How many of us have seen very appealing ads claiming to offer an awesome work at home opportunity? Many of us have even wondered if those ads are actually legit. I mean who would not want to commute from their bedroom to their office right down the hall and make thousands of dollars a month doing it. But, are there any work at home jobs that are not scams? Let’s dig in to some of the most common work at home job ads we see online today and find out.
The most unfortunate part about this is that it can be very difficult to distinguish a scam from the real thing. These people are professionals in their own right and they lure A LOT of people in simply with a marketing ad. Why is that? How is it possible to get sucked into these schemes?
Today, more than ever, people are looking for ways to leave their jobs and make money from home. I believe all the uncertainty in our economy has led to this. Many of us have been laid off and the unemployment has run out leaving us desperate to find anything to make some money. Or, we are with a company who is laying off and our number has not yet been called. The day to day uncertainty is stressful. Or, maybe you have come down with an illness and need extra money to pay medical bills.
I am going to list the most common work at home scams online today. Do not give in to these ads no matter how appealing they may be:
Geez, it seems like this one has been around for decades yet the folks behind this scheme are still making a lot of money. I will not elaborate on how this works (or doesn’t work to be more real). The bottom line, this is a total scam! You will never be able to make a living stuffing envelopes. Companies do not need people in 2015 to stuff envelopes. We now have very advanced equipment to do the job and hiring people to work from home makes absolutely no sense. Just keep moving if you are even considering this to be a viable work at home job.
These companies require you to send in a payment for the “kit” required to make their products. The cost is anywhere from $50-70. Once you understand the quality standards, you simply put the product together and send the finished pieces back to the company for payment. Unfortunately I have yet to find any company that actually determines the products to be sufficient for payment. As a matter of fact, I even read a review where one woman bought a finished piece from a company and turned that exact piece back in and was still rejected payment for quality issues, Wow! These are scams!
No Experience Needed. Earn $5K-$20K Per Month.Apply Now!
The ad takes you to their website where you can apply online by providing your personal information including SSN – I don’t think so! The site goes on to explain that you would need to pay for and create an LLC and then open up bank accounts (at least four) and deposit whatever amount is required by the bank to do so. I will stop there because this just screams money laundering to me. Their main address is in Cyprus, another red flag.
Example Ad On Monster
Work From The Comfort Of Your Home. Positions Available Starting Now!
Once you click on that ad, it takes you to a page with more ads like the one below;
$37-$47/hr Work at Home
Ad #1 (real) Work at Home Job. (Requirements: Must Have Computer) www.Best-Home-Jobs.net – See more at: http://www.classifiedads.com/search.php?keywords=work+at+home&cid=15#sthash.uEJBRTQk.dpuf
Once you click on this ad, you will be led to one of the biggest scams online today using big media icons such as MSNBC, CBS, CNN etc. and fake comments about how much money people are making. Their own site states stock photos are used to protect their customer’s identity. I don’t know about you but if were making thousands of dollars every month posting links on sites, I would not need my identity to be hidden. And the comments, well, those are all fake. I posted a negative comment, and of course it was not published. You will see headlines such as “Single Mom Makes Thousands Per Month Working From Home – See How She Did It”.
This particular offer is promoting how to post links on the internet and their certification course for 97.00 will show you how to do it. Seriously! This really gets me! Do not be fooled by this very convincing ad. Nothing about this offer is legitimate.
When it comes to MLM’s you have to do your research. There are some very reputable companies out there who have been around for many years; however, for every good one, there are several bad ones.
Example of The Good Ones
Amway, Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Melaleuca, Advocare, Herbalife, Arbonne, Nu Skin, Shaklee just to name a few. Now, we may not care for these companies or their products but they are legit according to the FTC.
A reputable MLM will have a product, goods or services to sell. The company does not simply rely on money changing hands by continually signing up new recruits. If the business cannot sustain itself on the product alone, then I would not consider it no matter how appealing the sales pitch is.
Example of the Bad Ones
Pyramid Schemes are the bad ones. There is no product to sell. The money from new recruits is what sustains the business and eventually when that stops, the pyramid crumbles.
For more information on MLM vs Pyramid, check out the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission site at http://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ia_pyramid.htm.
Beware of email and/or phone scams. Many of these scammers are looking for you to divulge personal information so that they can then use it to steal your identity. Others are simply attempting to obtain money from you in return for an opportunity to make money.
Do not fall for these and never give out your personal information to someone who reaches out to you, that is always a red flag. If you receive an email and suspect phishing, do not click on any of the links, do not download any attachments, and do not reply. Simply mark as spam and move on.
Example Ad: Airlines
AIRLINE NOW HIRING. ALL POSITIONS NEEDED. $22.00 per Hour.
AMERICAN Careers LLC (Airline Careers).-Plano, TX, 75023
Description: Major Airline at Dallas / Fort Worth Intl, & Dallas Love Field Airports is Now Hiring :
They list a phone number to call for more information. These are scams!
I called the number listed on American Careers website (www.americancareers.us) for airline jobs at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and they wanted me to send in a check for 35.00 to obtain a list of the companies who are hiring and a packet outlining exactly what I need to do to get the job. When I researched this company on BBB’s site, there were a ton of complaints and many went unresolved.
On the flip side, there are reputable companies that hire employees to work from home and are legitimate but you will not find these jobs reviewing shady advertising. You have to go through a job search, apply and interview as you would any other job.
The only real way to be your own boss is to start your own business online. This is a legitimate way to make money and you are in absolute control of your life as well as the success you achieve.
The truth of the matter is, we want security and feel that the only way to gain that security is to be our own boss. I can provide you with the same tools to be successful online by creating your own business that you are in complete control of. I started for free and so can you.
I looked all over the internet and made some very bad choices before deciding to create my own business online. I love what I do and will never look back.
My goal today is to help others avoid the same mistakes I have made and to hopefully educate about the realities that exist out there. You know the bumper sticker that says “Mean People Suck”? Well, that is exactly how I feel about anyone who can prey on innocent people with absolutely no remorse whatsoever.
And, please, do not be embarrassed if you have been taken by any one of these schemes. I have heard judgmental people out there call us suckers for being scammed in the first place. The “you get what you deserve” mentality. Well, that includes me! These work at home scams make millions of dollars per year, so a lot of us have obviously fallen for the sales pitch.
I have outlined the best ways you can protect yourself from being scammed by these work at home ads. Review How To Avoid Scams Online for some important tips .
I would love to hear from you. If you have been scammed in the past or have experience with any of the companies listed, please leave a comment.