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Resources Against Scam Artists

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The Internet is loaded with scams aimed at taking as much money from you as possible in the shortest amount of time. With so many innocent people trying to find a great opportunity to work at home, it’s easy for scam artists to draw you in with the promise of riches.

Fortunately, there are resources available for your use to help ensure that you are not helping a scam artist to get rich by throwing away your hard earned money.

There are quite a few of these opportunity “regulators” as I like to call them. Use these resources to investigate an opportunity before you get involved and/or send any money:

1) Federal Trade Commission:

The FTC has a lot of information for businesses and consumers. You can check out things such as the top ten consumer fraud complaints, work-at-home schemes, your legal rights, and much more. You can also file a complaint if you have already had a problem.

2) Better Business Bureau:

The BBB is a very well known and reliable resource for checking out businesses. They provide information on over 2 million organizations. You can find reliability reports on organizations as well as a lot of other helpful information. As with the FTC, you can also file a complaint at the BBB if you need to.

3) Scambusters:

These guys claim to be the #1 Publication on Internet Fraud. You can find a wealth of information and resources on this site aimed at avoiding scams and fraud. They also offer links to other sites that may be helpful.

4) Internet Trade Bureau:

The ITB was formed to help promote fair business practices on the Internet. They offer site reviews, and tracking of consumer complaints. They do not retain any members who get complaints.

5) ScamWatch:

These guys offer a scam directory, a list of things to watch out for, scam reports, most likely scams, and more. There is a lot of information on this site designed to prevent you from being scammed.

You can also check with these organizations:

Here’s a list of email addresses for you to report scams, fraud, and spam:

  • Email the FTC to report “get rich quick” spam email scams: uce@ftc.gov
  • Internet Fraud Center at fraudinfo@psinet.com
  • National Fraud Information Center email: nfic@internetmci.com
  • Email address of the US Postal Inspection Service where all “Chain Letter” spam email scams should be sent: fraud@usps.gov and customer@email.usps.gov

As you can see there are plenty of resources available to you, so you should be able to check out any money making opportunity very thoroughly to ensure your safety. The above list is by no means exhaustive, but they are some very reliable resources. If you find an opportunity listed in the scam or fraud section, of any of the above sites, I would highly recommend staying away from it.

Remember, there are many legitimate opportunities for you to choose from. Working at home has tons of rewards, so don’t give up on your dreams just because you are afraid of getting scammed. Do your homework on any opportunity you are pursuing and you should be fine.

Now, go and find yourself a legitimate business opportunity to secure your financial destiny!

For more articles on Internet scams, please visit my site.

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  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    Excellent Raul, would love to see follow-up pieces talking about individual scams and resources we can use to help shut ‘em down!

  • http://www.blogcharm.com/scamsunlimited Raul Vergara

    thanks eric. you can visit my blog on Scams Unlimited. You will find there my daily updates. Thanks again for the comment.

  • http://www.thebluesmokeband.com Brian Sorrell

    The resources here are all quite good, except for the BBB. There is an inherent conflict of interests in their business model, insofar as those whom they would ostensibly prosecute for wrong-doing (bad businesses) are their source of revenue.

    Additionally, they have no legal authority. And there have been a lot of investigations into their funny bookkeeping, pressure tactics, bogus “claims” against those who do not subscribe, and failed inquiries against those who do.

    There are additional resources on my web site. (At risk of being self indulgent: BBB Scam.) There’s also a fun site called Rip Off Report that is a loosely moderated complaint forum. Another organization, “The Fair Business Association of America” (who oddly links to my article), sounds just as shady as the BBB.

    The more reliable resource is your State Attorney’s Office or the FTC. Unlike the BBB, they check backgrounds and verify such things as contractor licenses and insurance.

    This said, I appreciate Raul’s call for vigilance. It’s important and not to be understated.

  • marie c sterna

    thats life

  • DEBRA ANN STENLUND

    DEBRA ANN STENLUND nice

  • andrew r smith

    good

  • ANDREW R SMITH PLAINFIELD IL

    ANDREW R SMITH PLAINFIELD IL true

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