A while ago, a dear friend of mine told me she and her mom and dad were all going to get great deals on new Android phones because of something having to do with her brother's work.
OK, I thought, her brother works for a cell phone service provider or vendor or something, or maybe his employer gets him some kind of great inside deal.
One of his coworkers was involved in an MLM that sold phones and phone service, and was recruiting him to join the organization. I Googled the company's name and found endless horror stories from people who'd gotten phones through the company and were very unhappy, as well as people who'd joined the organization and gotten burned.
Fortunately, I was able to share this info with my friend and convince her parents not to go this route. Her brother was very predictably chagrined, and already had a canned response for her every objection. He kept falling back on the fact that Donald Trump was involved, and saying, "Come on, do you really think DONALD TRUMP would get involved in something shady?"
This is very similar to another tactic which I've seen lots of MLM recruiters use; describing their organization as "a Fortune 500 company." In fact, I've even seen non-MLM scam artists repeatedly fall back on the fact that their shady company has "a Fortune 500 company" as a client.
A wonderful case in point is Dzurenda and Associates, also known as EMW Inc. Dzurenda and Associates is not MLM, but simply a door-to-door sales company which uses MLM-style deception to trick people into showing up for "working interviews," and then additional MLM style brainwashing to keep them motivated as they pound the pavement for 10 hours a day without lunch breaks, working on straight commission.
Take a gander at the following truly incredible Yelp Talk thread in which the company's owner, Trevor Dzurenda, repeatedly posts under troll accounts, posing as happy employees, trying to defend his practices. You'll note numerous invocations of the "we work with a Fortune 500 company, so we can't possibly be a scam" line:Is Dzurenda and Associates a Scam?