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QNet: Mumbai police register fraud case against the MLM

Moneylife Digital Team | 17/08/2013 01:10 PM | 

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EoW from Mumbai registered an FIR against QNet, the MLM company, for allegedly duping thousands by selling them plastic and glass products as miraculous objects

QNet, the controversial Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing (MLM) operator with multiple names (GoldQuest, QuestNet, QNet, QI Ltd and QI group are the better-known names) has finally come under the radar of Mumbai police.


According to a report in Times of India, the economic offenses wing (EoW) of Mumbai police has registered against QNet, for allegedly duping thousands of investors by selling them plastic and glass products terming them miraculous objects for treating severe diseases like Cancer.


"The firm (QNet) posed as a marketing firm which would sell bio-disc, watches, chiPendants, gold coins, herbal products, e-education packages and holiday packages. They even claimed that by using the bio disc one can cure cancer and brain related diseases," the report said quoting a police officer.


UPDATE: According to a report from Times of India, the EoW has arrested Bandra-based Manjunath Hegde for cheating in the QNet case. He was reminded to police custody till 22nd August. "Hegde, who is an advertiser by profession, was arrested from his Bandra residence. We searched his house and seized computer hard disc and several incriminating documents, which will be produced in the court. There are some payment/commission receipts among the documents," the report said quoting an investigator.


The complainant, Gurupreet Singh Anand, 40, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. Anand told the police, "They (IRs) had said that one of the bio-products my wife bought could be used to treat my 12-year-old son's brain related diseases".


The first information report (FIR) names five accused, including QNet's Hong Kong-based founder Dato Vijay Eswaran, a Malaysian by birth and an Indian by ethnicity, who is photographed hobnobbing with the Prince of Saudi Arabia, in order to enhance its credibility in the Gulf.

(Vijay Eswaran (circled), the founder of QNet along with Dev Wadhwani (in blue shirt), VP of QNet Source:


"One of the wanted accused Vijay Eswaran, had earlier floated two firms; Gold Quest and Quest Net Enterprises, in India and duped thousands of people. These two firms were also popular in Egypt, Afghanistan and Malaysia. We are trying to zero in on Eswaran and will soon arrest him," the newspaper said quoting the officer.


While QuestNet and GoldQuest, which mainly sold numismatic gold coins (they claimed they were limited edition coins that whose value would increase over time) in 2009 were forced to shut shop in India, their new avatar QNet offers a broader range of lifestyle ‘enhancing’ products (holiday packages, diamond watches, bio-discs, Chi-Pendants and herbal products for anything between Rs30,000 to Rs7 lakh), which promise fabulously high returns so long as new distributors are enrolled rapidly. Its product brochure says, “With 8 ways to earn and up to 50% of the sales paid out in commissions, QNET offers the most dynamic and innovative compensation plan in the direct selling profession.”


(Suresh Thimiri, MD & CEO, QNet India (circled) with Indian Tennis stars at the Davis Cup Source:


The last time around, QNet was being evangelised by former World Billiards champion Michael Ferriera, as well as some former international cricketers. QNet even sponsored the Indian tennis team for Davis Cup. This time, it is being hard-sold by senior corporate executives, including heads of multinational companies, who have been forced to quit in the 40s and 50s, having fallen off the career ladder. Moneylife has received emails from several worried readers asking us to bring the “QNet scam” to the attention of regulators before it dupes their friends and relatives already ensnared by the hard sell.

(Muttiah Muralitharan, the greatest Test match bowler from Sri Lanka at QNet event. During 2005, the GoldQuest scheme spread across Sri Lanka, marketing gold coins for double their worth. This forced the country to frame new law to ban MLMs, especially GoldQuest. Image Source: )


Manoj Arora (name changed), a chartered accountant and management consultant tells us how he decided to string along a QNet ‘operative’ to understand its modus operandi which promises to make you a millionaire in two or three years.


He was scandalized at what he discovered and says, “QNet is just not about Amway-esque MLM but a Stockguru-type pyramid scheme. The premise is to get more and more people to invest Rs1 lakh to Rs6 lakh in an 'e-commerce' venture. They make you owners of QI group by selling three shares for every Rs1 lakh. How does that generate returns? The victims who are enrolled into the scheme, in turn hunt for newer victims to buy into the Ponzi. They are entitled to get 14% of share capital they or their victims raise. The scam is proliferating through social media like Linked-in to find newer targets. This reader had stored names and screenshots of people canvassing QNet from their profiles on Linked-in.


