Prosecutors Take Down Alleged Online Scam

Ad Surf Daily billed itself as an online advertising service relying on Web video to spread the word. Feds call it a Ponzi scheme

Sonny Pham, 50, may have dismissed Ad Surf Daily (ASD) as just another online get-rich-quick scheme—if he hadn't seen the Web videos. YouTube had dozens. Some featured company founder, 74-year-old Thomas "Andy" Bowdoin, describing in a folksy twang how his "business opportunity" had helped thousands generate "excellent" profits. In others, self-identified ASD members insisted that the company paid them thousands each month to surf the Web. "There was a video of Andy and his attorney," says Pham. "It is a real business."

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