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4. Medical Business Opportunities - In classified ads you may see a job listing for Medical Claims / Billing Processing. The marketing materials say that you can earn substantial incomes working either part-time or full-time from your own home. They also claim that you don't need to find clients, their salespeople will do selling for you. This is rarely true. The price for software, training and technical support usually goes up to $8000. The FTC claims that references that are given on start of this business opportunities are "shills" - individuals hired to give great references. So be careful.
"The Federal Trade Commission suggests that consumers follow following steps before buying into any business opportunity:
Get all earnings claims in writing.
Interview references provided by promoter of business opportunity.
Study business opportunity's franchise disclosure document.
Ask Attorney General's office, state or county consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau in area in which business opportunity promoter is based and where you live whether promoter has a history of unresolved complaints.
If business opportunity involves selling products from well-known companies, call legal department of company whose merchandise is being promoted. Find out whether business opportunity and its promoter are affiliated with company.
Consult an attorney, accountant or other business advisor before you put any money down or sign any papers. " (FTC)
If you have already been entrapped in a scheme and you want to complain to higher authorities, complain to your state's attorney general, local Better Business Bureau, local post office, or a local consumer protection offices. Scams are illegal. You can do your part to save others from being scammed by these scammers.
The most important precautionary measure is -
1.DON'T MAIL MONEY TO ANY EMPLOYER - IT IS MOST LIKELY A SCAM.
2. DON'T SEND A SASE ENVELOPE UNLESS SENDING A RESUME AND PORTFOLIO
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