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Seminars for Fraudulent Business Opportunities

You may have received an email or seen an infomercial promoting a seminar or conference that promises to help you make a lot of money. 


Earn up to $150,000 per year!

At the world's most successful seminar, we'll show you how

to multiply your money in 6 months or less — with little risk.

Our experts will teach you the latest insider SECRETS for making money fast.

You can't afford to pass up this valuable opportunity.

Seminar hucksters say they'll give you valuable information about how to invest successfully or operate a profitable business. Their "success stories" and testimonials seem to show that anyone who attends the seminar can make money from the investment or business program they're selling. Some promoters even claim to have gotten rich from their own investment in the program.

They like to use high pressure sales pitches to get you to pay upfront for expensive materials and SECRET knowledge which turns out to be generalized information. They may promote pay for view websites, software packages which are unusable or inadaptable to your needs, or a type service for which there is no market in your area.  Consumers who invest in these "opportunities" frequently find that the pay-off isn't as promised — and that they can't even recoup the money they spent. 

The Federal Trade Commission wants to alert you to the secrets of the seminar squeeze. Be wary of promotional materials or sales pitches that make these claims:

  • You can earn big money fast, regardless of your lack of business experience or training. 

  • The program or business opportunity is offered for a short time only.  
  • The deal is a "sure thing" that will deliver security for years to come.  
  • You'll reap financial rewards by working less. 
  • You'll be "coached" each step of the way to success.  
  • The program worked for other participants - even the organizers.

Advice on Seminars

Promises of quick, easy money can be a powerful lure. If you buy into a business opportunity at a seminar, you may find that the products and information you purchased are worthless and that your money is gone. You can take steps to avoid getting hit by the seminar pitch.

  • Take your time. Don't be rushed into buying anything at a seminar. Avoid high-pressure sales pitches that require you to buy now or risk losing out on the opportunity. Remember, solid opportunities are not sold through nerve-racking tactics. 

  • Investigate the people you're considering writing the check to. Talk to experienced business people and experts in the field outside of the "seminar group" before spending your money or wasting your time.

  • Be wary of "success stories" or testimonials of extraordinary success. The seminar operation may have paid "shills" or "singers" to give glowing stories.

  • Be cautious about purchasing from seminar representatives who are reluctant to answer questions or who give evasive answers. Remember that legitimate businesspeople are more than willing to give you information about their investment or sales opportunity.

  • Ask about the company's refund policy and the exact benefits it promises to provide. Get this in writing. Keep in mind that you may never recoup the money you give to an unscrupulous seminar operation, despite their stated refund policies. Taking precautions before you invest is a more effective way to safeguard your money than trying to get a refund after the fact.


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