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Archives: 4th Quarter 2002
October, November, December
GASUPUSA SHADY PAST
28 Dec 2002 -- In 1995 the WatchDog covered the Telecom Solutions Int. scam on stolen phone minutes.
THE CASH SOLUTION GIFTING CLUB
27 Dec 2003 -- How do we know? Read the terms and conditions the scammers use!
MODERN PYRAMID GOOD GRAPHICS
STRAIGHT LINE FILL UP PYRAMID
27 Dec 2003 -- Extreme Matrix is a good ole pyramid matrix strung out in a line! The riot is that they are selling it as a Gifting Club! Fill up those heads and collect the money!
OFFSHORE SCAM GOES DOWN HARD
27 Dec 2003 -- Offshore Trans-World offered 30 per cent a month on your money. There where people stupid enough to believe them! One scammer does "Suicide" great!
OWNERS OF NEWAYS INDICTED FOR TAX EVASION
21 Dec 2002 -- Tom and Dee Mower owners of Neways were indicted on 7 counts of tax evasion. The Evasion occurred on foreign sales from 1992-1997. The Mowers plead not guilty and posted $250k bonds. The article also says they are not engaged in the day to day operation of the company. That is not true from reports to the WatchDog. http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_Neways.html
GIFTING THIEF STEALING FROM THIEVES!
21 Dec 2002 -- Here is a good report on 5 Star Gifting. The crook who is running the gifting scam is stealing from gifter scammers! Lesson? If it is on the web and has no names, no addresses and no products or services you can sell and you send money orders or checks.YOU ARE SCAMMED!
THE 5 STAR GIFTING GRINCH STEALING XMAS
20 Dec 2002 -- 13 email "get the crooks" on these Grinches at publication time! Stupid criminal gifters must have spammed the world! Most criminals know "Secrecy" is the trick. Not these idiots! http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_5starGifting.html
NEW SCAM REPORTING CLUSTER IN LIBRARY!
QUORUM HITTING STREETS WITH REVISED HISTORY
15 Dec 2002 -- Quorum starting a big new rush with revised history of their past alarm business! Ed Note: Hype to exceed 1991? Will owner allow return of all old alarms sitting in garages?
GASUPUSA REPS MAKE AG UNHAPPY IN IDAHO
12 Dec 2002 -- GasUpUSA distributors made the Attorney General $@#^ list by telling people that he had endorsed the company. No state endorses or approves any company. Ed. Note: Not a good way to get publicity!
go to http://www.mcall.com/ then click on Archives then enter Eric Dalius in the search box. Then below that click on "All Dates."
IDAHO AG ON GASUP
TREK ALLIANCE SHUT DOWN BY FTC
Trek Alliance shut down by FTC. Trek was a spin off of Equinox started by 10 of their distributors. They followed the same fancy offices, deceptive hiring ads and pressure selling as Equinox. Meet the "grim reaper" receiver again.>>> http://www.trekalliance.com/
MORE GIFTING ARRESTS
10 Dec 2002 -- Sacremento bags 4 more gifters!
Dr. BARRY SEARS GETS $1 FROM ENVION
8 Dec 2002 -- Dr. Sears provided Zone Diet products for Evion owned by Matt Frieze. Evion clashed with Dr. Sears. He left the company. Evion sued for $201 million dollars. The court ruled that Evion did not get the $201 million they were greedily seeking! On top of Evion had to pay Dr. B $1! Ed: Good!
CANADIAN READERS AND SUBSCRIBERS THANKS!
8 Dec 2002 -- Thanks to you, pat yourself on the back. for calls and letters. Industry Canada revised startup fees for new companies from $10k to 1k Canadian. Click Here: http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Rpt_Canada.html
NON MLM- BODY SOLUTIONS ACCUSED OF FATTENED CLAIMS
6 Dec 2002 - FTC,Texas, and Illinois lawsuits seek restitution for customers, saying the company deceived consumers with claims that its product would help them lose weight during sleep. Words like "outrageous marketing practices" were used. Ed. Note: Example MLM suits are a minority. News Shortcut for Article On Weight Loss Hit
