Caught on the wrong end of a pump and dump? You probably just need to move on.

This is the first email reply post in what may eventually develop into a special topic.  I’m essentially issuing a public response to questions and comments submitted to me by email, because the information could also be very helpful or interesting to others.

I’m quite regrettably late in responding to this individual, and he actually contacted me in late 2014.  Better late than never, I guess…………..

From: k***********

Hello there,

I have my money in anas and qasp. i already lost 95% of my money in anas bought it back at 0.0075 now down to 0.0003. I need your help now. Is good idea to buy more now to bring my coast down or we will see a rs here and lost all our money. Please help me out.

I should first clarify that I have no intentions of ever telling someone “you should invest ‘x’ dollars into company XYZ.”  I’m not your financial advisor.  I don’t know your personal goals, current financial health, or risk tolerance.

However, I can sympathize with the crooked turn that befell ANAS and I have to say it’s no surprise to me that it’s sitting in the gutter.  This stock had all the classic pump and dump symptoms and the reputation of the previously so-called “benefactor,” Ray Barton, has really come into the light.  It’s not pretty, and I’d move on without looking back.

I’m not acquainted with QASP, but if its fundamentals are not any more impressive than ANAS, you might as well cut your losses and seek out new investments.  Chasing the end of a dump and hoping for another pump to resurrect the share price doesn’t pan out too often.

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MDIN, BTCC, and ANAS stock a scam or just an unexplicit relationship?

Pump money anas

I remember when ANAS stock (Alternaturals Inc) made a yahoo news appearance about what is supposed to be its flagship product, 5 Hour High, which was later announced to be produced in the near future by Kush Creams.  It seemed to have a small following for a while, and then the interest seemed to gradually wear away, bringing the stock price with it.

An individual that is holding ANAS emailed me a very interesting set of findings when looking into the internet presence of Alternaturals, along with 2 other companies:  Northstar Global Business Services, Inc. (OTC: MDIN) and Bitcoin Collect, Inc. (OTC: BTCC).  I suppose it’s worth mentioning that BTCC recently changed its name from Solpower Corp and was trading under the ticker SOCR.

I’ve been given permission by the author to post the report on 420 Stock Talk, so here it is.  If you are currently invested in or thinking of soon investing in MDIN, BTCC, or ANAS stock, you will definitely want to read on and grasp a better understanding of how all these stocks are intertwined.

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Some may still remember ANAS, the stock that skyrocketed from 0.0030 to almost a penny in a single day after a yahoo PR announcement and some help from the Wolf of Weed Street.  What you may not know is that other investors have raised concerns about similarities between ANAS and Northstar Global Business Services, Inc (MDIN) on boards such as iHub.  Speculations seem to range from a mere noticeable and potentially coincidental resemblance between the two companies, all the way to concern that someone – perhaps Raymond Barton – is running a more sophisticated series of pump and dump scams.

From observing both ANAS and MDIN investors’ online discussion and reading the reports and PR releases (available on OTC markets), it was clear to me that they did indeed have very similar products, and stories about investors patiently waiting for “big news” that was expected to rocket the stock price.  They are also both undoubtedly tied to Raymond Barton, although the extent of his current involvement is largely unknown with ANAS:

Emmanuel Gyamfi mentions Ray Barton

You can read about Raymond Barton’s involvement on pages 8-9 of MDIN’s report here, in which he was appointed CEO, but later resigned after the money ran dry:

After repeatedly reading that “ANAS and MDIN had NO connection to one another” (aside from an ambiguous Ray Barton tie) on several boards by various investors and participants, I still thought the similarities were far too suspicious.  I decided to take a closer look.

First of all, I did a WHOIS search on (ANAS).  The registration information is completely hidden, protected by a private registration service (Domains By Proxy, LLC).  The domain registrar is GoDaddy.

Next a WHOIS search for, Med Gen Inc (MDIN) and North Star’s main site.  The registrant is Raymond Barton, from Melville, New York.   The domain registrar is also GoDaddy.  Okay, so we’ve confirmed that both companies utilize GoDaddy for domain registration and Raymond initiated the purchase for North Star / Med Gen Inc (MDIN).  Overall, not too much there yet, right?

Next, I performed an “nslookup” on  This showed that the ANAS site’s domain name was pointing at IP:

Now for the real eye-opener.  I’ve just run a reverse IP domain check from “you get signal” on the IP  For those unfamiliar with this research tool, “you get signal” has a great description on their site — “A reverse IP domain check takes a domain name or IP address pointing to a web server and searches for other sites known to be hosted on that same web server.

Here were the results of the check for IP

YouGetSignal Report of IPYou’ll immediately notice that Alternaturals (ANAS) and North Star (MDIN) are listed, but also take note of another (OTC) penny stock by the name of SolPower (SOCR), which is now trading as Bitcoin Collect (BTCC) .

