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A Short Course in Mail Order Fraud

A Short Course in Mail Order Fraud

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A Short Course In Mail Order Fraud================================================================This report brought to you by:
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DISCLAIMER:
The Author, his publishers, agents, resellers ordistributors assume no liability or responsibility to any personor entity with respect to any loss or damage or alleged to becaused directly or indirectly by the use of and the advice givenin this publication. It is recommended that the users of thispublication seek legal, accounting and other independentprofessional business advice before acting upon any advicegiven. This book is not intended for use as a source of legal,business, accounting or financial advice, but is distribute forinformation purposes only.================================================================What you need to know about mail fraud!When the mails are used to intentionally misrepresent aproduct or service it constitutes Mail Fraud. The U.S.Postal Inspection Service is charged with investigatingviolations of the law, usually in response to consumercomplaints.The best way to protect yourself from mail fraud is torecognize that it is a fraud and not become involved.This is not easy to do because of the attractive wordingin the deceptive ads. Anything that sounds to good tobelieve is suspect. Medical formula's and gadgets thatmake "insane" promises are probably "insane" and youshould stay away from them. Especially be cautiousregarding some of the thousands of different weight lossproducts and overnight cures.Never purchase land through a mailorder ad unless you oryour personal representative has seen the land, it is asrepresented, and the value is there. If the salespersonhas shown you the property report you can cancel yourpurchase agreement within seven days. If no report wasshown to you before signing an agreement you have theright to cancel out within two years.There are a number of insurance frauds floating throughthe mails. Bequests to sign blank insurance forms, lastchance bargain offers, payments in advance and cashpayment requirements could indicate con artists at work.
 
Of course, most everyone has received chain letterssometime in their lifetime and if you are in the mailorderbusiness you should get several every day as a minimum.Chain letters are illegal and do not work anyway. Need wesay more? More later!We've all seen the ads offering job placement and jobopportunities. Most of them are legitimate but some are100% non-existent or complete misrepresentations. Don'tspend your money for the required fee until you havechecked with your local consumer affairs office or BetterBusiness Bureau.Then there are those who promise huge profits without riskin commodities, stocks, oil, gold, silver or coins,through the mail or over the telephone.There are hundreds of very fine investment opportunitiesoffered but you can't risk your hard earned cash, orpossibly lose your life savings, to mail order ortelephone swindlers. Several of the larger, wellrecognized firms have gone bankrupt through fraud andmanagement manipulations carrying client's investmentsright down the drain with them. Always use caution andinvestigate the company thoroughly before you put up onedime.Another favorite of the crooks is home improvements.Quite often you never see them after you sign a contractand pay them a deposit to do the work. If they sendbrochures through the mail and the work they perform isnot as represented it could constitute mail fraud. Getestimates from local service companies to determine if theprice of the mailorder offering is reasonable and in line.Check the references of the organization.The laws, regulations and paperwork involved in setting upfranchise operations are horrendous. Various largedistributorships are equally difficult to establish butgenerally do not have to conform to near as many controlsand regulations. On the other hand, some mail orderdistributorships and wholesale outlet require very littleeffort and the home company has little control over theiractivities. If profits promised are unrealistic or if theproduct or service is secondary to selling the franchiseor distributorship, proceed with caution!U.S. Postal Service....Subject: Chain Letters:If you ask the Postmaster to check out whether a chainletter is legal or illegal, you will get a letter similarto the following:TO: xxxxxxx
 
Dear Postal Customer:We are in receipt of a chain letter furnished through thexxxxxx Post Office for your consideration.As information, chain letters that request money, bonds,books, or other items of value, and promise a substantialreturn to the remitter which is dependent upon theactivities of those who follow in the chain, are regardedas non-mailable under the postal lottery and fraud laws,Title 18, U.S. Code, Sections 1302 and 1341.Chain letters which call for nothing more than recipes,picture post cards, and the like, are ordinarilyconsidered to be mailable inasmuch as the items sent donot constitute a thing of value within the meaning of theapplicable law.Chain letters involving "good luck" chain prayers whichcontain a threat of bad luck to those breaking the chain,do not violate the lottery and fraud laws, however, postalcards bearing the same message are non-mailable underTitle 18, U.S. Code, Section 1718, which prohibitsthreatening matter on the outside of the mail.Inasmuch as the particular chain letter you receivedappears to violate the postal lottery and fraud statutes,we are forwarding same to our Division Headquarters forattention.The person or persons who are listed on the chain letterwill then get a letter advising them the letter is illegaland that they should immediately disassociate themselvesfrom any further activity with the scheme.There are hundreds of illegal chain letters, and also afew legal ones, going through the U.S. Mail every day.There are thousands of Multi-level marketing programsfloating all over the country, many of which are just asillegal as chain letters. It's sometimes difficult tounderstand why any of these should be classified asillegal because a person usually doesn't spend over acouple of bucks and they seem to get a lot of enjoymentfor their investment. Nor does anyone make a dime on themanyway, and that usually includes the person who startedthe program.Gift Catalogs, Circulars,etc., offering Drop-ShipServices:Some writers try to tell you that companies which offerdrop-shipping programs are illegal. That the only onesmaking money are the dealers furnishing the catalogs. Ifthat is the case, just about everyone in the mail orderbusiness is illegal! Many prime source printers, dealers,and distributors offer full color catalogs or circularswith your name imprinted and a well planned program for areasonable price. You can make good money, just like inany other business if you put reasonable time and effort

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