It seems as if everyone on the internet is promoting a “Money Making Opportunity” or “Team Builder” program. This is just another name for MLM. They act as if Multi-Level-Marketing is the greatest newest thing since the latest iphone.
It is the oldest con game in the book, older than Ponzie. I have been studying it since 1989, when it was still going through the mail. It just doesn’t work people.
Yea, I know, many products are sold that way. I hear that excuse all the time. Here’s the difference; the things you must ask yourself concerning MLM and its legitimacy. These are not my rules; they came straight from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) guidelines concerning MLM. You must also remember that each state varies, there is the Federal regulation, but State Laws do vary and mostly are pretty much the same as Federal standards.
In multilevel or network marketing, individuals sell products to the public — often by word of mouth and direct sales. Typically, distributors earn commissions, not only for their own sales, but also for sales made by the people they recruit.
Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money. If you’re considering buying into a multilevel marketing plan, get the details.
Here’s another excuse I hear all the time; “if it were illegal then the Government would have shut them down”. Newsflash people; so is speeding, but people still do it and get away with it. When do they get caught? Only when the police actually catch them speeding and they are cited.
The Government and law enforcement does not have the resources to monitor these things, so unless someone files a complaint or there is something to alert them, it is assumed everything is fine.
After complaints are filed with the proper authorities and an investigation is done, these pyramid schemes can be shut down. That could take weeks, months, or even years. It all depends on the amount of complaints received. Unless a crime is reported, there is no crime. Until then, people will continue to get scammed.
Great Article here The Ten Big Lies About MLM