Well, the company had a chequered past. In 2008-09 it was making waves like it is today. At that time, it flaunted powerful political connections (at that time a GoldQuest executive, K Preetha had said that Nalini Chidambaram was a legal advisor. This was after we pointed out that the connection was highlighted at its meetings to recruit/ensnare new agents). However, QuestNet virtually folded-up after the Chennai police arrested several employees and the business was in complete disarray.


QNet claims that a Diamond Star can earn up to Rs27,73,800 (Rs27.7 lakh) per week while the same for a Platinum Star would be Rs22,39,050 (Rs22.4 lakh) a week. The money earned by a Diamond Star in QNet is almost the same that Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries (RIL), India's richest man as per the Forbes list, earns every week as salary (Mukesh Ambani forgoes Rs23.82 crore from his pay package ). We all have heard about Mr Ambani and his wealth. However, nobody knows how many Diamond or Platinum Stars are there in QNet's MLM network. If you know, please share it.


There are several people who are now demanding their money back from QNet. Few of them even posted such messages on QNet India's page on Facebook. On 20th May, Suryakant Kaushik, posted: "Even after a month of filing for the cancellation, I am still waiting for the refund. Adding to this, I have dialled the customer care numbers-+91 99 0006 3901 & +91 96 8668 9974.10-15 times a day but nobody responded. I am very frustrated by the way my case is handled. Never thought that the refund process could take more than a month and still nothing can be said about the status."


CA Abhishek Sahay wrote this message: "hi CHIEF Pathman...on 1st AUG 2013 I bought QVI Club membership from QNET for Rs2.61 Lakh and on 2nd August, I requested to cancel it and refund full amount, QNET official assured initially to refund full amount but now they are not responding my call or email. I request you to please look into the matter and get my full refund as soon as possible. My IRship is IN*****9 and email is a******; Please do not let me feel cheated by your Company QNET. Please do not check my calmness. Refund my money ASAP."


Bala Kavassery posted this message: "I have been requesting since last 5 days with QNet support team India for cancellation of my IR IN*****4 and refund of vacation package ordered earlier. No support or response forthcoming till date. Once again request for my IR cancellation and refund of vacation package amount."


As Moneylife wrote earlier, Ashu Dutt, a well-known television journalist shared how he and his family became a victim of QNet. He said, "QI/ QNet/ QuestNet/ GoldQuest/ Faith Network is not just a fraud, but they lure women to break away from their families and then go after the family money. My own wife fell into this trap. Once this was done, they got her to put money from our house and relatives. Once they trap the women, they go after their wealth. My wife has now gone on to take over our assets by changing directors and doing all kinds of illegal corporate stuff guided by QI kingpins. This is my story. I can tell you that there are hundreds of Indian families that have been ruined by these people. In Mumbai, they use hypnotism and cult-like practices (wearing white clothes with blue pendants)."


In India, QNet’s MLM operations were controlled by QuestNet Enterprises (India) Pvt Ltd, a company registered at Chennai till 13 April 2012. From next day, it shifted all its registered agents, database and business to Vihaan Direct Selling Pvt Ltd, company registered in Bengaluru.


Moneylife has done extensive work on all MLMs and come to the conclusion that all of them fall foul of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.  We have also made representations to the Prime Minister’s office to ban MLMs altogether or allow them to operate under a clear regulatory framework under a designated regulator.


Today, while tens of thousands MLMs and Ponzis are cheating people no ministry or regulator is in charge. The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) does not even require these companies to be incorporated in India. This ludicrous situation persists at a time when there is such heated debate about legitimate foreign direct investment in retail and insurance.


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jitu moni

jitu moni 1 day ago

Madras High Court
Gold Quest International Pvt. Ltd vs The State Of Tamil Nadu on 9 April, 2003
..... 25. Nothing is placed on record regarding the foundation of the petitioner companies and the aims and objectives of the companies to achieve and how they are beneficial or serving the ends of the society or the general public and therefore needless to mention that only to cover up cases of such nature, Act 43/78 has been legislated by the framers of law revealing thereby the legislative intent to cover up cases of such nature with schemes which are not based on any ideal relying on one's effort, hard work or putting in the intelligence etc. but on luck or chance of making quick or easy money by lazy or lethargic means of enrolling members into the scheme only to enrich the organisers at the cost of the general public which are glaring in the schemes and there is no wonder the respondents have issued proper directions to their subordinates to be on the alert and to avoid innocent general public from falling a prey to the ill-motivated designs or alluring tricks and tactics adopted by parties like the petitioners by using those who fall a prey early being used as their canvassing agents for enlisting more number of the general public to join the scheme ultimately to enrich themselves at the cost of the innocent public who are sure to be cheated ultimately and since many such instances have proved to be utter failures in the recent times giving way for the public to be cheated of their hard-earned life saving monies. Prevention is better than cure. The preventive and punitive measures taken on the part of the respondents cannot, under any circumstance, be termed as either irregular or illegal or infirm or in violation of the norms of law. The respondents have rightly exercised their jurisdiction conferred by law in registering such cases wherein such unlawful activities are reported or brought to the notice of the respondents thereby promptly registering the case either under the relevant provisions of the IPC such as 420 or under the penal provisions of the Special Act such as the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes ( Banning) Act, 1978 and thus they have only acted in adherence to the requirements of law and no such directions or orders as sought for to be made in the above petitions need be necessary in the circumstances of the case.

