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TVI Express Timeline: illegal pyramid scheme, leaders arrested India, illegal in Indonesia, is Philippines next?
TVI Express, a well known international scam under investigation in Australia, Europe, and Asia, has been running since January 2009, yet nobody had published any sort of timeline on its operations... until now.
Did you know that TVI Express, which claims to be a UK company, pre-launched in India in January 2009, but there is no such company as "TVI Express" or "Travel Ventures" in UK at all? And the closest name, "TVI Services", was not registered until March 2009, two months later? And even today TVI Express will not admit that TVI Services is related to TVI Express?
Did you know that TVI Express moved out of their London office in September 2009, and disconnected its phone number, and did not publish a new phone number and new location until December 2009, as per their own announcement?
Did you know that TVI Express office in UK was "by appointment" only, according to their own announcement?
Did you know that TVI Express promised an office in India as early as July 2009, but did not deliver such an office until April 2010? And the promised office in China NEVER HAPPENED?
The following timeline is compiled using publicly available data from TVI Express announcements, TVI Express website, TVI Express member websites, news outlets accessible online, TVI Express member blogs, government websites, and so on. Form your own opinions... after you study the facts.
NOTE: Updated with all information up to end of April 2013.
Domain tviexpress.com was registered by parties unknown (source: WHOIS records)
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Domain privacy" was turned on and all contact information goes to domain registration agent, very odd for a legitimate company.
EDITOR'S NOTE2: In 2011, domain privacy was turned off and it states that primary and technical contact for tviexpress.com is Tarun Trikha, and the "Indian office" address was given as the location of TVI Express.
TVI Express "pre-launches" in India, claims to be a UK company with UK address and UK phone number. Claims to be "next big giant in network marketing".( source: tviexpress.com )
EDITOR'S NOTE: Yet it never did explain what its product actually is, and its own FAQ states that "you don't need to sell any products".
First mention of TVI Express appeared in Google Archives (source: Google )
TVI Express reached China, Taiwan, and Korea (source: TVI Express)
"TVI Services Ltd" was registered in Surrey, UK. Address listed was a company registration agent called "Fletcher". It was dissolved in 08-MAR-2011 (source: UK Government Data)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Search through UK company records shows no such company as "TVI Express" or "Travel Ventures International". If "TVI Services" is indeed TVI Express in UK, it operated for a month without business registration, thus illegally.There is no link between TVI Express and TVI Services, other than one item buried in the disclaimer, which has since disappeared.
TVI Express uplines in Taiwan promised that the "debit card" (as shown on TVI Express website) will be available soon in Taiwan. Also see September 2009. (Source: Taiwanese blog)
EDITOR'S NOTE: It was not available as of June 2009, no idea what happened after that.
TVI Express uplines in Taiwan promised that trips in Thailand will be available 30-JUN-2009. (Source: Taiwanese blog)
EDITOR'S NOTE: There was no evidence that this trip ever took place.
TVI Express obtained US "Trust-Guard" certification in April or May 2009 (Estimation, see editor's note below)
EDITOR'S NOTE: it was assumed to be April or May as messages claiming Trust-Guard certification as "authenticity" appeared in May 2009. Keep in mind that TVI Express was then disenrolled by Trust-Guard in 30-SEP-2009
Flood of articles appeared on Chinese and Taiwanese blogs by TVI Express members, some translating a Mr. Goyal from India, claiming that TVI Express was backed by a resort/casino in the UK, a glass factory in Italy, and so on. Some even claimed that TVI Express is absolutely legal and cannot be shut down by government. (source; Chinese blog)
EDITOR'S NOTE: China started cracking down on TVI Express starting in June 2009 as a pyramid scheme .
Various Chinese and Taiwanese bloggers posted articles busting lies told by TVI Express members, pointing out various problems with the company (Source: Chinese blogs)
TVI Express held a convention / meeting in Shenzhen China, Tarun Trikha attended (source; Chinese blog)
Chinese TVI Express member called Tarun Trikha the first crown (presidential?) associate of TVI Express, with over 36000 downlines (source; Chinese blog)
EDITOR'S NOTE: which would make him "member zero", or very close to it
Chinese TVI Express member said that Tarun Trikha promised that TVI Express will open offices in Shenzhen and Hong Kong very soon.(source; Chinese blog)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Neither ever happened.
First news report in China highlighted TVI Express as an Internet -based pyramid scheme (source: Chinese news website)
TVI Express website published first "newsletter", in which they claim that their top earners are in India, China, Korea, Kazahkstan, and South Africa. (Source: TVI Express website)
TVI Express newsletter promised office launch in China and India soon to serve its members. (source: TVI Express website)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Office in India did not happen until April 2010, and office in China never happened.
