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Posted By: Bill Carton - the Roadie <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Red Flags (Dennis Bevers)
Sunday, 8 January 2006, at 6:10 p.m.
In Response To: Red Flags (Dennis Bevers)
> There may be 5 to 8 or more layers required to fill the cycle. So
> "cycling" represents the process in filling the number of units
> in the circle for the new member to receive their payback.
I've also seen scams with very narrow matrices, where each level doesn't have to grow geometrically, designed to disguise its pyramid-shaped nature. The participants might actually find enough suckers to fill in their next level, and get higher in the payoff structure before the lowest level figures out it's not sustainable.
In those scams, "cycling" means starting again, in essence taking another round of money from the marks at the bottom, until they're totally fleeced out. A matrix can "cycle" by being restarted, but without a real product being sold for a fair price to non-participants, it's essentially a closed-universe money-shuffling game.
Here's some buzzwords from one such operation, that manages to hit a very long list of manipulative hot-button phrases:
TrafficOasis Quick-Start Retail Sale - 3x5 Forced Infinite Cycling Matrix™
TrafficOasis’s Quick-Start matrix pays you and your downline for retail sales. This matrix runs separately from the main product subscription matrix (monthly residuals). People who enter this matrix will automatically participate in the main monthly product matrix.
Easy 1-2-3 Qualification:
1. Buy one member package yourself (upgrade).
2. Start earning on compensation phase 1, 3, and 4 immediately!
3. Leaders can max out the plan with infinite straight powerlines!
Quick-Start Enroller Bonuses of $20.00 Per Package
Up to $19.50 Monthly Residual Income on Each Member You Enroll Personally
Solid Full-Time Residual Income Potential with Just One Matrix
After Matrix Completion, a New Matrix Opens (Cycling)
Matrix Completion Includes Spillover and Sideline Compression
Downline Always Follows Sponsor in New Matrices
Minimum Earnings on Just One Matrix Cycle = $3630.00
Minimum Monthly Residual Earnings PER Matrix = $1526.25
Immediate Permanent Qualification in Phases 1, 3, and 4
Earnings up to $4.50 from Infinite Straight Powerline
Astonishing Network Sales Commissions, Leadership Rewards, and Multiple Income Streams
As the Roadie says: "Feh." A mere simulation of legitimate on-line commerce. Beneath contempt. But not seen much in spam, in the last 3-4 years. Thank goodness. I feel so icky running the research to report participants in this sort of crapola.
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