This post is a follow up to Work at Home Jobs That Are Not Scams. I think it is important to not only know the most common work at home scams out there today but also how to avoid work at home scams online. Obviously there are many more than I could possibly know about, but following the tips outlined below will help you avoid the trap.
1. Do Not Pay Money Up Front, EVER!!!!
2. Do Your Research – Is the business legit?
Do they have a real street address or a PO Box with a street location? Does the phone number listed work and if so, does it actually go to a live person? If the answers are No, then it is more than likely a scam.
3. Is the job being offered something that a legitimate business would even need today?
Say for example, envelope stuffing? Why would any company need to place an ad and hire random people to stuff envelopes. I mean, we are in the 21st century and there are machines that do this for us now. It really makes no sense.
4. Is the offer making extraordinary claims, such as 1,000 per week with no skills needed?
If the answer is Yes, do not move forward. It is a scam!
5. Do not reply to spam email messages or phone calls/messages.
I receive messages like this all the time and I am sure you have as well. If you do not know the person and they are asking for money or any personal information, it is a scam as well as spam. Mark it as such and move on!
6. Review the company by going to the BBB website and/or the FTC.
If you find multiple complaints regarding customers being scammed, then it almost always is one. Do not be the next victim. Take time to read the reviews.
7. Don’t Be fooled by a Money Back Guarantee
Often times scammers will use this as a way to convince you they are legitimate but if all the red flags are there as listed above, then do not move forward regardless of any guarantee. More often than not, the scammer is long gone with your money and you will never see a refund.
8. Do Not Be Fooled By Too Good To Be True Comments/Testimonials
This is a very common practice with online scams. You will see many comments raving about the product but there are no photos attached to these comments and they are all extremely positive. This is simply not realistic. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
9. Don’t use your debit card to make purchases
In my experience, it is much easier to file a complaint with a credit card company if you feel you have been a victim of fraud. But, by this time, you have already gone through the first eight steps, right? You would not be paying any money unless you found the company and their offer to be legit :-).
If you have been a victim of a scam or know someone who has, please report it! We need to continue to fight these con artists in an effort to minimize the damage. It definitely seems like an uphill battle as these scammers are clever, but doing something is always better than doing nothing.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Attorney General (search by state here)
Better Business Bureau (BBB)