26. So far as the judgments cited on the part of the petitioners are concerned, in the first judgment by the Honourable Apex Court it is clearly held that `in the first place, it must be proved that he is promoting or conducting a scheme for the making of quick or easy money and secondly, the chance or opportunity of making quick or easy money must be shown to depend upon an event or contingency relative or applicable to the enrolment of members into that scheme', which are the ingredients of the relevant provisions of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, which are laid emphasis by the Honourable Apex Court and the Honourable Apex Court would also hold that the `scheme has necessarily to be judged as a whole both from the viewpoint of the promoters and also of the members in order to find out whether it is a scheme for the making of quick or easy money and any event or contingency relative or applicable to the enrolment of members into the scheme'. Therefore, it is incumbent on the part of the respondents to study each and every such scheme floated and exercise their jurisdiction and proceed against, provided the transaction is not above-board and is secretive or clandestine in nature and if the transaction is considered to be a scheme for making quick or easy money.

27. So far as the case in hand is concerned, on a overall consideration of the facts and circumstances of the scheme floated on the part of the petitioners, the respondents in their considered view have rightly arrived at the conclusion to hold that they fall under the purview of Section 420 IPC and under Section 4 of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 and hence they have given positive instructions to the law enforcing machinery and the police to register the cases wherever such schemes are floated. Therefore, the actions and prosecutions initiated by the respondents and their subordinates could only be concluded as within the permissible limits of their powers to register such cases and not in violation of any law or rule or norms.

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jitu moni 2 days ago

Egypt Business Directory | 14.01.2012
Faith Carnival 2: QNet's "unbelievable" path to Financial Freedom
Over 20,000 men and women strong, QNet has managed to build itself an army in Egypt through their team “Faith”.
The Cairo Hockey Stadium was almost filled, as Independent Representatives (IR) from all over the country stormed in, creating an atmosphere close to the spirit of football-fans, including drums, fireworks, and flags. They all came to attend the second Faith Carnival on Friday, the 13th of January 2012, which should mark the beginning of a new era in Team Faith, Network Marketing and QNet as a whole.

The focus of the carnival was the promotion of Network Marketing, the refutation of economic, social and religious criticism directed at QNet, and the motivation and inspiration of the team.

Almost equivalent to Morton Rhue’s 1981 Novel “The Wave”, the attendees chanted their slogan in such unity, fierceness and willpower that made the floor seemingly shake; screaming out: “The V, the V, the V, Faith!” while shaping the victory-sign with their fingers and holding them up. “The V” refers to the partner company of QNet.

The carnival offered a mixture of party, education, success stories and fun, and hosted international speakers, artists and public figures, such as Michael and Mark Ferreira (Founders and Backbones of Faith), Dr. Ezzat Abo Ouf (Actor), Dr. Sherif Abo ElNaga (Vice-President of 57357 Cancer Hospital), Chief Pathman Senathirajah (Managing Director of V), Dr. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim (Professor of Economy - Helwan University), Dr. Rashad Abdellatif (Professor of Sociology - Helwan University), Amr Diab (Singer), besides various Egyptian QNet leaders.

Network Marketing depends on the direct selling method in which independent agents serve as distributors of goods and services and start recruiting their customers as their own sales-force.

All speakers were certain that sooner or later, the whole world would join QNet, even those who opposed the idea at the beginning. “If your friends and family do not join today, be patient with them. They will join eventually. We are the warriors of freedom that offer them financial freedom, and when Allah gives this message of hope and power to you, you must have the responsibility and the humility to pass it on,” Mark Ferreira explained during the carnival, confirming that Egypt is part of changing Network Marketing history.

Ferreira’s father Michael focused on the pros of Network Marketing in his speech, clarifying it was much more efficient than other marketing tools, not only because it included no distribution costs, but also because it brought upon societal change and job security. Claiming that it was in the hands of Faith to change the lives of others and the economy of the country, Ferreira Sr. said that Network Marketing was not only about selling products, but also about building a network and army like “this one”, pointing at the 20,000 attendees. “When you have an army, you have an asset that will give you residual income,” he added.

