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Hapi Travel – Crook Review

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Hapi Travel is a subsidiary of The Happy Company.

Hapi Travel was initially evaluated by BehindMLM in January. We were originally perplexed by Hapi Travel’s compensation structure, only to discover that it was similar to The Happy Co’s.

Because the firm had a variety of items, this sounded complicated (nutritional supplements versus travel memberships).

We were correct, and Hapi Travel was spun out with its own compensation plan in or around July.

Today, we’re looking at Hapi Travel as a standalone MLM opportunity.

Hapi Corporate Travel
Hapi Travel’s website still does not provide company information.

This was a compliance issue discovered by BehindMLM in January that has yet to be fixed.

I proceeded to the parent company’s website, The Happy Co, and found no corporate information there either.

This was initially highlighted as an issue by BehindMLM in April 2021.

The decision to conceal corporate ownership and leadership information from customers reflects poorly on The Happy Co’s and Hapi Travel’s management.

As far as we know, founder Fai Chan, alias Chan Heng Fai, still owns The Happy Co.

Garrett McGrath was the CEO of both The Happy Co. and Hapi Travel in January. McGrath appears to have resigned sometime around January 2022, despite having only been appointed to the position in late 2021.

A September 1st press statement announcing the opening of Hapi Travel in the US makes no mention of McGrath (Hapi Travel opened in the US last year, so I’m not sure what this marketing foolishness is about).

The following executives are named in the news release:

Sharing Services Global Corporation’s CEO is John Thatch (parent company)
Dave Dove is the Vice President of Hapi Travel.
Dave Price, Hapi Travel’s Operations Director
It is unknown whether Thatch is also the CEO of Hapi Travel.

Hapi Travels distributor Jeremy Jenkins verified John Thatch as Hapi Travel’s temporary CEO in a remark below on September 11th, 2022.

Thatch will most likely maintain this role till a new Hapi Travel CEO is recruited. It’s unclear when or why McGrath departed. /finish updating

The Products of Hapi Travel
Hapi Travel sells a $50-per-month Explorer membership.

Explorer membership entitles you to a reduced travel and entertainment booking gateway, savings applications, gift cards, and telemedicine services.

Members of HAPI Travel save money on anything from professional sporting events and concerts to movie tickets, Disney and other theme park entrances, Broadway and Las Vegas performances, local and regional attractions, and much more!

Shopping Boss is another money-saving software.

SwiftMD offers telemedicine services.

SwiftMD is a pioneer in the upgrading of normal medical treatment for patients while also lowering customer expenses.

There are no lengthy paperwork or online surveys to complete, and our average callback time to connect with a doctor is 7 minutes.

SwiftMD is a third-party firm with no direct corporate links to Hapi Travel, as far as I know.

Elite+, Share Pack, and Share & Stay Pack are among the Hapi Travel “add-ons.”

Elite+ costs $2500 up front, followed by $244 per year.

Increase the value of your membership with ELITE PLUS.

Get access to hundreds of extra holiday alternatives and great savings on resorts in over 80 countries worldwide.

A Share Pack costs $250, while a Share & Stay Pack costs $500. There is no information supplied about these add-ons.

The Compensation Plan of Hapi Travel
The Explorer membership sales to retail consumers and recruited affiliates are rewarded under Hapi Travel’s incentive structure.

Commission Direct
Affiliates of Hapi Travel receive a 15% commission on Explorer memberships sold to retail consumers and recruited affiliates.

Recurring Commissions
Hapi Travel distributes residual commissions from Explorer Memberships through 10 bonus pools.

Each bonus pool is referred to as a “club,” and it is comprised of 3% of the company’s total membership income.

The following conditions must be satisfied in order to qualify for each club:

Club 1: sell and maintain three Explorer memberships while also generating and maintaining five corporation Explorer subscriptions.
Club 2 – sell and maintain six Explorer memberships, as well as produce and manage fifteen business Explorer subscriptions.
Club 3 consists of selling and maintaining 10 Explorer memberships as well as generating and maintaining 80 business Explorer subscriptions.
Club 4 consists of selling and maintaining 15 Explorer memberships as well as generating and maintaining 250 business Explorer memberships.
Club 5: sell and retain 20 Explorer memberships while also generating and maintaining 500 business Explorer subscriptions.
Club 6 – sell and maintain 30 Explorer memberships while also generating and maintaining 1000 business Explorer subscriptions.
Club 7 – sell and keep 40 Explorer memberships, produce and keep 1200 total downline and 2500 business Explorer memberships.
Club 8 – sell and keep 50 Explorer memberships, produce and keep 3000 total downline and 5000 business Explorer memberships.
Club 9 – sell and keep 60 Explorer memberships, produce and keep 8,000 total downline and 10,000 business Explorer memberships.
Club 10 consists of selling and maintaining 100 Explorer memberships, as well as generating and maintaining 20,000 total downline and 25,000 business Explorer memberships.
Clubs are eligible for consecutively and gain points as long as qualifying conditions are met.

It is important to note that a Hapi Travel affiliate’s travel membership contributes toward their own membership limit.

Total downline memberships are travel memberships sold by anyone in the downline of a Hapi Travel affiliate (directly and indirectly recruited affiliates).

Firm memberships are any memberships sold by Hapi Travel that are monitored after you join the company.

Only active Explorer memberships are eligible for residual commissions.

The Bonus Club
The Bonus Club is supported by an additional 3% of Hapi Travel Explorer membership sales.

New Hapi Travel affiliates must qualify for Club 2 within 30 days of signing up to be eligible for the Bonus Club.

Affiliates who have qualified for the Bonus Club will continue to get it every month as long as their Club 2 qualification is maintained.

Refer to “Residual Commissions” above for Club 2 qualification criteria.

Participating in Hapi Travel
Hapi Travel affiliate membership is $25 per year.

Conclusion of Hapi Travel
Hapi Travel is a more condensed version of what was accessible in January 2022.

We don’t know who runs the firm, there’s just one membership choice, and The Happy Co’s “this doesn’t really fit” compensation plan is no longer available.

Hapi Travel’s membership, which formerly cost $59 per month, has been reduced to $50 per month. The formerly less expensive $29 monthly option is likewise no longer available.

As far as I can see, the offering is essentially the same, maybe with the exception of Koiyn Cash Back.

The lack of a necessity for retail Explorer membership sales is the weakest link in Hapi Travel’s streamlined incentive structure.

This means you may pay $25, join Explorer for $50 each month, and be rewarded to attract others to do the same.

This is your typical MLM pyramid scam.

I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere whether Hapi Travel affiliates are needed to acquire and maintain an Explorer membership.

Regardless, if Hapi Travel affiliates own the bulk of Explorer memberships, the organization is operating as a pyramid scheme.

It is simple to determine whether your potential Hapi Travel upline is conducting their firm as a pyramid scheme.

Inquire about the Club tier they’ve qualified for, how many personal memberships they need to sell to qualify, and how many of those memberships are retail (sold to customers who haven’t paid the $25 Hapi Travel affiliate fee).

If the split is less than 50/50, the affiliate is operating their Hapi Travel firm as a pyramid scheme.

I can’t say whether this is true across the board, but the deliberate ambiguity and lack of retail membership requirements would certainly suggest it.

I don’t think Hapi Travel is ready for (re)launch due to ongoing disclosure issues, rudderless management, and a question mark over retail sales compliance.

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Awakend & Zenith – Crook Review Part 3

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Mickey Burns, a BehindMLM reader, contacted me earlier today to let me know.

This blog’s content is fantastic, and it has really aided me throughout the years.

She also criticized our coverage of Awakend’s prelaunch, notably their leptin supplement Zenith.

Oz, the white paper is available on the internet. Even a cursory Google search will reveal how the hormone Leptin functions.

This encouraged me to visit Awakend’s new website (which didn’t exist at the time I covered the company’s prelaunch) and download a copy of their “whitepaper” (tell me you’re a crypto bro without telling me you’re a crypto bro).

Oh, no.

You’ll see in the opening paragraph of the whitepaper report that it’s a 2008 study released in 2009. In other words, the research was carried out fourteen years before Zenith existed.

The next thing you’ll notice is that “Zenith” has been edited in, thus doctoring the published paper.

This renders it ineffective.

What was the original study’s purpose, as published? Is Zenith based on the same formula? Are the researchers okay with having their study doctored?

I’m not well-versed in academic process, but I can’t image doctoring published articles going over well. I know I’d be upset if someone took a published research with my name on it and changed it.

