The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Internet startup company from Texas is denying allegations from the Better Business Bureau that it's offering an illegal pyramid scheme.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota issued a public warning to consumers about the iJango Network onAug. 21 after its ads appeared in the area. On Wednesday night, the company responded.

The Austin, Texas-based company "adamantly denies the allegations" and says it's following a "proven network marketing business model."

Spokeswoman Susan Risdon says the company helps its distributors set up iJango Web sites that generate advertising revenue and those distributors are rewarded for getting other people to set up similar sites.

The company concedes there were a few glitches with its launch three weeks ago, but it's working to resolve them.

On the Net:

Better Business Bureau: www.thefirstbbb.org

iJango Network: http://www.ijango.biz/