QNet and Vihaan Fail to Make Entry in the List of Direct Selling Entities in India
Moneylife Digital Team 08 November 2018
QNet, the controversial multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme, and its franchisee Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd, both of which often try to hide behind the 'direct selling or product company' tag have failed to make an entry into the list of direct selling entities in India. 
 
The list, released by the department of consumer affairs under the ministry of consumer affairs, food & public distribution on 31 October 2018 has names of 327 entities mentioned as provisional direct selling entities.
 
The list has names like Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, K-Link Healthcare (India) Pvt Ltd, and eBiz.com Pvt Ltd against whom there are some cases registered or probe is going on. For Amway, the list states one case is under investigation by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. 
 
"Several criminal cases against Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd and its functionaries are pending or under investigation in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. These are only those cases which have been brought to the notice of department of consumer affairs," the portal says.
 
Moneylife had earlier reported about eBiz.com. As per department of consumer affairs, there is a pending first information report (FIR) against eBiz.com at Hanamkonda Police Station at Warrangal in Telangana, which was registered in the year 2008. (Read: eBIZ.com uses MLM route to dupe students with IT package offer)
 
However, despite trying very hard to establish itself as direct selling or direct product selling company in India, QNet and its franchisee Vihaan have failed to make a cut in the list issued by the department of consumer affairs.  
 
As reported by Moneylife in December 2016, while a few powerful members were not allowing QNet’s entry into the Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA), its franchisee Vihaan’s application too was rejected by other association, Federation of Direct Selling Association (FDSA). 
 
While rejecting Vihaan's membership application, the FDSA had said, "The Federation is repeatedly being approached by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police seeking various information regarding the company (Vihaan). The (Scrutiny) Committee feels it has collected the information about the pending court cases and is serious on the sub-judice status of the company. The Committee feels that the sub-judice status of the company (Vihaan) will jeopardise the faith of the government/ industry bodies in the Federation, hence recommends that the company need to come out clean before being considered by the Federation." (Read: QNet: FDSA too rejects Vihaan's membership application
 
QNet, the Hong Kong-based controversial MLM scheme has been facing backlash from several other countries as well. Earlier this year, QNet had to cancel its high-profile, flagship annual even called V-Con that that was scheduled to be held in Dubai between 8th to 12th September. 
 
In an email response, Zaheer K Merchant, director for corporate affairs at QNet, told Moneylife that, “As stated in the Facebook post, we had to make a decision to postpone the event due to circumstances beyond our control. You will note that several other large events were cancelled or rescheduled in Dubai in recent months, including the Dubai International Film Festival. We have no further comment here.”
 
QNet did not mention what these 'circumstances’ were, for cancelling its prestigious event. According to sources, the V-UAE 2018 was cancelled after Saudi Arabia declared QNet as haram and activities of the MLM company as ‘misleading activity’. On 1 September 2018, the ministry of commerce and investment (MCI) in Saudi Arabia issued a warning against QNet saying that its activities are prohibited in the country. 
 
From India alone, there were about 10,000 independent representatives (IRs) who have booked flight tickets to Dubai and also bought tickets at $350 each for the V-Con event. (Read: QNet Cancels V-Con Dubai Leaving Thousands of Agents in Soup)
 
On 1 September 2018, the Ministry of Commerce & Investment in Saudi Arabia had issued a warning against QNet (https://mci.gov.sa/en/MediaCenter/News/Pages/01-09-18-01.aspx) saying that its activities are prohibited in the country. 
 
Later in mid-September, the MCI from Saudi Arabia raided meeting places of QNet in that country. “QNet marketing activity aims to mislead and deceive dealers and clients with quick profit. Therefore, they try to raise money illegally by claiming that they are investing such money. This kind of activity is considered illegal because it depends on deceiving, cheating, fraud and manipulation,” the Ministry had said in a release. (Read: QNet: Saudi Arabia Raids Meeting Places of the Banned MLM)
 
Back home, there are several court cases and probe going on against QNet, its franchisee Vihaan and many people associated with the MLM scheme. In fact, two year ago, the Bombay High Court, in its judgement has observed "the deceit and fraud is camouflaged under the name of e-marketing and business".
 
While rejecting anticipatory bail applications of five accused in the multi-crore QNet scam, Justice Mridula Bhatkar, in a hard-hitting order on 6 May 2016 had said, "The motto of the company 'sell more, earn more' appears very attractive and innocuous. However, this motto is fully camouflaged. The company stands on a basic statement that people can be fooled. Thus, the true motto is 'sell more earn more' by fooling people. In fact, it is a chain where a person is fooled and then he is trained to fool others to earn money. For that purpose, workshops are conducted where study and business material is provided with a jugglery of words, promises and dreams. Thus, the deceit and fraud is camouflaged under the name of e-­marketing and business." 
 