TVI Express announced plan to launched India office in September 2009 (source; TVI Express website)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Office in India did not open until April 2010, and in a totally different city than announced
TVI Express members arrested in Yunnan China for fraud (source; Chinese news website)
TVI Express members arrested in Zhejiang China for fraud (source: Chinese government website)
Tarun Trikha was named as "Asia Pacific Head" by another TVI Express member (source: TVI Express Member post)
Chinese newspaper in UK, in cooperation with bloggers in China, investigated TVI Express, informed TVI Express landlord in UK (source: Chinese blog / UK Newspaper report)
EDITOR's NOTE: a month later, TVI Express announced it moving, destination unknown until DECEMBER 2009.
TVI Express announced it is moving out of their office in London, will announce new location 'soon", urge members to NOT call their number, only use e-mail. (Source: TVI Express announcement)
EDITOR'S NOTE: A month ago, TVI Express was investigated by a Chinese-language newspaper in UK... See August 2009
TVI Express announced no vacation redemption until 31-OCT-2009 as part of "move" (source: TVI Express announcement)
TVI Express was disenrolled by Trust-Guard on 30-SEP-2009 (source: Trust-Guard Customer Support)
Tarun Trikha, TVI Express advisory board member (distributor) appeared on some sort of conference call, which was recorded and available on Youtube and other locations in a 7-part series. Very little actual information was provided. (source: Youtube / Planet TVI)
TVI Express announced that their India office, planned for 30-SEP-2009, is not yet ready. (Source: TVI Express)
TVI Express members arrested in Yunnan, China (source; Chinese news website)
TVI Express was reviewed by CitizenCorps, and got glowing reviews (source; CitizenCorps MLM Review)
EDITOR'S NOTE: later CitizenCorp revised the review downward, then retracted the review altogether and placed TVI Express on "alert status", essentially calling it a fraud.
TVI Express announced "bookings" (that 7-day 6-night vacation) is live (source; TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: and how many times they have announced this before, and since?
TVI Express member arrested in Wuxi, China for fraud (source; Chinese news website)
TVI Express member Kyle Clouse in US paid for press release, claims explosive growth, will have one of the largest TVI Express teams in the US very soon. (source: various PR outlets)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Kyle Clouse has since abandoned TVI Express, see his website
EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express reached US and starts to spread among MLM fans and "marketing coaches".
Letter to Editor in India called upon Tarun Trikha to explain problems with TVI Express. (source: Indian news website)
TVI Express re-establishes contact phone numbers (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: From September 2009 until now, TVI Express operated only by e-mail, per their own announcements
TVI Express lists Cyprus address as their "official" address (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Cyprus is where Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda setup front companies to operate merchant vessels for unknown purposes.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Cyprus address is shared by multiple other business entities, probably a virtual office.
TVI Express lists "Heathrow" (actually in Uxbridge) address as their UK address, 15 miles from London, but continued to claim "headquartered in London UK" (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Except if you check through Google.co.uk, you'll find like 15 different businesses at that exact same address.
TVI Express announced that their UK office only accepts face-to-face meetings "by appointment" (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: which suggests it's a "rent-a-meeting-room", since the Uxbridge building is owned by Regus, a virtual office provider, as confirmed by Google Maps UK.
TVI Express established contact with Solid Trust Pay (of Canada), shows them as one of the payment processors for currency exchange. (Source; TVI Express, unconfirmed comment from Alleged Solid Trust Pay)
CitizenCorps retracted its review of TVI Express, downgrading to 3 out of 5 stars (source; Citizen Corp)
TVI-GAT (Global Assist Team) was formed. It uses a 2x2 forced matrix and membership of $37 USD to feed members into TVI Express (source; TVI-GAT member blogs)
EDITOR'S NOTE: a few months later, TVI-GAT divorced itself from TVI Express altogether.
TVI Express announced that the "new" booking portal will go live 1-MAR-2010 (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: It did not go live until 9-JUN-2010, and also added a $150 redemption charge.
TVI Express announced its first list of participating hotels... a dozen hotels/resorts in India (source: TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: No word about participating hotels NOT in India
TVI Express member in China defrauded friend out of money to join, court ordered him to pay back the money (source: Chinese news website)
Spanish newspaper Mallorca Zeitung reported on pyramid scheme "TVI Express". how Lufthansa, Marriott, and AVIS are suing TVI Express for falsely representing them as partners, but all of the legal correspondence came back as "not deliverable".(source: Spanish newspaper Mallorca Zeitung)
EDITOR'S NOTE: So there are no 'strategic partners', and where exactly TVI Express is located?
TVI Express was denounced by Consumer Watchdog / The Voice newspaper (of Botswana) as a pyramid scheme (source: The Voice)
TVI Express announced its India operation will go live in April 2010 (source; TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This was promised back in September 2009!
