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The first collapsed pyramid scheme of the XXI century

March 5 2008

In St. Petersburg there was the first collapse of the bubble in the new century. The sad experience of MMM investors learned nothing, it turned out that even today there are organizations offering people 50%-ing the yield on the deposit. February 18 investors business club "Ruby" in St. Petersburg, sounded the alarm: the company's employees are gone, office is closed. The lost amount is measured in millions of rubles.

Site business club "Ruby" is still hanging information, which has attracted money here tens of thousands of people: "Here, you can invest your funds with a yield of 25%. We do not hide the sources of revenue, because open - our credo. First and foremost we invest money in something that will always be valuable: the land is 25% of our deposits. The remaining investments are distributed as follows: 40% - foreign investment - 15% of business projects, 15% - real estate, 5% - securities ... The minimum deposit - 3000 rubles ... Holding Rubin always without fail make payments on contracts. Contract, the club designed by professional lawyers, guarantees its members a fixed monthly payment. "

Geography Club shakes investors: it is more than a hundred cities in Russia, CIS countries, Western Europe, USA etc. The exact number of people who have entrusted Rubin money is unknown. Called the number from one to several hundred thousand people (only in St. Petersburg, where he was the central office organizations, tens of thousands). Depositors lost money as measured in hundreds, but has millions of rubles.

The company operated until February 18 when the club house on Foundry, 108 St. Petersburg was closed, and senior staff have disappeared, including the head of the club, Alexander Polschenko. Depositors have sounded the alarm, the reported fraud began to come to the police and government officials.

"February 22 via the Internet addressed to me friend, friend's mom who gave up their money in BC" Ruby ", - told the newspaper VIEW Leonid Armer, coordinator of the NGO" Youth Security Service. " - As soon as I went to their site, I realized that this scam and a pyramid.

Through their channels, I passed the information about fraud at the Foundry and the Cheka - a representative of the Governor in the Legislature - Valentina Matvienko, I think she already knew. Disasters are serious: before escape, the leaders of the club erased the base of depositors, but some of it survived. Among the victims - the people of the several hundred cities. "


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