NON MLM BODY SOLUTIONS HIT BY FT
BIG SMART RETURN COMPLAINTS
KM.NET REFUND MONEY GOES TO AL AND MI FIRST
4 Dec 2002 -- Michigan and Maryland moved hard on KM.NET to get consumers money back!
COMPLAINTS ABOUT BIGSMART PAYBACK COMING IN
4 Dec 2002 -- The FTC appointed Rob Evans the receiver in the Bigsmart.com shutdown. The receiver has announced the payback in percentages. Complaints are coming in asking, "How much did the Receiver make and how much did he spend!" No accounting statements are given on the site below, just vague percentages. One complaint said, "In the Gold Unlimited case they gave exactly how much was seized and what the receiver spent on a quarterly basis." Another really suspicious soul went on to say, "I bet the government stole more than the crooks" Ed. Note: I really doubt this! There are costs to settling cases and distributing the money. But it is your right (under freedom of information act) to ask for the accounting information here!
NEVADA HAMMERS VIZION DISTRIBUTORS
2 Dec 2002 -- Vizion One Distributors had a search warrant executed on them for giving opportunity meetings. Their houses got raided! Pick your company carefully! See the dangers of joining a high risk company! The State of Nevada is downright hard on risky companies! Note that these are CRIMINAL charges, not the normal civil hit!
NEVADA ARRESTS VIZION DISTRIBUTORS
KANSAS AG BOOTS GASUPUSA
MLM IS GOOD - AFFILIATE MARKETING $100 MILLION STOLEN
30 Nov 2002 -- Affiliate marketing has been considered a safe way to make money on the web. It's reported that some music trading software like Morpheus, Kazza and Limeware hijack the users browser when their users go to an affiliate site. Instead of the Affiliates getting the money the software puts in their code and the hijackers get the money. One estimate is over $100 million has been stolen from affiliates! Amazon quit paying Morpheus for their claims. NO scam in MLM has ever stolen as much money from people as this! Guess what? The FTC, AG's and other regulators don't know what to do about this Cybercrime! MLM looks better and better!
GMT101 MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS?
30 Nov 2002 -- Floods of questions coming in! This thing must have half the spammers on the Internet playing and all the money game people! Here is more research!
27 Nov 2002 - The MLM Cruise is great! Wish you were here! Full broadband Internet by satellite, laptops by the yogurt machine near the pool! Satellite phones ringing! Food 24 hours a day! Warm sun and MLM leaders to learn from! New techniques and inside information abound. Some really great secrets from people making millions (honest, I couldn't believe some of the information that panelists shared). Lots of fun and networking. The last non-company meeting place for leaders (and learners) in the world. Why aren't you here???? Rod :>)
KANSAS AG BOOTS GASUPUSA
24 Nov 2002 -- Thanks for all the hate mail on GASUPUSA. Now you can start directing it to the Kansas Attorney General! She is wondering where the money comes from too... Ooooh and where are the customers? GASUPUSA is now banned in Kansas! :>) Rod
$11.2 million verdict against Mary Kay Inc.
25 Nov 2002 -- A former star cosmetics saleswoman who says Mary Kay Inc. fired her when she was pregnant and battling breast cancer won an $11.24 million jury verdict Thursday from the giant beauty products firm. Claudine Woolf, 33, of Walnut Creek, who claimed that Mary Kay refused to cut her $8,000-per-month sales quota even though she was battling to save her own life and that of her unborn baby, won the verdict after a two-week trial in Dallas, said her lawyer, Angela Alioto.
OFFSHORE EXPERT ARRESTED
24 Nov 2002 -- To all the MLM money gamers that harass me your offshore money games! One of your heroes went down - hard! David Tedder was arrested in Ohio on money laundering as a result of a Federal Grand Jury indictment. See my previous articles about the U.S. Government tracking money down to the 25 cent level as it moves offshore. Rumor is, there is a tie to the IHI money laundering charges see 4 Nov 2002 article.
NEW HARD TERMINATION RULES FOR MLM
24 Nov 2002 -- Tom Schreiter Chairman of the New Vitacorp company is recorded in public as saying, "To get terminated in this company you would have to kill your grandmother." This is unfair and unjust to those who don't have a grandmother any more and would want to leave the company! Can you borrow someone else's grandmother? Could your distributors come over and run over your dog Tom? Oh, no dog? Could they buy you a dog and then run over it! What does it take to get out of the new company?
CANADA BEATEN BY MALAYSIA $1.25 MILLION!
21 NOV 2002 -- Malaysia looked at Canada getting $10,000 to start a new Company. Malaysia said wow great money for government coffers. So Malaysia raised the price to bring or start an MLM company there -- to 1.25 million bucks! Look for cash starved states in the U.S. to start doing the same!
