Indian call centers a source of imposter frauds: US

Indian call centers continue to be the source of various frauds, the US government told lawmakers today and said American officials were training Indian law enforcement agencies to act against the fraudsters.

Indian call centers continue to be the source of various frauds, the US government told lawmakers today and said American officials were training Indian law enforcement agencies to act against the fraudsters.

Lois C Greisman, Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, at US Federal Trade Commission in her testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee said certain types of scams are more likely to impact older Americans, such as prize promotion and lottery schemes and imposter schemes purporting to provide technical support to “fix” non-existent computer problems.

Listing out various areas of concerns, Greisman listed fraud calls originating from India as one of them.

“Another area of international concern involves Indian call centers, which like their Jamaican counterparts, continue to be the source of various imposter frauds that have reached consumers throughout the English-speaking world,” she said.

“In addition to our enforcement cases, the FTC has organised three stakeholder meetings, including two in India, to develop a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to this threat,” she said.

The most recent event, held this May in Washington DC, included representatives from several major technology companies, the US, Canadian and UK law enforcement, the Indian call center industry group and Indian government officials, Greisman said.

“One result of this collaboration is a four-city law enforcement training in India this summer, in which the FTC is participating, aimed at developing Indian law enforcement’s capacity to arrest and prosecute the India-based individuals who perpetrate these frauds,” she said.

The FTC will also continue to develop cross-border initiatives with our sister enforcement agencies in Canada and the United Kingdom, Greisman told lawmakers.

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said criminals have found deceptive ways to “set the hook” on a particular victim and then return for more.

One study found that seniors who had been scammed out of just USD 20 ended up losing an additional USD 2,000 to other scams over the next five years.

“But the most devastating impact of these crimes goes beyond seniors’ bank accounts. Victims of financial exploitation can experience loss of independence, deteriorated health and psychological distress—all of which diminish the quality of life,” Grassley said.

“In my home state of Iowa, we’re hearing more and more about sweetheart scams, where fraudsters cultivate a romantic relationship with a lonely elder—typically online—and then convince the senior to part with his or her hard earned money,” he said.

These are the most common types of scams we see on a regular basis. The main target is elders. Your telephone is not your friend and unfortunately it is one of the most abused communications portal in today’s market. The IRS scams now seem to be originating in India as well. These phone scammers are trained in the typical boiler room techniques which include strong persuasion tactics. They will attack you with very strong persuasive language and also play on your emotions. Elders are more prone to docile behavior and thus are manipulated fairly easily. The Advocacy Network membership is especially beneficial for elders. We are trained in areas of elder care. Our work is proactive and we can not only uncover these scammers, our role as an advocate allows us to represent your best interests with these types of callers. They simply do not screw with us. If you want to be fully inoculated and insulated against these and other types of scams, fraud and predatory sales tactics put us to work today bu becoming a member.

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Inside Corner

As you know we provide complimentary video blogs and information through our Smart Decisions about Money series. While this is created to help protect people from Financial Victimization, the only way to be fully inoculated and against scams, fraud and predatory sales tactics is to become a member. I thought it would be prudent to provide an insider video blog to help you get an idea of exactly what we provide members.

For the record, members enjoy the benefit of the following: educational webinars and workshops, insider research which is compiled by our staff from 100’s of industry journals, periodicals and newsletters. It would cost you several thousand dollars per year to subscribe to these newsletters not to mention the time spent to do the research. The most consistent benefit of membership is our digital educational platform which is timely and provides you with the most prevalent information needed to become fully aware of the inside tricks and tactics used by sales amateurs and conmen to victimize you or your loved ones. We also provide our members with the necessary financial behaviors that expose you to victimization. As we painfully describe the true perpetrator of any financial victimization is the victim.

Here is a sample of a recent inside corner video blog:

 

 

Basic Training for Scams

Below I provide some of the common information which is available in today’s communication of scams. Of course none of this information can protect you from being victimized as it is strictly informational. Let’s be fully honest, information is helpful yet it is the most basic level of communication. While its good to have basic awareness you need to have understanding combined with awareness in order to be fully inoculated and insulated against financial victimization 

Ponzi Scheme

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), “A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk.” The Ponzi scheme is a classic scam and incorporates components of other scams as well. The investment proceeds in this classic scam are simply the new investors monies doled out to existing clients. Without fail, the initiator of the Ponzi scheme siphons money off to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

Affinity Fraud

The affinity fraud targets a particular group with its ploy, frequently in conjunction with a Ponzi scheme. This scam is effective because we tend to trust other members of our “tribe.” The cohort group might share the same religion, cultural background, or geographic region. This affinity targeting makes gaining new participants in the scam easier because there is a built in level of trust. To further con the participants, the scammer might belong to the group or pretend to be a member.

