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7 Easy Steps to Avoid Working From Home Scams

Updated on April 26, 2014

Are you a seller on eBay, Amazon, Avon, and many more other companies? Do you buy products online? Do you have an online home based business? Are you working from home? The main point is that It does not matter if you are a seller or buyer or working from home, the scammers are everywhere and you can be victimized at any time. Unless, you are very careful and take an extra precaution handling an online adventure. I am going to show you how you can protect your online business and assets by utilizing these basic simple rules to avoid any working from home scams.

Here are 7 Easy Steps to Avoid Working from Home Scams

1. The first way on how to avoid getting scammed is to be alert. Bear in mind that working from home is just like working in the real world. So, if a company or network you are planning to work with or to work in asks for a certain amount in order for you to be hired, then that is obviously a scam. However, if you are just starting home business, you should not be confused between start-up costs and dubitable fees.

2. The second way on how to avoid scam is to carefully examine the business before you pay anything. You need to prove that they are legitimate by knowing if they have phone number, corporate website and physical address. In this regard, you can rely on Google when it comes to knowing more about them.

3. There are other ways on how to determine if a company is a scammer. Usually, they make use of web hosting services that are for free such as Geocities and Tripod, web email services for free such as Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail and mailings and post office boxes without real addresses. If you are dealing with companies doing any of those, then you should raise the red flag.


4. You can also avoid scam in your home business by using your credit card in purchasing. By doing this, you can dispute any charges with the credit card company if ever you don’t receive items or if things go wrong.

5. The fifth way on how to avoid scam is to beware of incredible and vagueness claims. There are companies that don’t state their business name and other important information in their advertisements. Well, the main reason for this is that they are scammers. If they also promise that you can earn a very high amount of money in just a short period of time, you should be aware. Don’t get blinded by your greed for money.

6. Have you received spam mails lately, offering you with doubtful and deceitful home-based business and opportunities? Well, don’t mind them. Take note of the saying, spam is scam. Don’t get bothered by them because in the first place, they are not worth of your time.

7. No matter how desperate you are to look for home business opportunities, you should not show the world that you are. Bear in mind that your desperation will attract scammers to outsmart you. So, refrain from posting any messages on forums online, saying that you are in dire need of a home business opportunity.

If you would like your home business to be as successful as possible, you should be equipped with the right knowledge on how to protect it from scams. You can make use of the tips mentioned in this article to secure your financial stability.

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    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      You are so right. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • STEVEW13 profile image

      Steve Wright 5 years ago from Norwich, England

      Great hub, like anything in life, if it sounds too good to be true it generally is. There are ways to work from home, I do so myself with websites and adsense and have done for 2 years now, but they are hard to find and even harder to make work without a prolonged period of zero profit, which people can ill afford these days. Voted up :)

    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      prasetio30, thank you so much for visiting and providing a feedback. Take care!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. There are many scam out there and we must be careful by choosing working from home business. Thanks to remind us by writing this hub. Voted up and useful :-)

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Yes, and it`s very sad. I know one of my friend has lost 10k by one of these online scammers. Alocsin, thanks for commenting. Take care.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you for these warnings. Especially in these economic times, people are always trying to look for extra money and can get taken in by online scams. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Good. That is the most smart thing to do to check BBB rating. Thanks for the visit,Sally.

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      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Great information! I never do business with any company online - whether purchasing a product or performing a service - without checking their BBB rating! Additionally, I never pay anything to work for someone else! That's a dead giveaway to a scam! Voted up and useful! ;D

    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Beingwell, thanks for dropping by.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Very helpful! Thanks for this hub!

    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Highvoltagewriter, thanks for commenting and feedback.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      kschang, thanks for suggesting better examples. Take care.

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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Yep, it seems that almost all of the work at home businesses turned out to be a this article is very useful!

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      kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      One nitpick... Geocities died back in 2009. Better example now is Blogger/blogspot, Wordpress, and such blog sites, as well as Weebly.