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Identify and avoid job and business opportunity scams.
If an ad claims a work-at-home business can make you rich quick, you’re probably looking at a scam
Promises of quick, easy money can be a powerful lure. Ads and seminars may promise a lucrative business opportunity or investment. But if you pay, you may find the investment is worthless. Take your time, investigate the business, and be skeptical about testimonials.
Male VO: Make a lot of money – fast!
Be part of our exciting new business!
Come to our free seminar!
Female VO: There’s no shortage of false promises out there. You might have gotten a letter, e-mail or text; or seen an ad or infomercial on TV.
They tell amazing stories about people—just like you—who made lots of cash and secured their financial future. Unfortunately, the payoff doesn’t match the promise.
Male VO: Act now! Opportunities are limited!
Female VO: Nope. Take your time. Don’t let anyone convince you that you need to act now or risk missing out.
Investigate the business. Ask for their one-page disclosure document.
And be skeptical about testimonials. The organizers may have paid people to lie to you.
When it comes to business and investment opportunities, exercise doubt and check out, at FTC.gov.
A tip from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.
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