COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Better Business Bureau is sending a warning about a pyramid scam that's made it way from Texas to Columbus.
Leonard Crain, BBB Director, says the group operates as Elite Activity and has been using the website name, "Eliteactivityresurrected.org." It appears to have originated in Texas. The scammers are targeting churches and groups were members can be gathered quickly.
"Our warning is if anyone comes to your church or group and tries to recruit you, you'll be participating in an illegal act."
The gifting club asks participants to give a $100 gift. They're also told their proceeds will depend on the number of members they recruit. The scam was traced to an address here in Columbus, but police have not been able to locate the man. His name has not been release.
Harvey Joseph Docstader, the founder, is serving a two year prison term in a Texas prison. He is scheduled to be released in May 2010.
The Federal Trade Commission has produced a consumer alert entitled: "When is a gift not a gift? When it's a gotcha."
A copy of this alert can be found at the following link: