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Friday, December 30, 2011

(82) MLM-theTruth Update...
MLM-theTruth Update
Issue #4, December 2011

MLM sometimes gets ugly with bankrupties,
divorces, alienation from friends and families –
even murders and suicides

We were shocked to learn of the October suicide by Don Lapre, whose vitamins were sold by infomercials and an MLM scheme. Only a couple of months before, we learned of the failed suicide attempt by Ellery Bennett, after killing his wife. Bennett had racked up mounting debt from involvement in Liberty League International and later in LGN Prosperity group. That is a total of three murders and three suicides connected with MLM involvement – that I am aware of. Add to that the thousands of bankruptcies, divorces, and loss of friends and family from endless chain recruitment, and you have a business model that is less than sanitary, to say the least. It is the appeals for help from thousands of friends and family members of victims of these schemes from all over the world that keep those of us advocating for consumers dedicated to exposing the evils of MLM fraud.


A classic article holds up over time.

One of the pioneering articles which brilliantly presented the fraud and moral problems inherent in MLM as a business model was written by Dean Vandruff and is called "What's Wrong with Multi-level Marketing." It was one of the first consumer-oriented articles to be posted on the web. This brilliant article suggests four major problems with MLM:
1. Market saturation: an inherent problem
2. Pyramid structure: an organizational problem
3. Morality and ethics: a problem of greed
4. Relationship issues: an experiential problem

Virtually all of his arguments have held up over time. However, some degree of market saturation has been to some degree overcome by resourceful MLMs willing to use clever and deceptive strategies to keep going indefinitely. These strategies are explained in chapter 3 of my ebook The Case for and against Multi-level Marketing, which can be downloaded free of charge from this website – mlm-thetruth.com.

To be well-informed on this topic, read the Vandruff article.


"Book burning in America: a tale of Nu Skin"

This article by Joe Alfieri describes how the book Formerly Filthy Rich;My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar, by Adam Baker, husband #3 of NuSkin founder Sandie Tillotson, was banned from distribution by Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. NuSKin's attorneys. Quoting the author:

Nu Skin thinks he knows too much, or at the very least says too much, and on this particular Friday afternoon used its team of lawyers to shut down distribution of Formerly Filthy Rich by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Let me say that another way, in case you missed it: they got the book banned. A figurative burning of a book, but in the world of electronic publishing a burning none the less. A burning worthy of Nazi Germany, or Fahrenheit 451. Book burning and censorship in America, friends.
The lawyers argued (at least to B&N, their story to Amazon was quite different, which we’ll address in a moment) that the book was defamatory. It may be, but defamation is best argued before a court of law, where each side presents its case. Adam says he stands by every word he’s written, and is ready to produce witnesses. If that’s the case, then there is no defamation. Nu Skin says burn the book anyway, before anyone gets to read it. Barnes & Noble rolled over and pulled the book from its website quicker than you could say, oh, Sarah Palin. The Joe McGinnis book about Palin, if you’re keeping score, is still available, even if it is defamation, or claimed to be.
The story presented to Amazon by Robert S. Clark of Peer Brown Gee & Loveless of Salt Lake City, said nothing about defamation, but the result was the same. Nu Skin argued that the material in the book was not Adam’s. Baker says that of course it’s his story, and is ready to produce his drafts and copyrights to prove it. No matter, Amazon has pulled the book “pending investigation.”
Earlier in the week Adam’s WordPress blog was shut down, and although he hasn’t gotten word as to why from notoriously slow to respond WordPress, one has to think there’s something of a pattern here.
And here then is the Thumper betrayed Bambi moment, for me, dear reader. I celebrate and proclaim on a continual basis, loudly and very proudly, the freedom we enjoy as Americans, even as I watch good people slandered, lies told, and reputations destroyed in the press on a daily basis because of that freedom. I tell myself it’s the exchange of ideas in a public forum, and that the truth will out in the end, that it’s the price paid for freedom of speech. And that we all enjoy that freedom, that we’re all equal in the marketplace of ideas and free speech. But I am shaken by this story of David and Goliath, by the idea that a woman with over a billion dollars and the company she owns a good deal of can prevent the publication of a book that might do them harm, even if the tale is true. I’m shaken by the story because I can’t imagine it happening in this country, where we supposedly value the truth, unvarnished, and equally distributed. Am I wrong? I’d like to think that David will slay Goliath, because if he doesn’t, then perhaps all is lost, and those mobs on the street in Oakland braying against evil corporations may have more truth in them than even they know.

