Vemma shut down; Herbalife still under investigation – both typical MLMs.

The flawed systems of Vemma (shut down) and Herbalife (under investigations)  are boiler plate for hundreds of other MLMs. Last year, the FTC posted a notice with this title: “FTC Acts to Halt Vemma as alleged Pyramid Scheme.” The first heading reads: “Promised unlimited income potential, but most participants lose money.” Really? Is not this the mantra used by hundreds … Read More

Donald Trump – Trump U. & MLM scam promoter for President?

In addition to Trump University scam, Donald Trump sponsored or promoted two MLMs Voters should be aware that Donald Trump sponsored or promoted not only Trump University, but also two MLMs, costing significant losses for tens of thousands of victims. Trump University accused of being a classic “bait and switch scheme.” It has been reported in the news that Donald … Read More

Regulators tacitly agree that MLM is an unfair & deceptive practice.

The $10,000 challenge to state and federal regulators who tacitly agree that MLM is an unfair and deceptive practice – and therefore violating Section 5 of the FTC Act Several years ago, I asked Robert Frisby, an FTC official, why pyramid schemes are illegal. He responded that pyramid schemes are  illegal because they are considered an unfair and deceptive practice … Read More

Important eBook Revised: MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING UNMASKED

Important ebook revised: MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING UNMASKED is available as a free download for consumers, law enforcement officials, attorneys, researchers, and educators. Click here for a complete description and download instructions. The evolving influence of the DSA/MLM lobby over the FTC is explained in detail in the report REGULATORY CAPTURE: The FTC’s Flawed Business Opportunity Rule. After a corrupt and irresponsible … Read More

The International Coalition of Consumer Advocates

The International Coalition of Consumer Advocates (ICCA) was recently formed to stand up against MLM abuse. It has petitioned the FTC to protect consumers against unfair and deceptive practices in the MLM industry. The petition and an invitation to post your complaint is posted on the ICCA website at www.mlmpetition.com.

Complaints filed against the FTC Against MLMs

A new report of COMPLAINTS FILED WITH THE FTC AGAINST MLMs shows a clear pattern of unfair and deceptive practices across the MLM industry. Note especially Exhibit 1 and the observations in Part III.

“Pyramid Schemes: a Primer”

Be sure to watch this excellent video – “Pyramid Schemes: a Primer” in English – or Spanish Don’t confuse a pyramid scheme for a legitimate opportunity.

Regulatory Capture: The FTC’s Flawed Business Opportunity Rule

The evolving influence of the DSA/MLM lobby over the FTC is explained in detail in the report REGULATORY CAPTURE: The FTC’s Flawed Business Opportunity Rule. After a corrupt and irresponsible rule-making proceeding, the Federal Trade Commission recently stepped away from its role as the nation’s consumer watchdog when it issued its final Business Opportunity Rule (BOR). It is actually a … Read More