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Pyramid Schemes

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PYRAMID SCHEMES

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Pyramid schemes (endless chains) are scams in which large numbers of people pay money to a few people. Each new participant pays for the chance to advance and profit from the payments of others that join later. Pyramid schemes are based on the premise that the more people you recruit under you, the more money you will make.


Contact the local law enforcement agency to file a complaint.


Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
Public Inquiry
1300 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 952-5225 (CA Callers)
(916) 322-3360 (Out of State)
(916) 323-5341 Fax
(800) 952-5548 (TDD in CA)
(916) 327-5564 (TDD Out of State)
www.caag.state.ca.us


US Post Office
Office of Inspector General
(OIG) Hotline
1735 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209-2020
(800) 654-8896 (national number)
(866) 644-8398 TYY
(703) 248-2259 Fax
www.usps.gov
Email: hotline@uspsoig.gov


Other References: Attorney General, District Attorney, and Postal Inspector (U.S.)




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