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It's all just bait conceived by con artists, who care only about parting you from your money. Ethics don't come into it. (For more about con-artist tricks, click Work-at-Home Job Scams in the sidebar.) The predators who run Internet business opportunity scams count on a new sucker being born every minute, and thrive on the naive, wishful and desperate. Stay-at-home moms, the elderly, and physically-challenged people who need money most are among their prime prey.

The Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission offer more information about avoiding rip-offs like Internet business opportunity scams, plus ways to verify offers and file complaints. Your state attorney general's office might also have specific or general information about Internet business opportunity scams and offer an avenue to file complaints.

But, the best way to avoid Internet business opportunity and other home-based business scams, is to strike out on your own. If you don't know how, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides sound facts and legit resources for starting up a business from scratch. Additionally, the Business Resource and Entrepreneur Centers here at About.com offer loads of advice for starting a legit business, including a home-based business.

The agencies and resources above won't charge you a penny for the information they provide. Why not take advantage of it before a dot-con takes advantage of you?

If an Internet business opportunity scam has already taken advantage of you, you may file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

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