The following affinity scam-Ponzi scheme targeted Persian-Jewish community members in Los Angeles. Shervin Neman raised more than $7.5 million for investment in his so called hedge fund. He promised that the fund invested in foreclosed real estate which would be quickly bought and then resold for a profit. In reality, Neman used the money raised to fund his extravagant lifestyle and pay off new investors.

Misrepresentation Scam

Misrepresentation of credentials is another way financial advisors scam the unsuspecting public. The field of financial planning is ripe for malfeasance because there is not one particular credential or licensing requirement to practice. In fact, there are dozens of financial planning designations such as certified financial planner (CFP), registered investment advisor (RIA), certified public accountant (CPA), chartered financial analyst (CFA) and many more. The public may not be aware of the designations, ethics, or requirements for a certification and thus may be receiving advice from someone with no education, experience, or background in the investment advising field. It’s quite easy for someone to hang up a shingle and start doling out advice. The scammer can then close up shop and walk away with the proceeds or swindle the unsuspecting clients with fake products.

Unrealistic Returns

Promising or even guaranteeing higher than market returns for your investment is a common trick. The popular axiom, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t” is usually accurate. It is unlikely that an advisor can offer a client returns that are unavailable to the rest of the world. This scam preys upon the clients’ greed and dreams of easy money. If an advisor offers or guarantees returns higher than 12-15%, it is likely a scam. For example, over the last 85 years the U.S. stock market has averaged approximately 9.5%. This return is not a “safe” return, but quite volatile meaning there were many negative return years over the decades.

In 2012, owners of a Dallas voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offered Christian investors, affiliated with a private school, returns as high as 1,000% per year to invest in their company, Usee, Inc. As one would expect, they have been prosecuted by the SEC.

Churning

Many stock brokers have been charged with the “churning” scam. Since traditional stock brokers are paid when their clients buy or sell a security, they can be motivated to make unnecessary stock trades to pad their own pockets. The churning scam involves the financial advisor making frequent buy and sell trades, which not only costs the customer in commissions, but usually results in sub optimal investment returns.

There are many other investment scams as well as additional varieties of the schemes mentioned above. Next, find out how to avoid falling prey to a shady investment advisor.

The above information is excellent starting point as is always being committed to the process known as due diligence. The advantage of being a member of the Advocacy Network is our ability to provide you with totally non-biased, fully objective due diligence. The time issue alone makes membership the most effective cost basis for professional due diligence. We will fully inoculate and insulate you against scams, fraud and predatory sales tactics and also save you time and money in the process. Become a member today!

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Anatomy of the Scam

When people think of scams they usually jump to the thought of illegality. Yet the truth is that the vast amount of scams are perfectly legal. The real anatomy is the manipulation that twists an exchange of cash for zero value.

One of the largest financial loss arenas is the information industry. This type of scam has been around almost from the beginning of time. There have been many ideations of this basic premise but in the end they are all based upon the one same psychological trigger which is greed. The lead with all information scams is the concept of “get rich quick.” The pursuit of money is a basic human instinct and therefore it is easily manipulated. Who doesn’t want to get something for nothing? It’s in everyone’s DNA.

The factual evidence that has been proven again and again, over and over is that getting rich quick is a fairy tale. There is no proven evidence that any process or method to get rich quick exists. In fact the reality is the direct opposite because more money has been lost in the pursuit of this fairy tale then gained. The only person who gets rich in this pyramid is the person at the top who has sold all those on the dream of non-existent riches.

The major contributor to this cottage scam industry has been the explosion of the internet which has made the opportunity to reach the masses exponentially easier. You greatest risk to financial victimization is unfortunately your email account.

If you are a sales professional then your greatest threat is the “magic silver bullet” of marketing processes that will allow you to stop prospecting and have business drop into your lap. Simply another form of information based scams.

As I previously mentioned my work through the Advocacy Network requires a constant research process which we share with our members. You would not believe how many emails I receive on a daily basis all due to the efforts to expose and vet the existing industries that are manipulating the public into financial victimization.

