This is the first post of a continuing series about the latest ways MLM bots try to inveigle their way into your Facebook groups, your baby groups, your business groups, or whatever. We’ve also had some help from @WorcestershireMums as well. We’re doing this for 2 reasons: 1. to give all of you the heads-up about the new, woman-targeting scams heading your way and 2. for any groups out there, to give YOU the heads-up about the new tactics being used to get into your group.
Stealth bots 1: Pearl “parties”
Currently showing live on an FB page near you, someone opens an oyster and pries out a pearl for someone else to much screaming and eeking. No, we don’t get it either. Some Pearl businesses are MLM, some aren’t, it depends on the company. The idea seems to be that you buy oysters, and then they get opened live, and then you make jewellery out of them which seems really time consuming and pointless to us but hey. Anyway, the women who join these businesses are desperately trying to infiltrate groups as we write. As with any MLM, we recommend avoiding them.
Stealth Bot 2: “Lockeys Little Boutique” tries to claim it’s not an MLM….except it is.
It’s an MLM. Appears to be UK-based. Sells cheap off-brand knockoffs – did a google image search on one of their frocks and you can buy it WITHOUT joining an MLM at other online retailers at a cheaper price. Hard to see what the draw is. Has the usual spiel about “joining us” & buying a ‘business starter pack’ which, no doubt, is probably how they make their money. Women who do join should know they are competing directly with other retailers who are online and who may be cheaper. Status: stealthbotting everywhere
Stealthbot 3: “I’m just pretending all innocent like to ask for advice about my little home business that’s really an MLM & will be mortally offended if you point out that’s exactly what I’m doing” Bot
yeah yeah yeah. We’ve heard it all before.
Stealthbot 4: “Swap your doctor-prescribed evidence-based medicines for jelly from an MLM bee’s arse”
A mother’s group had a thread on depression. Here’s the response by an MLM bot – we find the medical claims of MLM bots particularly infuriating because they are deliberately targeting vulnerable people.