Shop-at-Home or catalog fraud is a scam done by certain small businesses to make money. The distinguishing aspect of catalog fraud is the importance of finding new recruits to participate in the club. The scam artists that facilitate this scheme require that potential buyers subscribe to a catalog buying club for a discounted price. However, the upfront costs are enormous. Many subscribers never see the products they were promised and lose hundreds of dollars.
These clubs are successful because many potential buyers become enamored with the great deal promised. There are many willing participants who write checks in large amounts in order to receive years of products that are delivered to their home at a reduced price.
People should be aware that these clubs are a type of fraud. Therefore, it's a criminal offense to knowingly participate in a catalog fraud. There are steps victims can undertake that include:
Individuals should remember that shopping catalog club fraud can extend to all different types of areas. Therefore, ask questions about how the proposed offer works. People should think about whether the promise of a great return is feasible and possible. There are countless situations where asking yourself good questions and thinking about what a person is offering you can prevent you from being defrauded.
Shopping catalog clubs are a fraud and an attorney can help advise you on a course of action. A civil suit against these operators would require a strong attorney experienced in consumer fraud cases. In addition, an attorney can help you to recover money from fraud scheme operators, assuming that they can be found.
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