Below is an actual email I receive which has multiple affiliates who send the identical email for the providers of the information. The affiliates get commissions for driving sales to the providers. When the providers attract 1000’s of affiliates who are given say 10% of the sale, well you do the math. PS the affiliates are also financial victims, but have yet to figure that out. I have highlighted with strike-through the manipulative triggers that are being used to attract you into the scam.

 

Hi Karl,    (personalization is trust initiation attempt)
How can you call the Law of Attraction a “law” at all… if
it only seems to work for a lucky few?

Ask most LOA “experts” and they’ll instantly change the subject…
Yet in this all-new video, Joe ——– tackles the question
head-on…

So if you’ve ever gotten *excited* about The Secret… but
suspected there was still something they just weren’t telling you…

… then you need to watch this now — because Joe has a
confession to make… and people who have seen it are already

saying it’s the “missing link” to FINALLY making this hidden “law”
work for everyone who tries it.

P.S. Here’s the link again — don’t put this off, because watching
this now could change the direction your day… your week…
or even your entire life is going (in just 3 simple steps)

This email contains every psychological trigger for the scam manipulation. It starts with hope, of course you want to believe there could be a law that you are somehow unaware of or not using for your get rich quick lifestyle.

It then moves you to an authoritative expert, of course you need to believe this expert above all others because he knows something the others don’t or do but won’t tell you.

The second step is fear of loss which is used several times. It finishes with “don’t put this off because”

The link which I have taken off is the greed button trigger. Remember as we have always premised is once your greed button is initiated you are going to become a financial victim, there is no turning back once you buy in.

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Why is Financial Victimization such a major Threat?

With all the white noise about finances and the economy you are bombarded with information. Much of this is sadly mis-information and it is promoted through radio show talk hosts, financial media such as popular magazines and periodicals. The authors of this material have ulterior motives in their work product. Many are misdirecting the public for their own financial gain through pump and dump activities in the stock market, others are motivated by advertising payouts. Many times the advertisers are the promoters.

The risk of financial victimization is the most pressing risk facing each and every American today. And yet it is never discussed or written about. It is not by coincidence that this pressing risk is basically kept secret. First if the public were totally aware of the fiscal policy within the government and the role of the Federal reserve in such matters there would be panic and that of course would create a collapse of the entire brittle system. Therefore the best solution to keeping people unaware is to make sure they are basically financially illiterate. Does anyone really think it would be difficult to teach financial literacy to elementary students? Would teaching youngsters the truth about credit and budgeting help the government in their perpetuation of a ponzi scheme?

Sadly we all know the answers to these questions. Our society is financially illiterate by design not by accident or coincidence. Kindly understand that the key precipitation factor in financial victimization is financial illiteracy. Do you feel like a victim of the banks or like a depositor? Its not for me to judge or determine, yet from a strictly financial literacy perspective  depositing money into a CD and locking it up for 3-5 yrs in order to get a taxable 1.5% return is basically financially illiterate. Of course it works out real well for the bank as for every $1 they get from a depositor they can create 10x leverage with. So your $1 allows the bank to create $10 in loans which pay them a 5-10% return. Do the math and consider it strictly from a financial perspective, who is the victim in this relationship?

You and your family deserve better and you can have better. We all possess the power and initiative to change this system and make it great for all the participants of society. Your decisions with money can be dramatically altered through education and information. The key is to get the most accurate information in order to make the most well educated decisions.

There is much more to expose though the value of Financial Literacy and we at the Advocacy Network are committed to educating not only our members but the public at large in the lessons of Financial Literacy. We believe that this commitment can make the biggest difference in the survival of our society and the fiscal growth of the economy. An educated population who understands the principles of finances will create an economic recovery unlike anything in our great American history.

So whether you become a member or not, kindly register for a complimentary Financial Literacy workshop. This will give you the distinct advantage over all of your competition at work, or professional activities. Kindly remember that the vast majority of our society suffers from financial illiteracy and I mean that in the best possible way.

Let’s grow together and make a difference today!

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Welcome New Financial Concierge!

