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MMM India, another MLM taking people for “double-your-money” ride

Moneylife Digital Team | 24/04/2013 05:00 PM | 

A Russian with history of duping several gullible people in Russia and the US is spreading his “mutual mutual aid fund” idea called, MMM India. This is nothing but a pure money circulation scheme

Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox India or MMM India, a multi-level marketing (MLM) or a Ponzi (pure money circulation) scheme set up by Sergei Panteleevich Mavrodi, a Russian businessman and financier, is spreading its wing in India, especially in rural areas. According to Wikipedia, in 2007 Sergei Mavrodi was found guilty in a Russian court of defrauding 10,000 investors out of 110 million roubles or about $4.3 million. But more about Mavrodi and his businesses later.


MMM India, the Ponzi scheme says it is neither a company nor a business but a mutual mutual aid fund. In simple words, it takes Rs5,000 from you, gives you 100 units of some virtual currency called Mavro. When you bring two more people, you would receive 20 Mavros in your e-wallet. The new member also deposits Rs5,000 in the old member's account, thus your ‘investment’ is repaid. Virtually, because the cash is converted into Mavros in your e-wallet and then there are ‘minor’ terms and conditions, which makes it difficult to get your real money back.


The MMM scheme mandates all members to keep at least 100 Mavros in their account. That means your Rs5,000 are locked permanently in air. This is because MMM is neither a company nor a business as it operates only through the internet. This helps the double your money scheme to avoid all kind of legal permissions and regulations. MMM likes to call itself an international, free, self-adjusting community or social virus. Unfortunately, it is nothing but a money-gobbling virus.


According to data, is registered by Ivan Ivanov from Petrozavodsk, Russia and the domain would expire on 11 July 2014. Its DNS record shows that uses an ID address located in Moscow.


MMM India is nothing but a pure money circulation scheme that works on enrolling new members. The moment there are no new members, the scheme collapses. A new member pays money (here virtual money!) to the old member and it is repeated infinite times.


Two basic questions need to be answered. One, in the end who controls the 100 Mavros, or Rs5,000 that the member needs to keep in his virtual account? And second, if the idea of virtual money or mutual mutual aid fund is so great, then why the government or Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not implementing this? Why such a great novel (!) idea needs to be sold through chain marketing route instead of customary marketing system that has served human society for thousands of years?

In short, strictly stay away from MMMIndia and it is bound to vanish sooner than later.


Coming back to MMM's founder and ‘brain’ Sergei Mavrodi, on 22 December 1997 declared MMM as bankrupt and disappeared. He was on the run until his arrest in 2003.


While on the run, in 1998 Mavrodi created Stock Generation (SG), a classic pyramid scheme presented as a “virtual stock market game”. However, its game was over once it caught attention of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2003, the SEC obtained permanent injunctions against SG. Mavrodi was then placed under police custody. He was convicted of holding a fake passport and was sentenced to 13 months in prison. On 22 May 2007, Mavrodi left prison, having served his full sentence.


On 28 April 2007, the Moscow court sentenced him to four and a half years in a penal colony (a settlement used to exile prisoners and separate them from public). The court also fined him 10,000 roubles or about $390.


In January 2011, Mavrodi launched another pyramid scheme called MMM-2011, asking investors to buy so-called Mavro currency units. He frankly described it as a pyramid, adding “It is a naked scheme, nothing more ... People interact with each other and give each other money. For no reason!”  In May 2012, he froze the operation and announced there would be no more payouts.


In 2011 he launched a similar scheme in India, called MMM India, again stating clearly that the vehicle is a pyramid, says Wikipedia. Looking at the past record of Mavrodi and his money multiplier schemes, you do not need an astrologer to tell about the future of MMM India. This Ponzi from Russia only loves your hard-earned money, unless you are a super spy like the 007.

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biki 3 months ago

mmm india is a pukka fraud company i provided help for rs 7000 and when i asked for help they have not given any help moreover one of their members are telling i will have to open a bitcoin acount to get my money back these are all dalaals of bitcoins,so dont invest in mmm

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Neil 4 months ago

Let me be honest, more than half the time every promises made by politicians seems to be fake thats the fact, a new proverb: check the pot holes in a developed city, and that will determine how sugar coated our system is. If ever critics should have a question in mind that should be "what are the total amount of skilled students coming out education to careers and what is the country doing for them. Honestly what I could not understand till date is the politician's speeches, they could not control Onion rates till date and are talking about controlling the entire system. Critics are good in finding logic where there is no logic at all. MMM will and surely survive no matter what happens. If Bill Gates has discovered Microsoft...Than Sir Mavrodi has discovered MMM. Believe me MMM is definitely a wonder. Critics go for it rather than looking a some stupid Affiliate marketing. This makes sense.
Regards, Adavarze hai...

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Neil 4 months ago

The only thing I can say with my experience is MMM rocks. Banking system in India and the peanut 8% interest rate per annum., would not suffice the monthly water bill. Leave alone the peanut salary which we receive monthly. Flats in busy city suburbs these days range from INR 35,000 to 40,000 where as in towns from 85,000 to 1,05,000/-. So if the critics believe in writing some rubbish about something that they could never think of neither design off, should take a long vacation. There a no job securities these days, maybe the critics are coming out from wealthy families without mercy for the people who are not doing so well. Critics always have the habbit of throwing stones in the wrong direction. Critics should never forget the 3 things which happens everyday. Man sacrifics animals daily for their living, but question is has the animal agreed for shedding their life...No they didn't. Christ sacrificed himself being a true follower of God and wanted humans to do the same; but did the Jews listen to him...the answer is no. Same way MMM is protecting the poor, lower middle class and middle class to enable support the living cost and expenses, but the question is if the critics agreeing to the fact the answer is No.
Thank you for Critics non co-operation.

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Nirdesh kumar 5 months ago

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