Avoiding work from home scams is a big problem. Thousands of innocent people have lost their hard earned money on job scams. Despite the fact, that the FTC has gone after over 500 work from home jobs scams in recent years, there seems to be no shortage of scammers looking to take your money.
Although there are thousands of good ways to make money from home, deceptive ads can be found on the internet, in magazines, in the classifieds, and many other places.
Work from Home Scams are Often Associated With:
- Stuffing envelopes
- Processing rebates
- Data entry work at home
- Medical billing
- Multilevel marketing
- Mystery shopping
- Assembling crafts from home
- Reading emails
- Paying for starter kits or processing fees
- Exaggerated income claims, i.e. “make $87 per hour working part-time”
- Sending you a check to deposit into your personal account
Work from Home Job Scam Ads Often Make Such Claims:
“Make $900 a week filling out surveys”
“How this stay at home mom made $40,000 in 30 days working part-time”
“Easy Money. Learn how to make $25K a month working from your computer”
“Surefire system that will make you a millionaire overnight”
Seriously, if it were that easy to make $900 a day working part time, then everyone would be doing it!
Tips to Avoid Common Work from Home Scams:
You can avoid scams by taking the following precautions:
- Don’t agree to wire money or cash check – Legitimate companies won’t have you wire money or cash a check before starting work.
- Do your research- Do a quick search online of the company followed by the word “scam.” If the company is a scam you will find several complaints online.
- Trust your instincts– If it sounds too good to be true, then it’s probably a job scam.
Here are more tips to avoid scams from the FTC.