In uncertain economic times, people are especially motivated to build financial security to protect their livelihood. They may look for ways other than the traditional brick-and-mortar job to fulfill their financial goals. Various commitments may leave them with little flexibility in their schedules, and so such people may search out unconventional money-making opportunities. While there is nothing wrong with thinking outside the box, one must be careful to avoid con artist who have likewise innovated their scams.
For example, in the case Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. Shopper Systems, LLC; Revenue Works, LLC, also doing business as Surplus Supplier; EMZ Ventures, LLC; The Veracity Group, LP; Brett Brosseau; Michael Moysich; Keith R. Powell, Defendants (United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida), the FTC alleged this unscrupulous Company lured retailers into paying for a non-existent mystery shopping service program, amongst other illegal misdeeds affecting individual consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission’s crackdown on such corrupt business practices, tagged ‘Operation Lost Opportunity’, has brought legal action against many who promise consumers work-at-home opportunities, investment and business ownership opportunities, fleecing them of millions.
If you are presented with an opportunity, whether through someone you know well or not:
• Do research on the internet;
• Call your local Better Business Bureau so that you can find out if the company has any negative reports filed against it;
• Call your State Attorney General’s office. Provide them with all the information you have on the company. They can provide information on the business legitimacy if the other self-research methods exonerate the company from suspicion.
If you have already pursued a business opportunity that turned out to be a scam, you have options:
• Report the offending company to the FTC;
• Freeze all bank and credit card accounts revealed to the company when you signed up.
• Call an attorney with expertise in these matters. You will need someone who has the ability to mitigate any further loss, attempt to make you whole again, and see that the offending company can no longer or be crippled in its attempt to do this to someone else.Having the right resources at your disposal can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a business scam. Remember that if it is too good to be true, it probably is.