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NIGERIA – OVER 130,000 INVESTORS WORLDWIDE LOSE MONEY TO PRAETORIAN GROUP INTERNATIONAL (PGI) PONZI SCHEME

Picture of Ramil Ventura Palafox (left) and Mark Davis (right) both running the Ponzi bitcoin scheme at AI Trades (Photo taken from PGI Global official facebook page)

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NIGERIA - OVER 130,000 INVESTORS WORLDWIDE LOSE MONEY TO PRAETORIAN GROUP INTERNATIONAL (PGI) PONZI SCHEME

LONDON, [OUTSIDE US, CANADA OR AU], UNITED KINGDOM, May 26, 2021 — PGI Global, a cryptocurrency and MLM company with over 130,000 investors across 199 countries is likely to become the biggest Ponzi scam since Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars in 2009.

There have been numerous international reviews on PGI Global and its business practices but most of the reviews have been from people who have not invested in the scheme; this is the first time the world will hear from investors who are currently investors in PGI Ponzi scheme.

My name is Ken Uwotu, I am a PGI investor and the group leader of the telegram group ‘worldwide investors group’ (WIG), a group of over 1,350 PGI investors worldwide.

In the public interest we have decided to alert Interpol and national government agencies around the world to investigate PGI Global, a company most investors now strongly believe is a Ponzi scheme and we wish to warn unsuspecting and vulnerable investors not to fall prey to this ‘highly sophisticated’ bitcoin scam and PYRAMID Ponzi scheme.

PGI FOUNDERS ‘THE SHADY CHARACTERS’ – RAMIL VENTURA PALAFOX AND MARK DAVIS

Ramil Ventura Palafox (RV) worked for Trade Coin Club (TCC) between 2017 and 2018. He was the face of TCC in South East Asia. TCC affiliates invested in Bitcoin on the promise of an advertised daily ROI of up to 0.45% for a period of 12 months; TCC closed in June 2018 and disappeared with 167,000 BTC (current value today $62 billion) of investors’ money. Joff Paradise was the face of TCC and the owner of AI Trade however Joff was forced to step down as owner of AI Trade because he was being chased for the stolen investors’ funds at TCC. Joff Paradise made Ramil Ventura Palafox AI President. Ramil Ventura (RV) Palafox and Mark Davis worked together running AI Trades. Ramil Palafox as President and Mark Davis as Chief Communications Officer (CCO). Trade Coin Club and AI Trade are well-established Ponzi schemes and have been declared scams by legal authorities.

PGI Global’s most basic level of affiliate membership requires an investment of $100. The highest investment you can make is $500,000 and above – unlimited to join the Titanium Level. To ensure passive income from the company, it promises to give daily ROIs of between 0.5%-3% until a member’s package reaches a maximum 200 days or 200% of your investment, whichever comes first. There is no evidence shown to members of PGI Global trading in bitcoin and the company recently launched products. However, there has not been ordinary Investors known to have purchased these products, considering that members have not been paid since these products were launched. To be a member you must buy their affiliate memberships to become a part of the community.

The signs of a possible PGI exit strategy began to emerge on January 18th 2021 when RV claimed the company had problems with their third payment gateway partners, which has resulted in investors’ payments being held up in ‘the blockchain’.

In a monthly members’ meet up video recorded in March 2021, RV told investors that he has purchased Kala Wallet for $20 million and that Kala Wallet will be launched at the beginning of April 2021, RV stated this action would make the processing of payments much faster as PGI would now have its own blockchain and would the only company to have its own blockchain technology. The validity of a partnership arrangement with Kala was investigated and it was discovered that PGI is not listed as one of Kala Coins’ partners on its website and Kala have confirmed that PGI has not purchased Kala.

The impact of PGI’s action not to pay investors is immeasurable. I have spoken to investors who say they are now depressed, suicidal, have developed illnesses. Last week we received confirmed report of three PGI investors, a couple and nephew who drank poison and died in South Africa as a direct result of PGI Global’s action not to pay investors.

On 3rd May, PGI stated that they were launching PGI 2.0 and fraudulently changed the payment status on investors’ back-office records from ‘processing’ to ‘cash-out refunded’ but retained investors’ Bitcoin investment pay-outs in PGI’s bitcoin wallet.

