Work at home scams and more!
We all love the idea of working at home. Scam artists are trying to take advantage of us at every turn.
I will show you the top 10 scams I have found. These are truly ruthless scams that prey on good people.
The best way we can stop these work at home scams is to expose them every chance we get.
We need to protect the people who want to make an honest living at home and not be taken advantage of.
10 common work from home active scams
1.) Medical Billing – Ads claiming to give you full-time or part-time work for running your own medical billing service electronically. You will call a toll-free number and speak with a “doctor” who can help you get started. The person behind the toll-free number will ask for hundreds or thousands of dollars to get started. Your initial investment will provide you with software to process claims, the potential list of clients, and technical support help. Most medical practices file their own medical claims and the ones who don’t usually go with well-established firms. Not someone working from home.
2.) Online Searches – The ad promises you to make $500-$1,000 dollars a week doing internet searches. All you have to do is search in major search engines and fill out forms. The only thing required for you to begin is a small shipping and handling fee. Except, once the scam has your credit card information they can charge you recurring fees.
3.) Advance Fee Frauds – They claim that starting your own home business is simple. All you need to do is invest a few hundred dollars for inventory, set-up, and training materials. The only problem is, once these materials come (if they ever do) they are completely worthless. All you are left with is paying a bill, setting you back hundreds of dollars.
4.) Just Plain Scams – Simply putting, you the consumer spend your money buying a service, training kit, coaching, or work from home service and the product does not work. Or you just never receive the service.
5.) Counterfeit Check – You receive a check for hundreds or thousands of dollars. You only have to deposit this check into your bank account. The money is instructed to be used as work funds to check out local stores and wire transfer companies. You keep a small portion of the check and send the rest to your “employer”. Sounds easy, the only problem is the check is fake and the bank will take back the funds you kept and charge you with check fraud.
6.) Pyramid Scheme – Or Ponzi scheme, you start by investing large sums of money. Your job is a distributor and spread the scheme to friends and family for them to also invest in. The only people who actually make any money are the people who started the scheme.
7.) Envelope Stuffing – An ad says pay a small fee and you will receive information on how to make money stuffing envelopes at home. The problem is the information never comes. The frauds send information telling you to have your friends and family send in money the same way.
8.) Unintentional involvement with Criminal Activity -Criminals often located overseas, sometimes use unwitting victims to advance their operations, steal and launder money, and maintain anonymity. For example, they may “hire” you as a U.S.-based agent to receive and re-ship checks, merchandise, and solicitations to other potential victims, without you realizing it’s all a ruse that leaves no trail back to the crooks.
9.) Assembly or Craft Work – From the ad, you can make lots of money building products or crafts at home. You have to just buy the equipment(ie. sewing machine or sign making machine). They will tell you the products have already been purchased by a company. After you finish making all these products they will tell you that the products are not up to the right standards. You will have wasted your time, made no money, and be left with equipment and supplies.
10.) Rebate Processing – The email ad you will receive says that you can earn money helping people process rebates. All you have to do is pay a small fee for training and certification. The ad says it is the #1 work-at-home consultant training course. The materials are horrible. It is impossible to get a refund.
We can never forget to add identity theft to the list. As most of these need your personal information and credit card number. These scams will also open up new credit cards in your name.
What to do if you think the company is a work from home scam.
Contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is legitimate.
Always be suspicious when money is required upfront.
Do not provide personal information to employer upfront if you think it may be a scam. Name and email is okay, but stay away from providing any real personal information.
Do your own research online or in the library to real work at home opportunities.
Ask your potential employer lots of questions. Real companies will have an answer for you.
- Ask for a street address, not just a P.O. box. Ask a lot about the operation of the company.
- Ask to speak with other employees. Not just read reviews.
- Ask to see the final product and work required to get there.
- Ask what material is supplied and not supplied for this employment.
- Ask how you will be paid, in which currency, and when.
- Ask where the business is incorporated and where the business license was filed.
Do your own research into the company and product
Use common sense. If you have never heard of the product, and you need to spend money to join, or a fee to sign up as a consultant or distributor. Those are signs of a multi-level marketing scheme.
Where to complain if you have fallen for a scam
If you believe you sent money to a scam organization to begin working. The first thing you should do is call and ask for a refund. If they will not refund your money, tell them that you are going to notify officials of their fraud. You can file a formal complaint with anyone of these organizations:
- Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer sentinel, or the Interm Crime Complaint Center. You can call the hotline too. 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
- The Attorney General’s office of the state you live in or the state the company is located. They may be able to help you get a refund.
- Your local Better Business Bureau.
- Local postmaster. The United States Postal Service will also investigate fraud.
- The advertising company that ran the ad. If people are being ripped off the advertiser will remove any and all posting of fraudulent behavior.
Are there legitimate work from home opportunities
Yes! but you need to do your due diligence into each company to make sure its real work.
If you are interested in starting your own online business.
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