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If you responded to an investment idea like this . . .
          You could get scammed!

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McWhortle Enterprises does not exist. It is a complete fabrication, posted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the North American Securities Administrators Association, and the National Association of Securities Dealers to alert investors to potential on-line frauds.

We created this site because we've all seen an increase in the number of investment scams preying on our fears of anthrax and other bio-hazards.

This site shows some of the telltale signs of on-line investment fraud. Promises of fast and high profits, with little or no risk, are classic red flags of fraud. Remember — if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! For more information, read the SEC's brochure, "Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Investment Scams," or the tip sheet, "Stock Market Fraud: `Survivor' Check List."

Before making any investment — online or offline — it pays to do your own research to make sure the company exists, that its products are genuine and its claims legitimate. McWhortle Enterprises has no track record and no legitimate products. (It can't, we made it up!) If a company is registered with the SEC, you can find financial statements on the SEC's website, filed electronically through "EDGAR." If a company is not registered with the SEC, check with your state securities regulator before investing.

McWhortle offers a lucky few the ability to get in on the ground floor through "pre-IPO" investing. Investing at the pre-IPO stage can be extremely risky. Pre-IPO offerings targeted at the general public — as is the McWhortle opportunity — are often fraudulent and illegal. Learn more by reading the SEC's brochure, "Risky Business: `Pre-IPO' Investing."

Finally, McWhortle asked victims to supply a major credit card and social security number, "for identification purposes." The FTC wants you to be aware that by stealing your name, credit card number and/or social security number, fraudsters can effectively steal your identity and ruin your credit rating. Read more about identity theft here. (And by the way, we have not collected any information about you.)

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