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Women gifting club scam

The Michigan State Police Newaygo Post are warning people of an old pyramid scam sweeping the area. Groups posing as a women’s gifting circle invite women to give $5,000 cash, with the potential of gaining $40,000. Those in the circle say it’s perfectly legal based on current gifting laws, however, local law enforcement explained that it is a pyramid scam and a seven-year felony.

These groups say, “To enter, you give your ($5,000) gift to the woman who is in the receiver position of your heart…Your journey continues through your support of your heart and your willingness to invite others whom you care about into your new community.” The women involved say the money goes to helping other women. These groups may even name some of the positions in the heart such as helper, comfort, blessed, loving, and gratitude.

The Michigan State Attorney General web site states, “No matter how these schemes are presented, the bottom line is the same for all—cash gifting schemes are illegal in Michigan.”

The Michigan State Police say if you’ve been invited to join a group like this to call the police. They are looking for organizers of the groups. Contact D/Sgt. Rios of the MSP Newaygo at 231-652-1661.

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