Starting your own small business is a big deal, so you might hire a business coach to help you. But sometimes, these business coaches are only looking to help themselves — at your (literal) expense. Read on to learn how to spot these scams.

Scammers like to make you feel confident about your investment. That’s why they advertise their systems as “tested” and “proven” to make you lots of money quickly.

And that’s what the FTC says Lurn, a business coaching company, did. The FTC sued Lurn for claiming people who bought their programs could easily make six figure incomes through email marketing, selling eBooks, or customizable mugs — even though that wasn’t true.

So if you or someone you know is trying to start their own business and considering signing up for a coaching program, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Be wary of promises that you’ll make quick money. No one can guarantee you’ll make lots of money with little to no risk. Anyone who does is a scammer.

  • Take your time and talk to someone you trust. Scammers will pressure you to get involved now or “risk losing out.” Get a second opinion about the business offer or coaching program from someone who has your best interests in mind.

  • Read success stories and testimonials with skepticism. They might not be true or typical. Glowing stories of success could be fake or misleading, and positive online reviews may have come from made-up profiles.