TVI Express announced it will refund 6000 participants of their money in Sikkim, India, after local police investigation of possible fraud. (Source; Voice of Sikkim)
Hungarian government agency PSZAF announced it has determined that TVI Express and one other company are likely pyramid schemes, and requests other authorities to investigate (source: Realdeal.hu )
Sikkim India HGTI official called TVI [Express] a "fake tourism organization", saying that these frauds will ruin the local tourism reputation (source: Voice of Sikkim)
EDITOR'S NOTE: In August 2010, an Indonesia TVI Express "leader" told local reporter that TVI Express will promote local tourism.
First TVI Express member in China sentenced to running pyramid scheme (source; Chinese news website)
Citizen Corp puts TVI Express on "Alert Status" having previously gave it a glowing review, then backpedaled and downgraded the review. (Source: Citizen Corp)
Many American TVI Express members quit TVI Express after growing frustration.(source; various TVI Express member websites )
Three TVI Express members in China convicted of running pyramid scheme, assets forfeited. (source; Chinese news website)
TVI Express office in Bangalore and Kolkotta (India) opened after months of delay (was promised for September 2009) (source; TVI Express)
TVI Express spread to Vietnam, local member admits to reporter his income did not come from travel (source: Vietnamese news website)
TVI Express spread to Indonesia, local reporter found that TVI Express did not register with local government, thus operating illegally (source; Indonesia website Detik news)
TVI Express was dropped by Solid Trust Pay as a client due to rampant credit card fraud / chargebacks and refusal to provide ownership information (CONFIRMED) (source: comment by Solid Trust Pay employee, confirmed by Solid Trust Pay Customer Support)
TVI Express suddenly opened an office in Indonesia, (source; TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express office of Indonesia is in a office park on upper levels of a mall apparently rents to anybody who can pay, including hair salons and more. (source: Google Maps)
EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express registration in Indonesia is done by local associate Ms. Goernawan, who registered the business as computer consulting, not travel agent or any sort of a club. In fact, it did not even obtain a "tiered sale" (MLM) license. (source: TVIExpressDollar website)
Two more Chinese TVI Express members sentenced to jail for running pyramid scheme (source: Chinese news website)
TVI Express under investigation in Georgia. A local general violated ethics rules, used his power to recruit his subordinates into TVI Express (source: Russian website)
Australian government agency ACCC obtained court injunction to bar Team TVI Oz (3 members of TVI Express) from recruiting, also froze their bank account (source: various Australian and New Zealand news outlets, including ACCC press release)
Team TVI Oz emptied bank account any way, AFTER the injunction, by going to multiple bank branches in the same day and withdrew small amounts from each. (source: Australian news reports)
TVI-GAT, a former "feeder plan" to TVI Express, announced that it is divorcing itself from TVI Express completely. In their announcement, it stated that TVI Express is too much of a liability. (source: Global Assist Team )
Top TVI Express Team divorces itself from TVI Express, renamed itself "Team USA" (source: TopTVIExpressTeam website)
German Press reported on the scam known as TVI Express (source: German news website)
TVI Express announced that the booking portal finally is online. However, also announced that it now charges $150 USD for "taxes and processing fees" (source; TVI Express)
TVI Express announced the booking portal is down for a week (source; TVI Express)
Ted Nuyten, a MLM expert, published a scathing report on TVI Express, the pyramid scheme, listed all high level members with available photos on his website businessforhome.org. (source: Ted Nuyten's website)
A few days later Ted Nuyten's site was taken down by persistent cyberattack. Ted Nuyten named TVI Express as the attacker. The site only went back up after the TVI Express expose was removed. (source: various MLM news websites including MLMhelpdesk)
Letter allegedly from Tarun Trikha and Team TVI Oz appeared on an Indonesian TVI Express website, claiming they will prevail over ACCC, even though it listed bogus reasons. It also claimed tie-ups with RCI and other hotels chains. (source: kliktviexpress.com )
RCI denies any "tie-up" with TVI Express when queried. (source: RCI Customer Support)
Obtainer Media in Germany issued pressed release regarding TVI Express pyramid scheme (source; Obtainer Media press release)
TVI Express added to China's semi-official "MLM Blacklist" (source: Chinese news websites)
TVI Express announced "tie-up" with more hotels in India, 2nd ever hotel list published of about 100 hotels (all in India) (source; TVI Express)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Again, no mention ever of hotels outside of India, 18 months after launch.
