Offers for business opportunities pour into e-mail boxes everyday. These offers are the most common type of unsolicited, or spam, commercial e-mail. Also, many of these so-called "offers" are actually scams. Due to the prevalence of scams among unsolicited business offer emails, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asking people to forward unsolicited commercial e-mail to them. In fact, the FTC has found that most bulk e-mail offers appear fraudulent.
The FTC has found that some of the most common scams are:
There are many other kinds of scams in bulk e-mail. You may be offered free goods, but only if you pay a fee and recruit other participants. You may also be confronted with investment opportunities that promise high rates of return with low risk. Other scams offer cable descrambler kits for a small fee, which usually never work. You may be offered guaranteed loans or credit on easy terms that are also fraudulent. Credit repair scams may offer to erase negative information from your credit file, but they fail to deliver on their promises. Finally, you may be told that you have won a vacation prize, but claiming the prize may require the payment of a fee.
A knowledgeable lawyer may be able to help you detect a fraudulent bulk e-mail scam. A lawyer can also inform you of any risks you run when pursuing any offer in an e-mail. If you run into any of these offers that you are thinking about pursuing, you may want to consult a lawyer, as well as the FTC.
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