Time For the Scam Observer Corps To Be Born?

In 2006 the MLM Distributor Rights Association – Now RENAMED the ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL NETWORK MARKETERS asked the FTC to start a “Scam Observer Corps”  This organization would be like the “Ground Observer Corps of the 1950’s guarding America.  It would be manned strictly by volunteers who had been trained by a government agency and certified to be information givers only.  They would provide reporting information only to a special law enforcement website such as: who, what, where, and when a scam was being promoted.

This was ignored but with the millions of dollars going into cybercrime and the Federal Deficit we have, maybe it is time to rehash the idea and get a bill into Congress to get attention for a voluteer program to save $$.

MAR  2010 - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller III, gave testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.  (Extracted Report)

FBI Director Mueller proposed an additional $232.8 million for salaries and expenses. If approved, the outlay would create 812 new positions, including 276 special agents, 187 intelligence analysts and 349 professional staff.  The FBI. Mueller said, “saw an unprecedented jump  in the identification of Ponzi and other high yield investment fraud schemes, many of which involve thousands of victims and staggering losses — some in billions of dollars. Some of the  major threats in this area stem from emerging technologies, such as stored value devices (DEBIT & GIFT CARDS), as well as from shell corporations (Bahamas & Caymans?), which are used to conceal the ownership of funds being moved through financial institutions and international commerce.  In any case life is going to get harder for scam artists!

Here is a good overview of Gifting Program legal activity.  As time goes along I will ad some stories that I have archived about housewives, schoolteachers, policeman and ministers being arrested for participation in these Illegal Schemes.  The MLM WatchDog Wants to Protect innocent people from getting a criminal record for participating in these Pyramid Schemes.  Rod Cook Ur Editor


Criminal Code
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206. (1) Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years who

(e) conducts, manages or is a party to any scheme, contrivance or operation of any kind by which any person, on payment of any sum of money, or the giving of any valuable security, or by obligating himself to pay any sum of money or give any valuable security, shall become entitled under the scheme, contrivance or operation to receive from the person conducting or managing the scheme, contrivance or operation, or any other person, a larger sum of money or amount of valuable security than the sum or amount paid or given, or to be paid or given, by reason of the fact that other persons have paid or given, or obligated themselves to pay or give any sum of money or valuable security under the scheme, contrivance or operation;


Better Business Bureau - Central OK: Pyramid Scheme Surfaces In Oklahoma, Other Parts of the Country. The Better Business Bureau of Oklahoma City warns of a program that is apparently an illegal pyramid scheme that is being promoted in several areas of the country. The operation called "Webco" is supposedly based in Calera, a small town in the southern part of Oklahoma.

Danville, VA - Attorney General - Accordingly, it is my opinion that every person who participates in the "gifting program" by paying $2,000, with the expectation of advancing and ultimately receiving $16,000, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor for operating a pyramid promotional scheme, in violation of § 18.2-239. 1Punishment for conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor is "confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both." Section 18.2-11.

Idaho - Attorney General Warns Of Dinner Party Pyramid Scheme - The scheme, which is known by the names Circle of Friends, Women Helping Women, Women Empowering Women, Women for Women, and the Dinner Party, is represented as a gathering of women helping one an

Iowa Attorney General - Issue Warning
Attorney General's Office Issues Warning: Avoid Illegal Pyramid - The Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office issued the following statement today in response to numerous inquiries about a pyramid program that is operating in certain areas of Iowa.

Leave This Gift Unopened ABC News - 'Gifting Clubs' Just as Devious and Risky as Pyramid Schemes. Though they may use catchy terms and incentives, "gifting clubs" are almost a sure way to lose money. (Jim Boyle/

North County (NY) - NORTH COUNTY PYRAMID SCHEME RESULTS IN $100,000 IN FINES. A.G. Warns Consumers Against "Gifting Circle" Scam. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said today that twelve North Country women have paid substantial penalties for their roles as leaders of an illegal pyramid scheme.   The Attorney General began investigating the pyramid scheme, commonly known as the "Women's Gifting Circle" or "Women's Gifting Tree," in late 2000 after receiving numerous calls concerning the enterprise. Most of the calls came from anxious women who had lost substantial sums of money in the scheme.

North Dakota Complaint Form

Savannah GA  - Community leaders named in pyramid scheme. SAVANNAH - Their names are well known in the community. Police say that credibility led others to believe a pyramid scheme to make money was legal.

Sonoma County (CA) - District Attoryney - The District Attorney's Office Warns Women Of Pyramid Scheme - The district attorney's office today warns women in Sonoma County not to fall prey to the "empowering" techniques used by a new Pyramid scheme in the County of Sonoma. Pyramid participation in our state is against the law, and may result in criminal or civil penalties.

St.Paul, MN - Pyramid Scheme Flyer & Tips - Minnesota law prohibits all pyramid schemes because they deceive and cheat people. But promoters continue to hype pyramid schemes and recruit new people. con artists running the scams are looking for people who are vulnerable to get-rich-quick promises.

Towns Get Wrapped Up in Pyramid 'Gifting' Schemes - THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE SERVICE - CANTON, Ill. -- For more than two weeks, day and night, neighbors and relatives hurried to Doug and Susan Manock's house with $2,000 in hand.

This page is dedicated to Stopping Pyramid Scams, Gifting Clubs, Gifting Scams, demonstrating that Gifting programs can put people in jail, State Attorney Generals jail and fine people, Pyramid scams never work, District Attorneys prosocut Pyramid gifting scams.  MLM Wathch Dog Rod Cook,  MLM Consultant, MLM Consulting, pyramid schemes, pyramid gifting schemes

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