FTC Stops Build a Website, Earn Money Scam

(Ping! Zine) – Get-rich-quick schemes have gained higher prominence on the world-wide-web since its inception.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently took special interest in one operated by a company known as North America Marketing and Associates.

Using a court order, the FTC on Monday announced that it had stopped the operations of the company.

According to a news release posted on ftc.gov, those operating under the company name charged clients between $100 to $400 dollars to build and operate websites. Clients were then directed to link the sites to top companies including Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Money would be earned based on customer purchases from the linked retailers: An operation that didn’t really work, a scam, according to the FTC.

Not only did it not work, that’s not where the the deception ended. Clients were further directed to pay thousands for advertising packages. The case is being handled in Arizona’s U.S. District Court.

In the past, the FTC has stepped up its efforts to protect consumers. In January, the agency reached settlements with a variety of websites operating deceptive practices regarding a weight-loss supplement.