Scanning for Scammers Before You Buy In

Entrepreneurs take note: In its work for the government, Staffcentrix has developed techniques to ferret out fraudulent business opportunities

No would-be entrepreneur should ever fall prey to a scam artist again, says Christine Durst, co-founder and chief executive officer of Staffcentrix, a training and development company that designs and delivers home-based career training programs to the U.S. State Dept. and the U.S. Armed Forces. Using free Internet tools and some common sense, she and her staff have developed detailed techniques for ferreting out fraudulent business opportunities. She shared some of her secrets recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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