Stop Yourself from Becoming the Next Target of a Work At Home Scam
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With the spread of the internet comes the wrath of spam and scams. Scammers use advertisements like the one above often to lure moms who want to stay home with her children, people with disabilities, people with a few job skills, and those who want to get rich quick.
The internet provides scammers with a fast and affordable avenue of advertising their get-rich-quick schemes to millions. These schemes usually fall under the work-at-home scams or the work-from-home scams.
Recognizing a Work at Home Scam
Avoid falling victim to a work at home scam by recognizing the following warning signs in job advertisements:
- Boasts no experience necessary
- Promises easy money and huge part-time earnings
- Promotes having “inside” business information
- Asks you to purchase products or instructions before getting “hired”
Outcomes of a Work at Home Scam
Protect yourself from tempting work-at-home promotions that offer exaggerated benefits by being informed of the outcomes. The outcomes of work at home scams include: a waste of money, time, reputation, and morale.
Victims of work at home scams have reported losses ranging from $10 to $70,000. Although the money loss may be recovered, the countless hours that you spend on unfruitful projects can’t. You may also end up selling nonexistent services and poor products to your customers, making yourself vulnerable to charges of fraudulent practices.
Types of Work at Home Scams
- Assembly Jobs: Involves investing hundreds of dollars to buy instructions and materials to produce crafts and signs for a potential company. After producing the products, the company may refuse to buy your products because it doesn’t meet their standards.
- Multi-Level Marketing (MLM): Requires you to recruit new people to sell a scammer's products or services. You often end up making close to nothing when the direct sales system crashes.
- Stuffing Envelopes: Tricks people into believing they can make $3 or $4 per envelope they stuff. If you apply, you may end up receiving promotional material asking you to buy instructions on how to get rich quick. The instruction will show you how to post similar job ads for stuffing envelopes.
- Online Businesses: Advertises how you can start your own online business and start making money fast. If you apply you will be asked to purchase a pointless guide to work-at-home jobs.
- Processing Claims: Deceives you into thinking that you can make hundreds of dollars a week by processing insurance claims for health care providers. Asks you to pay for training and to buy equipment and software in order to get started.
The best way to protect yourself from work at home scams is by not applying and staying informed of the outcomes. Remember there’s no easy way to make money. Every start up business and career requires hard work, resources, and luck.