VAXA DISTRIBUTORS OVERTHROW EVIL EMPIRE
18 Nov 2002 -- I am glad to print my first retraction in 10 years! This is a great story about Distributor termination and the good guys battling in court and defeating the bad guys! Wish all Distributor termination cases could go this way!
HAWAII TELLS VIZION TO DESIST
15 Nov 2002 -- Vizion the Internet MLM got a cease and desist order (meaning STOP business) from the Surfboard state's Attorney General. Ouch!
FTC HITS SPAM CHAIN LETTER PYRAMIDS
14 Nov 2002 -- The FTC did a spam sweep against spammer scammers. Four people were hit on pyramid Chain Letters. They will be fined, with jail the next step. Other parts of the sweep hit WorldRemove, a SUPPOSED spam protection service. The scammers actually used "remove" names for spamming.
NATURES BOUNTY BUYING REXALL UNICITY?
14 Nov 2001 -- See previous 12 Nov article on Royal Numico-Unicity. Now Grant Ferrier, editor of the respected Nutrition Business Journal, says Natures Bounty (NBTY) is the most likely candidate to take over Rexall/Unicity when Royal Numico "ditches them." For Dynamic Essentials (owned by NBTY) distributors! Ouch! Combining DEI with Unicity would make sense to reduce operating overhead! On the other hand there is speculation the DenSantis family, former owners of Rexall, may buy Rexall/Unicity. Stay Tuned!
NO NAME - PHONE - ADRESS = INTL. WEALTH SCAM
13 Nov 2002 -- Complaints and complaints on International Wealth Systems! The people running the company didn't have their picture, phone numbers or a real address! But through the wonders of "mad dsitributor" web tracking they found they have a new company and new - website Net Money kit, no name, no address, no phone! Fools rush in! Next Fools! BIG DUE DILIGENCE FAILURE!
OLD IWS Domain Contact Info: NEW Domain Name: netmoneykit.com
Registrant: John McNuttyRegistrant: Cheriezson McNutty 2805 Oakland Park Blvd 2805 Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 US Fort Lauderdale FL 33306
ROYAL NUMICO IS SELLING UNICITY
12 Nov 2002 -- Called RN..True. But no relief for Xango distributors who where hot on email and boards trying to grab people without giving a link! It appears that there will be a Management buyout at Unicity and.......business as usual. Heck of a good deal! By the way look at 23 Aug 2002 where I asked if Royal Numico was going to ditch Unicity! Here is the Report by the Royal Numico CEO
VETERANS DAY SALUTE
10 Nov 2002 -- Show me the money! MMMM Can't be from selling gasoline! Gas stations make 2-3 cents a gallon on gas. The Gasup CEO visited the Pa. AG recently, which usually isn't a social call! Where are the customers? Spam tonight isn't strong on Customers that don't belong to the program. Quiz - Hope gasoline?
AMS LOSES MONEY - NAI MAKES MONEY
6 Nov 02 -- Advantage Marketing Systems MLM out of Oklahoma announced a loss of almost $200,000 for the 3rd quarter. Natural Alternatives International, who has part ownership in Integris MLM out of Dallas, was up over $500,000. Ed Note: Are a lot of MLMers moving from Oklahoma to Dallas? Humor!
TERMINATION -FREELIFE FIRES BACK AT BUTLERS
OWNER OF SUCCESS MAGAZINE INDICTED!
4 Nov 2002 -- Stan Van Etten, Former CEO of International Heritage (IHI) has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. In 1997 IHI was hit by the SEC and the N. Carolina for pyramiding (binary with coupons instead of product). In 1998 Van Etten bought Success magazine out of bankruptcy. Distributors indicted too!
CANADA TO CLOSE MLM OPPORTUNITIES?
2 Nov 2002 -- NO but they are about to "make it hard" for the little startup! They are going to charge $10k Canadian for an MLM startup. Many Canadian Provinces require expensive bonding for MLMs. It is scary! The U.S. Government might get into regulating MLM (restricting) business startups in the U.S.
MOVIE OF MONTH ---THE RING! TV KILLS!
29 Oct 2002 -- Marice and I went and saw the new hot horror move "the ring" (NO CAPS). See it! Great horror flic! Theme: watch a weird video tape on your TV you get a call - then die 7 days later. I am going to do a TV horror movie for MLMer "wannabes named "the mlm ring." See the following article
HOT AIR BALLON ACCIDENTS - WATCHDOG HOSTESS!
