I was contacted by Online Hosting Network at the end of 2009 to purchase some of their websites and start making money. They made claims that I would be making heaps of money from the start, and that their business model was a proven one. I at the time has no experience at all with website businesses, but liked the idea of making some extra money. I ended up spending $7k in total, of which I got back $40 in sales. The sales actually came from them, and not from anything actually sold on the sites. The funny thing is when I complained they sent me another $20, making me think that it was truly not legitimate.
Once of their sales consultants told me to get a credit card to pay for the advertising that they had planned, at around $5k. He said that with the money that I would be making that I would set aside some for advertising, and pay the credit card debt off with the rest that I was making. What a bunch of bullsh*it. lol. I'm not going to go into the details, but I was a little gullible at that time in my life.
About a month after the purchase with Online Hosting Network, I was contacted by The Tax Club, who told me that I could recoup all my costs associated with online hosting network via a tax return. Even though I was living in Australia and these were US companies they said this was still ok. They charged me $3995 for the initial fee, and told me how important it was that I get a proper business name otherwise face legal action from other companies or consumers. So they sent me legal paperwork that I needed to sign in order to action this business name, I never signed anything. Every call from them after that was just another sales pitch wanting another $5k for this or that, they were offering lines of credit that my business would need, they were trying to sell me their own websites which I declined.
Once I realized that it was a scam, which was about a month into it, I asked for a refund of my money. The declined a refund. So fro $3995 I got a few pieces of paper and a few phone calls.
Sorry for rambling for so long in this thread. I just wanted to warn others of what's out there, and was wondering if anyone can offer advice as to which avenue to take to get back some of if not all the money that I lost in this scam, approx $11K.