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The Flower Pyramid Scheme in Ireland - What You Need to Know

Updated: Dec 10, 2023


In recent years, a new type of scam has emerged in Ireland, known as the "flower pyramid scheme." This scam has targeted many people, including students who are looking to make some extra money. In this blog, we will explore what this scheme is, how it works, and how you can avoid becoming a victim.

What is the Flower Pyramid Scheme?

The flower pyramid scheme is a type of multi-level marketing (MLM) scam that involves recruiting people to sell flower bulbs. The premise is that you buy a package of flower bulbs and then recruit others to do the same. The more people you recruit, the more money you can potentially make. However, the people at the bottom of the pyramid (i.e. those who are recruited last) are unlikely to make any money at all.

How Does the Scheme Work?

Typically, the person at the top of the pyramid (i.e. the one who started the scheme) will buy a large number of flower bulbs from a wholesaler. They will then recruit a few people to buy a package of bulbs from them, with the promise that they can make money by recruiting others to do the same. These people will then recruit others, and so on.

The problem with this scheme is that the people at the bottom of the pyramid are unlikely to sell many flower bulbs, as there are too many people in the pyramid. This means that they are unlikely to make any money, while the people at the top of the pyramid make a lot of money from the people below them.


Why is the Flower Pyramid Scheme a Scam?

The flower pyramid scheme is a scam because it relies on recruiting more and more people to join the pyramid. The people at the top of the pyramid make money by exploiting the people below them, and the people at the bottom of the pyramid are unlikely to make any money at all. In addition, the scheme is illegal in Ireland under the 2005 Consumer Protection Act.


How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of the Flower Pyramid Scheme

To avoid becoming a victim of the flower pyramid scheme, it is important to be aware of the warning signs. These may include:

  • Being asked to pay money upfront to join the scheme.

  • Being promised large amounts of money for very little work.

  • Being told that you can make money by recruiting others.

  • Being told that the scheme is legal or endorsed by the government.

If you are approached by someone who is promoting a flower pyramid scheme, it is important to do your research before getting involved. You should also report the scheme to the authorities, such as the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.


Conclusion

The flower pyramid scheme is a scam that has been targeting people in Ireland, including students. It relies on recruiting more and more people to join the pyramid, with the people at the top making the most money. However, the scheme is illegal in Ireland and is unlikely to result in any profits for the people at the bottom of the pyramid. If you are approached by someone promoting this scheme, it is important to be aware of the warning signs and to do your research before getting involved.

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