TVI Express announced "I am TVI" Conference in India (source: TVI Express)
Blogger revealed that TVI Express stole picture of President Obama (by Alex Ross) as their "I am TVI" banner after Photoshop (tm) manipulation (source: American blogger )
TVI Express announced Phillipine Pre-launch for 4-AUG-2010 (source: TVI Express)
TVI Express under investigation by local prosecutors in Tajikstan when a local TVI Express member swindled over 2000 people (source: Tajikstan news website)
Australian government agency ACCC added "contempt of court" charges against Team TVI Oz, 3 local TVI Express members, when it found that Team TVI Oz had violated their court injunction and emptied their bank account. Trial date set for 30-AUG-2010 (source: ACCC press release)
American TV Station ABC2 of Baltimore Maryland highlighted TVI Express in their "Scam Alert" segment (source: ABC2 of Maryland, USA website)
Indonesia Direct Selling Association APLI revealed that TVI Express had never registered with them as MLM. (source: APLI Q&A)
TVI Express hired pimps.ws for their Philippines pre-launched net streaming event (source; PIMPS.WS)
TVI Express Indonesia leader told reporter that TVI Express is NOT multi-level marketing, going directly against company website and position. Claims TVI Express will boost local tourism. (source; Indonesia news website)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is after Indian official in Sikkim said TVI Express will RUIN local tourism's reputation, in March 2010.
Indonesian Direct Selling Association APLI revealed that TVI Express never received SIUPL direct selling license, thus is operating illegally, recommends that you should NOT join companies such as TVI Express. (source: APLI website)
ACCC vs. TVI Team Oz case started in Australia. Outcome pending. (source: ACCC feedback)
Rumors started spreading that TVI Express had hired a lawfirm in Utah to become compliant for US operation. However, the only source of this is a TVI Express upline, with no corroborating evidence. (source: TVI Express member websites)
Tarun Trikha, referred to as "owner and CEO" of TVI Express, gave more conference calls, "confirms" rumor that they have hired that Utah lawfirm for US law compliance. Also claims they will soon open a US call center. (source: TVI Express member website)
Editor's note: Grimes and Reese, MLM Attorneys is based out of Idaho, not Utah.
TVI Express member website, under "TVI North America", issued announcement that TVI North America, based in Atlanta Georgia, has received a "cease and desist" order from state attorney of Georgia to stop operation or face prosecution. They will comply, because they have not received any legal or monetary assistance from TVI Express. (source: BehindMLM, TVIExpressreviewblog and other websites)
EDITOR'S NOTE: News of this stoppage quickly spread to other TVI Express member websites, Facebook groups, and so on. However, some "marketing coaches" continued to deny that TVI Express is a scam, blames US to be "anti-MLM".
TVI Express member Patrick DeJour, one of those named in the cease and desist order, provided a copy of the full order on his Facebook page, and urged all his downline to move to a different venture and abandon TVI Express immediately. (Source: Patrick DeJour Tweet, TVINorthAmerica website)
Cease and desist order issued in Georgia against TVI Express became permanent after 21 days with no legal challenge from TVI Express, the lawfirm allegedly hired did nothing. (source; TVINorthAmerica website)
Inquiry to ACCC indicated that the trial against Team TVI Oz has concluded, and the judge's decision is coming soon. The case against "Teddi" Jutsen will go to trial in late September or early October. (source: ACCC e-mail communication)
Colombian newspaper "El Liberal" reported on TVI Express "opportunity", calling it extremely suspicious. (source: "El Liberal" website)
TVI Express members Kaspi and Jackson announced on their website that TVI Express will open a call center in Florida in January 2011 (or 2012, as claimed in different message) and a TVI Express convention in Florida in January 2011. However, there is no corroboration on any other source (not even on TVI Express home website). (source: TVI Express member website)
Patrick Dejour / TVI North America issued multiple apologies to downlines, asks all downlines to move to a new venture, and stop promoting TVI Express immediately, or may face legal prosecution. Stated that the government will go after local TVI Express members if they can't get at the leaders, who's out of the country. (source: TVINorthAmerica website)
Patrick Dejour, ex-TVI, alleged (but cannot be corroborated) that Florida is about to issue a "cease and desist", that Canadian RCMP have declared TVI Express illegal pyramid, and Tarun Trikha, alleged "owner and CEO" has been denied US entry visa. (source: TVINorthAmerica website)
Australia ACCC prosecution of TVI Team Oz trial concluded and decision is due soon. Trial against "Teddy" Jutsen is still pending for her contempt of court charges stemmed from her violation of court injunction freezing her account. (source: ACCC e-mail, Australian news)
TVI Team Oz member "Jack" claimed he used TVI Express to get a 5-star resort room for one night for $69 USD, which some proves TVI Express is not a scam. (source: Youtube Video)
EDITOR'S NOTE: What it actually proved is that he paid $250 for something he could have done for free on Travelocity.com. That proves he's a MORON!
