $5 and the maximum is $15,000, but the you can only withdraw as much as $500,000 a day. Anytime you withdraw any amount of money is $1. To deposit your money you need an EgoPay or Perfect Money account, but PM seems to be reserved “for non-US citizens”.

LibertyReserve exchangers domains seized, PerfectMoney next on the target? RSS - comments

exchange seizedThe e-currency world is still in the shock after unannounced seizure of Liberty Reserve domain and their server and after arresting the owner - Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk.

But this is not the only effect of the recent US goverment actions. They claim also that not only LibertyReserve is responsible for money laundering, but exchange services too. I'd like to remind that funding and withdrawals of LibertyReserve were only possible by means of exchange services. In US gov. opinion, this is the reason of their shared responsibility and Liberty Reserve's exchangers maitained direct financial relationships with LR. They were registered in such countries like Malaysia, Russia, Nigeria and Vietnam and they operated without a financial license. Their responsibility based on the fact that without exchangers there would not have been money for LR to launder and they help to keep a better anonymity for cyber criminals. They also work in conspiracy with LR.

Source

Here is the list of blocked exchangers' domains:

Wm-center.com, e-naira.com, ecardone.com, ebuygold.com, getemoney.com, epaymonster.com, instantgoldng.com, jtgold.com, goldnairaexchange.com, superchange.ru, webmoney.co.nz, m-gold.com, goldmediator.com, absolutexchange.eu, mewahgold.com, centregold.ca, electrumz.com, tukarduid.com, entelnova.com, tacoauthorized.com, intexchange.com, ukrnetmoney.com, wmirk.com, nigeriagoldexchanger.com, edealspot.com, duyduychanger.com, magnetic-exchange.com, moneyexchange.vn, abc-ex.net, mi-billetera.com, nicciexchange.com, exhere.com, alertexchanger.com, velaexchange.com, goldexpay.com

But so far only .com domains were seized.

As the fight of U.S. government against cybercrime can be understood, it is overused the situation, when legal exchange services and their domains are seized.

On what grounds the U.S. government did claim that these services operate in the conspiracy with LR? Why did they also blocked ecardone.com domain which belongs to a legal and licensed EU company? Fortunately, Ecardone is working under a new domain: dagensia.eu

Newsletter: LibertyReserve collapse, exchange services next in line? RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

Right about now I should be receiving tons of money since I – OK, only in a way, but still – had predicted this week’s greatest online tragedy. Didn’t I tell you that last week’s silence was nothing but an ominous sign of things to come?

I did, didn’t I? And did you listen to me, amigos? I honestly hope so. I hope that you had caught wind of what was going on with Liberty Reserve, the biggest story this week, and took the necessary precautions.

No new programs to introduce this time, amigos. It’s been tough, as you know, so we’re going to concentrate on the Liberty Reserve issue, which is a story that keeps on giving, unfortunately. Let’s go back and see what exactly happened.

We started the week with an article on the possible demise of Liberty Reserve since LR’s website wasn’t working for a couple of days and the rumors about its owner arrest kept on spreading.

 

LIBERTY RESERVE DEAD, OWNER ARTHUR RUDOVSKY ARRESTED?

 

First of all, what has to be said is that it’s not the first time such malfunction has appeared. However, usually a similar situation seemed planned, because LR had informed the users beforehand on its blog or, in instances when it was simply an unforeseen fault, such piece of information would appear in a matter of hours. What is different this time is that neither the website, nor the official blog – which, by the way, was not working properly for some time as well – provide us with any kind of update on the situation.

The domain, libertyreserve.com, is practically not even resolving DNS names into the IP addresses.

Here’s the up-to-date whois information:

Domain Name: libertyreserve.com Created On: 2001-07-27 Expiration Date: 2018-07-27

Registered via: XS Global Trade & Service B.V. Registrant Name: Allan Garcia

Registrant Organization: Liberty Reserve S.A. Registrant Street: Edificio 4 Registrant City: Santa Ana Registrant Postal Code: 1000 Registrant Country: cr

Registrant Phone: +506.88462868

Name Server: ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

Name Server: ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

As you can see, what we seem to have here is a major change of DNS servers from dynect.net to sinkhole.shadowserver.org. Furthermore, the owner of the shadowserver.org is The Shadowserver Foundation, which is known as an agency fighting cybercrime. Thus, the question remains, whether the FBI has taken over Liberty Reserve’s domain since such rumours were appearing each time LR failed to perform in the past. Why should it be anything more than gossip this time? Because as soon as LR’s website went down, the news coverage started suggesting that LR’s owner, Arthur Budovsky, was in fact arrested.

According to the sources such as ticotimes.net and teletica.com, as a result of Spanish and Costa Rican police cooperation regarding an investigation into money laundering, Arthur Budovsky was taken into custody on May 24 in Spain. What’s more, as ticotimes.net and teletica.com claim, Budovsky’s Costa Rican estate, offices, servers, documents, computers and telephones were also secured by the police.

The case against Bydovsky, a Costa Rican citizen born in Ukraine, was launched in 2011 by the New York district attorney. Due to the fact that Budovski’s business was supposedly thought to have been financed by child pornography websites and drug trafficking, the major focus seemed to be the payment processor and its financing. What still seems unclear, however, is whether Arthur Budovsky is, in fact, the owner of Liberty Reserve.

LibertyReserve domain seized, owner and associates indicted! RSS - comments

As we announced and expected libertyreserve domain was seized by US goverment (oficially by the United States Global Illicit Financial Team.) This was only a matter of time when this happens.

Liberty Reserve, its founder and associates (Vladimir Kats) have been indicted in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

According to the indictment, Arthur Budovsky was using the aliases “Eric Paltz” and “Arthur Belanchuk,”, Vladimir Kats vel "Ragnar", Ahmed Yassine Abdelghani vel "Alex", Allan Esteban Hildago Jimenez vel "Allen Garcia", Azzeddine El Amine and Mark Marmilev, also known as "Marko".

According to the indictment LibertyReserve was managed by people who "intentionally created, structured. and operated Liberty Reserve as a criminal business venture, one designed to help criminals conduct illegal transactions and launer the proceeds of their crimes [...]".

The United States goverment has seized the Liberty Reserve domain name and five others: ExchangeZone.com; SwiftExchanger.com; MoneyCentralMarket.com; and Asianagold.com

Liberty Reserve and its cooperators are accused of such crimes “credit card fraud, identity theft, investment fraud, computer hacking, child pornography, and narcotics trafficking.”

According to the indictment between 2006 and May 2013, Liberty Reserve processed an estimated 55 million transactions and is believed “to have laundered more than $6 billion in criminal proceeds.”

Detailed documents:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/May13/LibertyReserveetalDocuments.php

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