PGI Global stopped paying investors on 15th of Feb 2021, PGI has now turned their attention to recruiting low income and the vulnerable people to join the scheme. From February 2020 to August 2020 at the height of COVID 19 pandemic, PGI global made $30,000,000 in revenue according to its official Facebook page. WIG has measured the impact of PGI’s action not to pay investors. In a recent survey, it showed about 80% of investors have investment packages ranging from $1000 – $10,000 and 87.1% of investors who took part in the survey have investments monies ranging from $88 – $10,000 showing that majority of PGI’s investors are low-income earners and vulnerable.

It is important to state the Bitcoin scam companies mentioned above mirrors PGI Global. A last-minute meeting on 23/05/2021 to get PGI to pay investors failed.

For further information, contact us at mailto:worldwideinvestorstelegram@gmail.com

FOUNDERS (CORPORATE)
Ramil Ventura Palafox – PGI founder/CEO
Mark Davis – Vice President, PGI Global and COO
Raquel Paulino – Co founder, Philippines
Rosario Austria, MD – Vice President, Health & Well being

PGI PRESIDENTS (MLM)
Helen L Graham- PGI Global President
Shofi Ullah- PGI President Europe
Bako Faysal – PGI President Asia
Benny Akiki Mwesigwa – PGI President Africa
Philip Ndungu – PGI President Latin America
Mingthoy Mendez – PGI President Latin America
Miguel Lopez – PGI President Latin America
Mielli Motsepe – PGI President South Africa
Harrison Omojafo – PGI President UK
Swimm Oma-Pharooq – PGI President UK
Julie Ladycoin – PGI President Nigeria
Shaida Kareem – PGI President Iraq
Dr Rose Okpara – PGI President North America

OTHER INDIVIDUALS OF INTEREST

Claire Wilkinson – Helen Graham’s Secretary
Denise Skeels – Ramil Ventura Palafox’s PA/Liaison Officer

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

PGI Trust pilot review
PGI Global Official Website

Ramil Palafox living life on the fast lane off in the United States

Nigeria – Why Crypto Is a Better Reserve Currency

Nigeria - Why Crypto Is a Better Reserve Currency

In early April 2021, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a circular warning Nigerian institutions to stop the practice of rejecting old or lower denomination USD notes. The CBN issued the warning after it became “inundated with complaints from members of the public on the rejection of such notes by banks and other authorized forex dealers.”

Rejection of Defaced or Stamped USD Notes
In the circular issued by Ahmed Umar, a director in the CBN’s Currency Operations Department, the central bank says it will sanction institutions that “refuse to accept old series/lower denominations U.S. dollar bills from their customers.”

Furthermore, the CBN warned against the same institutions to cease the practice of defacing/stamping USD notes as these “always fail authentication tests during processing or sorting.”

In the meantime, Nigeria is not the only inflation hit African country to face this predicament. In Zimbabwe, which has similarly seen the value of its currency plunge in the past few years, rejection of old or torn U.S. dollars continues to be a problem. At one point, the U.S. Embassy in Harare was forced to issue a statement reassuring Zimbabweans that all U.S. notes remain legal tender regardless of when they were issued.

US Embassy Reassurances
In its September 2020 statement, the U.S. Embassy said:

Any badly soiled, dirty, defaced, disintegrated, limp, torn, or worn-out currency note that is clearly more than one-half of the original note, and does not require special examination to determine its value, is not considered mutilated.

This message was later reaffirmed by the Reserve of Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in December 2020 as it attempted to end the practice

Yet despite these assurances, torn or worn out USD notes continue to be rejected by businesses and the general public. In addition, this continuing rejection of old or worn-out USD banknotes has created a new black market for such currencies. As noted by one report, some Zimbabwean currency dealers are demanding a premium of up to 50% on some torn or old USD banknote.

While the U.S. dollar is a widely accepted alternative to the local fiat currencies, it is such shortcomings that make cryptocurrencies an even better option. For instance, in addition to being immune to local inflation and depreciation, crypto assets like bitcoin (BTC) or bitcoin cash (BCH) enable users to pay for any amount without worrying about the lower denomination dollars or torn notes they might get as change.