Tarun Trikha's name disappeared from TVI Express "advisory board" list, no reason was given on his "departure". (source: TVI Express website)
Detik News of Indonesia published a reader's letter explaining that the TVI Express "free" trips are impossible to redeem, and one must deposit money into the top upline (Ms. Goernawan) bank account to redeem the trip. She is careful in not calling TVI Express a scam as a hospital previously used a slander law in attempt to silence one of their patients who was misdiagnosed, and she is afraid of being another being silenced. (source: Detik news)
Another TVI Express participant arrested in China for running an illegal pyramid scheme, Ms. Liu (also spelled Ryu) was arrested for running TVI Express recruiting and gotten over 600 downlines. (source: Chinese news entry)
Namibia becomes the first country in the continent of Africa to formally charge TVI Express as a scam on 22-OCT-2010. Bank of Namibia has issued a formal statement declaring TVI Express to be an illegal pyramid scheme, calls all participants to stop at once, and to report all such activities to the bank. (source: press release from Bank of Namibia)
TVI Express announced that their new "portal" where you can redeem your 7-day 6-night vacation half-sized (as 4-day 3-night) is now live. It claims access to 95000 hotels, dropped a few hotel chain names, but offered ZERO details. Furthermore, it requires you to put in your own money into "booking fund eWallet" in order to pay "taxes", with no estimate on what the taxes would be. (source: TVI Express announcement)
TVI Express Philippines LTD was quietly registered in Philippines as a simple company (not a corporation, NOT allowed to issue memberships, NOT a MLM). (source: TVI Express Philippines website)
On approximately November 22, 2010, TVI Express published a document titled "ethical marketing", which laid out several rules for its "distributors" to behave ethically, marking its first ever document on ethical behavior. However, it refers to non-existent documents on tviexpress.com website such as "policies and procedures", and does nothing to explain the company's own unethical behavior nor address any legal concerns. (source: TVI Express)
TVI Express now uses a web server in Kiev, Ukraine, which is yet another step down from from their original webhost, Network Solutions, the largest web host in the world. Yet their members are still claiming "server upgrade". (source: WHOIS DNS lookup, TVI Express member post)
News from Africa nation of Swaziland reveals that their Central Bank is also investigating TVI Express, following the lead of Namibia. Local members of TVI Express are claiming "global license", which local regulators dismissed at once: if you do business in Swaziland, you need Swaziland license. (source: Times of Swaziland)
TVI Express made an announcement that they will be opening an office in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. However, the address they provided has no room number or floor number, just points to "Almaty Towers, Koktem-3 Microdistrict, Almaty, Kazakhstan". This is the same "virtual office" pattern TVI Express used in London and Cyprus, leading people to suspect it will also be a virtual office. Furthermore, the "center" of CIS is Minsk in Belarus, not Almaty, Kazakhstan. In fact, there was no phone number announced for the location yet, just that some top distributors will be appearing there. (source: TVI Express announcement, Google Maps, Wikipedia)
Meeting of "Wealth Team" in South Africa revealed that TVI Express had not delivered on trips. Members arrived at hotel and resorts only to find the trips were unbooked or unpaid. Resorts and hotels claim to have never heard of TVI Express, and said their names were cited without permission.(source: tviwealth.co.za)
According to Wealth Team in South Africa, on December 4th, 2010 TVI Express suddenly froze all eVoucher redemption, requiring all current eVoucher owners to "verify" their account within 72 hours or lose the eVouchers altogether. (source: tviwealth.co.za)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Every eVoucher TVI Express can invalidate or cancel means more people have to pay TVI Express instead of members for membership, so more income for TVI Express, less for its members.
Muslim Council on Aceh, Indonesia declared TVI Express "haram" (unclean), being a "money game" out to trick people.(Source: Serambi News of Indonesia)
South African authorities declare TVI Express a pyramid scheme,
announced investigation into the company and local participants for
prosecution. (Source: New Age news South Africa)
TVI Express January 2011 newsletter claims they are expanding into Philippines, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and South Africa. (Source: TVI Express website)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is AFTER South African authorities announced they are investigating TVI Express as pyramid scheme on December 30, 2010, AND local newspapers declared the scam "belly up". Do they not read the news? Or are they trying to play hide-and-seek with the authorities?
South African TVI Express distributors continue to claim that South African branch office of TVI Express will open in March 2011. (Source: TVI Express South African Website)
PT TVI Express (Indonesia) chairwomen Goernami Goernawan was summoned to a tribunal of various Indonesian government agencies to explain why TVI Express Indonesia is operating as a MLM without a direct sales license (SIUPL). The reply was "we are not MLM". (source: APLI article )
A new flood of TVI Express recruitment drives started in Philippines including various "seminars" in hotel lobbies. (source: various Filipino message boards)
Various Filipino websites started promoting TVI Express. At least one published the business registration certificate obtained from SEC of Philippines. (Source: Filipino TVI Express website)
Critic spotted language within the certificate stated that the business may not issue and sell membership certificates. Thus far, nobody knows whether this affects TVI Express or not. (source: TVI Express Critic)
EDITOR'S NOTE: TVIExpress.com FAQ states that you need to sponsor people to earn money, which can be construed as issuing membership
PT TVI Express Indonesia allegedly won some sort of award in Indonesia for "service excellence" on February 18, 2011. The award is unknown outside of Indonesia, nobody knows about who were the judges, what were the criteria of issuing it, or how did PT TVI Express Indonesia qualify for it when it was declared haram and a moneygame several months earlier by Indonesian Islamic Council of Aceh. (source: TVI Express Announcement, Internet research)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Research shows that this so-called award is held every six months, and costs USD $1000 to 'accept'. The owners are notified randomly via fax (not even mail), and there was no evaluation or selection process. The award as of 2008 was known as "Indonesia Good Company Award", and is unknown outside of Indonesia. Most business owners who received such an "announcement" tossed it as "spam fax", believing it to be a scam.
