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Work At Home Scam

Updated on June 12, 2013
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Work at home scams

There are so many people now-a-days want to work from home and they would all like to earn a decent income from the comfort of their own homes. The internet has made it possible for people to start their own businesses at home and every year new home based job opportunities crop up, new ways to make money online whilst sitting at your home computer. Although there is a large number of genuine 'work at home' opportunities available there are also a large number of work at home scams.

The main reason that there are so many 'work at home' scams is that we are in the midst of a recession, which means that there are a greater number of people turning to the internet to increase their dwindling income. Therefore there are an increased number of scammers ready to take money from these people who are desperate to make money. Ever since the ‘work at home’ opportunities were developed there have been a number of scams created to take money from people who are trying to earn a living from the internet it is just that there are now more people for these scammers to take advantage of.

Work at home scams take many forms. Most of the companies do not guarantee regular salaried employment for the home based workers. They do not mention how many hours you would need to work without pay. Some others require you to spend money on instructions before getting the job. Some companies require paid training. Therefore work at home scams cost victims thousands of dollars and also valuable time.

There are far too many work at home scams floating about to list them all here so I will attempt to pass on some tips for avoiding work at home scams. These scams are presented in a variety of different ways but it is fairly simple to spot a scam if you know what to look for.

The biggest piece of advice that I can give you is to research any company that offers work at home opportunities. Google the company, find out as much as you can about that company. Look in forums and on bulletin boards to see what other people think of this particular company. If the company is run by scammers there will more than likely be people online who have fallen into the companies trap and have put warnings about that company online. If there are loads of negative comments about the company do not bother with them.

Another big piece of advice is never ever, ever, ever, ever give out your personal details and credit card numbers or any other vital information like that to anyone online that you do not know. Even if the site seems professional and the forms seem secure do not give out your details. Scammers work very hard to make their unethical, immoral and often illegal endeavours seem like genuine opportunities and they will design their websites to seem very professional to attempt to fool you.

Any website that claim that you can make $1000’s a day is more than likely a scam. They most likely will claim that if you buy their eBook or their DVDs or their software or ‘training kit’ you will be able to make a fortune by following their step-by-step scheme. This is one of the most common scams. Think about it logically if you have found a system that can make you $1000’s a day you are not going to create an eBook letting people know how to do it because then the system will become less effective with each person who uses it. Usually the advice in these books is often freely available on the internet anyway. The reason these guys may be making $1000’s per day is because they are selling their ‘training kit’ to loads of people per day. So basically if the company tells you that you can make loads of money by buying their book it is most likely a scam.

Please try to remember that any company that wants you to pay a sum of money so that you can then work from home is also a scam. No company offline would charge you a small fee to work for them. They pay you to work you do not pay for the privilege of working for them. Any company that wants you to give them money so that you can work for them is a scam.

When searching for work at home opportunities please remember the old adage ‘If it’s too good to be true then it probably is.’ If a company is claiming that you can make loads of money without very little effort they are trying to scam you. Working from home does not mean that you can get away with doing as little as possible. The vast majority of people who make a living at home work just as hard as those people who are out there every day working in the real world, in fact most people who use the internet to work from home work harder and longer then people who have offline jobs.

To sum it all up genuine work at home opportunities do not:

· Want you to give out your personal details ‘willy-nilly’

· Want you to pay to do them

· Involve you paying for a ‘training kit’

· Promise to make you rich beyond the dreams of avarice in one week by working an hour a day

· Promise that you can make loads of money in your spare time

If a ‘work at home’ opportunity ticks any of these boxes then it is likely that it is a scam. It may not always be a scam but it is better to be safe than sorry. I hope this has been helpful.


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    • lmarsh1203 profile image

      lmarsh1203 6 years ago

      Great hub! I feel really bad for anyone who has fallen prey to a scam. Funny story, I actually got chewed out by the CEO of a company when I inquired about his business authenticity. I found his ad on Craigslist and checked the business on the BBB, but it wasn't listed, so I requested proof that he was legit and he sent me a scathing e-mail. It really surprised me! But I don't regret trying to be safe.

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      trotter2099 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      texasgirlfw finding legit opportunities can be very difficult. If an opportunity is found and it does not fall into any of the above mentioned catagories it could very well be a real oppotunity and not a scam. Just research any opportunity fully.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I know all about these too. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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      texasgirlfw 6 years ago

      I am well aware of all of these scams. But, how does one find a legit work at hope opportunity.