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Online extortion gangs run by the “so-called” journalists


Readers of BehindMLM.com calling it out for its malpractices – Example 1

However, that is not the case with the other MLM news or review websites such as BehindMLM.com, CryptoFR.com, JournalduCoin.com, etc. Most of these websites are notorious for blackmailing MLM companies outright and extorting money from them, directly or indirectly. What’s the modus operandi, you ask? Well, from what we have understood so far, it’s a simple yet ruthlessly effective business model.

How Do the MLM Review Websites Such as BehindMLM.com Operate?

These review websites first lay a trap by publishing a biased and defamatory article on the target MLM brand or company. After that, they populate these blog posts with more derogatory and made-up comments using a dummy and anonymous set of profiles controlled by the same group of people who run the said review website. What happens next is easy for anyone to guess.

Upon seeing the articles, the MLM companies get forced to reach out to the review website. At that point, the so-called journalists running these bogus review websites share their prices with the company for taking down the negative blog posts. If the company dares not to agree with them, the review website continues to barrage its brand with more negative articles in the subsequent weeks or months.

“Take a handful of cow crap and throw it against the barn, and some of it is going to stick, eventually.”

 ~ Anonymous

In the end, either the company caves in and coughs up the extortion money that these journalistic gangs demand or weather away from the MLM scene. The greediest of these blogs is, of course, BehindMLM.com. It isn’t a genuine online review blog, and people have known it for many years. I have heard the stories of BehindMLM.com behaving like a rabid dog, going after any and every MLM company until they don’t get their share of the ransom.

The Curious Case of BehindMLM.com Promoters

BehindMLM.com and other vultures like them have survived for so many years, using many dirty tactics and loopholes available to them. One of the most significant loopholes that they all use to their benefit is staying anonymous on the internet. The editors of BehindMLM.com is a bunch that has worked hard to keep their real identities hidden from the mainstream. However, these BehindMLM.com gangsters are getting exposed now.

Readers of BehindMLM.com calling it out for its malpractices – Example 2

Let’s take a closer look at these lowlife pimps who bring shame to the world of journalism.

BehindMLM.com is an extortion racket set up by a couple of friends called Klaus BARDENHAGEN and Michael TURTON, currently operating out of Taiwan. Klaus Bardenhagen calls himself a freelance journalist from Germany, while Michael Turton is an American who is settled in Taiwan with his wife Sylvia Shih for the last 30 years. In addition to BehindMLM.com, Michael has also tried his hands at running a political website called The View from Taiwan. The website was dumped in 2018, most likely because Michael Turton could not pressure the Taiwanese polity with his biased articles and was unsuccessful in extorting anything from them.

Michael Turton

Born on April 17, 1963, Michael Turton also teaches English at the Taichung Municipal Taichung Second Senior High School, No. 109, Yingshi Road, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404. He is currently living at No. 100, Lane 192, Section 1, Fongsing Road, Tanzih District, Taichung, Taiwan 427. His contact details (as of writing this article) are as given below.

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://facebook.com/turton.michael

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelturton

Primary Blog: https://michaelturton.blogspot.com (the now-defunct or abandoned online extortion scheme called The View from Taiwan).

Interestingly, Michael Turton, the 57-year-old married man, is quite active on the Taiwanese dating scene. I’m not sure if it is his hobby or a means to spend all the ill-gotten money he extorts from the MLM industry, but he certainly has an active account on the Taiwanese dating website, TaiwanSingles.com. A simple Google search (this link here) will lead you to his online dating profile.

Michael Turton’s dating profile on Taiwan Singles as shown on Google.com

Notice how, on his dating profile summary, he proudly mentions that he has lived in Taiwan for the last 30 years. It suggests that this online dating profile of Michael Turton is an active one and that he updates or maintains it regularly. Now think about it for a moment. In what world does an honest man let alone a serious journalist get the time to create and maintain an extramarital dating lifestyle? It can only happen in Michael Turton’s world.

Michael Turton, the 57-year-old married man, posing for his dating website profile


Klaus Bardenhagen

Michael’s partner-in-crime and long-time associate, Klaus Bardenhagen, also operates from Taiwan. We know that he is a German citizen born in the year 1976. He shares the false name of “OZ” with Michael Turton to post their biased articles and comments on BehindMLM.com. Klaus, currently living at No. 102, Hou Kang Street, Shilin District, Tapei, Taiwan 111, has another active base at Haupstrasse 25, Ebersdorf, Germany 27432.