TVI Express announce that they will open office in Philippines in March 2011. (source: TVI Express website)
TVI Express Critic claim that TVI Express will likely violate Ministry of Trade and Industry Administrative Order No.8 which outlaws "pyramid schemes". (source: TVI Express Critic, Direct Selling Association Philippines DSAP website)
TVI Express domain tviexpress.com registration records was updated. It lists contact as "Tarun Trikha", and gave the TVI Express address in India. (source: WHOIS information)
EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express clearly is NOT in "headquartered" in London or even Cyprus, but actually based in India. Tarun Trikha clearly is a high-ranking officer, if not the owner/CEO of TVI Express, not a distributor as he had previously claimed.
TVI Express announced on March 18, 2011, that it had won some sort of award. However, the award was actually won on February 18, 2011, and it was actually awarded to PT TVI Express Indonesia, the alleged "Indonesian branch" of TVI Express. TVI Express itself is claiming credit, despite the fact that the award itself is unknown outside of Indonesia, the issuing authority is unknown, the qualifying process and judging process a complete mystery. Previous winner is a laundry franchise. Furthermore the service is for "service excellence", not any sort of opportunity or travel. (source: TVI Express announcement, research for other award winners)
EDITOR'S COMMENT: Is the award meaningful? Only if you are in Indonesia, and maybe not even then. Furthermore, Indonesian Islamic Council of Aceh have already declared TVI Express haram and a money game. So does it really matter what award it won? And why is TVI Express claiming credit for award given to a branch only? And where IS that actual award?
TVI Services, a company registered in Surrey, UK, was dissolved on 08-MAR-2011. (Source: UK Company Registrar records)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Many TVI Express supporters claim this is the UK branch of TVI Express (i.e. their "headquarters")
South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and South African police formally launched investigation of TVI Express, joining previously announced investigation by Ministry of Trade and Tourism (South Africa). (source: New Age Online of South Africa)
South Africa announced first arrest of TVI Express members for running pyramid scheme. The two "owners" (presumably top uplines in area) posted bail, and members continue to support the arrestees as if they are cult heroes. Others claim they have been duped by the scam pushed by local radio station talk hosts (source; Sowetan Online South Africa news, Observer Online South Africa news)
Indonesian TVI Express local leader Kamijian was summoned to local courtroom by local congressional member to answer questions regarding TVI Express, after multiple reports of people being cheated by TVI Express, some lodged police complaints of fraud. (Source: tribunnews.com)
Indian Consumer Organization MoneyLife points to TVI Express as being another possible Speak Asia, a scam that has rattled India, charged by a TV station as a fake survey company and in reality a pyramid scheme. (source: Moneylife.in )
Filipino newspaper names Edwin Natividad and his "Pacific Destinations Inc" (PDI), a "TVI Express Clone", as an illegal pyramid. Natividad and his wife were former TVI Express members who swindled money from Filipino American community and ran back to Philippines to open his own version of TVI Express called PDI. (source: Manila Standard [link no longer active])
Karmijian, Indonesian TVI Express rep, appeared in court, admitting that all work in TVI Express is about recruiting more people into TVI Express, not about selling anything. (source: TribunNews)
TVI Express "members" are reporting that their upline seem to have disappeared from Majene, on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is causing major concern as they may have fled with a lot of money. This is second report of disappearing "uplines" as this had previously happened on the island of Aceh, Indonesia. (source: local paper)
TVI Express and members use Alexa ratings to claim legitimacy in Indonesia, ignoring facts that 78% of the new traffic came out of Russia, Ukraine, and Kazahkstan. (source: Kaskus board, Alexa website)
Indonesian regulatory agency BKPM declared PT TVI Express Indonesia to be operating illegally without SIUP-L (MLM business license) on 30-JUN-2011, warns it to comply within 30 days. (source: Kaskus board)
India Times reported that TVI Express India office in Bangalore was raided by police, with two principals, Mohammed Nayeem and Ramiz Asraf Vani arrested for defrauding people. Central Crimes Branch of Bangalore Police made the arrest. (Source: India Times)
State Bank of Vietnam declared TVI Express to be an illegal Ponzi scheme accepting "deposits" or investments without any sort of license or regulation, warnings all local branches to cooperate with police to prosecute such crimes and brings perpetrators to justice. (Source: nld.com.vn )
Consumer protection group in Indonesia called TVI Express a "money game" scam, demand it to stop cheating Indonesian people. (source: TribunNews.com)
BKPM formally revoked PT TVI Express Indonesia's business license after 30-day deadline to comply expired. (source: Tempo Interactive)
