UPDATE TO FIND BEST EXCITING MLM COMPANY
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/FIND_BEST_GOOD_MLM_NETWORK_MARKETING_COMPANY.html

Archives: 1st Quarter 2003
(January, February, March)

Content: Pyramid Schemes,SkyBiz pyramid scheme, pyramid schemes no mlm,FDA,Nutrition For Life Melaluca,FreeLife,Storm Pros,Extreme Matrix,Offshore Transworld,Rapid Matrix,GasUp USA,ID Attorney General, FTC, Federal Trade Commission,Trek Alliance,Body Solutions,Big Smart,Vizion Distrbutor,Kansas Attorney General,Mary Kay,Gifting Clubs,Pyramids,offshore scams,MLM Complaints,MLM Distributors

IN-THE-NEWS
MARCH 2003

SKYBIZ - WHERE TO GET MONEY BACK
31 March 2003 - - Details are not out yet on this Pyramid Scheme bust, but here is where you will go to get your money back out of the $20 million dollars FTC wrested out of the now defunct SkyBiz from offshore accounts.  Make sure you bookmark it and check often.       
Rob Evans Receiver >> Website for SkyBiz Redress (http://www.skybizredress.com/)

FDA SNEAKING IN TO BASH NUTRITIONALS
30 Mar 2003 -- Congress unanimously passed DSHEA, which is a good law and gives the FDA all the power it needs to ensure safe and effective herbal products when enforced.  The FDA wants complete control over nutritionals and is using an end run with the furor over ephedra.  URGENT go to Citizens.org and send a letter to the FDA to keep their mitts off.  It takes about 1 minute!
URGENT LINK: http://www.citizens.org/showpage.cfm?pageid=10411

CNN ATTACKS US MILITARY
30 Mar 2003 -- Saturday night test attack!  CNN Aaron Brown's reporting on the war got the word from upstairs  you "Suck". attack the US Military!  He went after it with  Gusto!  First he called in an Internet liberal bomber Fred Kaplan reporter from Slate news who kept driveling "the Pentagon can't report Iraq attrocities" He quoted studies and sources with no names about a war game that never happened (scamster move)   Next in the bombardment Micheal Gordon from the left wing New York Times who reported that the war was falling apart.  Then Brown used General Wesely Clark (a Clinton buddy) to drop heavy bombs of criticism.  By the way Clark (whose troops called him "snake face") is planning on running on the Democratic ticket for President (little hype to position himself).  Then to prove all this Brown pulled in a traitor Phillip Smucker ("Smuck" with an "er" )  who was an imbedded reporter that gave away the exact position of the military unit he was with to the enemy.  Of course this they kicked his sorry ass out of Iraq.  Brown helped him glorify the UNFAIR action of the military.  Brown said, "effectively they have to restart the war."  Then Brown whipped in Chris Dickey from the dying rag Newsweek  to attack the U.S. position.   BOYCOT CNN and NEWSWEEK!   WATCH:
FOX NEWS http://www.foxnews.com
MSNBC http://www.msnbc.com

MERIDIAN ART PAY PLAN -- SLICK!-- FILL UP A PYRAMID!
27 Mar 2003  Lets go to the pyramid page! 
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_SCAMS.html

SKYBIZ SCAM PAYS $20 MILLION TO FTC
BE READY TO FILE TO GET YOURS!
24 Mar 2003 -- Skybiz settled with the FTC by paying $20 million.  If you joined SkyBiz file to get your money back from the receiver ASAP before the money is gone!  This is one of the largest settlements in MLM history (not adjusted for inflation) against a Pyramid Scheme.  If you bought a biz center or 3, 7, or 15 pack this is your chance to get some $$$ back.  Expect half.  NOW  What happened to the other $15 million that Skybiz had offshore?  Here is one report.  WE WILL HAVE CLAIM INFO UP IN A FEW DAYS FOR YOU!
http://dc.internet.com/news/article.php/2169421

ALSO SEE: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/03/skybiz.htm

MERIDIAN ART SCAM UPDATE
23 Mar 2003 -- money for vouchers and vouchers for lithographs of repainted art sets new world record for scam $3.8 million the first month in action.  Wow!    
http://www.meridianart.net

KISS YOUR MONEY GOOD BYE
23 Mar 2003 -- A sophisticated combination of a chain letter and gifting disguised with Ebooks! Wow what an idea! Ebooks are becoming the darling of scamsters. 
http://www.cyberwincity.com

AUSSIE LOTTO VIA INTERNET
23 Mar 2003 -- Lets see you put your money into the Aussie Lotto.  Your ticket wins.  But how do you know it was YOUR ticket?  Especially since the guys running the lotto have the tickets sucker! Selling foreign lotteries is illegal in most states.
http://www.tsc2000.com/

