Work From Home Scams And How To Avoid Them
Many people today are opting to work from home, this can be a very interesting and convenient way of making money. There are many advantages of working from your home, you can set your own flexible working hours to suit your family obligations and lifestyle.
Deciding to take the plunge and work at home needs some very careful consideration, unless you have a job where your boss is open to flexible hours working from home.
Finding “The Genuine” From “The Scam”
Many people are looking to work from home or would prefer to stay at home to look after the kids and earn an extra income. Newspapers, the internet and other places that advertise work from home have hundreds of opportunities advertised, its quite easy to get caught up in a scam and not even realise it until its too late. Here is a short guide to some opportunities that I have found to be “work from home scams.”
Data Entry Jobs/Typist jobs
Data entry/typing sounds easy, you will see an advert like this:
“Data entry job working from home”.
“Do typing work on your computer from home”
They promise to give you jobs once you have paid an entry/registration fee which gives you all the instructions in a manual on how to get jobs and get paid. Once you have paid the ‘entry/registration fee’ you will be sent an instruction manual, the manual will have a set of advertisements and you will be instructed to place these advertisement on job boards, advertising sites, social media forums and other places, to ‘sell’ the instruction manual to recover your money and catch other unsuspecting victims. There are no jobs at all, no companies who are offering work to genuine seekers, or you will be given a token job to do and get paid for it, you will never hear from that person again and contact details will be unavailable or false.
You will soon realise you have been caught in a work from home scam.
Envelope Stuffing Jobs/label envelopes
The advertisement will read something like this:
“Stuff Envelopes/ or label envelopes from home and earn big money”
Another easy to do job. You respond to the advertisement and will then be asked to purchase a ‘starter kit’, the advert may say that the starter kit will have leaflets to post, stamps provided, envelopes and names and addresses to send to. Once you have paid your fee for the ‘starter kit’ you will never hear from them again or if you do receive the starter kit, it will only contain a letter with instructions to place advertisements to catch other unsuspecting suckers into the same work from home scam.
Real Typing Jobs/the 7 day trial
You receive an email invitation to visit a link offering “Real Typing Jobs”, the link takes you to a very well done web page and an invitation to join, you will give a user-name, password and email address, from there you are sent to a page that has an excellent sales pitch with promises of hundreds of jobs that pay for writing articles, blogging, data entry jobs and much more, at the bottom of the page you are given an opportunity to join them for 7 days free. To register you need to give your credit card details for payment. You click the agreement button tick the box that says you agree to the terms and conditions, then accept. The website offers you adverts to apply for jobs, you will not receive replies. Once the 7 day trial is over you will discover that they have taken $70 from your Credit Card, this is the first monthly subscription. The information about the subscription is contained in the Terms and Conditions, people often don’t read this and easily get caught. This is a work from home scam. The jobs advertised are available for free on job boards, Craig’s List and other places. There are other similar ones that offer e-books for sale and you get a commission from the sales. Lessons learned from this experience is to READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, be wary of free trials there is always subscriptions attached to any free trial. And if it requires that you give your credit card details then you can be sure that they will deduct money off your credit card with your permission!
Chain letters ask you to send money to three people in the letter then post 50/100 letters to other people and they will send you the same. This is a pyramid scheme, it is illegal, it never works and you will be out of pocket.
Avoiding being Scammed
As you can see all of the above are not legitimate job offers, the sole aim is to get your money and run. Follow a rule of thumb, if its too good to be true, then it probably is. Most job offers that ask for money upfront mean that you are paying for ‘training’ often in the form of a manual or even a video. Sales hype is big business, its persuasive and effective and always lures people to part with their hard earned money for promises of riches. Always vet a work opportunity for being a work from home scam, ask for references from real people who are making money, if possible get proof of their income. But be aware even proof of income can easily be faked with photo-shop. Not all work from home opportunities are scams, there are some genuine opportunities and people are making money.
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