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Business Opportunity Scam Reports

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FTC Hits Real Estate Celebrities

FTC Hits Real Estate Celebrities

Surprise as FTC moves to add two of the biggest real estate celebrities Dean Graziosi and Scott Yancey to their ongoing case against Nudge

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FTC Warns MLMs on COVID Claims

FTC Warns MLMs on COVID Claims

FTC Sends Warning Letters to Multi-Level Marketers Regarding COVID Health and Earnings Claims The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent 10 letters warning multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) to remove and address claims that they or their participants are making about their products’ ability to treat

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FTC Goes After Affiliates in MOBE Case

FTC Goes After Affiliates in MOBE Case

The FTC has gone after several key affiliates of MOBE for their role in swindling consumers out of millions of dollars using false claims and misleading testimonials.

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FTC Targets Work-at-Home Scams

FTC Targets Work-at-Home Scams

In theory starting a work-at-home business can give you the flexibility to set your own hours and be your own boss. But when you search online or get ads by email, you’ll often find scammers instead of a real opportunity.

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Chris Hansen: Work at Home Scams

Chris Hansen: Work at Home Scams

In this episode of Scam Report TV, Chris Hansen examines some of the most common Work at Home Scams – scams that are bringing grief, heartache and financial loss to thousands of honest Americans every month.

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New Moves to Close $400m Real Estate Seminar Scam

New Moves to Close $400m Real Estate Seminar Scam

For the second time in about a month, the FTC sued a company that falsely promised it would show people how to earn money in real estate – after getting them to pay thousands of dollars for seminars.

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FTC Sues MLM Supplements Company

FTC Sues MLM Supplements Company

FTC Sues Multi-Level Marketer Neora, formerly known as Nerium, Alleging it Operates as an Illegal Pyramid Scheme – The FTC also says Nerium falsely promotes brain health supplements as helping treat Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease – and proposes banning them from making “baseless claims” in future.

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Fake Social “Likes” Facing Fines

Fake Social "Likes" Facing Fines

As the FTC toughens it’s stance on deceptive digital marketing practices, company faces a $2.5 million judgement for selling likes on social media platforms.

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$2m Refunds To Business Scam Victims

$2m Refunds To Business Scam Victims

The FTC will be mailing refund checks totaling more than $2 million to people who lost money to a Utah-based business coaching scheme that operated under the names Coaching Department and Apply Knowledge, among others

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FTC: AdvoCare MLM “Pyramid Scheme”

FTC: AdvoCare MLM "Pyramid Scheme"

Are you thinking about joining a multi-level marketing business to earn extra money? Before investing your hard-earned cash, make sure you’re not dealing with a pyramid scheme – a scam that can cost you dearly.

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Don’t Get Taken In by the Secret Shopper Scam

Don't Get Taken In by the Secret Shopper Scam

Here’s how it starts. You might have replied to a job advertisement and a week or so later get a check in the mail with a job offer as a secret shopper…

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FTC Advice on MLMs

FTC Advice on MLMs

Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it could be a pyramid scheme.

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Operation: Empty Promises

Operation: Empty Promises

With so many work-at-home scams competing to steal your money on false hopes and empty promises, you need to be especially careful when looking at new opportunities.

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Business Coaching Scammers Settle FTC Charges

Business Coaching Scammers Settle FTC Charges

As alleged in the FTC’s complaint, the defendants used a variety of deceptive sales tactics and falsely promised that their clients were likely to earn substantial income, their training programs were personalized and open only to qualified participants, and they needed consumers’ financial information to determine if they qualified.

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FTC Releases MLM Business Guidance

FTC Releases MLM Business Guidance

Multi-level marketing is a diverse and varied industry, employing many different structures and methods of selling. Although there may be significant differences in how multi-level marketers sell their products or services, core consumer protection principles are applicable

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True Stories: Work at Home Scam

True Stories: Work at Home Scam

Claimed to be a business coaching and training program, rather than bringing it’s trainees the promised financial help and security this will leave it’s victims worse off, and with nothing to show for it.

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FTC Takes Massive Business Training Program Down

FTC Takes Massive Business Training Program Down

Thousands lose out as fraudulent business education program “My Online Business Education” – or MOBE taken down by FTC. Many experience crippling losses or mounting debts, including some who have lost more than $20,000

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FTC Halts Deceptive Business Coaching Scheme

FTC Halts Deceptive Business Coaching Scheme

Defendants charge up to $13,995 – usually on consumers’ credit cards – for a purported business coaching program that provides information that is largely available for free on the Internet.

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How To Spot a Pyramid Scheme

How To Spot a Pyramid Scheme

Before you shell out a wad of cash and start making pitches to your friends, you should know just what you’re getting yourself into – is it an illegal pyramid scheme or an MLM?

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Get-Rich-With-Amazon Scheme in $102M Settlement

Get-Rich-With-Amazon Scheme in $102M Settlement

Operators of a scheme that sold “secrets for making money on Amazon” banned from marketing and selling business opportunities under a settlement with the FTC, and they will surrender millions of dollars for return to consumers.

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Big Money Work-At-Home Claims Found Bogus

Big Money Work-At-Home Claims Found Bogus

Fat Giraffe Marketing, four related Utah-based corporations, Gregory W. Anderson, and Garrett P. Robins marketed money-making opportunities, claiming that people could rake in cash from the comfort of their homes simply by posting advertising links on websites.

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Work-At-Home Victims Receive More Than $1 Million

Work-At-Home Victims Receive More Than $1 Million

The FTC is mailing checks totaling nearly $1.1 million to 87,256 consumers who paid for work-at-home opportunities based on the allegedly deceptive advertising practices of Bob Robinson, LLC and other related defendants.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Crypto Fraudsters Charged

Multi-Billion Dollar Crypto Fraudsters Charged

Victims invested billions of dollars worldwide in the fraudulent cryptocurrency. Following his arrest, IGNATOV appeared in Magistrate Court in the Central District of California, and was detained on the charge contained in the Complaint.

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