Popular money-doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox, better known as MMM, has placed a one-month ban on all withdrawals starting from December 13.
The development, which occurred a day after the Founder, Sergey Mavrod, said MMM had done a lot to improve the welfare of Nigerians, sparked fears among many Nigerians that the Ponzi scheme had crashed.
A letter displayed on the page of participants of the scheme cited “heavy workload on system” as the reason for the ban.
With the ban on the accounts, members of the scheme who are due to withdraw both their capital and 30 per cent return on investment will not be able to do so until January 2017.
According to the letter, the ban on withdrawals is partly due to negative reports by the media on the scheme.
The letter, entitled, ‘One-month freezing of confirmed Mavros,’ said, “Dear members, as usual in the New Year season, the system is experiencing heavy workload. Moreover, it has to deal with the constant frenzy provoked by authorities in the mass media.
“The things are still going well; the participants feel calm; everyone gets paid – as you can see, there haven’t been any payment delays or other problems yet – but!… It is better to avoid taking risk, Moreover, there are just three weeks left to the New Year.
“On the basis of the above mentioned therefore, all confirmed Mavros will be frozen for a month. The reason for this measure is evident. We need to prevent any problems during the New Year and then, when everything calms down, this measure will be cancelled, which we will definitely do. We hope for your understanding, Administration.”
Few hours before the accounts were frozen, the promoters of the scheme had warned Nigerians not to be “unnecessarily greedy.”
MMM Nigeria said on its Twitter page on Monday, “MMM has always advised that you use your #SpareMoney only. Don’t be unnecessarily greedy.”
In an open letter, MMM founder had on Monday urged the government to look at the benefits of the scheme to over three million Nigerians in one year of its existence in the country, especially, where the scheme is the only source of livelihood for some Nigerians.