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List of Known Multi-Level Marketing Organizations

Here is a list of known Multi-Level Marketing programs or MLM's. This is not a complete list, just the most commonly encountered MLMs.  Being on this list does not mean that they are illegal or a scam; but it's CFR's opinion that ALL MLM's should be avoided. There are better, more ethical and less risky ways to earn a good living! Also see this page for a list of convicted MLM scam organizations.


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Warning about MLM's from the FTC

  • Plans that promise profits mainly for recruiting new members are illegal pyramid schemes. In legitimate multilevel marketing plans, profits come primarily from selling goods and services to consumers.
  • Be cautious about emails for money-making opportunities. Many unsolicited emails are fraudulent.
  • Be aware that some pyramids are disguised as ďgifting clubs.Ē New recruits give money to current members with the promise that they will receive money from future recruits.
  • Know that all pyramids are doomed to collapse. Thatís because itís impossible to keep on getting fresh recruits who will pay to participate.
  • Legitimate multilevel marketing plans only succeed if they offer products or services that customers want. All successful businesses depend on repeat sales. If there isnít constant demand for the products or services, the business will fail.
  • Sales to other distributors donít count. Legitimate multilevel marketing plans arenít based on sales to distributors. Profits should come from sales that you and any distributors under you make to the end-users.
  • Be wary of big earnings claims. No one can guarantee how much youíll make. That depends on how hard you work and whether consumers like your products or services. Many people who work in multilevel marketing do it part-time to supplement their other income.
  • Check it out before you commit. Print out all the information, and contact your state or local consumer protection agency for advice. In some states, multilevel marketing companies must register with the government and comply with other requirements.
  • Donít buy more supplies than you need. Some fraudulent companies try to force distributors to pay for more products than they can reasonably sell.

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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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