To refute the controversial topic of QNet being against the principles of religion, and especially Islam, the organizers displayed a video showing Sheikh Ali AbdelBaqi, the Manager of the Islamic Studies Advisory Department, and Priest Dr. Sameh Hanna. Both confirmed that the services offered by QNet are not taboo, as long as they go according to the Sharia and the laws and rules of the country.

A lot of effort has also been put into clarifying the economic side and benefit of QNet, underlining that it does not ruin the economy, but rather invests in Egyptians by providing teamwork and social skills, which should lead to a better, service-focused economy in the future. Additionally, QNet does not apparently lead to saturation of people and products, since people do not leave their jobs for Network Marketing and the marketed, imported products do not replace Egyptian manufactured goods.

In the concluding speech, Malaysian expert Pathman Senathirajah boost the confidence of the attendees one more time by stating: “My passport is Malaysian, but my heart is Egyptian, because you built this network, this family and you made it possible despite the great challenges in your country. When people in other countries tell me that it is difficult to build up a business, I tell them: Go to Egypt and learn from the Egyptians.” He was also confident that Faith Egypt would be the number one QNet team in 2012, if they worked as hard as they did till now.

Amr Diab paid a great deal of respect to the “QNet-ers” during his concert, and actor Dr. Ezzat Abo Ouf said: “You should be proud of yourselves, since you are raising Egypt’s name high. You are the hope and future of this country and seeing you makes me optimistic and sure that Egypt will be better. Whole Egypt should stand by your side.”

QNet was established in Egypt in 2009 by Khaled Obbeya, Mohamed Abdallah elGendy, and Mohamed Magdy Allam, 11 years after the original business started in Asia.

Today, QNet is present in over 160 countries with over 8 million employees and over 20 types of services.

Other speakers during the event:
- Ashley Williams – QNet Product Trainer
- Noha Salem and Mohamed Tarek
- Mai Abdel Moneim
- Mahmoud Ghanem
- Khaled Obbeya
- Mohamed Abdallah ElGendy
- Mohamed Magdy Allam

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jitu moni 4 days ago

Money Circulation Schemes, Direct Marketing, Multi-Level Marketing Schemes, Network Marketing

Money Circulation Schemes are being promoted in the name of Direct marketing (DM), Multi-Level Marketing schemes (MLM), Network marketing (NWM), Referral Marketing, Introduction Marketing, Chain Marketing etc.

These schemes are nothing but camouflaged Money Circulation Schemes. In the front end the promoters display products and services at the back end it is nothing but Money Circulation Schemes banned under the provisions of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978.

To divert the attention of the public as well as the Law Enforcement Agencies and to cover up their illegal activity of Money Circulation Schemes they display products and services.

Product is only a bait but end result is Money Circulation Scheme

Money Circulation Scheme means any scheme by whatever name called where in the person has to enroll into the scheme through a already enrolled member by subscribing to the scheme by paying initial kit / member ship amount and purchasing goods and services, where in by this the introducer of the enrolled member will get benefits (easy money) and the company which promotes the scheme earns quick money. The enrolled member again has to enroll further members to get his amount back and also the benefits. By this the promoter of the company by just promoting the scheme gets benefits and the person who enrolls at the initial of the scheme reaps the benefits.

By enrollment into such scheme one would be getting back the initial paid investment and keep gaining financially by enrolling new members. So also, the second set of enrollers keep multiplying and gain financially, fascinating every onlooker to get engrossed into such dubious money circulation schemes. Such a system of chain to work endlessly to provide profit to everyone concerned would ultimately breakdown at some stage, resulting the financial benefit to some who joined the scheme at initial stages (they will be none than the promoters of the scheme), resulting in big financial loss to those who joined at a later stage. When a person fails to get his required clients or non-viability of the scheme but blame it as one’s personal failure. The gullible people are taken unaware when the real failure. The gullible people are taken unaware when the real picture of the money circulation schemes emerges. By the time the people realize that they were taken for a ride and cheated, it would be too late.

The promoters to promote their schemes through high profile campaign by using film stars, Government servants, Doctors, Engineers and well known personalities of the society in their meetings which are conducted in star hotels, Kalyanamandapams etc., with lot of fan fare. Public should refrain from attending such meetings.

Promoters of the scheme float their companies with attractive names like “Wonder World Co.” “Miracle Co” “Japan Life India” "Amway” “Gold Quest” “Ayerveda Life” “Herb Life” “Happy Life Co” “Magic Co.” “Nice Co.” “Mega Co.”, “eBIZ” etc.

