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CONSUMER ALERTS - BE INFORMED

The scammers are preying on your dreams!

Have you received a mail solicitation or read an advertisement to attend a
free seminar that promises to help you make a lot of money on the Internet?

The Seminar Pitch: A Real Curve Ball

You may have received a letter (or seen an advertisement) promoting a seminar or conference that promises to help you make a lot of money on the Internet.The scam artists lure would-be entrepreneurs with false promises of big earnings for little effort. They pitch their fraudulent offerings on the Web; in e-mail solicitations; through infomercial's, classified ads and newspaper and magazine "advertorials"; and in flyers, telemarketing pitches, seminars, and direct-mail solicitations. 

'Earn up to $100,000 per year! At the world’s most successful marketing seminar, we’ll show you how to multiply your money in 6 months or less -- with little risk. Our experts will teach you the latest insider marketing secrets for making money fast. You can’t afford to pass up this valuable opportunity. It starts out with a free one to three hour seminar (free meak, organizer, etc.), at which they tell you for a small fee, you can attend a one day Internet training seminar.

What a pitch! Seminar hucksters say they’ll give you valuable information about how to invest successfully or operate a profitable business. Their "success stories" and testimonials seem to show that anyone who attends the seminar can make money from the investment and business program they’re selling. Some promoters may even claim to have gotten rich from their own investment in the program.

If you attend one of these seminars, you’ll hear a series of sales pitches for a variety of business opportunities and investments. Consumers who invest in these "opportunities" frequently find that the pay-off isn’t as promised -- and they can’t recoup the money they spent. For your investment of $2,000 to $8,000, a promoter will promise software, training and technical support. And the company will encourage you to call its references. Make sure you get many names from which to chose. If only one or two names are given, they may be "shills" - people hired to give favorable testimonials.

Keep in mind that just because a company has a flashy Web site doesn't mean it is legitimate.

These scams often target people who are eager to learn and use technology but are not yet Internet savvy. The Federal Trade Commission wants to alert you to the secrets of the seminar squeeze.

Don’t Get Hit By The Pitch. Promises of quick, easy money can be a powerful lure. If you buy into a business opportunity at a seminar, you may find that the products and information you purchased are worthless and that your money is gone. Read how you can avoid this. More ... http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/invest/seminar.htm

'Net-Based Business Opportunities: Beware of Flop-portunities

Earn big bucks selling Internet-related products or services. No computer experience or sales experience necessary!" Beware of ads promising big money from Internet-related business opportunities:

More ... http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/online/netbizop.htm

Internet-Related Business Opportunities:

While it is certainly possible to make a lot of money in cyberspace, watch-out for scam artists selling fraudulent Internet-related business opportunities that will costs thousands and give nothing in return.

More ... http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/netalrt.htm

Classic Work-at-Home Schemes

Several types of offers are classic work-at-home schemes.

More ... http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/invest/homewrk.htm

 

 

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