BETTER SCAM THAN GMT 101?
23 Mar 2003 -- Global Daily Pay is a scam with more substance than just autoresponders, they throw in a website and name lists!  You Don't have to carry around a refrigerator to put your diet in! 
http://www.globaldailypay.com

NUTRITION FOR LIFE BANKRUPTCY
20 Mar 2003  The recent Bankruptcy filing in Houston was involuntary forced by Vitarich and 9 other unsecured creditors of Nutrition For Life.  This was an involuntary Chapter 11 (re-organization) request on part of the creditors.  A request for an examiner was denied and a full hearing set in early April.  If you want to get all the documents go to:
http://pacer.txs.uscourts.gov/

ROBERT ALLEN ALMOST DIES
20 Mar 2003 Robert Allen, top USANA distributor was almost killed in a car wreck last weekend.  We post this because of our respect for his teaching "Multiple Streams Of Income."  With the economy in up and down flip flops we think this is an outstanding way of approaching your economic future.  This absolutely no endorsement of USANA.

ROBERT BURNS --- GO WORK WALMART
20 Mar 2003 A leading nationwide financial columnist just did an article for retirees.  In short it said, "with low rates of return on investment go to work at Walmart!"  Great with tired bones and aging go stand on a hard floor and greet people!  He should have said,  "three years ago if you started your own MLM business and worked at it you would not have to work at Walmart with your aching feet and back."

INTERNET MLM SHAMSTERS NAILED TO THE WALL
18 Mar 2003  In this case some of  the ones bending the truth are MLM haters.  Lying with statistics is a common pastime until somebody starts counting how the statistics are derived.  Len Clements does that to some MLM critics some of which have crossed the line to bash MLM.
http://www.marketwaveinc.com/articles/zealots.asp

FTC WHACKS $12 MILLION FROM REXALL
18 Mar 2003  Manufacturer Rexall Sundown (no relation to MLM) is to pay $12 million for a civil lawsuit brought by the FTC.  The FTC said 1000's of consumers were mislead by claims that Cellasene reduced cellulite.  Watch those weight loss claims with your company!    
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/03/rexall.htm

LAWSUIT -- MELALEUCA REPLY TO FREELIFE
14 Mar 2003 --  The CEO of Melaleuca replies to the CEO of Freelife's comments on the lawsuits and conflict between the two companies. 
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_FreeMelaLawsuit.html

MLM IS GOOD -- FTC BUSTS DRUG COMPANY
9 Mar 2003 -- The FTC busted Bristol Meyers for filing suits against companies using a cancer fighting chemical that was now in public domain.  Keeping cost of drug up?   Makes MLM look good huh?

US AIR FORCE PROVES WORTH
9 Mar 2003 -- For the first time since it split off from the Army the Air Force has found a way to prove it has a use other than bombing friendly troops (does your editor sound a little bitter).  Here is how I want to go to Iraq! 
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_AirForce.html

COLIN POWELL FOR PRESIDENT
8 Mar 2003 -- According to the New York Post, one of  Saddam's pet newshounds asked Powell,  "Isn't it true that only 13% of young Americans can locate Iraq on a map?"

"That may be true," Powell countered. "You're probably right. But unfortunately for you, all 13% are in the US Army"  Ed. Note: Where are my recall orders!

MORINDA SUES XANGO
8 Mar 2003 -- Morinda has sued new startup Xango for torturous interferance.  Ho hum this is lawsuit season?  More details to come, stand by!

LIFEWEALTH AUSSIE WARNING
8 Mar 2003 -- Another Stock Generation Ponzi scheme out of Malta caught the attention of the Australian Government.  It's ran by an Aussie, John Campbell, who was associated with previous Virtual Global the gambling deal that went south. 
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_WorldGames.html

FREELIFE COMMENTS ON MELALUCA LAWSUIT
2 Mar 2003 -- The CEO of FreeLife comments on lawsuit against Freelife by Melaleuca.
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_FreeMelaLawsuit.html.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
IN-THE-NEWS
FEBRUARY 2003

FTC TO WHACK MLM PHONE WORKERS?
23 Feb 2003 --

COST OF OPT-IN LEADS GOING UP?
23 Feb 2003 -- Feds to stop spam optin to jump?

FTC TO HAMMER DO NOT CALL LIST
23 Feb 2003 -- In about 8-10 months or so your company is going to have to subscribe to the FTC "Do Not Call" (DNC) list of people that do not want calls.   Even if it is an innocent prospecting call your company can get in trouble.  The wife may have answered your ad, the husband may have put them on the DNC list.  Bang your company innocently gets burnt.  Alert your company to the coming draconian changes ($10K fines).
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/donotcall/index.html

9 OUT OF 10 SAY KILL SPAM
23 Feb 2003 -- Biggest MLM spamers are usually scamers.  At the same time look for the cost of good opt-in names to go up.  I say good because we have found through investigation that many names being sold as opt-in are spam quality.  A spam scam can damage a good company quickly!
http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/emarketing/article.php/1584221

FDA SEIZES NUTRITIONALS!
23 Feb 2003 --  Not MLM!!  A good warning to Distributors what can happen to their company if they make illegal claims on websites or in emails!
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2003/NEW00871.html

LAWSUITS AND MORE LAWSUITS
18 Feb 2003 -- Nutrition For Life, VitaCorp, Melaleuca and FreeLife all are in lawsuits of some kind. 

