The home-based business arena, I’m sorry to say, is rife with scam artists. Sometimes scams will have statements like “Fire your Boss – Work from Home!”, “Make $2000 a week from your living room!”, or “Make $5K+ per month in your Pajamas”. Other times they might not be so obvious.
When one is trying to get started in a home-based business, it’s often hard to know what’s legit and what’s a scam. By the time you find out you’ve been scammed, the scammers have often ‘left the building’. Sometimes they get caught as the Josic Brothers did (link here), but often they just move on to something else.
The bigger the scam, the more likely the scammers are to get caught. How do they get caught? People must report them. If you think you’ve been scammed, start by reporting your incident to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can file a report online at the FTC web site (link here).
The Josic case shows that scammers can operate right out in the open, perpetuating the illusion of legitimacy. The Josics, for example, advertised in trusted sources such as Redbook and Family Circle.
Often scammers go undetected because the victims are embarrassed to admit they were scammed. If you were a victim of an Home-Based Business scam, you owe it to yourself and to other potential victims to report the matter. A report to the FTC will not provide restitution, but it may initiate an investigation, particularly in cases where multiple people have reported the scam.