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Net Alert

Protect yourself against Internet opportunity scams.

This story appears in the August 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've been warned repeatedly to check out business andfranchise opportunities, especially if they promise easy money. Butwhile some scams are easy to spot, many con artists have gottenquite good at luring investors--especially over the Internet. Sohow can you tell if an offer is too good to be true?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a ConsumerAlert notice, "Net-Based Business Opportunities: Beware ofFlop-portunities," which includes the following tips forresearching business and franchise opportunities offered on theInternet:

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