NUTRITION FOR LIFE LAWSUIT DONE
18 Feb 2003 -- Detail not in yet but reports are that the lawsuit that NFLI filed against the new competitor VitaCorp has been dismissed.  The VitaCorp lawsuit against NFLI hasn't been settled. The VitaCorp suing NFLI in the air.

MELALUCA SUES FREELIFE
18 Feb 2003 -- Melaluca filed in Idaho court (cost $77) against FreeLife, employees, some ex-Melaluca distributors and John Does I-XX.  Summary of Count One  Defamation/Business Disparagement, untrue statements have been made that Melaluca products have be said to cause such things as cancer, that the CEO of FreeLife said they had no knowledge of nutrition, they broke promises or agreements with distributors, and they did so orally and in writing.  Other counts include intentional interference with business relationships, trade secrets, proprietary information, a Lanham Act violation, and an Injunction.  Ed. Note: wow!
DISTRIBUTOR RIGHTS PLANNING MEETING
Feb 11 2003 --This Saturday the 15th of Feb there will be a DRA planning meeting for the big October 11th DRA meeting in Las Vegas!!  In the area?  Come if you are interested in protecting your future!
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Meeting_DRA.html

PREPAID LEGAL FIXES COMP PLAN
Feb 11 2003 -- So glad to have PPL fix their comp plan.  The WatchDog got over 21 calls from hitters to heavy hitters checking out a company before they thought about moving.  One even called back and told me he was sticking with PPL.

DISTRIBUTOR RIGHTS PLANNING MEETING
Feb 11 2003 -- This Saturday the 15th of Feb there will be a DRA planning meeting for the big October 11th DRA meeting in Las Vegas!!  In the area?  Come if you are interested in protecting your future!
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Meeting_DRA.html

ANOTHER SPAM ATTACK ON WATCHDOG
5 Feb 2003 -- Some of the recent scamsters I featured have launched another spam attack using the MLMWatchDog email address as sender.  I have not sent anything out!  If you get some phoney emails (they are hitting folks with 3-10 ) FORWARD them to me so I can work on the header aliases. I have a top Internet security guy on our side, I will track them down and SHUT DOWN THEIR ISP!

Pre-Paid Says Feds Looking at Trading
01 Feb 2003 -- Could PPL been trading in the company's stock prior to their release of 4th Quarter recruiting results? Well there's been enough suspicion aroused to warrant the SEC and US attorney of New York. The attorney general issued a subpoena, and the SEC is conducting an informal inquiry. For more information ...
http://www.thestreet.com/_tsclsii/tech/earnings/10065786.html

* * * * * * * * * *
IN-THE-NEWS
JANUARY 2003

HELP!  WHERES THE LAW!
27 Jan 2003 --  Wild! The Internet is being overran by scammers!  It is hard to believe there are so many stupid, gullible people out there that go for this stuff.   Go to see NON MLM SCAMS That sorry scumbags disguised as MLM. >

DOWNLINE BUILDER FEDERAL INDICTMENT
27 Jan 2003 -- From 1995 one of the most active MLM paid downline builders ever (graphic ads in USA TODAY every Friday) is indicted.  Don Mikrut and his wife owned ABP.  They crashed in 1997 others sprang up right and left. 
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_Scam_DownlineBuiler.html

OLD FASHIONED PYRAMID AND NEW SUPER DISGUISED ONE
21 Jan 2003 - Rapidmatrix!  A rude, crude, old fashioned, head hunting, fill up an illegal pyramid game!  No saving grace!  Just like an airplane game fill up the room grab the money and run criminal activity.  Fill'em up and cycle!  Good ole American pyramid!
http://www.rapidmatrix.com/members/rapid/comp.shtml

Meridian!  Now here is a new twist in illegal head hunting pyramids.  It uses art as a cover then moves to "Tokens" and  "magnetic centers" to cover up the cycling part of the fill up the Matrix scam.  They crack me up - "Standard matrix attachment rules." Offshore in Holland tops the icing on this airplane game!  The fools think that the Dutch will ignore this?
http://www.meridianlaunch.com/opportunity/opp-the-art-rewards-program.asp

PYRAMID SHOWDOWN
21 Jan 2003 -- In the "Top Pyramid Of The Month Competition" we have two contestants.  Rapidmatrix the old fashioned "western" just steal the money and run type,  V.s. Meridian who does it with "art" and tokens for a slick airplane pyramid. 

