(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) - A group of people who invested in Island Destiny Foundation Family, a money system that promised to multiply their contributions, did so, knowing the risks. \u201cI mean there were warnings on the news not to join no sou sou,\u201d one investor said. But they took the chance because the person who made the promise said he was a pastor and he told them that part of the money would go to charity. \u201cThe way that it was presented to us is that you know he mentioned the word NGO,\u201d she said. \u201cThere would be money to help others,\u201d she continued. The woman who preferred to remain anonymous told Guardian Media that she and the people she recruited invested $21,000. Another investor said he was scammed $7,000, money he took from his savings. \u201cI really take the risk because I was well informed that he was a man of God, he was a pastor,\u201d he said. The group said during the Zoom meetings, he told them that if things failed their investments would be given back to them. According to the members they were supposed to receive their money one month after investing however when that day came, they were given a run-around. \u201cI keep messaging them and asking where is my money I have things to do,\u201d he said. \u201cShe called me back and explained that sometimes the circle stalls,\u201d he continued. The man said as their wait time increased, they started to put pressure on the alleged pastor who then called an emergency Zoom meeting. At this meeting, the investors were told that the system crashed. \u201cHe admitted that he had taken more than he can handle,\u201d another investor said. The founder of Island Destiny Foundation Family promised to repay everyone. That was their last meeting and according to the group he deleted the telegram group where they would communicate and calls to his phone went unanswered. \u201cAfterwards he sent a message to the person that brought me in stating that the money is done he payout who he have to payout already and the money is done he have no money to pay out anybody else,\u201d an investor said. He told Guardian Media that he told the alleged pastor that he would go to the police but he replied asking what were the charges. Another woman said she met up with the Island Destiny Foundation Family founder who questioned where she got the money to invest. He told her that he took her money to teach her a lesson. \u201cIt felt like a bullying session, I started to cry,\u201d she said. \u201cHe said that he hoped I learned my lesson this time and that I would not be going back into these sorts of things again,\u201d she said. Guardian Media were told that the group had 240 members before it was deleted and according to the members we spoke to no one has received their money. They plan on taking their plight to the police and hopes their story discourages others from making the same mistakes.