Ask them to send you the
- The physical address of the company (may not exist)
- Company contact phone number (The Company, not the
- What tasks will you have to perform? (Ask them to list every
step of the job.)
- Will you be paid a salary or a commission?
- Is there any recruiting involved? (Red Flag!)
- Who will pay you?
- When will you get your first paycheck?
- What is the total cost of the work-at-home program?
How much is for supplies and/or equipment?
How much is for membership fees?
- What exactly will you get for your money?
Just asking these questions may give you
an inkling as to whether they are a legitimate work at home company or not due to their
reaction. A legitimate company should be glad to answer your questions. Most likely you
will not even receive an answer if they are not on the up-and-up.
Recognizing a Work At Home Job Scam:
COMMON SCAMS That have been around awhile...
WORK AT HOME AND MAKE $1,000 A WEEK!!!
Oh, man...is that enticing! You land on a "work at home" website chock full of
testimonials, fake news releases, and littered with huge bold print sales pitches repeated
over and over. Exclamation point city. Beware of these sites. This is the type of site
famous for the Work at Home Free Trial CD, Starter Kits, or so-called Certifications.
The Work at Home Free Trial "How-to" CD Scam
You pay good money for someone to tell you to sell your crafts on eBay, or sell your old
gold jewelry. Well, Duh... Sometimes you will sign up for a "so-called" free
trial, and will be sent a CD. Maybe the CD tells you how to make money with Google AdSense
or how to post classified ads selling your used stuff. Whoopee. But here's the
kicker...after you have had the CD a few days, they start charging you for it, sometimes a
whopping amount of money, and you can't stop it, and can't seem to send it back.
The Work at Home Twitter Scam
You're asked to promote a certain website. What you end up tweeting is a promotion for a
website that is the scam. So you are, in essence, helping them perpetrate the scam on
The Work at Home Mystery Shopper Scam
You are to shop a store for a product then write a review of the product. You will receive
a check from the "company" and are to deposit it in your bank, subtract the
small amount spent for the product, and your commission, then wire back the leftover cash.
The check they sent you is fradulent. Now you are out the money you spent and the
money you wired back. On top of it all, you may now have a negative balance in your
account and bouncing checks.
The Work at Home Envelope Stuffing Scam
"Would you stuff 80 envelopes to earn $1,400 per week?" Well, yeah, I
would! Think again. For a "deposit" of $37, with no additional fees, they will
provide all materials you need to earn money. What you actually get is a Home Mail
Program sales pamphlet with instructions to publish your own ads, at your expense,
and to sell the same pamphlet to other consumers. Basically telling you how to perpetrate
the same scam on others.
The Make Money at Home Doing Medical Billing Scam
They are not offering you a job. They sell you the software at a hefty price and sometimes
it doesn't work. Then you are to set up your own home-based business and pound the
pavement to find the accounts (which is nearly impossible). Doctors don't have time for
you, and the competition in this field is fierce. There are a couple of legitimate work at
home medical billing companies but most are scams.
Here's a real dilly...
The Work at Home Re-shipper Scam
All you have to do is re-ship some goods for a company. Now, why in the world would a
company need to re-ship their product? Well, it's a good chance they are moving stolen
goods, and you are helping them cover their tracks. This is worse than a scam. It could
put you in jail.
Additional Work At Home Warnings & Information
Other Work at Home schemes include Assembly Work, Craft Work, Rebate Processing, Online
Searches, and whatever other new schemes the work at home scammers have come up with this
week. During this economic down-turn, the work at home job scammers are coming out of the
woodwork, full force. Read these and see if they are similar to any Work-at-Home
"jobs" you are considering:
CNN: Work at Home Scam: How I Got Taken by a Work-at-Home Scam.
Work-at-home-scams are on the rise, consumer watchdog groups say...
Home Schemes: In light of the recent economic downturn, work-at-home schemes have
Work at Home Scam Warnings: The BBB cautions consumers to be wary of
work at home scams and their too good to be true deals...
Comsumers: Work at Home Schemes
When moneys tight, work-at-home opportunities can sound like just the thing to make
ends meet. The con artists peddling work at home jobs may even charge your credit card
Work at Home Scams on the Internet: Fraudulent promoters use the
classifieds and the Internet to tout all kinds of work-at-home offers, from medical
billing and envelope stuffing to assembly and craft work...
Work at Home Medical
Billing Scheme: Work-At-Home BizOpp Marketers who told consumers they could make
substantial income processing medical claims from home have agreed to settle FTC charges
that they misled consumers...
Twitter Money-Making Schemes: Through Tweets, e-mail and web sites,
job hunters are being told that they can make lots of money from the comfort of home using
Work at Home Rebate Processing Job Scams: Beware of opportunities to
work from home simply by processing rebates...
Work at Home
Envelope Stuffing Scams: FTC acts against scammers who marketed work at home envelope
Work at Home
"Money-Making Secrets" Scam: Two brothers have agreed to settle FTC charges
that they misled consumers with false earnings claims for their work-at-home
"Money-Making Secrets" schemes involving free government grants, mystery
shopping, online surveys, and data entry.
Scam: An operation that told consumers they could be hired as mystery shoppers and
earn a substantial income...are facing Federal Trade Commission charges...
And a few "Regular Job" Scams you may come across on the Internet...
Craigslist Job Scam: A bogus employment opportunity scam has surfaced
on Craigslist claiming to offer a job with the Better Business Bureau...
Modeling Job Scams: Whether youre interested in a modeling
career, just want to make a few extra bucks or you think your child might have a future in
acting or modeling, be on the lookout for scammers...
The FTC has charged an employment-opportunity scammer and his companies with marketing a
fraudulent U.S. Postal Service employment program...
NOW YOU SHOULD BE WELL-ARMED FOR FINDING THAT LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME
BEST OF LUCK!