How to Identify Work at Home Job Scams

You’re perusing your newspaper looking for another job when you run across the perfect sounding job. It reads in part, “work from home and make thousands monthly” you read on to find that if you send them in just $29.95 that they will send you all the details. Tempted? Lets take a minute here and look at reality.

First and foremost, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Companies that promise you thousands of dollars a month for things such as envelope stuffing, crafts, rebate processing, data entry, medical billing and more are by and large not legitimate companies.

So you send in your $29.95 and receive a letter in the mail telling you to send a copy of the letter out to all of your friends and family asking them to do the same thing. You never receive anything more in the mail from the company other than empty promises that don’t get you a dime and certainly have taken your money and ran.

So how do you identify a scam and save yourself the heartache of losing your money? Research is the first rule here. Look the company up online and see what others have to say about the company. Is it getting good reviews?

Check with the Better Business Bureau. If the company is legitimate the better business bureau will have documentation backing that up. If the company is not legitimate, the better business bureau will have that information as well.

People are being scammed on a daily basis by companies like this. Email addresses are sold and harvested to solicit people to rip them off, mailers are sent out to households, sometimes even phone calls are made. The only ones getting rich off this type of scheme is the guy at the tippy top of the pyramid who originated the idea. Everyone else in the company is getting ripped off.

Easy money is never just handed out. Money is earned by hard work and diligence. Be aware of any job offer online, in the newspaper, in email or anywhere else that sounds too good to be true. Everyone would love to be rich with only a few hours of work but remember that you have to work for your money and earn it.

If you choose to apply for any job you see in an ad such as this be prepared to ask some questions to the voice on the other end of the telephone. Ask them for more information before you begin or send them a check or money order. Ask if they have an umbrella company over them and if so get that information as well. Ask what a typical day might be like working for them. Find out if you’re going to be paid via salary or will you be paid via commission?

Never send money to a company like this. You’re the one being hired to work for them not them being hired to work for you. Legitimate companies rarely ask for money to send you a “free kit”. Mystery shopping companies are paying you the consumer to report back to them.

There are many great work from home companies out there so do your research and do it well. Use any search engine and type in the type of work you’re looking for and follow through checking the company out completely before you sign on. You’re spouse will thank you and you’ll be so much happier with yourself when you find a legitimate company instead of getting ripped off.

If you do happen to slip up and get ripped off, report it immediately. You can report it to: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or your local better business bureau.

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