How To Identify Work From Home Scams


How To Identify Work From Home Scams

scam alert

In these hard economic times it’s almost too easy for all the scammers out there to take advantage of desperate people who are innocently looking to earn a second income or supplement their retirement, disability or unemployment benefits.  Times ARE tough and people want to believe and trust that there are genuine opportunities just waiting for them so they can provide for their families.

Truth is, there really are some legit ways you can earn money from home, you just need some help finding them.  First, you need to follow the process of elimination rule by weeding out the bad from the good.  You need to know how to identify work from home scams and rule them out of consideration.


Scam Warning Signs

internet scam

  • Too good to be true.  Anything that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  This should be the first thing you ask yourself before considering any offers, “is this offer too good to be true?”  Tip offs:  you didn’t contact them, they contacted you; the pay is great and doesn’t match your skills or the level of work; you get the job right away after a quick phone interview.

  • Vague or ridiculously simple job requirements and job description.  This could be things like:  must be 18; must be a citizen; or must have internet access.

  • Unprofessional e-mails.  For example, if there are spelling or too many punctuation errors and misuse of capitalization be on guard.  Or, if the e-mail just doesn’t make sense when you read it, like words are missing or pronouns are not used correctly, it’s probably a scammer.

  • Online interviews using instant messenger.  Don’t be fooled by legit sounding questions!!  Don’t give any personal info such as your social security number, credit card info or bank account.

  • Search results come up empty.  If you are asked for an online interview, do some checking first.  Your search results should come up with something on any legit company.  See what you can find and if it matches to what you’ve been told so far.

  • If you’re asked to provide confidential info.  Some fraudulent businesses will ask for your bank account for direct deposit purposes…DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFO!

  • They want to use your personal bank account to transfer funds.  Again, don’t give any of your personal info away.

  • They want you to pay for something up front.  Legit companies don’t ask employees for money.

  • Trust your gut!  If you sense it’s a scam, it more than likely is.  Trust that!


Top 3 Work From Home Scams:

envelope stuffing

  1. Envelope Stuffer – promoters will offer, for a “small” fee, to tell you how you can make big money by stuffing envelopes. But,here’s what really happens: once you send your money, you’re likely to get a letter telling you to get other people, even your friends and relatives, to buy the same envelope-stuffing “opportunity” or another product. The only way you can earn money is if people respond to your solicitations the same way you responded. The promoters rarely pay anyone.

  2. Assembly Work – this just sounds ridiculous, considering the advances in modern technology where everything is automated.  This may have been a legit way to earn money at one time, but not anymore.

  3. Medical Billing or Claims Processing – with new healthcare privacy laws, very few medical professionals will let just anyone handle private medical info and records.  Most docs outsource billing services to larger, established companies with trained employees on site.


What To Do If You Think You’ve Been A Victim Of A Scam

  • You can file a report with the FBI, Internet Crime Complaint Center

  • You can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau 

  • Record all circumstances connected with the fraud – order details, customer information, dates, times, etc

  • If the fraud involves a stolen credit card, contact the rightful card holder if possible and alert them to the theft

  • Immediately contact the credit card processor or bank used in the fraudulent transaction

  • If you believe you’ve received money from a transaction involving a stolen credit card, contact your own bank about how to refund the money to the cardholder

  • Contact police or other relevant authorities to report the crime


Sum Up

In all honesty, it’s a tough world out there.  We have to take some responsibility in protecting ourselves by doing our research, asking questions and, if you do fall victim to a scam operation, report it to the proper authorities as listed above.  I know I’ve been taken for a ride on more than one occasion and it hurt not only my bank account, but my confidence as well.  I want to prevent that from happening to as many people as I can, which is why I wanted to write this article.  I hope I’ve succeeded in teaching at least one person how to identify work from home scams.

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