The illustration is "There they go plucked" – Plate 20 from Los Caprichos, Goya 1799
Get rich quick, just forget about things like mathematics, the population of the world, and how many friends you would like to still have at the end of the year. A pyramid scheme is a pyramid scheme, even if black-letter law pretends it is not.
Pyramid schemes aren't the only way fraudsters try to empty wallets. The sites listed here include many methods of making you poorer.
Participants in Multi-level Marketing Schemes who try to recruit me were given a collective Encouragement Award in the 2000 Millenium Awards. The citation read:
I have decided to give a general Encouragement Award to all those fools who keep emailing me with offers of fabulous wealth through pyramid schemes. I know they are called "network marketing" or "multi-level marketing" or some such euphemism to get around the law, but calling a duck "a dog" doesn't make it bark. Many of these people have web sites (some of which are listed here), and some even have pyramids of web sites. The reason they need encouragement is that if everything works out as it should and they sign up five people in the first month and each of them repeats the performance, and then the next level does it and so on (at least two Amway salesmen have told me that five per month easy to achieve), then they will be looking for only 244 million people to join their downline next December. Easy, isn't it?
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The Freethunk web site disappeared in January 2020.
It went to Facebook and then disappeared from there also
See more from Brian Kent here
The Millenium Bookshop has books about pyramid schemes and frauds.
There are sites listed in this category.
Adrian Mathews Secrets of Creating a Home Business in Health Products
Australian Longevity 1 – Joel Wallach
Australian Longevity 2 – Joel Wallach
Authentic Tahitian Noni Juice expands your health naturally.
Dead Doctors Don't Lie! – Joel Wallach
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association stealing someone else's name
E. Excel International
For More International
Forever Living Products
Greenwood Health Systems
Home Business Opportunity
InterNET Services Corporation
Life Force International
Life Sciences Technologies
Morinda Tahitian Noni® Juice and Noni Products Information
MXI – Home of Xocai
Network 21 Australia
Network Marketing Power – Tim Sales
New Image International