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Work At Home Job Scams

Updated on February 20, 2015

Some people prefer working from the comfort of their own home. If you are looking for a job that you can do while working at home, then it may be a good idea to do some research before applying to a company. Some companies are not legit and they can scam people out of their money.


Start out by doing a search for online reviews of a particular company who claim to have work at home jobs available. Read the reviews and make sure this company is one that you would want to work for. Someone may have written a blog warning against this particular company, so you would want to read that blog and see why it may not be a good idea to try to work for them.

Too Good To Be True

If you are looking for a job where you can work from home, be wary of ads or statements about the company that seem too good to be true. Some companies claim that you can make hundreds of dollars a week just by stuffing envelopes in the comfort of your own home. This is most likely not reality. It may be a way of the company getting you to send them money first for the box of envelopes and then you never receive the envelopes in return. It is the company's way of making money off of people by scamming them.

Pay To Get Paid?

Be wary of a company that asks you to send them money in order to get started working for them. Why should you have to pay someone to work for them? They should be paying you, not the other way around. I can not help but think that a company who asks you for money to work for them, is nothing but a scam. The company's job is scamming people out of their money.

I know someone who was scammed out of $59. They had applied for a work at home job that requested they send in a check for $59 in order to start working for them. A representative from the company said that he would ship out the materials in the mail to the person's home after receiving the check. A few weeks went by and no materials were sent out, except a letter from them with a list of other work at home companies that this person could apply for. In order to work for one of those companies, another payment would have to be made. It was just a huge scam and this person wasted $59 and never got a job through them.

The following are jobs that seem to be more reputable and reliable work from home jobs:

♦ Medical Transcription
♦ Medical Billing & Coding
♦ Virtual Office Assistant
♦ Data Entry
♦ Freelance Writing

Be cautious of:

♦ Envelope stuffing
♦ Coupon clipping
♦ Telemarketing

There are still companies that may scam people for any type of work from home job, even medical transcription. However, these type of work-from-home medical jobs can be offered by more reputable places, such as hospitals or doctor's offices. The type of work at home jobs that are more legit may require schooling or some kind of experience. There are many scams out there, so doing research and finding a legit work from home job might take some work.


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