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TruthInAdvertising.org 10 May 2022
According to Arizona-based MLM Forever Living (aka Forever), which sells a variety of aloe vera wellness products, “Starting a business with Forever gives you the potential to earn a significant income stream, plus have time and freedom to build your life according to your dreams and allows...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 April 2022
The enforcement directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs757.77 crore belonging to Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, a company accused of using products to masquerade a multi-level marketing (MLM) fraud under the disguise of a direct selling company. In a statement, ED says,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 April 2022
Reiterating that Ponzi schemes are banned under Prize Chit and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 and as per the Act, state government is the enforcement agency, the Union government says it has asked serious fraud investigation office (SFIO) to probe as many as 84...

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Moneylife Digital Team / IANS 29 December 2021
The Union government has notified the Consumer Protection Rules, 2021, and asked the direct selling companies to comply with these rules within 90 days.   According to the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, the new rules will be applicable to all goods and...

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IANS 23 December 2021
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested 11 more persons, including businessmen and Pearls group employees, in connection with Rs 60,000 crore Pearls Ponzi Scheme case.   "Chander Bhushan Dhillon, Prem Seth, Manmohan Kamal Mahajan, Mohanlal Sehajpal, Kanwaljit Singh Toor...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 02 November 2021
Last week the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put the multilevel marketing (MLM) industry on notice that its time for using deceptive income claims without facing penalties (of as much as $43,792 per violation) is up.   With the support of all five FTC commissioners, the agency...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 August 2021
Nandalal Kesar Singh, chairman of the Phenomenal group of companies, has been sent to police custody till 2 September 2021 by a court in Latur. Mr Singh, the brain behind a Rs684 crore Ponzi scam, was arrested on Sunday by Mumbai Police’s crime branch Unit VII from a city...

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Harshita Shah 02 August 2021
UPDATED on 11 August 2021 at 10.45am to incorporate response received from BizGurukul   BizGurukul, as it describes itself, is an online e-learning platform that sells skill development courses related to entrepreneurship, career and business development and additionally provides...

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Thursday that it has attached assets worth Rs 31.63 crore of eBiz.com and its directors in a pyramid style, multi-level marketing fraud case.   An ED official said that the assets have been attached under the provisions of Prevention of Money...

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Punjab police in Roopnagar district has arrested five persons for cheating a hotel-owner on pretext of doubling the money in few days.   SSP of Roopnagar/Ropar Akhil Chaudhary said to media, accused Ikshit of Sirsa and Ankit from Bhiwani and Gurpreet Singh, Sachinpreet Sindhu and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 March 2021
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out searches at six locations in Mumbai of the office premises and residences of three senior officials, including one general manager (GM) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in connection with the multi-crore Saradha...

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Despite repeated warnings from the regulator as well as from Moneylife, the gullible investor continues to fall prey to get-rich-quick frauds. The latest to join the long-long list of such Ponzi or money circulation schemes is Oksome.in, promoted by one Omnicom group that operates its scheme...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 January 2021
Investors baffled with dwindling interest rates on deposits, especially amidst the COVID pandemic, are desperately searching for better returns on investment. No wonder, there is a spurt in 'get rich quick' schemes and scams that are luring such investors. There is one such entity SM Trade...

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IANS 23 December 2020
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said it has arrested three promoters of the Agri Gold Group of Companies in a Ponzi Scheme Fraud Case worth Rs6,380 crore.   Those arrested have been identified as Avva Venkata Rama Rao, Avva Venkata Seshu Narayana Rao, Avva Hema Sundara...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 October 2020
Mumbai-based Emex Fundamental Tradez Marketing International Pvt Ltd (Emex FTM) is the new entrant in the world of money circulation schemes that promises exaggerated assured returns on increasing new recruits in binary mode. While Emex FTM's website shies away from providing any information...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 17 September 2020
When promoting the business opportunity, multilevel marketing (MLM) companies and their distributors should generally avoid making any income claims. Why? Because most MLM distributors make little to no money, and touting the possibility of making bank is just plain deceptive.   The

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IANS 11 September 2020
Two persons have been arrested on the charge of cheating people out of approximately Rs 42,000 crore in different states on the pretext of good returns through a ponzi scheme 'Bike Boat', Delhi Police said on Friday.   The Economic Offence Wing arrested CMD Sanjay Bhati and Director...

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a chargesheet against 12 persons in a multi level marketing and ponzi scheme fraud case in which 1,18,288 investors were duped of over Rs 215 crore during 2008-2011.   City-based Gold Sukh Trade India Ltd, its sister concern Gold Sukh...

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Senior IAS officer B.M. Vijayshankar, who was reportedly involved in the multi-crore IMA Ponzi scam, allegedly committed suicide in his house, an official said on Tuesday. He was 59.   "Vijayshakar was found hanging in a room on the first floor of his residence at Jayanagar in the...

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Chit fund scams continue to be a problem for regulatory authorities. We have come across cases such as the Saradha Chit Fund, Sahara Financial, Rose Valley, PACL, fake cops, unauthorised colleges and courses. High-profile illegal schemes have mopped up more than Rs1 lakh...

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