News broke yesterday that the long since shut down VoIP service company TelexFree is finally being brought to justice. All of this coming after James Merrill, who was a principal operator of TelexFree, admitted to the whole organization being a 1.8 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
After I looked into this more, I could immediately see that this would be extremely far-fetched to happen to anyone of the millions and millions people and businesses that use VoIP.
I mean, there essentially wasn’t even a VoIP service here. It was just people depositing their cash as “investors” to become “sales affiliates” to get more people to hand over their cash also become “sales affiliates”
The original investors were paid with the cash that was gained by new investors, and so on and so on; and so on.
This Ponzi scheme was targeting immigrant communities in the US who were looking to save money on international calls back home. The only problem here is that TelexFree was seeing little to no revenue coming from actual VoIP service. This includes the accounts that the investors themselves were forced to purchase.
In the end, Merrill will face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next year which will remove at least one bad egg from the VoIP community.
This is a good chance to make sure that, whoever it is you are using as your VoIP service provider, is really who they say they are, and has a reputable background.
If you are unsure, or if you are just getting into the VoIP game and need some more knowledge on trusted providers, then please feel free to use us! We can certainly lend some knowledge to help make your decision. After all, we are the experts in VoIP!
Publish Date: October 25, 2016 5:00 AM
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