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It’s tough enough to find a job or start your own business, even without scammers trying to take advantage. Today the FTC announced a major federal and state crackdown on scams that target people looking for jobs, extra income, or the chance to run their own business. The phony offers included “opportunities” to start a business as a mystery shopper, credit card processor, or website operator, and promised big earnings.

Many of the scams targeted people online. For example:

Shopper Systems: In this case, the company’s ads — including text messages, websites, and ads on online employment websites — allegedly sold the opportunity to provide mystery shopping services to retailers. People who signed up were then persuaded to buy into yet another phony business opportunity operating a webstore.

The Online Entrepreneur: People who bought into this opportunity were allegedly told it was a no-risk, money-back guaranteed opportunity to make money running a website that would be affiliated with the sites of “big companies” like Prada and Sony. Commissions would supposedly be earned when people clicked through the sites to make purchases.

Whatever the pitch, remember: before you put money into a business opportunity, do some research and make sure you’re getting all the information you’re entitled to. Under the recently updated Business Opportunity Rule, business opportunity sellers are required to provide specific information to help you evaluate a business opportunity, including using a simple, one-page disclosure form.

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i sold my business and was scamed out of it where do i turn to

You can file a complaint with the FTC at You also may want to file a complaint with your local consumer protection office. You can find your local offices here: Finally, you may want to contact a lawyer.

I was contacted by someone via phone today asking me for my SSN and date of birth so he could run a background check on me for a potential employer in a fictitious city in my state. Is there a place I can report the number from which the call originated?

Yes, you can file a complaint online at You also might want to contact your local consumer protection office to report the call.

In my Gmail account, I found a company that sounds like a money scam.see attached email.

11:17 AM (2 hours ago)

to me

Here is more information about the job position with J.M.B. Group Inc.

Our company creates a positive outlook and prosperity of businesses and individuals across the world. Managing Information Technology Outsourcing lands a great possibility for growth and development.

The position being offered is for Financial Support Agent.

Job requirements:
- Minimum 18 y.o.;
- constant internet access;
- home or mobile phone number;
- regular bank account (checking/savings) or a Verified Premier or Business PayPal account.

Employment benefits (upon completion of 30 days trial period):
- Paid holidays;
- Dental and Health;
- Professional development programs

Job description:

The position is based on working from the comfort of your home. The application process is distant yet vary rigorous. We screen all possible applicants to ensure that long term employment is possible.

The main job responsibility is to stay logged online for about 2 hours per day, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 11 am. Receiving specific instructions from a supervisor and following prompt assignments is of most importance. The position deals directly with processing funds from our clients. For security reasons a personal bank account is required during the trial period of 30 days. Once your trial is completed, we will assign you a business account through one of our branches in your area.

During your trial period you will receive between 2 and 3 transfers per week. Invoices are provided for each operation. Along with every operation, you automatically receive the senders, and further the receivers names that the funds belong to.


Base salary is $2,300 per month during the Trial Period + 8 commission from each successfully handled payment. Total income is about $4,500 per month. After the first 30 days your base salary will be increased up to $3,000 a month.

Refer to the links below for additional information:

Frequently Asked Question:

Key points:
- No investment of funds on your part;
- Not a sales position, base pay along with commission is guaranteed;

For further information and inquiries you may contact us at

Limited Time Offer with a Sign On Bonus! Please follow the link:

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, in order to secure the position and get started with probationary period, you need to create a Task Manager Account on

Thank you for your time and interest with our company.

Best Regards,

Jennifer Sheffield
Phone: 1-914-356-8702
Fax: 1-646-666-4489

This is a great example of a job scam email.

PLEASE NOTE: URGENT ONLINE REPEAT THE PREMEIR MYSTERY SHOPPING SCAM IS BACK AGAIN TRYING TO LURE PERSONS SEEKING JOBS AS MYSTERY SHOPPERS.THE PREMEIR MYSTERY SHOPPING COMPANY as of 05-13-13 has on line that they are representing the WALMART COMPANY FOR MYSTERY SHOPPERS ALL FRAUD. I was a victim to this same repeat information that these people use to scam you out of money in your bank claiming they will deposit so much in your acct. for you to become an employer. DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM TO THIS. Question why would any company place money in your bank acct. before you began work - since you are to be an independent employer. VERY FISHY AND BEWARE YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENS SEEKING WORK. Previous Victim xxx smallstuff

Thanks for sharing your story. You can file a formal complaint at You also might want to review our article about mystery shopper scams.

A company called all Vinyl Siding and Windows from ELizabethtown nc, Greensboro nc, and Fayetteville nc is taking monies from homeowner to do some repairs and never complete the work and also do shoddy work. Many complaints are listed in the Better Business Bureau in NC, and I had to take them to court and I am now in the execution step. This does not mean I will get my money back. They are continuously using bad material and practices to get your money. They try to make you sign a GE loan or other loan from a bank and do not complete the work and you are stuck with the bill. They also use false advertisement for their website with copyright law violation by uploading a u tube video from another company testamony leading people to believe this is their work. They use multiple phone number. Beware. See the BBB and Angie's list .

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