IJango, Possible Pyramid Scheme
BBB Investigates iJango's Business Practices Anchorage, AK – August 27, 2009 – BBB serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington warns consumers about an Austin, Texas-based company that may be engaged in an illegal pyramid scheme and targeting locals online. Already, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington "portals" have sprung up: ijangoalaska.com, ijangooregon.com, and ijangowashington.com.
IJango, a self-described multi-level marketing company, charges consumers an upfront fee of $50 or $149.95 and a monthly maintenance fee of $19.95 to run their own iJango Web site portal. The company claims it pays its registered participants based on the amount of online purchases made through their portal and the number of shoppers they can recruit to join the program. BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas reports that iJango has received hundreds of inquiries from consumers nationwide over the past two weeks. Pending complaints received by BBB allege concerns with the delayed availability or use of the iJango portal.
BBB's concern is that the company's primary focus is on expansion and recruiting other individuals to propagate the opportunity, rather than products or services: A clear sign of a pyramid scheme. To become a Regional, National or International Director, those enrolled must acquire site users to work under them, according to www.ijango.biz. As stated by Rayner Smith, iJango’s CEO, they offer a business opportunity where potential clients are paid for the recruitment of registered customers and the recruitment of others to do the same.
The iJango Program also asserts that it has Web traffic agreements with Yahoo!, iTunes, Rhapsody and Google. BBB has been unable to verify any affiliation; Rhapsody and Google have stated they do not have a contract with iJango.
IJango has an "F" rating with BBB: www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/multi-level-selling/ijango-in-austin-tx-90066721.
Consumers should exercise caution when evaluating any business opportunity:
Beware of plans that claim to sell miracle products or promise enormous earnings. Avoid purchasing expensive products and marketing materials upfront. Be cautious of any plan that includes commissions for recruiting additional distributors and comes with a compensation plan diagram shaped like a pyramid; it may be an illegal scheme.
Don't pay or sign any contracts in an "opportunity meeting" or other pressure-filled situation without first taking time to think over the decision. Talk it over with a family member, friend, accountant or lawyer.
Remember that no matter how good a product and how solid a multi-level marketing plan may be, substantial time and money may be needed for your investment to pay off. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on pyramid schemes and to check the reliability of any company, visit www.bbb.org.
About your BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington:
Your Better Business Bureau is a not-for-profit organization funded by Better Business Bureau Accredited Businesses. The BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. For more information about the services and products provided by your BBB, call 206-431-2222 or 253-830-2924 in Washington, 503-212-3022 in Oregon, 907-562-0704 in Alaska, or visit our Web site at www.bbb.org.