The MLM company’s owners have a reputation in Pune for doing good social work and yet, the company is registered and operating from Coimbatore—and offers 30% monthly returns!
Add2Earn Advertisers India Pvt Ltd is the newest entrant in the multi-level marketing (MLM) game. These schemes have been on a rampage over the past few months. This scheme promises a whopping return of 30% per month. The irony is that the promoter of this MLM scheme has been providing emergency medical services in and around Pune since last year. Chaitanya Kumar Singh is the managing director of both Add2Earn and Everywhere Medical Services Pvt Ltd (EMS). Mr Singh and EMS have been offering emergency medical services under the banner of 'iCareLife' in Pune since August 2010. More about EMS and iCareLife later.
Coming back to the MLM scheme launched by Add2Earn, besides offering holiday packages under the pretext of buying reward points (RPs), the company is offering protein power food supplements and discounts on healthcare at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pune. What the company does not reveal is that the discounts being offered are part of the corporate discount structure of the hospital and available only on cash payments. In addition, it fails to clearly mention that in order to avail the holiday package, you have to make additional payment to the service provider, TravelPort Holidays India Pvt Ltd, a company based in Mumbai.
According to Whois database, information about the owners of both Add2Earn and EMS websites is hidden under the garb of 'privacy protection' for the sites to remain free from spam and phishing attacks. Since Add2Earn is an MLM company, one can understand its motive to hide behind such a garb, but why is EMS looking to keep the identity of its website owner under wraps?
Add2Earn offers a business plan from Rs7,000 to Rs1 lakh and gives rewards points (1RP=Rs50). A new entrant who pays Rs7,000 gets 140 RPs and two nights and three days hotel stay in India for one person. This can be utilised in one year. The new recruit is also provided a 'personality-development oriented' silver training program. Similarly, a person investing Rs1 lakh in the scheme would get 2,000 RPs, 2 nights and three days hotel stay at any international hotel for two persons and a 'diamond' personality-training program.
Add2Earn offers simple interest from 10% to 30%, depending on your investment, per month, for 20 months. This means a person who invests Rs7,000 would get Rs700 per month and a person who invests Rs1 lakh would receive Rs30,000 per month as monthly incentive. In addition, the company offers 20 to 100 ads every week and pays 0.3 RP (Rs15) for watching or viewing each of the ads. So the person who invested Rs7,000 would get Rs1,200 and the other who invested Rs1 lakh would receive Rs6,000 per month as RPs. In short, if you invested Rs7,000, then you would get Rs1,900 (Rs700+Rs1,200) every month. The company promises to pay Rs36,000 every month for the 'investor' who had invested Rs1 lakh, a whopping 36% return per month! It's a different matter that every other financial institution including all leading banks, are still struggling to pay 11% interest per year to depositors.
If you feel that an income of 36% is still not enough, Add2Earn provides you with a direct referral (binary) income of 10% of your investment, a common feature used by all MLM fraudsters. You will get all this income, provided that you watch all the ads. And in case you cannot watch them, then there is no problem-you will receive 5% incentive per month!
What is wrong with the plan?
This kind of earning and returns are not feasible or practical. Otherwise, you would have had people making a beeline to join this MLM scheme, instead of taking huge risks to increase wealth. In addition, there are several hidden terms and conditions in the holiday package. Some are so extreme that not even 1% of the investors would be able to meet these conditions. First thing, even after getting the holiday package as a reward for your investment in the scheme, you need to pay separate utility charges. This is mandatory and you will not get confirmation of your booking unless you pay the charges of Rs799 or Rs2,999 for domestic and international hotels, respectively. In case you are travelling abroad and want to use the offered package, the again it is mandatory to buy your visa, air tickets and forex from TravelPort Holidays, which is a partner of Add2Earn. You also need to inform TravelPort about your booking plans and give it a choice of three hotels and date. In case there is a mismatch, you would end up paying for everything.
Apart from the holiday package, details of other products are not available on Add2Earn's site.
EMS in Pune
In August 2010, EMS launched its iCareLife service in Pune to help people in need of urgent medical care. EMS charges Rs25 per month for this service and provides ambulance service, a credit of Rs50,000 on admission into a hospital, medical assistance of a doctor and nurse along with psychometric test, in case of any emergency.
Speaking with a local newspaper in October 2010, Mr Singh had said, "On an average, we receive 10-12 EMS calls per day. The maximum calls are from Nashik Phata and during the nighttime. We even attended calls from police, when their vehicles on duty were involved in accidents. Within two months of our launch, from August till date, we attended as many as 32,000 calls involving minor and major road accidents. The scenario of road accidents is really very serious."
Add2Earn and EMS are sister concerns and are owned or founded by Mr Singh. Although there is no mention of any owner on the Add2Earn site, according to its franchisee agreement (a copy of which is with Moneylife), Mr Singh is managing director and authorised signatory of the MLM company. One does wonder-why should a person providing a benevolent service get involved in an MLM fraud?
"Looking into the huge monetary gain caused to Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and the gravity of the offence, I do not deem it a fit case for admitting the petitioner on bail, particularly when the trial is yet to commence," justice Ajit Bharihoke said
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, arrested for his alleged role in the second generation (2G) spectrum scam, reports PTI.
"The bail application is dismissed," justice Ajit Bharihoke said.
"Prima facie involvement of the petitioner (Mr Behura) in the conspiracy to cause undue advantage to Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd is apparent," the court said.
"This gives a glimpse of the quantum of monetary gain caused to Swan Telecom by the petitioner in conspiracy with other public servants," the court said while detailing the entire transaction involving allocation of spectrum licence.
"In view of the above, looking into the huge monetary gain caused to Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and the gravity of the offence, I do not deem it a fit case for admitting the petitioner on bail, particularly when the trial is yet to commence," the judge said.
The high court had reserved its order on 21st July, after hearing detailed arguments from both sides-the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the defence-on Mr Behura's bail plea.
A Delhi court had rejected Mr Behura's bail plea on 4th June on the grounds of 'enormity' of allegations and fears that he might influence witnesses.
Challenging the order of the trial court, Mr Behura had moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail.
He had submitted before the court that he was being falsely implicated by the probe agency though he had no role in allotment of spectrum.
Opposing Mr Behura's bail plea, the CBI had alleged that the senior bureaucrat had doctored the list of telecom licence applicants to extend undue benefits to Swan Telecom.
Special public prosecutor UU Lalit, appearing for CBI, had argued, "Mr Behura played an active role in giving licences to Swan Telecom, promoted by Shahid Usman Balwa, despite objections."
The CBI, in its first charge-sheet filed on 2nd April, had named Mr Behura along with others. Charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and corruption have been levelled against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, Mr Behura and others in the case.
At present, all the 14 accused persons are lodged in Tihar Jail.
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