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Economics, Politics, Legalities, Ethics and Sociology of Pyramid Schemes / Multi-level Marketing.
The False Profits Blog, published by PSA President, Robert FitzPatrick, is a sane, rational and fact-based forum. Read, get podcasts, make comments, subscribe.

Enough is Enough! It's Time for Action!

No more denial, shame or embarrassment. No more confusion. No more blaming the victim. No more resignation. And absolutely no more fear.

Pyramid Scheme Alert is the first consumer organization to confront the abuses and trickery of pyramid scheme perpetrators.

Pyramid Scheme Alert is a non-profit, privately supported (by memberships and donations), all-volunteer, and totally independent consumer campaign. Pyramid Scheme Alert is about ACTION -- coordinated, informed, professional, and effective citizen/consumer action.

Millions of people have been harmed. Enough!

Families and friends have been divided, communities disrupted. Enough!

Billions of dollars in savings have been lost. Enough!

Misleading product claims, deceptive income promises, lawsuits, protest website -- we have seen enough, learned enough, and tried enough on our own. It is time for people to come together to expose and prevent one of the most pervasive frauds and ethical abuses of our times.

We invite you to peruse this website, study the articles, laugh at the illustrations, examine the analyses and reports, read the news -- and then take the next step. Support PSA.

Click here to Visit the new, redesigned Pyramid Scheme Alert website.

If you've arrived here from a link from another site, please know that we've moved! You can find all the latest information about pyramid schemes by clicking here.


This Pyramid Scheme Alert website is the world's largest and most authoritative information source about the deception and harm of multi-level marketing (MLM) pyramid schemes. We enable consumers to identify, avoid or escape pyramid scams. Hundreds of MLM scams operate openly. 99% of all consumers who join the schemes never earn a profit. Many suffer devastating financial losses. Only the top perpetrators make money -- off the losses of all the others.
State and federal Govt officials receive millions in campaign contributions from product-based pyramid scheme companies and lobby groups. PSA has been formed to counter this imbalance at the national and state level, and to educate consumers directly of the fraud and abuse of MLM. If you want to do something to help others from falling into the trap of MLM, educate yourself with our resources and join in the campaigns described below.

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Pyramid Scheme Alert
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Charlotte, NC 28203 USA

How to Use this Site

  • Search for news, companies, key words, etc., using the search boxes

  • Learn about current developments, court cases and prosecutions (scroll by months) in the "News" Tab.
  • Understand MLMs, Pyramids and Ponzis from articles and research reports in the "News", "Resources" and "Pyramid Schemes" Tabs
  • Stay Informed: Receive Updates; Read the Blog; Follow the Links for Additional Information
  • Do Something! Sign the Petition Below. Fraud and deception flourish when honest people are silent.
Petition for Consumer Protection Against
Pyramid and Ponzi Fraud

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) have ignored, allowed or protected pyramid and Ponzi operators.
The Bernard Madoff scandal is part of a larger pattern of neglect and failure to enforce laws and protect consumers from Ponzi and pyramid scams. Therefore…

We, the People, call on Congress and the Obama Administration to end the neglect of consumer protection and the failure of law enforcement regarding pyramid scams and Ponzi operators.

We respectfully request a Congressional Investigation of the FTC and SEC regarding enforcement of laws against Pyramid Selling Schemes, Multi-level Marketing Scams, Ponzi Investment Frauds, Bogus "Business Opportunity" and "Work from Home" Schemes.

Click Here To Sign

Enough is Enough! It's Time for Action!
No more denial, shame or embarrassment. No more confusion. No more blaming the victim. No more resignation. And absolutely no more fear


A PSA Update spells out the bottom line.
The Truth.
Can you handle it?

Now Available,
Updated, Revised and Expanded

  • The most comprehensive and easily understood analysis of Multi-level Marketing
  • The true facts about MLM income promises and claims.
  • Eleven (11) MLMs Analyzed with Income Data
  • Charts on each MLM with Summaries and Explanation

Read before you invest… Read if your friends or family want you to join an MLM… Read to understand why and how money is made and lost in MLM.

MLM REALITY: An Interview with Pyramid Scheme Alert President on Public Radio

On December, 4, 2006, Robert FitzPatrick, Co-author of the book, False Profits, and the founder of Pyramid Scheme Alert, was interviewed on public radio, WFAE, Charlotte, NC. The 55-minute interview covers many aspects of multi-level marketing. For consumers this interview provides a good primer course. -- MP3 Recording

Hear a Speech to Government Regulators and Private Investigators about MLM Frauds

In 2006, Robert L. FitzPatrick, President of Pyramid Scheme Alert and author of False Profits, was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists in San Francisco. The presentation is 50 minutes in length. MP3

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If you have ever

  • been fleeced in an MLM and then been categorized as a 'loser'
  • discovered your upline's income really came from selling you tapes, seminars and false hopes
  • been concerned at what this US 'export' does in third world countries

please support PSA. Your contributions will help us to maintain this website, and continue our research, our lobbying efforts, and our programs to educate consumers and regulators about pyramid scheme fraud.

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This page last updated 2/24/10