How to Avoid Work at Home Scams


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Home based job and business opportunities are increasing because of the Internet. Though there are thousands of legitimate companies that offer real work at home jobs to people, there are also a lot of scammers.  Because working at home is attractive, false job offers are all over the Internet.  This post will provide information on how to identify and avoid work at home scams.

Work at home scams take many forms. Most of the companies do not guarantee regular salaried employment for the home based workers. They do not mention how many hours you would need to work without pay. Some others require you to spend money on instructions before you get the job. Some companies require you to pay for training.

In order to avoid being a victim of a work at home scam, you need to scrutinize the company before accepting any job. Legitimate companies will always provide information in writing. Here are some tips to avoid work at home scams:

If you need to provide personal information, don’t give it to an unknown person or company. Provide personal information only to the company that you confirm is legitimate. You can check the company’s reputation by typing the name of the company in the search box of Better Business Bureau. If there are any complaint about that company, avoid contact with it.

There is no easy road to wealth. Any job requires some effort to earn better income. Therefore beware of companies that promise to make you rich overnight, there is no such thing.

One common work from home scam is reshipping fraud. With this type of job, the home based worker needs to receive, repack and mail products to a foreign address. They are promised a substantial amount of money. But the worker does not know that the merchandise was paid for with stolen credit cards.
The home based worker becomes a part of receiving and mailing of stolen goods without their knowledge. The worker receives the merchandise, repackages using their own funds and is told they will be reimbursed when they get paid.

They are then told they will be paid with a cashier’s check, but it’s for more than they’re owed. The company tells them to deposit the check and send the difference to the employer’s overseas bank account. Eventually, the cashier’s check bounces and they owe their bank the amount of the whole check.

If you are looking for a legitimate work at home job, do not accept any job offer that promises to provide high income for a part time job. Remember only hard work and dedication can help you earn a good income from home.

Legitimate companies do not charge anything to hire you. You may have to pay for a background check, or purchase products if you’re working as an independent sales representative, but if you have to pay to actually do the job, beware. If you are not sure about the legitimacy of a company, then ask for references. If the company is not willing to provide references, then beware!

These are just a few of the things you need to look for when determining if the job lead you’re looking at is a work at home scam.  No matter how desperate you are to work from home, do not fall victim to these scams – there are plenty of legitimate work from home jobs, so stick to the search until you find one.


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