Home-based businesses: Do you really need these services?

The operators of a telemarketing scheme that allegedly took millions of dollars from people trying to start home-based businesses have agreed to settle charges brought by the FTC and the New York and Florida Attorneys General. As part of the settlement, the defendants are banned from selling business development services and work-at-home opportunities, and must surrender more than $15 million in assets.

The FTC alleges The Tax Club called people who were trying to start new home-based businesses and falsely claimed to be affiliated with companies from which the consumers had already purchased products and services. The Tax Club then pitched business development services like coaching, corporate formation, and credit development, claiming that the services were essential to the success of home-based businesses. After an initial sale, The Tax Club called repeatedly to sell additional services at a hefty price – several thousand dollars per service. In the end, new business owners lost their money – either The Tax Club didn’t deliver or the businesses never got off the ground.

If you’re thinking about launching a home-based business, do your homework. Learn about business opportunity scams. If an offer sounds suspicious or you’ve been taken in by a scam, file a complaint with the FTC. Your complaints help us stop rip-off artists, scammers, and fraudsters.

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I like your articles. They are useful, short and to the point!! Kudos to the FTC!!!

There is so much fraudulent businesses on line it's a disgrace to the internet service and to the people who use this service. Not to mention, the loss of millions of dollars to the public who fall for these so called businesses. I am glad to see somebody is paying attention and making some progress apprehending these on line crooks. FTC is one and another is IC3.gov thank you for the good police work.

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Yes ,
A link to this video was emailed to me so I did some research. The people in the video are actors including Michael Mcknight who claims to be the developer of the system. They are selling worthless marketing tools but don't have any real business oportunity , this one really creeped me out with how they can concoct this total lie and not blink an eye . Ive seen many of these biz op scams over the years and they have become totally ruthless to the point where it's just creepy.

Dear Sir/Madam:

I just deleted out of my SPAM FOLDER 10 messages sent to my e-mail concerning these business opportunities scams. Can you stop them from happening? Can you initiate a class action suit, so these scammers get scared? That would be the best and most honorable solution. thanks. sml

PLEASE START A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST ALL THESE SCAMMERS ASAP. I JUST DELETED 10 MORE SPAM MESSAGES RELATED TO THE SAME ISSUE AND I HAVE NOT IDEA HOW THEY HAD MY E-MAIL ADRESS. I WAS A VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT FRAUD. START A CLASS ACTION, SO THEY CAN STOP THESE SCAMMIN PRACTICES INMEDIATELY

I received a scam call today from 717-447-7802. They had information on me such as address and phone number which are public records that any body can get. Threatened to come and arrest me if I did not pay them ( out of court ). I don't know who they were except 'government agents'. I had a hard time understanding the man talking who said his name is Steven Smith.

I was taken and played for a fool by a "work from home" company. Sounded great as somethin part time for a lil extra income. I now know if it seems to good to be true....its probably cause it is! Im now in the process of paying my bank back $1200 that I got took for, that I dont have.
Please be aware of the Name Diane (sometimes Diana) Holley (also uses Holly)! She will contact you through email and by phone once she has your number. The email address she uses is a temporary one, but usually ends with @gmx.com.
Please keep eyes open and be aware! I feel so stupid...but lesson learned. Ive filed complaints with everyone I can

I KEEP GETTING TEXT MESSEGES AND EVEN A VOICE MAIL SAYING i CAN ADD MINUTES TO MY PHONE! FROM BEING HACKED BY CELL, INTERNET,COMPUTERS AND ITS BEEN GOING ON 2 YEARS AND HAS RESULTED IN identity theft ..I dicovers last year..they are still at it,,,and I seem to be the TARGET@!

Are any of these companies affiliated with the February 24 scam alert on "The Coaching Department?" I was scammed by them and had corporate credit coaches, business builder coaches, company formation services, etc.? Any info would be helpful.

Eric, I was scammed by a simular, biz just different name. These guys are good. What the AZ, ATG, and SS, does hopefully understand. Is the repeat ice LLCs created, and renamed biz ops or the largest loop hole for scammers. Most don't have telephonically registration, the ATGs can't regulate there pubic any better than this it is the AT General fault. They plainly don't care or just wine and say, maybe,ts a fake name, or fake address, and just file your info away. Will the name never stands out because they tweet, there scams, they change names, address, etc, and even good where the weather is great, they are fly in jet planes like the birds migrate, scammers. Tweek a biz op scam, change scams and names etc. never get noticed due to loop,holes. M

RPE Logistics is not a real company. The website looks real. I was contacted by a Mark Symanski who offered me a Quality Inventory Control job from home. Filled an application everything seemed legit until I started researching more about these sort of jobs. I tried to contact the numbers on the website even the email addresses on the website however none of these worked. Emails came back as undeliverable and phone had a busy signal all day! I emailed Mr. Symanski back at the email he had been emailing me from and informed him that I will not be working with them and shred my application/contract. Also informed him that I reported his fake company to the FTC. Please don't fall for these "Quality Control Inventory" jobs. Totally bogus.

I own and run a home based business. My wife and I make over 50k part time. MLM works if you work it. American free enterprise system has value for broke people. I was a victim of lack of knowledge.
I was only an employee my money problems ( it was my bosses fault) now small business owner. I have tax advantages of business, Did not need a coach, just read. Several business books . But I learned from my Upline that makes 7 figures.
Never again!!!

What company?

Don't fall for 'Free Money System' it's a Binary trading platform that has a Video from WALTER. In the video He says ' You will become a Millionaire within 90 Days. It's all Lies. They promise 'A Matching Deposit when You put 200-500& Into ONE OF THIER
BINARY OPTION COMPANIES. , WELL , NO MATCHING DEPOSIT, NO PERSONAL DREAM TEAM MENTOR. ITS A SCAM.

Accepted as a "Travel Coordinator" with Viaggius promise $3,800 a month plus commission. Too good to be true... Established a bank account so they could deposit commissions and customers could pay for travel. My part was to ensure the money was transferred to the manager in the area of travel. I received $1,000 from a "Customer" and transferred it to the manager. I became suspicious when asked to do it again the next day. I reported it to the bank and the police. I found out the deposits were thefts from an account obtained illegally. I am now required to pay back the $1,000 that I transferred. Stay away from them!

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