The unequivocal response from one of our Eclub advisors to a question one of our readers just sent us about a potential scam (advertised in USA Today) made me send this message out to you immediately – even before Gary checked it!
Sent: 04 June 2001 14:22
USA Today has been running an ad on becoming a member of the Asset
Protection Group, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For $9,800 you
become a "Consultant", able to set up Nevada or Bahamas corporation
(IBC). You collect $2,000 for Nevada corp and $4,9000 for a Bahamas
corp. You remit $500 for Nevada , and $1,500 for a Banaha corp for APC
doing the paperwork. The remainder is your Commission. The idea is to
get a nationwide group of privacy and asset protection Consultants all
funnelling their business inti Las Vegas. You receive$100 back for each
Nevada corporation and $250 for each Bahamas corporation until your
original $9,800 has been repayed. The telephone number is
1-800-971-1088 for the Marketing Department.
Suunds too good to be true--thus it probably is!
From: Leslie A. Share [mailto:LAS@PNRLAW.COM]
Sent: 04 June 2001 14:35
Subject: RE: E-Club Advisors: FW: Scam?
Jo--not only does it sound like a scam, but you could be sued left and
right if anything went wrong with the entities to be formed.
Leslie A. Share, Esq.
Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg
From our Eclub advisor, Steve Rosberg comes this additional comment:
Thank you for this interesting question. Yes, it sounds too good to be true and
Note the following:
- you can buy Bahamian companies for substantially less than 4,900, and so can
your prospective clients. But now, with new Bahamian legislation, there is a
whole lot more disclosure that needs to be done, so those who think this type of
corporation suits their purposes will probably be looking elsewhere.
- Nevada copmanies are also easily obtained for less than you will be selling.
SO the "trick" is that you are selling into a "Consultancy Group" that sells
goods and services at grossly overvalued prices so as to remunerate the
arrangers and sellers.
In other words, just another MLM. It is probably legally compliant, but it
cannot grow indefinitely, so the last entrants, as in any ponzi, will be paying
for the benefits of all those who got in early.
This one may have a "sting" to it. It would be a good way for the IRS, or other
agencies, to get a list of all those acting on the impulse to go offshore.
Finally, before you set up any offshore companies, you would do well to take
specialised legal advice to see that you are not creating more problems than you
are trying to solve!