Job seekers and other Canadians looking for extra income are vulnerable to scams promoting work-at-home schemes, envelope stuffing and be-your-own-boss offers. Other schemes guarantee access to the "unadvertised job market" in Canada, or abroad, for a fee. Some may even be illegal pyramid selling schemes designed to enrich only the plan's originators. Watch for unreasonable claims of weekly earnings, non-disclosure of the earnings of typical participants, hefty upfront fees or large inventory purchase requirements with vague return policies. Seminars, classified ads and e-mail are important ways that the under-employed are fraudulently enticed to fulfill their dreams of financial independence.
The Competition Bureau examines complaints of suspected misleading representations in the marketplace. Businesses and consumers who believe they have been misled should contact Competition Bureau Canada toll free at 1-800-348-5358 or visit their web site at www.cb-bc.gc.ca . s