Times News of South Africa reported that Tarun Trikha is the head of TVI Express scam, which involved over 1 billion SA Rands, with over 50000 victims in South Africa alone (and the number is still climbing). (Times of South Africa)
First arrests of TVI Express members in Indonesia, "leader" confessed to cheating over 800 members. (source: hariansumutpos.com )
Indonesia announced formation of special multi-agency task group for chasing down fraudulent MLMs such as TVI Express (source: Tempo Interactive )
Mmegi Online of Botswana published an article in conjunction of Consumer Watchdog about how one TVI Express victim was able to get back SOME of her money because her upline was honest, and speculated that many more are simply too embarrassed to have been cheated. (source: Mmegi Online)
On 31-AUG-2011, Central Bank of Lesotho in Africa issued press release that TVI Express is operating illegally in the country and urges all citizens to refrain from participating. (source: Central Bank of Lesotho)
"Pacific Royale Airways" account appeared on Facebook. However, it points to PacificRoyale.com, which is on a web server owned by V2 Global / TVI Express. Furthermore, the website's WHOIS into is set to "private", thus it is not possible to prove that this account was actually owned by the airline itself, or any sort of proof that Tarun Trikha owns any portion of this airline other than domain name squatting (Source: Facebook, WHOIS domain tools )
Pacific Royale Airways, an airline that was often claimed by TVI Express supporters to be owned by Tarun Trikha, mastermind behind TVI Express, was NOT issued an operating permit as its operating plan was NOT approved by Indonesian Transportation Ministry. As a result, this airline will not fly until 2012 at the earliest. (Source: TempoInteraktif )
TVI Express announced that to comply with Indonesia law they will start charging taxes starting September 20, 2011. However, since its operating permit was already revoked back in August 3, 2011, this just proved that they intend to operate illegally. (Source: TVI Express)
BKPM (Indonesian government agency) revoked PT TVI Express Indonesia "foreign investment permit". Company now has NO legal permit in Indonesia, its SIUP was revoked in August 2011. (Source: Suara Karya Online )
Indonesia Fraud Task Force recommends fraud charges against PT TVI Express Indonesia, by conducting activities completely different from the licenses it had received. TVI Express is licensed for Computer and Electronics Sales and Consulting, and later, a travel and tourism permit. It was never licensed for direct sales / multi-level sales or for any sort of "investment" and community fund-raising. (Source: TempoInteraktif )
PT TVI Express Indonesia vows to continue operating despite its business license already revoked by BKPM, blames "a few illegal operators and media" for destroying the company's public image, claims to be reapplying for business license. (Source: SatuNews.com )
Indonesian police in three jurisdictions are investigating PT TVI Express Indonesia fraud, many victims have reported to police (source: Bataviase.id)
Lesotho reissues warnings to all citizens: TVI Express is a pyramid scheme, and all fraudsters are to cease immediately. (source; Lesotho Sunday Express )
TVI Express Trio "TeamTVIOz" convicted of running pyramid scheme in Australia, and of falsely using logos of hotels, airlines, and cruise lines. (source: Telegraph.com.au )
TVI Express "leader" in Majene, Indonesia sentenced to 9 months in jail for defrauding the public. (Source: UPEKS Online)
Indonesians in Sergai went to police to complain about defrauded by TVI Express. (Source: StarBerita Online)
Saudi Arabian official outraged his name was falsely attributed to a fake fatwa used by TVI Express members in Saudi Arabia to promote their scam, emphasizes that MLM is illegal under Shariah law. (Source: Al Riyadh)
No significant news to report
South Africa Forensic Accounting Firm is still assisting the government to investigate TVI Express scam. (Source: IOL online South Africa [Link removed pending review])
TVI Express shut down their operations in India and laid off all the customer support reps there, according to resumes found. TVI Express lists "Elite Travel" as their India office. (Source: resume of former TVI Express call center rep, TVI Express website)
Goenarni Goenawan, leader of TVI Express in Indonesia, was spotted leading a new "business" named BISNISNEO, which appears to be modeled after another Indian scam: SpeakAsia. No mention what happened to TVI Express or her vow to fight government decision to shut her down. (source: BisnisNeo website)
Unconfirmed: TVI Express office in India, "Elite Travel", was reported as "out of business". This raises question where exactly is TVI Express being ran out of now. At least one insider claimed it is being ran out of Indonesia, but again, unconfirmed. (source: anonymous comments)
More victims reported to police in Indonesia. (source: Inilah News)
TVI Express Trio in Australia, known as TVI Team Oz, was fined $200000 AUD for their role in the scam. (source: Daily Mercury)
Laihati, one of the trio "TVI Team Oz" that promoted TVI Express in Australia, was judged guilty of contempt of court for violating a court ordered account freeze. (source: ACCC website)
