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Franchise or business opportunity

Scammers offer business or franchise opportunities and  promise big returns on your investment, but a down payment is required.

Tactics used

  • Email
  • Internet
  • Phone
Description of fraud
The opportunity requires high startup costs, or the product itself is expensive. Popular scams include investments, ATM machines, point of sale machines, cleaning equipment, etc. These often require large deposits upfront to purchase equipment.

Tactics used
  • Promises of high returns from this opportunity
  • False endorsements from "successful" franchisees

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