25 Oct 2002 -- Here's what happened last January when I disappeared for several weeks! I am starting an attack on hot air balloon safety and insurance requirements for operators. Many don't have insurance. Big Scam! MLM LOOKS GOOD!
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - MLM IS GOOD!
24 Oct 2002 -- A full report will be coming on The MLM WatchDog speaking tour. We spoke to about 12,000 leaders, all with downlines over 1000. One thing it proved to me again is that MLM is still the best bet in the world for the little guy. No money, no education and only the will to learn and work! Rod - Ed Note: Thanks to you that asked, I am over the Russian viral bronchitus. I am expected to live (sorry to all that would like the opposite) Full report coming!
U.S. Health Advisors Terminates 7
23 Oct 2002 -- Initial reports coming in on this shocking event. Ed. Note: As the sun rose in Dallas, claims are, that the distributorships (not the people owning them) were taken out and ran over with a lawn mower which automatically made commissions stop. Investigation continues into this unique termination procedure.
PREPAID LEGAL KILLS SHORT SELLERS!
20 Oct 2002 -- Pre Paid legal announced their third quarter earnings. The number of new members (not participating in the comp plan) no doubt helped blow the heads off a bunch of short sellers we reported on last month. Our PPL working group noted in earlier releases that the cost for Associates had been discounted and projected that it might result in lower earnings. The alternative that we considered was that the laws of supply and demand would kick in = sales increase. Your projection on the combination after reading this? PPPL keeps buying stock. Preparation of go back to being a private company?
LYING SORRY SCUMBAG - EARNINGS CLAIMS!
20 Oct 2002 -- Despicable spamming with claims a lying scumbag distributor makes that can get his company shut down! Or is it a GAME WITHIN A GAME to rip your name off? Probably that too! DUAL LEARNING REPORT
FREELIFE NOT SO FREE?
19 Oct 2002 -- Some days I could weep! Here are some of the top distributors in Freelife giving us their sad story about Freelife. For years I voted Freelife as a top company while editor of the MLM Insider. Now I am mad! I heard the pain via email complaints when FreeLife switched to the Matrix pay plan. To be fair, I spoke to Ray Faltinsky FreeLife's CEO and give him credit that the Unilevel collapse into the Matrix may have worked. If it did it was a bad job of communication on FreeLife's part. I am still puzzed and will build one of my complan models and collapse an almost indentical Unilevel (to Freelife's old one) with customers into it. Both sides of the Dispute
VITAMARK (TOM SCHREITER) GETS FREED!
17 Oct 2002 -- On October 10, Nutrition for Life got a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Vitamark International from operating. VitaMark is a new company headed by world famous trainer Tom ("Big Al") Schrieter The intent was that people that had worked for NFLI had unfairly left NFLI and started their own MLM company VitaMark. Hot details
GIFTING CLUB DAMSELS IN DISTRESS
9 Oct 2002 -- Gifting' parties crashed. Pyramid alleged; 4 arrested. Sacramento sheriff's detectives Wednesday arrested four women, alleging they took in hundreds of thousands of dollars by promoting a pyramid scheme and secretly cheating in the "gifting" club marketed as empowering to women. Click Here:
HUMAN CLONING EXPERIMENTS GO MLM!
7 Oct 2002 -- Humor! Tom Schreiter Cloned in the Ukraine! Clones join 30 different MLM companies!
7 Oct 2002 -- The Florida Economic Crimes Division hits VAXA! VAXA was MLM and killed off their distributors and went direct sales in 1997. Now Vaxa and their internet sales claims attracted the investigative ire of the State of Florida ! It is great when companies like this get hit! Click here:
AGAPE CHRISTIAN SCAMS BACK!
3 Oct 2002 -- Not Again - back in 1994 and 95 I reported on the AGAPE Ministries scam. Appears a new version has been rehatched to separate people from their money. See (Report: Benefactor Program)
Rod Ed: In 1994 I had the privilege to write about the same kind of scam AGAPE Ministries out of Austin, TX. That got calls that I was an agent of the devil and "God" would assure me bodily harm! Loved it!
The next year I had the privilege about writing about the Texas Rangers raiding this guys trailer house where the scamster lived and ran the scam out of... The Agape Scams ive good Christians a bad name so pass the word ----- Scam!