Police in Sumatra, Indonesia urged to further investigate TVI Express scam (source: Antara News)
South Africa called TVI Express the largest ever pyramid scheme to hit South Africa, with over 100 promoters and 1 million "investors" Assets of promoters have been seized and arrests are supposed to be imminent. (source: IOL Business Report)
Pacific Royale Airways, an airline believed to be owned by Tarun Trikha and Goenarni Goenawan, lost its CEO when he quit due to disagreement with the board. (Source: Jakarta News)
Pacific Royale Airways, an Indonesian airline allegedly owned by Tarun Trikha and Goenarni Goenawan, lost its license to operate due to maintenance issues. The airline is considered "closed". (Source: Asiaone, link no longer active)
Indian Central Railways urged to look into an employment scandal where a supervisor was using his position to force employees under his supervision to join TVI Express as his downline. If the employee refuses, s/he is then audited by internal affairs due to a complaint by the supervisor. Local news was surprised as they thought TVI Express had died in India when its central office shut down in 2010. (Source: The Times of India)
Three supervisors were transferred by India Central Railways to counter the charges that they violated work ethics by recruiting their underlings into TVI Express pyramid scheme. (Source: Times of India)
Teddi Jutsen, one of the trio who was convicted of running TVI Express pyramid scheme in Australia, has yet to pay her legally mandated fine (source: Daily Telegraph)
Investigation into corruption by Indian Central Railways officials abusing their power to force underlings to join TVI Express appear to have stalled with no punishment for the accused. (Source: Times of India)
Filipino SEC warned public TVI Express Holidays as potential scam. (source: ABS_CBN)
Rumors emerged that TVI Express mastermind Tarun Trikha was arrested at Delhi airport by India CID. This was confirmed almost two weeks later by Daily Mail India, which also furnished reports that all of Tarun Trikha's family will also be investigated for their possible roles in this international scam. (source: Daily Mail 1, Daily Mail 2)
TVI Express named among "chit fund scams" that called for refunds. (article no longer available on The Statesman)
VIgilance Commission, the body that investigates cases of corruption in India, agreed to look into allegations that managers in Indian National Railway had used their powers to coerce their subordinates into joining TVI Express as their downline and "punish" those to don't. This case would have gone unnoticed until Times of India did a series of follow-up articles on it. (Source: Times of India)
Egypt officially announced that 8 scams have been outlawed, including TVI Express (source: Almogaz.com)
Egypt announced multiple arrests of TVI Express scammers. (source: DailyNewsEgypt.com)
VIgilance Commission officers arrived in Nagpur to investigate the allegations of corruption when senior station managers tried to force subordinates into joining the TVI Express pyramid scheme as their downlines. (Source: Times of India)
South African TVI Express "kingpin" arrested by local authorities for defrauding thousands of people. (source: IOL.co.za)
This segment is opinion, not fact, so you are welcome to doubt my conclusion.
TVI Express, in its history, has demonstrated the following:
* It has repeatedly promised things it cannot deliver
=The booking portal? Promised since start of company in January 2009, didn't open until June 2010, and even then only works sporadically
=The offices in India? Promised "soon" in July 2009, didn't open until April 2010.
=The offices in China and Hong Kong? Never happened.
* It has real London office? Really?
=It was kicked out of their London facility after a Chinese newspaper in UK notified Marble Arch Tower of how shady TVI Express is.
=For several MONTHS TVI Express only operated only as an e-mail address and website
=Even when it resumed operation in UK, the office was "by appointment only", which means "rent office by the hour"
=When Lufthansa tried to warn TVI Express about using its name, all letters came back as "undeliverable", according to Spanish newspaper
=Conclusion: TVI Express has NO permanent location in UK
* Every source of legitimacy it claimed turned out to be nonexistent
=Tie-up with biggest names in travel? Got sued instead by Lufhtansa, Avis, and Marriott
=Tie-up with RCI? RCI have no idea who the heck TVI Express is.
=Citizencorp glowing review? Downgraded, then later "put on Alert Status"
=Trust-Guard certification? Quietly dis-enrolled in September 2009
* Many of Its members are liars, and some went to jail
= Earliest members in China and India claimed tie-up with casino/resort, glass factory and more
= TVI Express Indonesia leader went as far as saying TVI Express is NOT MLM
= TVI Express members arrested left and right in China
= TVI Express member facing contempt of court and fraud charges in Australia
* The members who don't lie quit instead
= Tons of TVI Express websites went silent, or converted to other MLMs,
= Kyle Clouse, and other examples abound
You can reach your own conclusions.
If you have more items to add, feel free to add it in the comments.
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