The Fort St. John RCMP confirms the pyramid scheme operating in the city is illegal.

Rumours have been circulating that this scam has been endorsed by the RCMP.  Constable Jackelynn Passarell says it doesn’t matter what the group is named, it is a scam and it is not endorsed by the RCMP. [asset|aid=960|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=30bace4d2d63d7e94d3fbea53bc5993d-Jackeylynn Passarell 1_1_Pub.mp3]

A group called ‘Women Empowering Women’ is attempting to recruit more women into the scam. Participants are asked to pay up to five thousand dollars to join the group.

The group promises participants ‘gifts’ or more money. The participants are encouraged to recruit their friends and family, and are told members will receive $40,000 when they reach the top of the pyramid.

The group claims to have started in response to bad economic times. Constable Passarell says anyone who participates in the group is committing a crime. [asset|aid=961|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=30bace4d2d63d7e94d3fbea53bc5993d-Jackelynn Passarell 2_1_Pub.mp3]

However, Passarell says if you joined the group not knowing it was illegal, it is an entire different situation. If you have any information contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140.

**For more on this story you can read the original story posted February 17th by Clicking Here

***UPDATE – Here is the latest on the Pyramid Scheme as of February 26th 2009.  Click here for details