Awakend should publish the original study and include an update showing Zenith employs the exact same formula as examined in 2008.

Looking at the document’s attributes, we can see that it was last modified on August 12th, 2022 by Ashlee Headlee.

Ashlee Headlee James manages Awakend’s exclusive business Facebook community. Her precise function inside the organization has not been revealed.

Awakend’s website has no information about the company’s ownership or executives. Compensation paperwork is also missing, as recruiting is presently the company’s only priority.

The full Awakend evaluation of BehindMLM is pending the introduction of the company’s pay plan.

Awakend has updated the doctored study with a blanked out version of the original as of August 27th, 2022.

The following remark appears to have been added to the supplied 2008 research in reaction to this article;

The 2008 research referred to Trisynex, as stated in the comments below.

Roger Catarino sells Trisynex through First Fruits Business Ministry LLC.

The claim by Awakend to have “exclusive worldwide rights” is dubious because Trisynex-containing products exist and have been accessible for some time.

At the time of this update, Awakend had not addressed the availability of Trisynex in competitor products.

1st September 2022 – Update Because of the uncertainty surrounding Awakend’s assertions that Zenith is an exclusively licensed recipe, formulator Vietal Nutrition issued a statement.

Unfortunately, this has simply generated additional suspicions about Zenith’s exclusivity.

9th September 2022 – Update First Fruits Business Ministry has issued a stop and desist letter to Awakend about its Zenith marketing claims.

TriPharma (dba Vietal Nutrition) has achieved the appointment of a Receiver as of September 14, 2022.

FFBM will be placed under the control of the Receiver. The funds generated will be used to pay TriPharma’s 2013 judgment against FFBM.

Awakend has also deleted the previously supplied Trisynex research from its website, unless I’m mistaken.

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SEC & Forsage – Crook Review

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The SEC has moved to provide alternate service to three of Forsage’s four founders.

Vladimir “Lado” Okhotnikov, Lola Ferrari, and Sergey Maslakov all live in other countries.

Okhotnikov, Vladimir “Lado”
According to the SEC;

Okhotnikov is a Russian citizen who is thought to be living in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He is the operation’s public face, hosting many of its YouTube videos and participating in interviews with key promoters.

Okhotnikov engages with Forsage investors and promoters on a daily basis via Forsage and, more recently, Meta Force social media, YouTube, and Telegram.

Okhotnikov also has personal social media profiles via which he communicates, including Instagram, Facebook, VK, Telegram, and Twitter. He also has his own personal website.

Okhotnikov has stated on his Instagram profile that he is “constantly traveling,” and he appears to have visited Indonesia, Dubai, and Peru in the last two years.

During the inquiry, the Commission received a copy of Okhotnikov’s passport, which indicated him to be a Russian citizen but had no residence.

Despite attempts by Commission employees, the Commission is unsure of Okhotnikov’s present address.

He did, however, imply that he was in Georgia in both his August 19 and August 22 Instagram postings, and he reposted those same images on Facebook.

Similarly, he indicated that he was in Georgia in an interview he conducted on August 8, 2022, following the filing of the Commission’s Complaint in this situation.

Maslakov, Sergey
According to the SEC;

Maslakov is said to live in either Gelendzhik or Moscow, Russia. He has mostly appeared in Forsage Russian-language commercial films.

Foris DAX, the parent company of crypto exchange Crypto.com, provided the SEC with Maslakov’s email address and “last known whereabouts.”

Maslakov’s email address is smas*@yandex.ru, according to the account information obtained by Crypto.com.

The records also show that Maslakov visited his account from an IP address in Moscow, Russia, during 2021.

Maslakov’s present physical address and whether he is still in Russia are unknown to the Commission.

Furthermore, despite Internet searches, subpoenas, and voluntary inquiries to third parties, the Commission was unable to locate his actual address.

We suspect he is in Russia since he cites Russia as his location on his Facebook and VK profiles, and he accessed his Crypto.com account from a Russian IP address.

Ferrari, Lola
According to the SEC;

Ferrari, whose true identity is unknown but who goes by the name “Lola Ferrari,” is said to be a Russian national living in Bali, Indonesia.

She refers to herself as Forsage’s “goddess” and has starred in several of its advertising films.

