Thompson Burton: Support Company of the Year from Academy of Multilevel Marketing

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Thompson Burton, a law firm providing services to multi-level marketing companies, provides our comic relief today, along with “The Academy of Multilevel Marketing” (TAMM). The Academy of Multi-Level Marketing is an organization created by MLM industry supporters to make up some awards to give legitimacy to those involved in the grand scam that is called…

Companies That Sue Critics Have Something to Hide

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I am a firm believer that companies that sue critics (whether the critics are journalists, customers, forensic accountants, or otherwise) have something to hide. This was the case with Medifast Inc., a multi-level marketing company that sued me (and others) for $270 million nearly five years ago. (They suffered a resounding loss against me, lost…

World Ventures Called A Scam by Blogger and Others

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Attempts to silence critics of multi-level marketing companies (often referred to as legalized pyramid schemes) are nothing new. I have been on the receiving end of numerous threats  and one very large legal action for my criticism of MLMs. Medifast and Take Shape For Life had a huge loss in their $270 million lawsuit against…

Xyngular v Innutra Lawsuit

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Xyngular Corporation recently sued Innutra LLC, a company that appears to be founded by a number of former Xyngers. You may recognize Xyngular as the company for which serial scammer Jennifer McKinney shills. Both companies are multi-level marketing companies that use “nutritional supplements” as the front for their recruiting schemes. Xyngular is upset because the…

Xyngular: Starve, Binge, Purge, Repeat!

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Multi-level marketing companies are getting lots of attention lately thanks to the Bill Ackman smackdown of Herbalife in December. MLMs offering “nutrition products” are of special interest to consumers, and with good reason. Companies like Isagenix, MonaVie , Usana, Mannatech, and Shaklee all offer magic potions that claim to help you lose weight, absorb more…

More on Herbalife, Bill Ackman, and Law Enforcement

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As we patiently wait for Herbalife’s “analyst and investor meeting” on January 10 to address the pyramid scheme allegations made by short seller Bill Ackman, there is plenty of good discussion of HLF around the world wide web. Kid Dynamite said Bill Ackman is wrong about Herbalife, citing that: HLF  is not a pyramid scheme…

Internet Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing: Same Scam, Different Name

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Recently I have been digging into the Salty Droid (you can’t make money online) archives. Salty Droid is an attorney in Chicago who writes about scammers who pitch their wares on the internet. I’ve been aware of the site for a while. But little did I know that Salty Droid has been covering a number…

Truth About MLM: Almost Everyone Will Lose Money

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Last week the Salt Lake Tribune published a fantastic article about the reality in multi-level marketing, entitled Utah Juice Companies Offer Few Prospects. MLMs like Mary Kay, Amway, MonaVie, and Herbalife have been claiming that the great recession has increased the number of distributors because people are looking for ways to make money during this…

Debt and Defeat At the Bottom of the Sales Pyramid

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The Salt Lake Tribune By Steven Oberbeck Nicole Lopez’s desire to earn additional money for her family so she could be a stay-at-home mom led her to give multilevel marketing a try. Yet like so many Utahns who get involved with such companies, her dream came to naught. Although a few make millions and some…

Bethany College Teaching Students How to Scam Others

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I thought it was a hoax. Surely this couldn’t be true? An actual college, offering a curriculum in “network marketing”???? You know – – network marketing – – as in multi-level marketing, as in legalized pyramid schemes. Yes, folks, it’s true. Bethany College in Kansas is going to be offering a curriculum in professional scamming!…