Written by Robert FitzPatrick
As market-based economies become the prevailing global model, millions of people are being exposed to sales promotions, income opportunity solicitations, and investment schemes with which they have no experience or knowledge. Vulnerability to deception and the need for consumer education correspondingly reach global heights.
One especially dangerous deception is now luring millions of people in Asia into financial losses. Referred to here as the “non-retail direct selling company”, this type of scheme originated in the United States in the late 1970s and is now being exported around the world. Each year, it causes billions in financial losses and is seeking to entrench itself as an accepted form of business. It combines the purchase of costly products with the false attraction of earning an income as a self-employed person in “network marketing” or “multi-level marketing” businesses.