Loom stops spinning? Investors demanding back their money

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loom-wheel.jpgReports are that the Loom wheel that once promised Jamaicans thousands of dollars has slowed drastically, and in some cases has stopped spinning completely for a number of investors who have lost thousands of dollars.

A Jamaica Gleaner probe last week noted that several persons who invested in the scheme were frantically trying to get back their investments as it became clear that the dreams of big returns had transformed into nightmares.

"Is December now and all now me can't hear nothing bout me Loom, but due to how me pay me money me need fi know what a gwaan so me a go need it and me done talk," said one investor, in a WhatsApp group operated by one loom vendor.

"A two months now me a defend my money and can't get it back," said another in one of the string of posts, many too graphic for publication.

"I know of Loom stuck for four months now. if you need back the money you have to talk to the admin person and he will put up your spot for sale. if you lucky somebody buy it, that's the only way you get back your money. every day people asking back for their money and admin not answering them," said another investor.

Last month, The Sunday Gleaner reported on the increasing popularity of the scheme and how the operators had promised investors up to 300 per cent earnings on each investment. At that time, communication and international relations manager at the Financial Services Commission (FSC), David Geddes, warned against get-rich schemes, which he pointed out were unsustainable.

Last week, Geddes said persons who believe they were defrauded as a result of putting money into the Loom scheme should report the matter to the police and file a formal complaint with the FSC.

"People need to realise that there are many different paths and roads to prosperity, but Loom is not one of them. 'Blessings' and 'Christmas Gift' and those schemes are also not ways to prosperity. Invest your money in a retirement plan, for example, or try entrepreneurship, but the problem with a lot of persons today is that it has to be immediate, persons want returns immediately," added Geddes.

Since it became clear that the collapse of Loom was inevitable, persons have admitted that despite the warnings they invested in Loom with the hope that they would be among those to collect big before it collapsed.

"Persons know that it's a Ponzi scheme, they know that chances are they won't get back the money, but because they are being lulled into this fantasy world where there is a chance that you may get returns 10 times their money, they say 'OK, let me just try with $20,000 and try my luck'," Geddes said.