A Nigerian, who styled himself as Pastor Ernest Chigozie Mbanefo is the mastermind of the suspected Ponzi scheme known as MMM Nigeria.According to an online report,Mbanefo is based in South Africa.Communications Week said Mbanefo registered the site MMM-Nigeria.net domain on June 7, 2016 about at about 5 pm Nigerian time.NAN quoting NCW And Pageone report written as far back as September saidMbanefo made a single year domain payment. The domain will expire on June 7, 2017.
It was also revealed thatMMM Nigeria is not part of MMM Global – a Russian company that was responsible for one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes in the 1990s.MMM Global was founded by Russian politician Sergei Mavrodi, his brother Vyacheslav Mavrodi and Olga Melnikova.The name of the company was taken fromthe first letters of the three founders’ surnames (MMM) But like MMM Global, the Nigerian scheme is also a pyramid marketing scheme where an investorgets a 30 per cent return on investment.Around the world, MMM is feared. In January 2016 the Chinese government banned MMM on the grounds that it is a pyramid scheme, (Ponzi scheme), and it is not registered in the country (and as a fraudulent scheme cannot be registered).MMM recently crashed in Zimbabwe:Thousands of ‘Mavrodians’ in Zimbabwe were left in tears when the scheme crashed, losing tens of thousands of their lifetime savings.PageOne gaveMbanefo’s address as 1 ROYAL STREET, LINDBERG PARK, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.According to Page One, on the 15th of July, Ernest was awarded a certificate of completion of an online course titled‘MMM Guiders School’. The certificate was supposedly signed by Sergei Mavrodihimself. He has since given himself the nickname the ‘Super Guider of MMM’.To share news and information about MMM, Ernest also operatesa subdomain ‘news.mmm-nigeria.net. The site praises him and projects him as the leader of the Ponzi Scheme in Nigeria.