Multi-Level Marketers and Others on Notice to Stop Misleading Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission is putting more than 1,100 businesses that pitch money-making ventures on notice that if they deceive or mislead consumers about potential earnings, the FTC won’t hesitate to use its authority to target them with large civil penalties. As the pandemic has left many people in dire financial straits, money-making pitches have … Read more

Operators of Multi-Million Dollar Work-from-Home Scheme Settle FTC Allegations

Operation used false celebrity endorsements and bogus news stories to promote sales The operators of a work-from-home scheme and the CEO of their main affiliate marketing network will pay nearly $1.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they used misleading spam emails to lure consumers into buying work-from-home services. In its complaint, the … Read more

FTC says MLM is Illegal

Multi-level marketer AdvoCare International, L.P. and its former chief executive officer agreed to pay $150 million and be banned from the multi-level marketing business to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that the company operated an illegal pyramid scheme that deceived consumers into believing they could earn significant income as “distributors” of its health and wellness … Read more

Have You Ever Heard of Frank Bishop and Prime Traffic Network?

Question: Dear Steve, I originally arrived at your website because I was scammed by the Real Talk network years ago. My question is have you ever heard of Frank Bishop? He proposes to be a self-made billionaire and has a web hosting/affiliate marketing program which with a CloudURL account ($104 for one year) and an … Read more

Herbalife Finally Agrees to Stop MLM Misrepresentation and Operate Legtimately

Herbalife International of America, Inc., Herbalife International, Inc., and Herbalife, Ltd. have agreed to fully restructure their U.S. business operations and pay $200 million to compensate consumers to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the companies deceived consumers into believing they could earn substantial money selling diet, nutritional supplement, and personal care products. Page from … Read more

Vemma – Another MLM Slammed Shut. Good Products. Bad Business.

Promised Unlimited Income Potential, But Most Participants Lose Money At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme, Vemma Nutrition Company, that lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-to-5 job. The FTC seeks to stop the operation, … Read more

FTC Bans MLM Executives and Says Claims Were Bogus

The operators of a Kentucky-based pyramid scheme, which enrolled more than 350,000 consumers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in the last four years, have been banned from multi-level marketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and North Carolina. The settlement also requires the operators … Read more

Is 4Ginfinity.com Yet Another Get Rich Quick Money Making Ponzi Scheme or Pyramid Scam?

A recent comment on a previous post of mine directed me to 4ginfinity.com, “The Next Generation Straight-Line.” Frankly, my opinion is that people need to avoid money game programs like this. It appears to be nothing more than a naked pyramid scheme. The site offers a buried statement that it is not a get rich … Read more

I Invested in a Network Marketing Scam and Lost My Retirement Money. – Jonnie

“Dear Steve, I am almost 60 yrs. old. I used my retirement money to fund a network marketing scam…I learned a big lesson there. I have been living on credit cards for the past 3 yrs. I have 7 cards maxed. I worked for someone but found that I couldn’t earn enough to make payments … Read more