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Work from home scams time is up


Work from home and business opportunity scams time is up

Actions today announced in the US by the Federal Trade Commission on the back of the announcement by the Commerce Commissions Internet sweep earlier this week have been applauded by the Direct Selling Association of New Zealand. (DSANZ)

“Time is up for those people who operate scams under the banner of work from home business opportunities” said Garth Wyllie Executive Director of the Direct Selling Association of New Zealand.

“For a number of years we have worked to provide information to the Commerce Commission on those scams that come to our attention and their action to actively target them is strongly supported by our members who work to ensure they operate ethically and legally in New Zealand” he said.

Today’s announcement in the US by the FTC helps to close down the international nature of many of these schemes and give a clear signal that these practices will not be ignored.

“Those who operate such scams damage the industry and the confidence in those companies who operate legitimately and ethically by passing themselves off as being the same as our members” said Mr Wyllie

While we are not the policemen of the industry we can not stand by when we see illegal activities which rip off consumers and those hoping to achieve the better lifestyle that the legitimate industry provides.

The Direct Selling Association in New Zealand has 36 member companies that voluntarily comply with the DSA Code of Practice. It provides protection and recourse for both consumers and sales people when issues arise with any member company

The DSA strongly advises anybody who is approached with a “business opportunity” to confirm that the company is a DSA member and has gone through the DSA scrutiny of their business before signing up with that opportunity.

As always if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

“If they are not members we advise people to walk away and choose a business that holds membership. Members are listed on the DSA web site” said Mr Wyllie


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