In instances where one needs to make payments across borders, cryptocurrencies again prove to be a better option because the recipient will get paid the exact amount that is due to them. As central banks in Nigeria and Zimbabwe have learned, coercion will not force people to accept any currency, including the U.S. dollar.

Instead, it is innovative and secure money that has a better chance of overcoming this challenge.

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Nigeria’s central bank not discouraging people from trading cryptocurrency

Nigeria's central bank not discouraging people from trading crypto

Godwin Emefiele, governor of Nigeria’s central bank which previously banned banks from servicing crypto exchanges, has reportedly clarified the bank’s position on the use of cryptocurrencies in the country.

According to local news outlet TodayNG, Central Bank of Nigeria, or CBN, deputy governor Adamu Lamtek said on behalf of Emefiele that the bank had not banned Nigerian residents from buying, trading, or selling crypto, but “[protected] the banking sector from the activities of cryptocurrencies.” Lamtek spoke at a seminar for the Finance Correspondents and Business Editors in the capital, Abuja.

“The CBN did not place restrictions from use of cryptocurrencies and we are not discouraging people from trading in it,” said Emefiele. “What we have just done was to prohibit transactions on cryptocurrencies in the banking sector.”

The statement follows the CBN announcing last month in a circular that it had placed a ban on all regulated financial institutions from providing services to crypto exchanges in the country. The ban directed all commercial banks to close accounts belonging to crypto exchanges and other businesses transacting in cryptocurrencies in Nigeria, warning of “severe regulatory sanctions” for any institution in breach of the rule. Some account holders at Nigeria’s Access Bank have already reported their accounts have been closed.

Emefiele previously referred to cryptocurrencies as “not legitimate money” with no place in Nigeria’s monetary system. The governor said at the time the central bank was doing its due diligence to better understand the implications of the emerging space.

However, many regulators and crypto enthusiasts in Nigeria have criticized the ban. Some lawmakers in the Nigerian Senate have proposed inviting the CBN governor and major crypto stakeholders to a hearing to discuss issues related to crypto regulations in the country.

Since the CBN introduced the crypto ban, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading at a premium in the country. Valued at $57,349 in the United States, data from crypto exchange Luno currently shows BTC has risen to a more than 70% premium in Nigeria at a price of $97,509.

Source – Coin Telegraph

Nigerians Look to P2P Exchanges After Crypto Ban

Nigerians Look to P2P Exchanges After Crypto Ban

Some Nigerians plan to continue using bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies despite a directive issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week ordering banks to close down accounts associated with cryptocurrencies. Some users think they can get around them by not using centralized exchanges. 

“Bitcoin is peer-to-peer, meaning that it can be transacted without intermediaries. Your bank may be able to shut down your account but no one can shut down your bitcoin wallet. This development, while concerning, will not be the end of bitcoin in Nigeria,” said Nigerian Bitcoin Core contributor Tim Akinbo on Twitter.

Exchanges such as Binance have been affected because payment partners that store the naira are no longer willing to deal with them due to the directive, putting an indefinite pause on naira deposits to exchanges. 

But there’s an alternative: peer-to-peer transactions, where two users connect directly to each other to trade cryptocurrency. In return for bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, a user might make a bank transfer directly to the other user, or pay that person with cash. Platforms such as Paxful and a Binance’s peer-to-peer platform help connect users to other users so they can coordinate these transactions. 

“As we all know, [peer-to-peer] can’t be stopped,” one trader in Nigeria, Lucky, told CoinDesk.

Despite CBN’s directive, several sources in Nigeria told CoinDesk they plan to continue trading bitcoin via peer-to-peer exchanges, and more aired similar conclusions on social media. 

“Most people will return to [peer-to-peer] transactions, some will leverage several alternatives that connect crypto to legacy financial systems, like reloadable Visa or Mastercard. Most will simply use crypto as a choice reserve asset. […] A lot of activities will also go clandestine, or underground,” said developer and cryptocurrency educator Chimezie Chuta.

He added he plans to use “alternative channels” to remain a part of the cryptocurrency community.

Crypto exchange Bundle made a similar comment in a statement to its customers about moving to “alternative channels” to ensure they can still buy and sell cryptocurrency. The email stated the exchange will provide more information about how this will work in the coming days. 

CBN did not respond to an inquiry from CoinDesk by press time about whether these alternatives are lawful.