Beware of Gollong Solar – Review

On its website, Gollong Solar doesn’t say who owns it or who runs it.

As I write this, Gollong Solar’s website is nothing but a sign-up form for affiliates:

I say “current website” because Gollong Solar’s first website, “gollong.org,” was aimed at South Africa.

That version of Gollong Solar fell apart around the middle of December, right before Christmas.

The current version works in XAF and targets French-speaking Central Africa through Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.

For the record:

South Africa’s gollong.org was registered privately on May 24, 2022.
Privately, gollong.online (XAF) was signed up on October 4, 2022.
Gollong Solar might have been changed in other ways that I don’t know about.

Even though Gollong Solar is aimed at Africa, we can tell from its website source code that it is run by Chinese scammers:

If an MLM company isn’t clear about who owns or runs it, you should always think twice before joining or giving them any money.

The Products of Gollong Solar
Gollong Solar has no products or services that can be sold.

Affiliates can only sell affiliate membership in Gollong Solar.

Plan for paying back Gollong Solar
Investors in Gollong Solar do so because they are promised a return every day.

The first South African investment tiers for Gollong Solar were:

G-VIP1: Spend R230 and get 140% back in 40 days.
G-VIP2: Put in R500 and get 160% back in 40 days
G-VIP3: Put in R2100 and get 250% back in 50 days.
G-VIP4: Put in R6,000 and get back 275% in 50 days.
G-VIP5: Put in R21,000 and get 330% back in 55 days.
G-VIP6: Put in R48,000 and get 344% back in 55 days.
G-VIP7: Put in R75,000 and get 390% back in 60 days.
G-VIP8: Put in R140,000 and get back 420% in 60 days.

The current levels of the CFA franc in Central Africa are:

GL-1: Put in 3,000 XAF and get 187% back in 20 days.
VIP GL-1: Put in 3,000 XAF and get 206% back in 20 days.
GL-2: Put away 10,000 XAF and get 150% back in 30 days.
VIP GL-2: Spend 10,000 XAF to get???
Super1: Put 15,000 XAF down and get???
Super2: Put 40,000 XAF into it and get???
GL-3: Put away 50,000 XAF and get???
VIP GL-3: Put 50,000 XAF down and get???
GL-4: Put away 80,000 XAF and get 175% back in 35 days.
VIP GL-4: Put 80,000 XAF down and get 189% back over 35 days.
Super3: Put down 100,000 XAF and get???

I’ve mostly used marketing materials from Gollong Solar to fill in the ROI rates I could find.

On the MLM side of things, “click a button” Ponzi schemes usually pay referral commissions down three levels of recruitment.

I wasn’t able to find specific commission rates for Gollong Solar.

Joining Gollong Solar
Joining as a Gollong Solar affiliate is free.

To fully take part in the attached income opportunity, you must invest at least 3000 XAF.

Gollong Solar asks for investments in the form of XAF or tether (USDT).

The End of Gollong Solar
Gollong Solar is yet another “click a button” app Ponzi scheme. This one is aimed at South Africa and now Central Africa.

“Renting solar energy equipment” is the trick that Gollong Solar is trying to pull off.

Supposedly, rented equipment gives investors a daily return as long as they log in to the app and click a button every day.

SunSolar was another “click a button” app with a solar theme that tried to scam people in Nigeria and Benin.

Gollong Solar uses cryptocurrency and XAF to run its business. MTN MoMo and Orange Bank are used to get XAF.

The domain “ocpay.info,” which was privately registered on June 6, 2022, was used to collect MTN MoMo payments at first. I think that the “ocpay.info” domain has been taken down since then.

Orange Bank takes payments through the domain “kmlgopay.com,” which was privately registered on October 9, 2022, and is still in use.

Gollong Solar uses these domains with different names to trick MTN MoMo and Orange Bank into giving them services as a payment processor.

Late in 2021, “click a button” app Ponzi schemes started to pop up. They are made by scammers in China, and each launch is usually aimed at a different country.

BehindMLM has found and written about forty-four “click a button” app Ponzis so far, including Gollong Solar. Most of them fall down after a few weeks to a few months.

The “click a button” app Ponzi plague is thought to be the work of the same group of Chinese con artists.

The Philippines is the only government that has admitted that “click-a-button Ponzis” exist.

Other fraud alerts have been sent out about specific “click a button” Ponzi schemes, but the sector as a whole has mostly stayed out of the spotlight.

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