The contact details of Klaus Bardenhagen (as of writing this article) are as given below.

Tel: +886 987 985 070

Facebook: https://facebook.com/taiwanreporter and https://facebook.com/klaus.bardenhagen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/taiwanreporter

Blog: https://weltreporter.net/en/author/Klaus_Bardenhagen

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Much like Michael Turton, Klaus Bardenhagen is also currently attempting to establish himself as a journalist within Taiwan. The two co-conspirators of BehindMLM.com are now busy working on a new brand called Taiwan Report. It is a small and obscure YouTube channel that started about a year ago in June 2019 as a political commentary called ‘Current Affairs Taiwan.’

The frontend of the channel gets handled by hosts Michael Turton and Courtney Donovan Smith. Klaus Bardenhagen mostly takes care of the onsite reporting bit of the business. Michael Turton tried his best for over 6-8 months to gain some traction by posing in front of the commentaries. However, he soon realized that it was not working out for the channel.

He and his partners have now taken a new route and remodeled their YouTube channel as a podcast, rebranding it as ‘Taiwan Report.’ Still, the YouTube business has seen little to no growth at all. Today, it has a meager 27k views with close to 200 videos and only a handful of 600+ subscribers. Sad state indeed! You can see the clear difference in their approach from the screenshots given below.

Videos from 2019 – Taiwan Report (Michael’s face plastered all over)


Videos from 2020 – Taiwan Report (Michael’s face missing from the scenes)

Glaring Proof of Lies and Deceit Perpetrated by BehindMLM.com

Before writing this article, I wanted to disbelieve all the complaints I heard about BehindMLM.com and its promoters. I was a bit partial and open to the idea of giving Michael and Klaus the benefit of the doubt. After all, going against the Ponzi schemes comes with its own set of troubles. We at TheMLMReport.com know it well and have faced threats for writing the truth time and again.

However, when I got to know that a well-known lawyer in Philadelphia is chasing BehindMLM.com and its founders with a legal action based on concrete proofs, it changed my mind. I felt prompted to do some investigation into the said allegations on BehindMLM.com and its promoters’ activities. I must admit that the journey has been quite an eye-opener so far.

Readers of BehindMLM.com calling it out for its malpractices – Example 3

The questionable backgrounds of Michael Turton and his buddy Klaus Bardenhagen are already out in the open. The unlawful activities of BehindMLM.com, their ill-written articles, manufactured and dubious comments and inflated traffic are all stories proven to be correct. Still, there has to be more to it. Is BehindMLM.com playing the role of a double-edged sword for a select few?

What if BehindMLM.com was hand in gloves with some of the select MLM players who were willing to pay Michael Turton and Klaus Bardenhagen for a softer approach on their brand, both personal and professional. It is a possibility if you think about it, and if you are like me, who knows where to look, you will find proof of this too.

What’s Next for BehindMLM.com and Its Promoters?

Based on the information I was able to gather from reliable sources, one thing is for sure, the days of extortion racket BehindMLM.com seem numbered. From the USA to Timbuktu, the amount of defamation lawsuits filed against BehindMLM.com today is just increasing day by day. The road ahead for the two extortionists Michael Turton and Klaus Bardenhagen, is a tough one.

The general public has become more aware of what the promoters of BehindMLM.com stand for and how they play the dirty game of influencing public opinion for or against any MLM company for making some quick money. The slander cases, character assassination, and blackmail involving BehindMLM.com, Michael Turton, and Klaus Bardenhagen are too far-reaching and devastating.

Many countries’ law enforcement authorities are already working on finding out to what extent Michael and Klaus have damaged the MLM industry. With more and more voices rising against these fraudster journalists, greater truth will turn out in the open, and it will undoubtedly lead to the demise of BehindMLM.com and similar websites that operate like them.

My investigation to do with the journey of BehindMLM.com and its promoters and founders, Michael Turton and Klaus Bardenhagen, will continue. I will come back to share more news and findings that I get my hands on as and when that happens. Till then, you be aware of these sharks hiding behind their journalistic front and when researching any new MLM company, stay focused on finding out the truth on your own.

If you are interested in other sources online that have expressed their opinion on BehindMLM.com and its dodgy, sinister activities against the MLM industry, feel free to check out these links below.

Klaus Bardenhagen – The Blackmailer


The Mastermind Behind BehindMLM.com Exposed


Klaus Bardenhagen & Michael Turton Biography


BehindMLM.com – The Cowards

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