A common type of business opportunity
involves a company that sells bulk vending machines and promises to secure suitable locations for the machines. The purchaser is counting on the company to find locations where sales will be high enough to enable him to recoup his expenses and make a profit. Because of the many cases of fraudulent biz-ops in which companies have not followed through on their promises, or in which profits were much less than what the company led the investor to believe, governments closely regulate these operations.
Multi-level marketing is often presented as a business opportunity.
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission receives complaints and helps coordinate enforcement action against fraudulent business opportunities