They give attractive names to the enrolled members depending upon their enrollment like with attractive and stylish titles as “Silver member, Gold member, Diamond members, Platinum member, so on and so forth. They also call them as “Master Distributor, Super Distributor, Double Super Distributor etc,”, etc

They also use attractive slogans like “ Earn in rupees or dollars. Work from home ” “ Work four hours and earn Rs., 50,000 per month ” “ U R the boss of your business, so enroll immediately” “ Earn up to Rs.35,000/- + Monthly by just working 2 hours at home ” “ Do u want to earn extra by sitting at Home? The contact us ” “ Your pathway to Heaven ” “ Enroll with us for Healthy and Wealth life ” “ Do u want to lose your weight, then contact us ” etc.

These companies win over confidence of the members (victims) and maintain their image as charitable and benevolent, by offering donations to charitable, social and service oriented institutions by attracting publications, photographs of VVIP’s donating cheques. Likewise, they boost their image in a corporate style and try to gain mileage.

A single company will launch many sister companies to fool public as if to show that they are big group of companies. A single company renamed many a time attracts people of different places, takes its chameleon stride through colorful gifts, brochures, under case of cheating. Likewise, all innovative methods are put action to successfully grow them well and make money for themselves causing irreparable financial loss to the general public and society.

These companies results in exploitation of personal influence of each and every distributor or his close relative. If a Superior officer or his ward involved in MLM, the subordinates are forced to become members in the chain. Likewise if a close friend comes with a scheme, one finds it difficult to say “No” and if all the above get cheated also but they refrain from complaining to Police only to save their relationship/friendship.
If your close relative, friend, neighbor or your superior or colleague approaches you with a product / service which involves enrollment and further enrollment of members and meetings at high profile places / kitty parties then it is nothing but Money Circulation Scheme banned under the provisions of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978.
The appeal to the public to not to enroll themselves into Multi Level Marketing Companies, Money Circulation Schemes, Network Marketing Companies and other such companies and such schemes and get cheated.
MLM schemes destroy the well knitted social fabric of our Indian society and make your house as well as your neighborhood a market.
It is an appeal seeking your co-operation with the Investigating Agencies to curb such menace and nip it in the bud before it engulfs the gullible Public.

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jitu moni 1 week ago

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
30-April-2013 17:52 IST

Curb on Fraudulent Mlm Companies

Multi Level Marketing (MLM) Schemes involving enrollment of a vertical chain of investors/agents constitute “Money Circulation” and are banned under the Prize Chits & Money Circulation (Schemes)Banning Act, 1978 which is implemented by the States. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister of Corporate Affairs, said that in order to facilitate effective control of MLM, a Group of Officers from Ministries of Finance, Corporate Affairs & Consumer Affairs along with representatives of Reserve Bank of India, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) have prepared Model Rules called Money Circulation Scheme (Banning) Rules, to explicitly cover MLM under the said Act. Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Services) has sent the rules for notification to the States.

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jitu moni 1 week ago

QNet: EOW seizes documents from Vanmala's 'hidden' office

Moneylife Digital Team | 12/04/2014 06:13 PM |

After being named as accused in the Rs425 crore QNet scam, Vanmala shifted its office to undisclosed location. However, the EOW raided this secret hideout and seized important documents about the MLM operations of QNet

Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police has raided a little known or 'hidden' office of Vanamala Hotels, Travels & Tourism Services Pvt Ltd, an associate of QNet India. The EOW has seized documents and computers used by Vanmala related with its vacation holiday packages sold to customers of QNet in India, say sources.

Vanamala had its office at Trade Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). However, the tourism services provider shifted its office to an unknown location when it was named as an accused in the first information report in the Rs425 crore QNet multi-level marketing (MLM) scam.

Vanmala shifted its office to Lower Parel from BKC. However it kept the new address hidden even from its submissions in the court. Daryl Patrick Bisset, the chief executive of Vanmala has been found avoiding EOW and not forthcoming since past few months, the sources added.

During the investigation into the QNet scam, it was revealed that majority of the victims across the country were sold the "Holiday & Vacation Packages" from Vanmala.

In February 2014, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India, registered a case in the Rs425 crore QNet scam for money laundering.

The ED has named QNet Ltd from Hong Kong, its official franchisee Vihaan Direct Selling Pvt Ltd, Vijay Eswaran, the founder of QI group and three other independent representatives (IRs) of QNet from Mumbai.

In a media statement, QNET called the money-laundering probe by ED against it as 'allegations that are preposterous and completely baseless'.

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