Women scams return to Oregon

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From Ashland Daily Tidings,

An illegal pyramid scheme, in which women are invited to give $5,000 in the hopes of receiving $40,000 in six months by recruiting other paying participants, is active again in Ashland.The Women’s Wisdom Circle is modeled after similar gifting-club pyramids that use messages of woman empowerment and “sisterhood” to entice participants to recruit new members for economic gain.These clubs also operate under the names of Women Helping Women, which has a party for the woman on the top of the pyramid, or the Women’s Dinner Party, a dining-themed club that rippled through Ashland a decade ago.The clubs try to circumnavigate laws against investment pyramids by saying membership is based on women helping women by giving each other cash gifts