The mastermind of MMM who styled himself as Pastor Ernest Chigozie Mbanefo has finally unmasked himself. According to the online report, Mbanefo is based in South Africa. Nigerian 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 said Mbanefo made a single year domain payment.
Also the domain will expire on June 7, 2017. It was also revealed that MMM 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 from the first letters of the three founders’ surnames (MMM) But like MMM Global, the Nigerian scheme is also a pyramid marketing scheme where an investor gets a 30 per cent return on investment. Around most the world, MMM is feared. In January 2016 the Chinese government banned MMM on the grounds saying 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 also 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 gave Mbanefo’s address as 1 ROYAL STREET, LINDBERG PARK, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. 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 Mavrodi himself.
So since than he has given himself a nickname '' the Super Guider of MMM’'. To share news and information about MMM, Ernest also operates a subdomain news called MMM- nigeria.net. The site praises him and projects him as the leader of the Ponzi Scheme in Nigeria. “He is described as: MMM Nigeria Super Guider; Pastor Ernest Mbanefo, has been selflessly helping thousands of MMM Nigeria Participants whether or not they fall under his downline structure. The brain behind the MMM NIGERIA REVOLUTION operation has been working selflessly and tirelessly towards the education, information and proper guidance for the MMM Nigeria Community’ Culled from NAN