I would like to welcome Joe DeRenzis of JD Financial Solutions & Insurance Group, Inc. Joe is the new Financial Concierge for Sarasota County in sunny Florida. Joe comes to us with 16 years experience in the Financial Services industry. His long record of success includes both building client base as well as recruiting and managing a large national sales force. Joe has agreed to take on the additional role of National recruiting Director for the Advocacy Network’s expansion of the Financial Concierge platform. The Financial Concierge is a vital participant in our growth and expansion. The members of the Advocacy Network have the ability to maintain a close relationship with a Financial Concierge who always has the best interest of the member in all financial decisions. This relationship uniquely positions the Advocacy Network as an advocate for all our members. The mission is fully inoculate and insulate the public against all forms of financial victimization. This is the most pressing financial risk faced by Americans today and for the most part it is a silent risk as there is no discussion or public debate on this matter. This is why the Advocacy Network was established, we are the voice for our members and we will be the guardians who ensure our members are never victims of scams, fraud or predatory sales tactics. As our motto says: YOUR Best Interest Is OUR Only Concern.

Welcome Joe, we appreciate your passion and commitment to protecting your prospects and clients from the vicious exposure of financial victimization. Our work together will help protect the public from this silent economic threat.

You can reach Joe at 863-381-7633 or email him at jdfinancial@embarqmail.com

Take a Look Back in Time

The following is content produced by Harry Dent in 2008. Interesting to look back and see how the forward looking content matched up with history. In order to make smart decisions about money we all need to maintain a propensity to be open minded, life long learner and compare history in order to have the full picture. Its called research and due diligence. The ability to develop accurate thinking is a massively valuable asset. The best part of this is it is available for all and anyone can accommodate these skills into their daily lives. Here is what Dent had to say about the predictable economic cycles:

Predictable Seasons of the Economy

The baby boom generation, like the Henry Ford generation 80 years ago, is comprised of innovators, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Now that it has reached its peak spending years, we are profiting from an economic boom that will continue through most of the first decade of the new century ¾ what I’ve dubbed “The Roaring 2000s.”

The first season, Inflation and Innovation occurred roughly between 1968 and 1982. During this period, baby boomers entered the labor force and introduced revolutionary changes in technology, products, and business practices. These costly innovations were financed by scarce capital, which drove inflation rates to their highest levels in history.

The season that follows Inflation and Innovation is the Growth Boom, which divides into two distinct phases. The first phase of the Growth Boom occurred from 1982 through 1998. During this time, most baby boomers were buying their first homes to accommodate growing families. Debt levels and consumer spending rose while inflation rates fell. Many of the innovative products and technologies introduced in the previous period moved mainstream and the economy boomed.

The second phase of the Growth Boom we’re now in will continue until late 2008 or early 2009. What we have seen since 1998, when this second phase began, are predictable traits of a booming economy. The introduction of radical new business models has accelerated the movement of new technology into the mainstream, productivity is very strong, inflation has settled into low, flat rates, and consumer debt levels have begun to fall.

The next season is a Deflationary Shakeout or depression era, which will begin after 2009. In the last 80-year cycle, this occurred from 1930 to 1942. During the Deflationary Shakeout, we see a disinvestment of production facilities and labor that were built up in the race for leadership during the Growth Boom. It is the worst time for employees and most investors, but the financially savvy can do very well.

The next season, the Maturity Boom, divides into two distinct phases. During phase one of the Maturity Boom, which will begin around 2023, the conformist generation that follows the baby boomers will enter their spending cycle. In the last 80-year cycle, phase one of the Maturity Boom occurred from 1942 to 1958. This season stimulates the economy and sees stable growth by the companies who survived the shakeout. The innovative industries of the previous generation extend into full mass-market saturation.

In phase two of the Maturity Boom, which will begin in the late 2030’s and last until the late 2040’s, the conformist generation will still be spending at or near their peak. A new generation of innovators will also begin to enter the labor force, leading us directly into the next season of Inflation and Innovation. The cycle is complete, and begins again.

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The Secret Meeting that Changed the World Pt 3

 

 

 

How prepared are you for the economic destruction that could rip through every town, city, and state in the U.S.? And how prepared would you be if one morning you wake up to discover that the dollars in your wallet are close to worthless?

Most Americans are painfully unprepared.

Fortunately, you have a unique opportunity to avert the worst of the financial carnage. In fact, We’ve identified some little-known ways that you can use to protect and even grow your wealth during what promises to be the most devastating event in American economic history. The Advocacy Network through our Startegy Advisory strategic alliances have developed strategic relationships that will help our members identify and make smart decisions about money during these rapidly changing times. It all starts over a century ago at a small island off the coast of Georgia    The Secret Meeting That Changed the World

Those countries that adapt well to the changing economic environment and embrace new developments are most likely to boost high productivity.” According to think-tank The Conference Board of Canada.

