Were You Scammed by Steven Bransfield - File Claim Now

Last Update: September 02, 2019

The internet has many legitimate money making opportunities, such as the top-notch affiliate marketing training here at Wealthy Affiliate, and then there are also many scammers trying to rip you off. Were you ever scammed by Steven Bransfield? He was the owner of two companies; Rookie Profit System and We Run Ads, both are now shutdown.

THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE KEEP TURNING

There is one thing that many of us here at Wealthy Affiliate have had the displeasure to experience and that is being scammed in some sort of MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) pyramid scheme. If you now investigate and expose online scams like I do on one of my websites, you probably have heard of MOBE and how the FTC shut them down.

I have written about the entire FTC case against MOBE and its three defendants Matt Lloyd, Russell W. Whitney, Jr. (Deceased), and Susan Zanghi on my website and I wrote about an update on the lawsuit in a WA Blog on April 15, 2019. A settlement was reached with Susan Zanghi. Settlements from both Russell W. Whitney's estate and Matt Lloyd are ongoing.

BUT THERE'S MORE

It seems that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) are also going after some of the big money makers in MOBE as well, or at least one of them. There were a few "Big Fish" that made millions from MOBE such as Shaqir Hussyin, John Chow and Steven Bransfield. It was just reported that on August 26, 2019, Steven filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


The above is an image from an Update Report document by the Court Appointed Receiver in the FTC vs. MOBE case. You can view that online document here. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is usually filed when the debtor, in this case Steven Bransfield, intends to restructure his financial affairs. When MOBE got shut down a lot of their affiliates lost big time.

WERE YOU SCAMMED BY STEVEN?

I have seen blog posts online from people claiming to have been scammed by Steven Bransfield with one of his two companies mentioned above, that were nothing more than funnels into the MOBE 21-step training scam. If you believe that you have been scammed by him, NOW IS THE TIME to file your claim. You have until January 6, 2020.

In the online document, see above link or image below, the Court Appointed Receiver Mark J. Bernet indicates that if anyone believes they have a claim against Steven Bransfield, that they should file a Proof of Claim form with the Clerk of Bankruptcy Court. Mark J. Bernet goes on to give the address of the court, the Case Number, and a link to download the form.


The shutdown of MOBE, one of if not the biggest MLM scam, has effected the financial livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, many who lost their lives savings with dreams of making money online in their own businesses. We here at Wealthy Affiliate know that this dream can be a reality, as long as you do it the honest and correct way without scamming.

It seems that the FTC is not just going after Lloyd, Whitney Jr, Zanghi, all the MOBE companies, and the payment processors still holding funds, but it seems like they will go after those big money makers now and Steven may be the first. As the document shows, Steven is claiming that the FTC says he is liable for about $9 Million Dollars. OUCH!!!

Steven's bankruptcy papers indicate that he has very little in tangible assets. DOUBLE OUCH!!! It's no wonder he is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This news makes me wonder, will the FTC hold the other big MOBE money makers Shaqir Hussyin and John Chow liable for millions too? The settlement of the MOBE case vs the FTC is far from over.

What are your thoughts? Were you scammed by Steven Bransfield? Do you know someone who was? Leave your comments below. I was fortunate not to lose any more than $49.00 with MOBE. I quickly discovered it was a scam. But many were not so lucky and with the millions of dollars these crooks made, you know that hundreds of thousands lost a lot of money.

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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks for sharing Robert. I still get emails from John Chow. Never bought anything from him, just looked at his free stuff. Deleting him now. Thanks always.

Mark
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Mark. It's a shame because John Chow did/does have some legit training, albeit a bit expensive. His big problem is that he got involved with MOBE and had no regrets making money from recruiting people into an obvious scam.
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ExpatMark Premium
I have not deleted him yet, so will keep using his free stuff. Thanks for the heads up. I just won't buy anything from him. Great answer on LauraFullers post earlier today.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Mark.
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CMKetay Premium
There are plenty of scams out there. I've been scammed. Not proud of it, but you don't know what you don't know. But the one thing I do know is that MLM, or direct sales, in and of itself is not a scam. I am quite familiar with several, know the principles who created the companies and products. I know folks who are a part of these companies at all levels. They are amazing. Yeah, there are a few bums in the bunch, but you can say that about any company.

To refer to MLM's as pyramid schemes is misinformed. Each individual in the MLM's I am familiar with has a chance to achieve to what ever rank they wish. They can pass up the folks who brought them in. I know plenty of folks who have changed their lives and their family's legacy with direct sales companies.

A 9-5 job is a pyramid. How many can pass up the boss, or the CEO in rank and achievement. There's only 1. There's only 1 Chief of Police. Again, there are scams out there. But companies like Mary Kay, Avon, World Ventures, Evolv, Pampered Chef (owned by Warren Buffet) aren't among them!

If there are specific companies you are aware of that are scams, point them out so we can all avoid them. But beware of painting with so broad a brush.
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boomergp08 Premium
I never said or implied that all MLMs are scams, but the one's listed in this post definitely were before the Federal Trade Commission came in and shut them down for being pyramid schemes.

If an MLM is a pyramid scheme, then calling it out as such is not being misinformed. Some pyramid schemes get shut down like MOBE and others like Herbalife are forced to restructure their business model.

Equating a 9-5 job as a pyramid scheme is misinformed. In a 9-5 job you do not have to recruit people in order to make money, nor does the employer get a commission off of the money you make. You perform the service of work.

As is stated in the FTC Guidelines for recognizing scams in work at home businesses, "MLMs that survive on recruiting new participants rather than retail sales are pyramid schemes." If you can make money via retail sales in an MLM, then it is legit.
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Joes946 Premium
Great post. Well, before I lost about $500, I realized MOBE was a scam.
Thanks for the update.
Joe
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Joe. Some scams are pretty obvious, once you cut through the gloss and slickness of their advertising and start asking some common sense questions like, How do I actually make money?
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Joes946 Premium
So true true
Joe
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Wdcope Premium
I was scammed in the 90's by a few MLM programs, yet never to that amount. Only a few hundred in products and advertising. Got out when it got too crazy and expensive. by then I and my group all got out and moved on safely. Not everyone does though. today with the internet and due diligence we can tell better the scams with proper research.
Goor post and notice.
Bill
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boomergp08 Premium
Me too. I cannot see myself believing in an online opportunity to lose thousands of dollars, let alone investing that much without seeing any return on investment.

Now when I see an opportunity where you only make money from the dales of those you recruit and they make their money the same way, that by FTC definition is a pyramid scheme. That is when I warn people.
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Carson2 Premium
No... I've been extremely fortunate(in a way). Never been scammed because the only program I've ever signed up for, has been WA. I guess I count my blessings. It's so sad that these folks are able to get by with this.
I'm so glad you have brought this subject up. Thank you!
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ExpatMark Premium
Never been scammed either. Almost bought into AWOL. They are legit, just expensive. Learned alot from owners Kameron George and Keala Kanae. If they had not got me interested in making money online, I doubt I would have given WA a second look.

Mark
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boomergp08 Premium
Well that is good to here Carson. I am very thankful that Wealthy Affiliate is an honest company that doesn't seek to scam their members just to make a quick buck.

There are a lot of good opportunities out there and many that are not. Those that aren't mostly have the same red flag warning signs. Those associated with MOBE were the most problematic.
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