The Commission’s officials established that Ferrari’s principal social media account is her Instagram profile during the inquiry.

Ferrari advertises Forsage on this website. She has also uploaded photos and videos that indicate she is in Bali, Indonesia.

Despite several efforts, the Commission has no knowledge of Ferrari’s present address or if she is still in Indonesia.

Service Alternative
With Maslakov in Russia and Lola Ferrari in Indonesia, Hague Convention service is no longer available.

Although Georgia is a signatory, because the SEC does not know Okhotnikov’s address, service under the Hague Convention is also ruled out.

As an alternative, the SEC is offering Maslakov service via email. Service on Okhotnikov and Ferrari will be carried out through social media.

The Commission intends to serve Okhotnikov and Ferrari by direct messages to their Instagram accounts, as well as Okhotnikov via direct messages to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Okhotnikov is still active on Facebook, where he posts about his life in Georgia:

Okhotnikov was last seen in Borjomi, a vacation town in central Georgia, according to a Facebook post from August 25th.

He’s also active on Meta Force’s YouTube channel, where he posts bizarre conspiracy theories and justifications for why investor cash and withdrawals are still frozen.

Lola Ferrari has made her Instagram account private since being accused by the SEC.

In support of their request, the SEC claims Okhotnikov is “indisputably” aware of the complaint.

Okhotnikov reacted directly to the claims in the Complaint via a video message aired online after the Commission filed action.

Following that, he gave an eighteen-minute interview on his Meta Force YouTube channel in which he denied the charges in the Commission’s complaint.

Authorizing service on a defendant via social media is especially acceptable when the defendant is clearly aware of the situation.
the case against him

Okhotnikov is already aware of the litigation against him, making such alternative service much more necessary.

Ferrari’s decision to make her Instagram page private implies she is aware of the litigation.

On September 2nd, the court granted the SEC’s motion for alternate service. The SEC verified service against Maslakov through email later that day.

Mikail Sergeev is Forsage’s fourth co-founder. Sergeev, according to the SEC, also resides in Moscow, Russia.

I’m not clear why Sergeev was omitted from the SEC’s motion, but I presume it was due to an inability to validate his personal information (email etc.).

The SEC has confirmed alternate service on Lola Ferrari and Lado Okhotnikov on September 9th and 13th, respectively.

Both defendants have till September 26th to respond.

Okhotnikov hasn’t posted anything on social media since August 27th. Since September 1st, there have been no MetaForce updates.

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Dot Dot Smile – Crook Review Part 2

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Dot Dot Smile has declared bankruptcy, two and a half months after discontinuing its MLM opportunity and going wholesale.

On September 3rd, Dot Dot Smile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California.

According to the statement, Dot Dot Smile has $4.4 million in assets and $5.6 million in debt.

The following companies are Dot Dot Smile’s major creditors:

Gary Thompson – $200,000 (apparently a family loan)
CloudFund LLC (debt management firm) – $325,000
Mirror Fashion Company $1.5 million in Hong Kong
$600,000 for Nano (no details supplied).
Network Ventures LLC (contract violation) – $353,846
Nothing MLM-related shows on Dot Dot Smile’s file, at least not outside of the corporate side of things.

According to a BerhindMLM reader, as of July 31st, 2022,

Since May, no one has been paid. Thousands of dollars are owing to certain persons. They fired everyone on their team.

The cynic in me finds it difficult to perceive Dot Dot Smile’s bankruptcy as anything other than premeditated.

Nicole and Jeff Thompson (right) of the company presumably knew bankruptcy was imminent and reasoned that they needed to sell the MLM firm before filing.

Without the MLM possibility, there was definitely no intention of ever continuing Dot Dot Smile.

I might be wrong, but Dot Dot Smile suddenly being $5.6 million in debt in three months does not seem realistic.

I’m not sure how any of this works legally. Even if everything is legal, it reflects poorly on the Thompsons in terms of openness and Dot Dot Smile’s distributors.

Dot Dot Smile’s State of Financial Affairs report is expected on September 19th. A creditors’ meeting has been arranged for October 12th.

Nicole Thompson, the daughter of co-founders DeAnne and Mark Stidham, is connected to Dot Dot Smile.

It is unknown whether Dot Dot Smile’s bankruptcy filing has had or will have any influence on LuLaRoe’s business operations.

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