The socio-political global climate is more connected than ever before and the US and North American investor and consumer has less knowledge of this than ever before. This unfortunately is a definitive formula for failure.

The Advocacy Network is committed to inoculating and insulating our members from scams, fraud and predatory sales tactics. While encasing our members in a preventative and protective shield we additionally seek to bring the most transparent and effective strategies to protect and grow your money. We burn the midnight oil doing the research most refuse to do.

This work is relentless in nature and 100% counter-intuitive, we pride ourselves in being ahead of the curve and focused on those economic aspects most would like to ignore and conveniently forget. You need an advocate in your corner now more than ever and the Advocacy Network is the right solution at the right time.

Call us today:

Karl Schilling 321-250-1445 O   321-947-3220 C  advocacybz@gmail.com

 

America has long enjoyed the blessing of being the richest nation on the planet, and yet we are also one of the most financially illiterate nation’s in the world. It is imperative that the public understand the simple basics of our fractionalized banking system. The history of how it all started and how the government is tied to the system. The reason this is important is directly proportionate to the public’s ability to make consistently smart decisions about money. The weakest link in our ability to be successful financially is the proper information along with quality experience in monetary issues. This is the power of Advocacy, our commitment is simple: “YOUR Best Interest Is OUR Only Concern.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret Meeting that Changed the World Pt 2

Enter China…

China holds more U.S. government debt than any other country in the world. They currently hold more than one trillion U.S. dollars.

Beginning in 2007, China began to get worried.

What if the U.S. collapsed? What if dollars suddenly became worthless? Could they really afford to hold onto $1 trillion forever? If China was worried in 2007, they were downright panicky in late 2008, as it seemed a total financial collapse was imminent in America.

China held massive amounts of U.S. dollars, but they couldn’t sell them without causing a huge drop in the dollar’s value. What’s more, China still needed dollars to buy oil.

Yet, China understood it was extremely risky to continue buying and holding dollars, so they began to diversify by buying up massive amounts of gold and other precious metals. China bought 490 tons of gold in 2011—twice the amount they bought in 2010.

And their gold-buying binge doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. In the first six months of 2012, they’ve already bought 383 tons of gold. At that pace, they’d acquire 766 tons of gold by the end of this year. (In July 2015 China reported they owned 1658 Metric tons of Gold, most world Banks believe this to be well under-reported of China’s true holdings).

More importantly, China is following in Iraq’s footsteps. Just as Iraq had planned to trade oil in euros, China began to explore the idea of bypassing the dollar by trading oil directly with oil-producing countries.

You see, while the U.S. was willing to attack a small country like Iraq, I don’t see any way that the U.S. would attack a country as large and powerful as China, especially when you consider that China produces most of the consumer products purchased in the U.S.

By trading directly with oil-producing countries, China would then be able to off-load dollars before they became worthless—and still have access to as much oil as they want.

The U.S. Dollar Has Officially Been Dethroned

Let’s be clear: China’s plans are no longer just plans. (In Oct 2015 China was officially added to the basket of reserve currencies, thus they have made a great initial stride in their strategy to replace America and become the world’s reserve currency).

They are now reality. As of September 2012, China and Russia reached an agreement and formally announced that they would begin trading oil directly. Russia will provide oil to China, and China will pay for the oil—not with U.S. dollars—but with yuan.

While this announcement has not been widely publicized, it spells the end of the petrodollar. In other words, the U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency in name only.

Now that China and Russia have abandoned the petrodollar, other countries like Iran, India, Argentina, and Brazil are expected to soon follow China’s lead.

And there is nothing the United States can do to stop it!

But it gets worse…

QE3—to Infinity and Beyond!

As oil-producing nations dump the U.S. dollar in favor of other currencies, demand for dollars will likely plummet. No longer will nations need billions of dollars on hand to buy oil.

And yet at a time when demand for dollars is already drying up, the Federal Reserve is printing more money than ever before!

You see, back in early 2009, in the depths of the financial crisis, they told us that the first round of quantitative easing (QE) would solve all the problems. But it didn’t.

Then came QE2 in late 2010. We were told billions more were needed to stimulate the economy. Obviously, QE2 was not effective either.