What does this mean?  All these sites are hosted on the exact same server at!  Just to be “extra sure,” I ran nslookup on “” as well, and sure enough – it’s using the same IP:

Let me carefully expand upon all this, because someone entirely unfamiliar with web hosting services may not understand any significance in this discovery. First of all, the fact that those 3 sites use domains by a registrar as large as GoDaddy (or even the same identity/registration protection service) doesn’t really demonstrate much by itself. All that did was perk my curiosity and led me to the nslookup, which led to far more eyebrow raising discoveries.

The fact that they all share the same IP address shows the relationship worthy of consideration. Shared hosting products tend to have 100’s (if not 1000’s) of domains/sites on a single server. Site owners purchase relatively cheap hosting (usually $5-10/mo), and in return, the hosting company places several clients on the same bulky server. So, in this regard, no single client on the server has full control of its resources (CPU, RAM, storage, etc), and a single IP’s use is split (or “shared”) among several clients.  If the 3 sites I mentioned above were listed with 100’s or 1000’s of other sites, I might not be as concerned.

However, this nslookup shows only a small handful of sites on the same IP, which indicates that the server is almost indefinitely a GoDaddy VPS or fully dedicated server. In either case, the product is owned by a single person or entity, which essentially has exclusive control over that single IP. Put simply, whoever owns that GoDaddy product is administrating *all* the sites on that IP.

Upon doing a little more digging, I found some other similarities among these sites.  One of the most notable is the site design and implementation itself.  All sites use the WordPress content management system, and have pages with similar design (i.e. the “Investor Relations” page on all sites has the same layout).

If you study the PPS history of MDIN and SOCR/BTCC, you’ll notice they show similar patterns as well.  These are stocks that have apparently spiked high on news, and then slowly crawled back to record lows.  ANAS hasn’t been around quite as long, but you’ll see it now mimics the journey on the same downward road.

I don’t know if there’s a single “man behind the curtain” here, pulling all the strings, and trying to hide a massive secret (such as a major pump and dump engine), OR if it’s something much less sinister.  However, the rabbit hole is starting to go deeper and these findings are a tad daunting.

Plenty of questions remain unanswered about Ray Barton.  It’s further intriguing that shortly after ANAS announced that Kush Creams would be manufacturing their long awaited 5 Hour High product, news of a licensing agreement between MDIN and Kush Creams also surfaced.  Though, after everything I’ve laid out above, this shouldn’t seem too jaw dropping.

My last words are simple, sweet, and paramount to protecting yourself:  Be careful and do your due diligence before investing in anything!

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Squinting eyes at HEMP stock reports and the curious revenue treatments

Washington hemp stock

Late the other day, I was asked what thoughts I had about HEMP stock and CEO Bruce Perlowin after the Q2 2014 report came out.  I don’t really follow Hemp Inc, so I had no immediate thoughts.  I opened up the quarterly report, squinted my eyes quite a few times, and then checked the popular stock boards and marijuana stock news blogosphere to see what regular followers were feeling.

There’s some happy HEMP investors and pushers talking up the stock, but there’s a lot of questionable and concerning aspects to that report.  Let me say it outright.  The numbers are kind of scary and confusing and I’m glad that I am not holding HEMP right now.   That can change, but we are where we are right now.

First of all, we see some dilution.  Outstanding shares (O/S) were about 2.1 billion, and they’re now sitting over 2.5 billion.  What’s concerning here is that we really don’t have any way of identifying whether the dilution has a positive side to it.  If you have to dilute the stock to bring in new management, secure more investments, entertain an acquisition (and so on), then I could simply nod my head and say, “Okay, let’s see how the strategy here plays out.”

But we have no idea, and we’re left with only lines and scribbles to speculate on.  A little shy of 400 common shares were added to the total O/S, much of which apparently comes from the conversion of Preferred K shares, which was supposed to be used to clean some debt off the balance sheet.  The problem?  It’s unclear who was supposed to receive these preferred shares in the first place.  Is it Bruce Perlowin or another insider?  Is it an unnamed special interest, perhaps a private equity firm?

Then there’s the issue of the reported revenue.  Slightly over $2.36 million in revenue was reported for the period.  The problem?  It seems the vast majority of this revenue is from other OTC stock received from “six corporate customers,” and this is accompanied with an ugly $3.3 million reported loss from what is vaguely referred to as “other comprehensive losses.”

Where does this come from?  Previous shares were received and recorded for a couple quarters now, and it seems this 3 million pinch comes from those securities declining in value.  So now it would appear that reported “revenue” can face some pretty rocky waters and potentially find large portions of itself lost to sea.  If these are all OTC stocks, you can expect that crazy volatility to continue.

What a mess, I say.  I’ll leave you with an interesting post on Yahoo from a guy that goes by “andrewcapt.”  Yahoo boards don’t always bring about the most reliable or fruitful discussions, but some of the more detailed postings do make you think:

HEMP yahoo andrewcapt comment

I don’t like to see games being played with “revenue.”  That’s my final thought.  If you have similar or very different thoughts, sure, let’s here them.

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