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Are doctors really looking for your help?

What are you looking for in a home-based business?  One that offers flexibility?  One that gives you the opportunity to make $20,000 to $50,000 per year using your very own laptop?  If this sounds rewarding, medical billing just could be a viable option for you.  Before making a commitment to invest, you should know this: The United States Federal Trade Commission has brought charges against numerous promoters and companies for misleading innocent people with promising opportunities in medical billing.  This organization will also attempt to prosecute all entities failing to provide pre-investment details to their clients. 

Inside the medical billing scam

Advertisements for medical billing opportunities are popping up all over the web, in classified sections of the newspaper or free shopper's guides.  Some of them even make their way into employment guides beside commercial companies seeking applications.  When coupled with genuine ads looking for medical claim processors, these scams appear to be legitimate.  This leads a job seeker to believe they are applying for a real job, not leasing a business opportunity. 

Like most scams, medical billing ads lure consumers with the promise of making lots of money in short period of time.  Many are sold when they found out that the business can be ran from home, on a part-time basis with little to no experience required.  Those interested are instructed to dial a toll free number for more details. 

When you make the call, a sales representative explains the prosperous wonder of medical claims.  He speaks highly of the business, praising how lucrative it can be.  He informs you that doctors and facilities are in need of help to process electronic claims.  This mean that you, even with not a lick of experience can prove beneficial to the cause. 

The medical billing scam may cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.  In exchange for your investment, you are supposedly provided with all the essential tools to launch your business.  This may include a computer application and a list of clients who have taken partial interest.  In reality, very few people who invest in such medical billing opportunities ever find clients or turn any profits.  Competition is rather fierce in the industry, especially for those walking in with no experience.  Doctors contracting staff outside of their office typically use reputable firms, not people at home looking to own a business. 

Those promoting fraudulent opportunities in medical billing have no interest in helping anyone; all they want is your money.  On many occasions, the lists they provide originate from obsolete databases of doctors who never asked for a medical billing service.  The software they deliver may or may not work.  Many times, the program hasn't been properly authorized and is otherwise deemed useless or unlawful.  Trying to redeem a money back guarantee is worthless.  Though you may eventually be reimbursed from a bank or credit card company, getting your money back from one of these scam artists is nearly impossible. 

Resolutions to the scam

If you suspect that you've become a victim in a medical billing scheme, you should immediately try to reason with the company and demand a 100% refund.  Do not be afraid to the tell the representative that you plan to notify law enforcement officials and above if the matter isn't resolved.  Be sure to keep records of all conversations and correspondences. 

If the dispute cannot be resolved in that manner, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov    Phone: (877) FTC-HELP (877-382-4357). 

           

 

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