QE3 finally arrived in September 2012. But this “final” round of quantitative easing is very different from its predecessors. That’s because QE3 authorizes the Fed to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every month until the economy gets better.

This means that QE3 will never end. (If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail and fail unlimitedly again!)

As QE3 pumps billions of dollars into the U.S. economy each month, we will see inflation begin to take hold. I already see the price of gas and food increasing. This will get worse with each month that passes.

So Let’s Put This All Together…

  • China could be getting ready to dump their U.S. dollars. Their new trade agreement with Russia practically guarantees that other oil-producing countries will soon be dumping dollars, too.
  • At the same time, the Fed is creating new money at an astonishing rate. This money is already causing inflation.
  • Demand for U.S. dollars is going down.
  • The supply of U.S. dollars is going up.

This can only lead to one possible outcome…

HYPERINFLATION!

Mention the word “hyperinflation” and most Americans scoff.

Hyperinflation is something that only happens in places like Weimar, Germany or Zimbabwe—but not the United States!

We hate to burst your bubble, but hyperinflation is nearly inevitable at this point. We’ve crossed the Rubicon and there’s no going back. Just look at the price of corn and wheat—they’ve skyrocketed a whopping 18.5% and 39.5% respectively since the beginning of 2012 alone!

And hyperinflation couldn’t come at a worse time.

Real incomes in the U.S. are declining. The average American family makes less money today than they did a year ago. (This has continually dropped in each of the last 4 yrs., what is the common denominator in that equation?)

What’s more, the official U6 unemployment rate (which includes people who have given up looking for work and people who want full-time jobs but who are stuck with only part-time jobs) has held steady for months at about 15%.

The unofficial shadow statistic unemployment rate (which includes the long-term unemployed) sits at 22%! (These are stats the government would rather not discuss)

A dollar that has been dethroned…falling incomes…persistent unemployment rates… and rising prices of necessities like gas and food…these are all the ingredients necessary for…

Economic Armageddon!

Make no mistake. The Ponzi scheme called America is about to reach critical mass. The fuse has been lit. And there isn’t much time left.

When the Ponzi scheme finally explodes, the economic carnage that follows could happen almost instantly.

There are many who believe it will happen far faster than the fall of Rome.

And it will be much, much bigger than the banking collapse of Iceland in 2008.

And while America’s collapse may not happen in one literal hour, it will happen so fast that most people will have no time to react.

Already we’re seeing major cracks in America’s economic foundation.

In a single day, on October 31, 2011, the commodities brokerage firm MF Global collapsed, wiping out $1.6 billion in customer money.

MF Global’s case was unprecedented. The company literally stole money straight from customers’ accounts. (The CEO of this company was President Obama’s Jobs Czar and he still isn’t under indictment or in jail for this theft)

In many ways, MF Global represents the rotten underpinnings of the American financial system. When the Ponzi scheme finally gives way, it will collapse as quickly as MF Global did. One day, it existed—and the next day, it was gone.

“I Have Unwittingly Ruined My Country.” (all current politicians on both sides of the aisle)

It is truly remarkable that the Federal Reserve has been able to continue running its Ponzi scheme for as long as it has.

While most people have been oblivious, many people throughout history have seen the Fed for what it is—including the President that authorized its creation.

After Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law in 1913, he later lamented, “I have unwittingly ruined my country.”

He was right. Now, we have reached critical mass in the Ponzi scheme

How prepared are you for the economic destruction that could rip through every town, city, and state in the U.S.? And how prepared would you be if one morning you wake up to discover that the dollars in your wallet are close to worthless?

Most Americans are painfully unprepared.

As with all economic disruption based events there is a silver lining for those who counter-intuitively seek out the proper strategies to survive and profit from any fiscal disaster. In Pt 3 we will discuss this possibility.

The Secret Meeting That Changed the World / pt 1

In the year 1910, a small group of the world’s most powerful men traveled to New Jersey and boarded a train.

Secrecy was of utmost importance. Nobody knew about their plans. Even their families were given false stories so they would not know where these men were going.

After boarding the train, the men traveled hundreds of miles south to Georgia, and eventually made their way to Jekyll Island for a secret meeting.

The only people present on the island were these few men plus a handful of servants. Each man was sworn to secrecy.

The men did not want even the servants to know their identities, so while they were on the island, they were permitted to call each other by their first names only. The use of last names was strictly prohibited.

