Business opportunity fraud involves an offer to become financially independent, or to generate extra income, by setting up your own business.
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A letter, advert or website asks if you are interested in making easy money by working from home, or setting up your own online business.
The scheme allows you to choose when you work and enables you to fit your work around your other responsibilities. The work itself could involve filling envelopes, assembling products or selling goods or services through your own website.
However, any products or services you are asked to sell are worthless and you won’t be able to sell them.
You have to pay money up front to register with the scheme, buy customer leads, set up your web site, buy products to sell on, or receive an instruction manual on how to run your business.
If you’re asked to assemble goods or fill envelopes, the fraudsters will find fault with your work and use it as a reason for not paying you.
Many of these schemes are straightforward pyramid schemes, where you will only earn money by introducing other people to it. For example: by selling them copies of the instruction manual.
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