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Chapter 11. Pink Slip Blues > Red Flags for a Possible Scam

Red Flags for a Possible Scam

Often the first sense you get that something is a scam is in your gut, but you decide to ignore it because the people seem friendly and sincere—and you'd like to make some extra income. If you suspect that the business opportunity isn't legitimate, do some snooping with the following authorities:

  • Better Business Bureau— There should be a local office in your community. They will be able to tell you if anyone has reported a complaint or if there are pending lawsuits against them. You can find your local bureau listed in your telephone directory.

  • Post Office— The U.S. Postal Service tracks mail fraud. Visit your local post office and discuss your concerns with the postmaster. He or she can probably provide helpful information for recognizing fraudulent mail activities.


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