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Don't Get Scammed

Who to contact if you've been Web-conned

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This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you think you can't get fleeced by Web con artists, thinkagain: One million small businesses have been, according to SenatorChristopher "Kit" Bond (R-MO).

How does it work? Crooked Web site operators "cram"phony charges onto businesses phone bills or credit cards, saysBond, whose Senate Committee on Small Business has held hearings onthe scam. Here's how to spot it: Usually, there's a"free, no strings attached" trial offer of Web sitehosting, development or marketing services. Then monthly chargeskeep showing up.

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