Why so much secrecy?

It’s because these men had arrived at Jekyll Island to discuss the creation of a central bank that would have the authority to create money and loan it out at interest to the American people. Previous attempts to create a central bank had been unsuccessful. But this time, fate was on their side.

The secretive Jekyll Island meeting ultimately led to the creation of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve Act was passed three years later on December 23, 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law.

The Federal Reserve Act not only established the Federal Reserve—an organization owned by a group of private banks—it also gave them the authority to create money and loan it to the United States government. Before the creation of the Fed, the U.S. government created its own money and did not have to pay interest on the money it created.

After the Fed was created, the U.S. no longer created its own money. Rather, they relied on the Fed to do it for them. Not only that, the U.S. was bound to pay interest on ALL the money the Fed created.

And Thus Began the Biggest Ponzi Scheme Recorded in History!

When the Fed loans money to the U.S. government, it expects to be repaid with interest.

 

To illustrate how this works, let us assume that there is no money in circulation and that this is the very first day the Fed will create money for the U.S.

Let us say that the government needs $1 million. They ask the Fed for $1 million, and the Fed prints it into existence. The Fed then explains that the $1 million must be repaid with interest.

Except there is a problem…

If the Fed creates $1 million and loans it to the U.S. government, how exactly can the money be repaid with interest? After all, there is only $1 million total in circulation. The best the government can do is return the money, dollar for dollar.

But the Fed demands interest. And so they create more dollars and loan those to the U.S. government as well to enable the repayment of the initial loan with interest.

Basically, the U.S. government is paying back old debt with new debt!

At first, this process works slowly. The total amount of money in circulation grows. And the debt grows at the same time. The debt always exceeds the amount of money in circulation because that is how the system works.

Obviously, it doesn’t take long before this process picks up momentum. More money is created faster and faster. The U.S. debt grows bigger and bigger. And at a certain point, the whole scheme can no longer be maintained.

We are now at that point.

Since 1913, America Has Been Built on a Ponzi scheme!          Ponzi 1

In case you don’t know, the term “Ponzi scheme” is named after Charles Ponzi, one of the greatest con artists and swindlers in American history.

Nearly every Ponzi scheme promises unusually large returns in a short amount of time. These profits are often “guaranteed.”

But no profits are ever generated in a Ponzi scheme.

Early investors are simply paid with the money from later investors. When there are no new investors, the scheme collapses and all the late investors lose everything.

The relationship between the Fed and the U.S. government mirrors that of a Ponzi scheme. Early debt is paid back with new debt—until the debt grows to an unmanageable size and the whole thing collapses.

But understanding the Federal Reserve Ponzi scheme is just the tip of the iceberg

The Nixon Shock…

In 1944, the U.S. dollar became the world’s reserve currency with the creation of the Bretton Woods System. The dollar would be backed by gold, and all other countries would maintain a specific exchange rate by tying their currencies to the dollar.

The Bretton Woods System lasted until Richard Nixon abruptly closed the gold window in August of 1971. No advance warning was given to other countries, which is why this became known as the “Nixon Shock.”

Nixon’s actions effectively ended the Bretton Woods System, which meant the dollar was now a pure fiat currency with nothing of value to back it. It also meant that other countries could no longer exchange their dollars for gold.

This could have destroyed the dollar if not for the efforts of Henry Kissinger, who negotiated a deal with the House of Saud to sell oil in only U.S. dollars.

Other oil-producing countries soon followed Saudi Arabia’s lead, and thus began the era of the “petrodollar.” The new petrodollar was not backed by gold, but it was backed by oil—a valuable resource that every country on planet Earth needs.

Naturally, demand for dollars was restored as other countries began to hoard dollars in order to buy oil. The new oil-backed dollar has lasted a long time—from 1973 all the way up to this year.

But something happened in September of 2012 that practically guarantees the dollar is finished.

Currency War Games

Most Americans don’t have a clue about what I’m about to tell you. But it’s 100% true, and it could have a huge impact on you in the very near future.

Back in the early 2000s, Saddam Hussein began to talk about bypassing the U.S. dollar and trading oil in euros. The U.S. knew this could be catastrophic for the dollar as it would signal the end of the petrodollar. Thus, the 2003 invasion of Iraq terminated any plans Hussein would have and delayed the dollar’s fate for another nine years.