MLM & Pyramid SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (3 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Bernard A. Dukes” (again)


Please remember, the quotations below are from the SCAM letter of “Bernard A. Dukes” _not_ by

“Avoid MLM

Veteran Networker Discovers

RESICA [RESIdual CAsh scheme]

Totally New Income Format

image of holder-shooting gun

“My Name is Bernard Dukes

My Phone # is 786-280-5354

My Credit ID is 8-284-BD2

I totally agree with Erika’s testimony...

“For me, MLM and other methods suck. I was angry and disgusted. I trashed anything that looked like opportunity offers. Why I opened the RESICA offer is beyond me. RESICA being the deathblow to MLM got my Attention. Curiosity and revenge made me spend the $65.

“‘Oh My Goodness’ was my shout of excitement. Income from RESICA is absolutely mind blowing. All I can say “Buy Your Base Account before you get sucked into another money loser.”

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“Over $55,000 with
“RESICA’s Self-Cloning Profit Accounts.

“WITHOUT MLM 1-2-UP or Gifting etc.


  • (1) Buy One RESICA “Base Account” for Yourself for $65.
  • (2) Sell Two RESICA “Base Accounts” for $65 Each.
  • (3) That’s It! From then on just open mail with money in it.

Red Flag  # 1 RESICA’s Amazing New FOCUS - Multiple Self-Cloning Money-Making Accounts


“Generates a chain of ever-expanding payments for base account owners:

“First $20 then $30, $40, $50, $60 soon $500, then $5,000 and eventually $55,000 and more yet.

At the same time the Base Account Creates...


“Each Sub-Account delivers the same chain of expanding payments to account owners:

“From $20 upward to over $55,000. Creating an incredible abundance of money.

EACH of the 35 Sub-Accounts Again Creates...

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“35 times 35 equals 1,225 "New Sub-Accounts" all generating the same chain of expanding

“payments for the Base Account OWNER. Go ahead multiply $20 times 1,225, or $500

“times 1,225 or $5,000 times 1,225... The dollar numbers become staggering.

RESICA Is the Purest Form of Residual Income Creation.

“A SINGLE - BRIEF Two-Sales Effort Brings Massive Passive Financial Returns.

Read the FREE Downloadable Document at:

Or follow the suggestion on the [below].

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There are three different ways to get more information on RESICA:

  • 1. As stated earlier — get it from the Internet
    ‘The RESICA Solution’
  • 2. Order ‘The RESICA Solution’ via
    “Postal Mail from Pronto Press.
    “Pay only $15 for Printing, Packing and
    “Postage. See ordering details below.
    “Other than that it’s a freebie from RESICA.
  • 3. If you read enough and are convinced, You can immediately purchase your own "RESICA Base Account"

“Simply follow the purchase instruction below. That way you can get started A.S.A.P.

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Here is what to do: This is for those of you who couldn’t go to the Internet

  • “1. Call the person who sent you this circular (see top right of this page). Ask anything.
  • “2. Read everything from here on down carefully — avoid mistakes.
  • “3. Fill out the order form below — please PRINT clearly — and give all required data.
  • 4. Check the box to indicate what you are ordering. Use Certified Mail Service

Red Flag  # 2 Please Note:

“You are paying for services rendered
to you once completed. Such is a con-
sumed payment and cannot be repaid.
Therefore, make sure you want to pro-
ceed with this transaction before it
is sent to RESICA.

RESICA Base Account Order

AFTER filling out the form below, make a copy of this ENTIRE side [of the form in the letter].

Red Flag  # 3  “BUY a $65 money order - make it out to RESICA - or you may send $65 CASH, NO Checks - they will be shredded.

SEND both - $64 and a copy of this entire side to the address at the bottom.


AFTER filling out the form below, make a copy of this ENTIRE side [of the form in the letter].

Prepare $15 CASH ONLY for printing & shipping “The RESICA Solution” RESICA will pass this order to PRONTO PRESS.

SEND both - $14 and a copy of this entire side to the address at the bottom.

“Full Personal Name: ______________________________

“Date: ___________

“Address: ______________________________

“Phone: ___________

“City: ______________________________

“State: ___________

“Zip: ___________

“Email (if any): ______________________________

“Credit ID: 8-284-BD2

Send your order to:


3402 East Joppa Road #7.63

Baltimore MD 4321275

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Red Flag  # 1  The only thing “new” about RESICA is the name. It is nothing more than the standard Pyramid scheme that uses money from other people to “pay” the first “investors” their “profits.” At least until there are no more suckers to join the scheme. The whole system depends on no one finding out about the fraud. checks that can have payment stop orders placed on them.

You can find several web sites promoting these schemes under various names. I’ll leave the searching to the reader. What you will not find on any of the sites is a logical explanation of how they actually operate. Nor will you be presented with any product that the businesses offer for sale. That is because there are no products or even services. The only thing being sold is the “RESICA Base Account”. That always goes to the original person who starts the scheme, of course. The secondary “investors” will only see any income if they are able to find people willing to buy into the scheme.

The basic principle of any Ponzi operation is to use the multiplier effect to keep pumping new money into the system. Each “investor” must be able to get at least two more people to “invest.” Those two people then get at least two more and on and on it goes until there, inevitably, is no one else willing and able to “invest.” How fast that occurs depends on the multiplier number. That is, a 1 to 2 effort will last the longest since it will take longer to get the whole world’s population signed up! If each “investor” is required to sign up more than 2 new people, it will take less time to run out of people, since that number if rather finite.

You can do the math rather easily to prove that these schemes will always fail. It is requires simple multiplication: In a 1 to 2 plan, simply multiply each new membership total by 2. Here’s a table showing how it works:

Original = 1
Each 1 sells 2
Originator (1) needs 2 new sales
2 purchasers needs 4 new sales
4    "     needs 8 new sales
8    "     16 new sales
16    "     32 new sales
32    "     64 new sales
64    "     128 new sales
128    "     256 new sales
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8,192   "     16,384 new sales
131,072   "     262,144 new sales
262,144   "     524,288 new sales

I think you can see where this is going. I don’t think the numbers even need to get this high before it becomes very hard to find new people willing to “invest” their money. In fact, it soon requires looking outside your own city and eventually even your state to find even the “investors” you need! Now, if the scheme requires more than two sales by each “investor”, the only thing that happens is that the numbers increase even faster! Naturally, the “profit” to the original person soon reach a level where he can easily move to another country on one of his yachts or jet aircraft... “Thank you, very much!”

Of course, many of the very early “investors” can possibly make some money, at least until the police break up the scheme... and trusting Mr. Dukes to actually send you any cash! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  There’s a new term for you; “consumed payment”! What Mr. Dukes is saying, is that there is no refund to expect should you never make any money! In other words, he is protecting himself, not you. You are totally on your own. Don't even think about trying to get a refund. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  Note the “CASH, NO Checks” requirement. This is a seriously BIG red flag! Checks can have payment stop orders placed on them. They can also be traced to the bank that accepted them which can then lead to the person that submitted them! The IRS will find that very interesting when Mr. Dukes fails to report any of this income! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

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