DISTRIBUTOR RIGHTS MEETING
19 Jan 2003 --The Distributor Rights Meeting is scheduled for October 11, in Las Vegas.  Protect your future!  Spread the word!
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Meeting_DRA.html

LIFE PLUS LOSES TERMINATION APPEAL
18 Jan 2003 -- Life Plus terminated Wayne and Fran Brown.  The Browns sued and won, plus collected punitive damages against Life Plus.  Life Plus appealed and just lost > GREAT!
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_Termination_Cases.html

FREE AUTO USA  FAT CHANCE SCAM!
17 Jan 2002 -- Oh no not again, another FREE car scam!  The 3 year cycle kicks in,  people forget or never knew about the last one .......... so the same old scam chassis is redressed and reborn!  
http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_FreeCars.html

NFL GOES BASKETBALL
16 Jan 2002 -- Nutrition for Life (NFL) made an agreement with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) to promote NFL products via the CBA.  The growing CBA has had about 27,000 fans attend games a 23% increase over last season.

NATURES SUNSHINE EARNINGS DOWN
16 Jan 2002 --  Sales dropped fourth quarter 8% due to lower sales in Korea and Venezuela.

PILL BANK FOLDS  MONEY GONE WHERE?
13 Jan 2003 -- A scam we warned about time and time again - Click for link

MLM IS GOOD - AUCTIONS ARE NOT!
11 Jan 2003 -- Reports of auction fraud have skyrocketed to 25,000 in 2001 (for millions in losses), reports the Federal Trade Commission, outpacing other scams by a wide margin. The FTC says bidders should make sure they have a street address for the seller and avoid sending checks to a post office box. Ed Note: Be Aware online! real address and phone numbers (pictures too)!
QUORUM GLOBAL - BS MAGNIFIED?
10 Jan 2003 -- Come on! Sucker us once!  Then go for two under the same name?  Ego to the max?     Jump today for same flaky story as Quorum.  Ahhhh.... establish faith!  GOOD!   Where are you on this deal?   NANOTECHNOLOGY!   Let's have a joke here, your last deal was letting JEFF OLSEN steal your whole company and carry it over to TPN.  Why even think about this one!

INTERNET CHECKS DANGEROUS
9 Jan 2003 -- If your company is crediting or debiting your checking account through the Federal Reserve Automated Checking system you will probably find that you can't stop them from taking money out of your account.  With hassles and stop payment options it is often easier to just close your checking account and open a new account!  Check with your bank ASAP!

INTERNATIONAL COIN LIQUIDATORS
8 Jan 2003 -- Oh no another voucher program this one with gold coins!

PREPAID  LEGAL  SHAKEOUT?
7 Jan 2003  -- PPL made changes to their comp plan last year.  Reports are coming in - Pre Paid Legal Distributors are seeing incomes drop.  Pre-paid's announcement on quarterly earnings said, "Increases in net income and cash flow are primarily a result of lower cash commission expense in the fourth quarter of 2002."   Some top distributors are starting to shop around!  Will PPL start a "distributor termination machine" as distributors join other alternatives?

KIMBERLY SOLITAIRE INT. -  MLM DIAMONDS
6 Jan 2002 --  What does KSI and the government shut down Gold Unlimited (with owners in jail) have in common?  Vouchers instead of products!  Plus KSI is offshore and your money and diamonds will be too!  >>> Have a good laugh!

USANA BOOMS IN TAIWAN
1 Jan 2002 -- The company announced that it hit a new projected quarterly high of $37 million spurred by growth on the island of Taiwan. Stock price is up.








This page was last updated on: June 28, 2013
Tell a friend about this page
WatchDog Online Magazine: Archive INDEX

Annual Network Marketing Cruise: Register TODAY!

DRA: MLM Distributor Rights Association: Meeting

JOIN Today! Watchdog Mail List
NetWork Marketing
MLM Watchdog(tm)
News letter & Magazine

MLM WatchDog Online Magazine: Archives INDEX
Annual Network Marketing Cruise: Register TODAY!
DRA: MLM Distributor Rights Association: Meeting
JOIN the MLM WatchDog Today! Watchdog Mail List
The contents of the MLM WatchDog are editorial in nature
and protected by First Amendment rights.
This site is partially supported by donations from paid subscribers, donations by 3rd partties and donations from America's MLM Consultants
the worlds leading MLM consultants for Network Marketing, Party Plans and MLM
www.mlmconsultant.com

MLM Watchdog(tm) ~ All Rights Reserved
Web Master: WebPilotExplorer.com
GOOGLE CUSTOM
SITE SEARCH