Tag: Franchises, Business Opportunities, and Investments

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Marketers of Vemma juice drinks went to college campuses and elsewhere to recruit “affiliates” for their “opportunity.” Affiliates were encouraged to recruit more affiliates, who in turn would recruit more affiliates, who in turn . . . . You get the picture: Lather, rinse, repeat...
Thinking about crowdfunding to raise money for your latest project? If so, you’ll want to pay attention to the FTC’s first crowdfunding case. The lesson: If you launch a crowdfunding campaign, keep your promises.
It’s graduation season. How’s this for a truthful take on the usual oratory?Esteemed guests and distinguished graduates, despite what we said in our ads, many of you just got a degree or diploma that won’t qualify you to get the licenses you need to land a job in your field. And don’...
What do mystery writers, magicians, and some small business scammers have in common? The art of misdirection. But when it comes to small business scammers, we’re on to their tricks. Today the FTC announced that, at its request, a federal court stopped yellow page scammers that were...
A box of light bulbs. A case of cleaner. Another box of light bulbs. Ordinary supplies that businesses and nonprofits of all sizes use every day. If these things arrive at your office doorstep, someone in your company or organization must have ordered them, right? And when the bill...
History buffs – and fans of the series “Deadwood” – know that promises of riches lured many prospectors west. Now imagine if the general store in Deadwood advertised state-of-the-art shovels, pans, and pick axes necessary for mining, but never delivered the gear or delivered it long...

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Bajo los términos de las órdenes judiciales obtenidas por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), dieciocho comercializadores elusivos que engañaron a consumidores estadounidenses y canadienses estafándolos por más de $7 millones de dólares quedan sujetos a una prohibición...
Eighteen elusive marketers who cheated American and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 million are banned from selling business or work-at-home opportunities under court orders obtained by the Federal Trade Commission.These orders, along with court orders against 14 other people and companies...
The Federal Trade Commission announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has permanently enjoined National Business Consultants, Inc. (NBC), and Robert Namer (who has also used the name Robert Behar) from making false and misleading claims or omitting material...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged National Business Consultants Inc. with making false and misleading claims in the sale of business opportunities for business consulting services. At the FTC's request, a federal court has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding further alleged...
The consumers lost money after paying performance deposits to become business or sales consultants to National Business Consultants, Inc. and its owner.
The defendants in a federal court action brought by the FTC have agreed to stop operating an advance fee recovery scheme for the duration of the on-going litigation. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the operation, which in the past year took close to $1.3 million from consumers, many of them...
A federal district judge has ordered a business opportunity company and its president to pay more than $25 million in refunds to consumers who were conned with bogus claims that they could earn substantial income working at home. In granting the FTC’s motion for summary judgment, the court found...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing more than $4.4 million in refund checks to 2,004 consumers harmed by the Ivy Capital business “coaching” scheme, which falsely claimed that it would help them develop their own Internet businesses.
The final defendant charged by the Federal Trade Commission in a business opportunity scheme that he falsely claimed would enable consumers to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon has agreed to settle.

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When you buy a franchise, you may be able to sell goods and services that have instant name recognition, and get training and support that can help you succeed. But purchasing a franchise is like any other investment: there’s no guarantee of success.
La estafa de la guía comercial El embuste de los artículos de oficina La chanchullo del URL La trampa de la donación de caridad El engaño del cheque ¿Qué puedo hacer para proteger a mi negocio?

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