Warning for Investors - Pyramid Schemes in Pakistan

Investors are warned that multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes, albeit
not specifically declared by the law as unlawful, are in fact unlawful, fraudulent,
deceitful and unethical as they provide return to principal investors, entirely out of
money paid into the scheme by new investors. The benefit goes to the participants
joining at top layers but the vast majority of the participants, standing at lower
layers are deprived of their investment and make no profit at all. A fraud is obviously
committed where a person is induced to join such a scheme based on a promise that
he would make a profit by participating. The pyramid fails because there is finite and
limited number of potential participants. Most of the people may not be able to find
any new participants below them and therefore, would make no money at all. At this
point the pyramid collapses and a vast majority gets no return at all.
Therefore, the investors are advised to be careful while investing their hard
earned money and not to deal with any such company that through advertisements
in media or printed brochures offers investment plans in pyramid schemes, multi
level marketing schemes, referral schemes, binary schemes, lotteries and
membership cards etc., and induces them to invest with a promise of lucrative

Public Warning regarding business activities of Gold Mine International

Guidelines from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan For Joining any MLM Business

The SEC suggests that the investors should use common sense, and the following
five tips when making their investment decisions:

· Avoid any plan that includes commissions for recruiting additional
distributors. It may be an illegal pyramid.

· Beware of plans that ask new distributors to purchase expensive inventory.

These plans can collapse quickly, and can be thinly-disguised pyramids.
· Be cautious of plans that claim you will make money through continued
growth of your down line (commissions on sales made by new distributors
you recruit), rather then through sales of products you make your self.
· Beware of plans that claim to sell miracle products or promise enormous

· Beware of shills – “decoy” references paid by a plan’s promoter to describe
their fictional success in earning money through the plan.

These Tips are Suggested by SECP Securities and exchange commisions of Pakistan about Joining Any Network Marketing Company In Pakistan

YOu can Read this On SECP official Site
Here is the link

Pyramid Schemes and Multi-level Marketing

In a classic “pyramid” scheme, participants make money solely by recruiting new
participants into the program. The hallmark of these schemes is the promise of skyhigh
returns in a short period of time for doing nothing other than handing over
your money to the scheme and getting others to do the same. Many ongoing multilevel
marketing schemes
are also built-in pyramids selling products through a
network of distributing salespeople.
The pioneers of these schemes go to great lengths to make the program look like a
marketing program for a group of products. They are neither manufacturers of any
products nor dealers or distributors of any manufacturing concern. These businesses
simply use the money coming in from new recruits to pay off early stage investors.
As soon as these pyramid schemes reach a certain size when there is no substantial
inflow of new members the whole structure collapses. At this point the schemes get
too big, and the promoters cannot raise enough money from new investors to pay
earlier investors.
The chart below indicates that a pyramid scheme can become impossible to sustain,
and its participants will outnumber the total population of Pakistan before reaching
the 11th level if it started with six participants in the first level.
In view of the above, the general public is advised in their own interest to beware of
companies and individuals engaged in such business practices. It must be noted that
no one can invite and accept deposits or offer loans to general public through
advertisements, unless duly authorized to do so under the law. It is recommended
that you verify the status and legal aut hority of such entities from Securities and
Exchange Commission of Pakistan or State Bank of Pakistan.


Certain companies and individuals in the market, engaged in the unethical business
practices are deceiving general public by inducing to make easy money and earn
sky- high returns in a short span of time through the schemes that seek referrals and
recruitment of new participants. These Multi Level Marketing and Pyramid
schemes are meant to fleece the hard earned money of individuals who fall prey to
the incentives offered by the schemes. Companies and individuals associated with
these schemes paint a very rosy picture of enormous profits and everlasting income.
Participants at the very first levels may benefit from the scheme and receive the
promised income for some time while vast majority of the participants joining at the
later stages would lose their entire investment without generating any income or
profit. These schemes are devised in a manner that the new customer must get
enrolled in a geometrical progression to endow profits to the existing members. As
soon as these schemes reach a certain saturation size, and there is no substantial
inflow of new members who are basically the only source of profits, the whole
structure collapses. Only a few people on top of the pyramid make money, the rest
The general pub lic is cautioned not to be misled by advertisements of such lucrative
schemes promising very high returns on referral or new participants joining basis,
being launched in the print media, electronic media or through marketing
executives. Such businesses pay hefty profits for a short period, but disappear after
collecting large amounts from public.