Interestingly, trophy husband #2 of Sandie Tillotson, a former actor and model, is also writing an expose about his ex-wife and the Nu Skin's fraudulent program. It should be interesting to see what comes of it.


MLMs recently analyzed by Dr. Jon Taylor –
to be added to listings on our web site


As usual, these MLMs read like an alphabetical soup of appellations, with no shortage of creative spellings of exotic sounding names. And of course, each makes the claim of offering the latest and greatest of lotions, potions, notions – or whatever unique products or services they are using as reasons for people to get excited about parting with their money to participate in their great new “income opportunity.”

•DIscount Home Shoppers Club – now Global Income Partners
•Approval Warehouse
•Healthy Coffee USA
•Independence Energy Alliance
•Lyonness

We have identified over 400 MLMLs with compensation plans which satisfy at least four of the five causative and defining characteristics (“red flags”) of a recruitment-driven MLM, or product-based pyramid scheme. These recruitment-drive MLMs are incentivized by compensation plans that require unlimited recruitment of a whole network of endless chains of participants, who purchase products in order to qualify for commissions and advancement in their programs. As such, they assume infinite markets and virgin markets, neither of which exists in the real world. This makes them inherently flawed, deceptive, and profitable for only a few at the top at the expense of a revolving door of recruits at the bottom of their respective hierarchies (pyramids) of participants.

For information on these characteristics, see Dr. Taylor’s “5-step Do-it-yourself MLM Evaluation” procedure on the web site www.mlm-thetruth.com. For a more exhaustive treatment of the fundamental flaws and effects of MLM as a business model, read Chapter 2 of Dr. Taylor’s new book The Case (for and) against Multi-level Marketing, which can be downloaded free of charge from the same web site.




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MLM debt leads to murder and failed suicide attempt | BehindMLM

Another suicide attempt by a MLM scammer. This one failed

MLM debt leads to murder and failed suicide attempt | BehindMLM

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 Important information for all Califorians

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Friday, December 2, 2011

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BEWARE OF THIS MAIL SCAM
UNITED WORKERS CREDIT SERVICES
http://www.kktv.com/blogs/bettysbuzz/47608952.html

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MannaLife International Complaints - Scamming People with Lies

MannaLife International Complaints - Scamming People with Lies: "MannaLife International
Posted: 2010-08-10 by JKHIII

Scamming People with Lies
Complaint Rating: 75 % with 4 votes
Company information:
MannaLife International
Largo, Florida
United States
Phone: 877-562-2725
mannalifeinternational.com

It says the Owner /CEO is Joesph Miller. This is a LIE . Dave McCabe is the Real Owner . Dave McCabe's Building, His Phones, His Warehouse, His everything. Dave McCabe screwed 13, 000 people in 3 MLM's so far . Start with LoCarb 5 in Largo Florida. Then Go Go for Life in Largo, Fl. Then BodyAlive International with TONY LITTLE of Home Shopping in Largo Florida.
Are you starting to see a Pattern here ?
I was there the entire time. Mr McCabe is not capable of ever Owning or Opperating an MLM ..He ruins every MLM he touches. Even Tony Little QUIT Dave McCabe.

Now he want you to join his New MLM MannaLife International as he HIDES Behind Joseph Miller. Joseph Miller CEO is no one you want to follow either. His ONLY Claim to fame is an MLM that The FEDS shut down called SeaSilver. Thousands lost on that SCAM TOO.

Then go look up URI LeBarron ...OUCH...More MLM Failure. Joe Miller worked for URI LEBARRON ... Interesting..
Go lookup URI International ..Failure. Then NURICHE owned by Uri Lebarron, Failure..Are you seeing this Picture Yet.