"The claim that the wellness products i.e., Biodisk and Chi Pendent are medicinal and spiritual products, are after all, a matter of faith. However, the applicants/ accused have launched these wellness products with ulterior motive and with correct judgment of vulnerability of the people. The holiday packages, which were sold or offered, without any choice left to the buyers. The entire business was Internet based and, therefore, the persons who are responsible i.e., the top brass i.e., the applicants/ accused, were not approachable to the persons who were aggrieved. The nature of the business was knitted in the interest of the directors and shareholders in such a manner that the persons who are at the lower level of the pyramid cannot get any access to put up their grievances. The manner in which the persons were contacted, incentives offered, the workshops were conducted, are best examples of inducement," Justice Bhatkar had remarked. (Read: QNet: “It is a chain where a person is fooled and then he is trained to fool others to earn money” says Bombay HC order)
 
Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. 
 
While arguing before the HC in person, he had contended that the illegal money circulation scheme is being conducted in India by changing names from GoldQuest to QuestNet to the current QNet.
 
Earlier, the SFIO in its detailed ‘secret’ report on GoldQuest International Pvt Ltd and Quest Enterprises India Pvt Ltd has called multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes run by overseas operators as “a potential threat to national security”. (Read: QNet: Secret SFIO report says MLM, Ponzi schemes ‘a threat to national security’)
 
Comments
Milan Ghosh
2 years ago
I have trapped by Q NET.... from KOLKATA.. I think we should raise our hand against Q NET... if any body think about it..... Please contact... I need ur help guys..... My mail id - [email protected]
A Singh
3 years ago
Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Private Ltd hold all its equity capital
I have been trapped by one college freind Amit Keyal ,from Calcutta University, who had once been a good friend and kind of a guide as well. I trusted him since college and respected him as I thought him to be a simple good man. But I am so mistaken as I released last year when he forced (by lying and showing confidence in him saying he is always there) me to pay him almost 2 Lakhs (I took a loan to give him that money) which he said he would give me back if I am not able to continue the so called e-commerce business (Qnet). Nothing was explained before the payment was made. all details about how the company works and what do i have to do are told after I was already trapped and had no other way but to follow what they say. They ask you to make friends and tell them that I m into a mind blowing business and henceforth trap the victim. I chose not to cheat people. My money is lost because since then I have called and messaged that so called businessman (traitor) numerous times but in vain and now after an year I have almost lost all hope of getting back my money .
But I m happy that I didn't turn into one of those kinds going around cheating my own friends and family.
There are many people making a lot of money out of this totally fraud MLM company. There are other MLM companies as well but they are ethical as they agree to that fact and reveal what a member has to do before trapping someone.

I Can provide Some Contact details hereunder:

Q Net Association in Kolkata and all over world.

Sl.No. Name Mobile No. Mobile No.
22 Amit Keyal +971-566584028
4 Ashish +977-9802036176
1 Avinash +91-9330958969
2 Dayanad Mittal +91-9920350221
8 Deepak Kankani +91-9830783316
20 Hemant Surana +91-8697540123
18 Murtazir Nazar +91-9051061879
13 Nishant Gupta +91-9860779185
19 Saru +91-9830235419
21 Shyam Chaudhry +91-7506226543 +91-9930136801
3 +91-8092084462
5 +91-9980096781
6 +91-8100058258
7 +91-8951174594
9 +977-9845096260
10 +91-9376518122
11 +61-411895943
12 +971-557703213
14 +91-9930761147
15 +91-9167780347
16 +91-9836331256
17 +91-9038082570
18 Babita Agarwal+91-9635276465
Ak Tattoos
Replied to A Singh comment 2 years ago
Can you please give me your contact details? Or mail Id? Or please mail me @ [email protected]
A Singh
3 years ago
Full country is effected from scam

https://www.complaintboard.in/complaints-reviews/qnet-l330344.html
Tasmiya Naz
3 years ago
Alert !! Qnet is growing in Bangalore very much.
Even I was fooled by one of them ! It is such a Idiotic business. Where they fool people to earn money by fooling others.. ❌
If we do not stop this qnet or MLM. They will snatch money of the hard working people. ❎Mainly the people from Kerala are making qnet here in Bangalore and fooling people here. So it's growing faster .
People of qnet don't want to work hard. They just want earn money by others money. ! Such a Fraud company.
Police of Bangalore has to look under this matter.
❌ALERT to each one of those. Do not get involved in such type of MLM. Because I know what it is. !! They fool people ( mind wash ) easily. !!!

And people get trapped. !!
Please save us from this bloody shit business QNET .❌❌❌
Qnet Analyst
Replied to Tasmiya Naz comment 3 years ago
And these people in Bangalore they mainly work in which companies ?
Qnet Analyst
3 years ago
What are the events of QNet in 2019 ? They have events in Dubai, Thailand, Bangkok, Malaysia every year and 1000s of Indians and 1000s of people from middle east travel to these events. What events are planned in 2019 ? If QNet is on radar by so many agencies how can so many people get Visa to travel to Qnet events so easily?
Atul Rathore
Replied to Qnet Analyst comment 3 years ago
They don't have any proof of their existence and they are putting questions on a 21 year old group.
You guys have seriously no clue
What mistakes you are doing.
If still you have some humanity within then publish truth as well...apart from your publicity.
Tasmiya Naz
Replied to Atul Rathore comment 3 years ago
Exactly. !! They are just publishing there qnet company with nonsense ideas and shits. By which people get fooled af !! ❌
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