Thursday, September 10, 2009

Work at Home Scams

work at home scams

I'm sure y'all have read my post on, and how they are a scam. But how did so many people get taken in on this work at home scam? How can you prevent being taken in by a work at home scam? Well, I'm going to give you some tips on how to spot a work at home scam.

Work at Home Scams Cost Money

If you find a website that charges you money to work at home with them, it's a scam. Keep in mind I'm not talking about work at home business opportunities, I'm talking about actual work at home jobs. For obvious reasons, home business opportunities will require an initial investment, just like any business start-up; work at home opportunities should NOT cost any money. If you get a job at an office, do you have to pay the employer? Of course not! So whether it's stuffing envelopes, or a data entry work at home job, if they charge you money, it's a work at home scam.

Another work at home type of site that does not fall into the work at home scam category is the service sites. These sites offer freelance job listings for a subscription fee, or a membership fee. Paying the fee allows you to bid on freelance jobs listed on the site.

Research Work At Home Jobs

The first thing you should do when discovering a new work at home job is research it. Don't get taken by a work at home scam! Take the company's name, or website, type it into Google and hit Enter. The results will range from the company's website to blog entries of people who have tried it before. Read what other people have to say about it; is it a work at home scam?

Even if some blogs say they have experience with the site/company and that it's a work at home scam, do two more searches for your research: The Rip Off Report and The Better Business Bureau. Both places should have information if there have been any complaints about the company in the past.

Beware of Work At Home Scams

It's sad that there are so many people out there trying to scam us. But it pays to do the preliminary research to protect yourself from work at home scams. Basically, the old adage "sounds too good to be true" should be followed. If you find a site that claims you can make $100 an hour right now, it's most likely a work at home scam. Legitimate work at home jobs will still be work, and shouldn't cost you a dime to start.

Do you have any other tips for avoiding work at home scams? Have you been taken by a work at home scam? Let us know! I love comments! :-)


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