Now combine 3 Failed MLM by Dave McCabe & 2 Failed MLM's by URI Lebarron and Joseph Miller's failed SeaSliver.

You have a 6 TIMES LOSER in Management here !

Dave McCabe had Moldy Diet Cookies. Exploding Health, Go Go Drinks. Horrible Hoodia that didn't work . Burned Diet Coffee and so much more digrace ...The worst Packaging for 6 Years. A Compensation Plan that No one made any Money in..

There you have it.. Enough Facts to have you RUNNING for The HILLS in MannaLife International !

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Old scam with new name- I got a phone call from outfit called URCASH4FREEDOM.com Did some research and found out their website is owned by ECS consulting ,inc. an old (2004) scam.

Google ECS consulting and get info

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

South Africa to criminally investigate TVI Express | BehindMLM

South Africa to criminally investigate TVI Express | BehindMLM: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Evolv Health / Trey White An MLM with a Brilliant Multi-Billionaire at the Helm or Another MLM Scam? - Trey White, Evolv Health, Evolv water

Evolv Health / Trey White An MLM with a Brilliant Multi-Billionaire at the Helm or Another MLM Scam? - Trey White, Evolv Health, Evolv water: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Kevin Trudeau – Consumer Advocate on the Playmate Infomercial; LOL

Kevin Trudeau – Consumer Advocate on the Playmate Infomercial; LOL: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

FalseProfitsHomePage

FalseProfitsHomePage: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

The truth about MLM, or multi-level marketing, based on solid research and world-wide feedback

The truth about MLM, or multi-level marketing, based on solid research and world-wide feedback: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Thursday, January 27, 2011

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Criminal-MLMs-and-the-Pyramid-Decade.html?soid=1101777062460&aid=I_VMxDliKP8

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Criminal-MLMs-and-the-Pyramid-Decade.html?soid=1101777062460&aid=I_VMxDliKP8

Its truth folks-Bo and Ty join Shaklee. It this another pump and dump?

Using the familiar phrases "step into the future", "Hit the ground running" and "Bonuses for very little work" Bo Short tried to make lemonaide out of rotten lemons in a conference call to many of his "Pinancle Group" faithful

He announced that they had come to an agreement  with Shaklee to join this 55 yr. old MLM company.
Is this a "step" or a "climb out of the pit" into the future?  Based on past resume will this be a long term marriage with life time residual income or another pump and dump relationship.

Are his followers "hitting" the ground running or was the fall so bad that they may be walking on crutches?

"Bonuses for very little work". Come on Bo you know better than that.  To make any money and be the one out of 9,999 to make any meaningful money in MLM requires years of hard work.

Ty, do you have that nice Mercedes that Eiro got you or did you have to turn it in?

I will be following the fortunes of Ty and Bo with interest.  Shaklee has or had some very strict rules for their distributors.  I will be interesting to see if that will sit well with the Pinnacle Group

Bo Short, Ty Tribble jump companies again | The Truth About Amway

Bo Short, Ty Tribble jump companies again | The Truth About Amway: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FTC Settles with Defendants that Claimed Bogus Ties to Google and Unlawfully Charged Consumers Hidden Fees

FTC Settles with Defendants that Claimed Bogus Ties to Google and Unlawfully Charged Consumers Hidden Fees: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Simple Warning

Simple Warning

With the increasing number of laws against spam around the globe, the trend has not been for spam to decrease, but rather for more and more spam to be criminally motivated. Therefore, do not respond to spam. Do not follow links in spam. Do not purchase anything advertised by spam. Do not pursue job offers that arrive via spam. Do not believe that your bank sent you that account closure warning. Don't act on that "hot stock tip" you didn't solicit. Do not attempt to collect lottery winnings from lotteries you didn't enter, and don't assist in the relocation of millions of dollars even if it's offered by a poor widow or orphan who wants you to use it for the Lord's work. Assume that the spammer is a crook who wants to fleece you six ways to Sunday. You'll be much, much safer that way.

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