Norwegian citizen Harald Ekker is not what we consider a good citizen. He has made millions, perhaps billions out of scamming the public through at least two companies and he has had a number of accomplices to help him out, as will be revealed here.
Let’s start with Towah, one of Ekker’s companies. It was a payment processor service. This very fact is a red flag, because there is potential for a scammer to profit, and Ekker’s Towah Group did. The manner in which people were scammed provides an insight into how he and his associates operate and why we should be aware that Ekker is still operational.
Towah provided a payment service to a company called Bidify, a penny auction site based on an MLM platform. It had affiliates working in teams and in 2012 these affiliates noticed that they were having problems getting their payments. They complained to their banks about what they started to believe was a scam. This incident was followed by one in which Bidify suffered a massive fraud through multiple use of fraudulent credit cards. It looked like Bidify and its affiliates were the injured party, but read on. Bidify’s bank froze its funds, which meant affiliates couldn’t receive any money, yet Bidify was allowed to continue to keep running its compensation plan on paper although the bank froze its funds. And, Bidify was still forwarding money to Towah Club Accounts, but told its members that Towah was behind the problem. Which was true, but as it turns out, Bidify were deeply involved as co-conspirators.
Then another Towah scam alert came to light. Towah offered Newcastle Building Society in the UK prepaid debit cards. Customers soon found they couldn’t get their money out with these cards and the bank contacted Towah, who claimed the bank had “sent the money to the wrong account.” Considering that Towah had €3million of the bank’s money it was concerned and after a failure by Towah to return any funds, NBS approached Norways’s Financial Supervisory Authority to investigate Towah. The reply from Norway was that Towah had no permission to conduct any kind of banking activity. The investigation hasn’t been concluded.
However, what was revealed is that Bidify and Towah were in cahoots. Frode Jørgensen of Bidify and Towah’s CEO Tor Anders Petterøe and Larus Palmi Magnusson have a long business relationship that goes back to Plexpay and other Ponzi schemes organised by Frode. It seems the two blamed each other for the disappearance of $9million.
You’ll also find that Harald Ekker was involved with another scheme in 2011 called Euro Buy-sell. This offered instant payment in any place via online transactions. This time it involved UNAICO and Sitetalk. Visit its still existent Facebook page and you’ll see a Towah prepaid Mastercard. The company strapline is “Simply Safe,” but given what happened with Bidify and NBS, that didn’t turn out to be true. SiteTalk sold affiliate packages starting at €149 and went up into the thousands of euros. Affiliates were rewarded for their online activities, until Towah struck again. Rune Evensen, CEO of UNAICO and Sitetalk reported that Towah stole €18m from the company. And with the proceeds Towah took from other businesses, its total haul is in the region of €28million.
But Harald Ekker didn’t stop scam there. He moved into real estate.
Ekker was a silent party in Wynyard real estate developers, but he still managed to come away with €5million in fraudulently acquired shares. And it goes on.
Harald Ekker’s name frequently appears in the Norwegian press for his association with pyramid and Ponzi schemes. For example, he was a top earner with World Games Incorporated (WGI) and this scam was a Ponzi-style stock market game. Some of his friends were also prominent in WGI, namely Tor Anders Petterøe. This pyramid scheme stopped paying out to its affiliates in 2004 and declared itself closed, yet within a few months there was a new scheme called Aspiritus. WGI members were told that Aspiritus had bought WGI, but this was nowhere near the truth; Aspiritus and WGI were being run by the same people. What the top leaders of the new company did was offer members who were owed money by WGI, ‘units’ in Aspiritus. These were of course without any value.
And in June 2017, Harald Ekker is still in the scam business. The USA’s SEC charged top promotor Trudy Gilmond over $1.7m stolen from Zeek rewards affiliates. This case is linked to Bidify mentioned earlier, because Bidify was based on Zeek rewards. There are angry people out there and as one person commented online “If we find the scammer Harald Ekker, we find the money,” talking about the millions he and others took through Towah.
Compared to Tor Anders Petterøe and Frode Jørgenson, who has an enormous ego and likes to challenge his critics online, always claiming that everything published about him is ‘fake news’, Harald Ekker has a talent for keeping somewhat out of sight. But he will not have stopped operating in Ponzi and pyramid schemes, because that is his natural habitat. Do watch out for Harald Ekker’s name in connection with any business opportunity – with his track record it is almost 100% certain that it’s a scam.