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Network Solutions Whois Site http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois and enter URL. You should in most cases be able to determine who registered domain name, where they are located, a telephone number and/or email address. This will be under Administrative contact section. You can also determine who hosts site.
If URL ends in one of new domain types i.e., .tv, .ta, or .de for example I generally use register.com site since it has info on these type domains: Register.com http://www.register.com
There are a couple of discussion boards that may have information that may help you. They are:
Victims Against Scams http://pub31.ezboard.com/bvictimsagainstscams
Friends In Business (Scams 101) http://friendsinbusiness.com/board/index.cgi?
iCop! Discussion Forum (International Council of Online Professionals) http://pluto.beseen.com/boardroom/h/50220/
The Home Business & Marketing Discussion Board http://www.homebizlink.com/wwwboard
A couple of sites that you may want to also check are:
The Consumer Sentinel http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/
Internet ScamBusters http://www.scambusters.org
The Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov
One other resource is good old online telephone books. If you have an address or telephone number go to www.yellowpages.com or www.whitepages.com and check them out. You can use telephone number and do a "reverse directory check" which checks telephone number and gives you a name and address. You can also check out address that you have and sometimes may be able to tell if address is a valid business office or a mail drop by making a couple of telephone calls.
If you are getting ready to spend some of your hard earned money by joining a money making opportunity whether it is a one time cost or a monthly cost, make sure that you check it out. First you want to reassure yourself that it is legit and secondly if you are going to promote it, you want to make sure you have confidence in it since you are going to risk your reputation by recommending it to others.
Joe Reinbold, webmaster of The Entrepreneur's Home Business Link publishes a free weekly email newsletter "Home Income Quarterly E-dition" which is dedicated to assisting online marketers. For a free subscription just mailto:email@example.com or visit his site at http://www.homebizlink.com