Status and Updates
March 25, 2014: TINA.org sends a second round of follow-up letters to the FTC, Washington State Attorney General, and BBB.
September 9, 2013: TINA.org sends follow-up letters to the FTC and Washington State Attorney General notifying each of them that more than 5,000 consumers signed a petition pressing for quick action to shut down Resorts360. TINA.org also sends a follow-up letter to the BBB, who still gives the company an A rating.
September 3-4, 2013: More than 5,000 consumers sign petition asking the FTC and Washington State Attorney General to move more quickly to shut down Resorts360’s illegal pyramid scheme.
June 5, 2013: TINA.org responds to the cease and desist letter indicating that TINA.org stands by its investigation and will continue to urge regulators to put an end to Resorts360’s illegal practices.
May 28, 2013: TINA.org receives a cease and desist letter from Resorts360’s lawyer accusing TINA.org of posting false and defamatory statements on its website, and threatening legal action if TINA.org does not immediately remove the material and retract the letters it sent to the authorities. Resorts360 claims it is a multi-level marketing business and not a pyramid scheme.
Resorts360’s letter states that it is not a pyramid scheme because such a scheme “relies on constantly recruiting new members without providing a tangible product.” TINA.org disagrees. Washington State law is clear that businesses such as Resorts360 meet the definition of an illegal pyramid scheme even if there is a tangible product involved because the product isn’t relevant to how members are compensated. According to its marketing materials, the only way Resorts360 members get paid is if they recruit new members to the company.
The cease and desist letter is available here.
May 15, 2013: TINA.org sends complaint letters to the FTC, the Washington State Attorney General, and the BBB. TINA.org also sends a letter to Resorts360’s president, Rodger Rutter, demanding that the company cease and desist its illegal pyramid scheme.