We have written about the data entry scams and frauds in another article. In this one, we are going to discuss some more. What you need to know about some of the prevalent frauds is that they are not just about getting you to pay them a few dollars. Some of them could get you into serious trouble with the law. There is a well-known incident of a woman who got imprisoned because she got taken in by one of the scam schemes involving money transfer after she responded to a classified on the Internet. That is another story and you can read in the follow up article.
I have personally fallen to victim of work from home scams and thankfully ended up loosing some money and not on the other side of the law, which CAN and DOES happen if you are not careful.
Scams regarding making huge sums of cash from home do not just come in the form of fraudulent websites. They can be classified ads on and off the internet and they can also arrive to you in the postal mail.
You need to know that if it sounds too good to be true, then it really is. If it feels like a scam, be careful. We understand you may need the money but all you are likely to end up doing is loosing even more money and even have a run in with the law. Its just not worth it.
One of the reasons why ‘Work From Home Scams’ are so despicable is that they exploit and cheat the people who can least afford it. The people who are most likely to fall victims to work from scams are the people who are hard up for money. They want desperately to believe that this so-called ‘program’ will be the end of problems for them.
I have had people tell me that they do not even have the money for the registration and so are going to borrow. I have done my best to discourage them from sending money to these companies. Some of them saw sense while others did not.
Here are a few examples:
Form Filling / Data Processing / eMail Proseccing for seemingly professional Companies, Stores, Malls etc:
The latest is the example of a person who is known to me. She has been laid off from a garment retail chain owing to the recent cutbacks all across the US. She did not get the promised position as they could not afford to promote her. She was in desperate need of money and she came across advertisements and subsequently the website. The website was not a typical data entry or home typing website. It was a professional looking interface saying that they paid you for processing data for a store front. They had customers in their database and what you needed to do was process this information in a data sheet such as excel and send them emails with product deals and updates. Now, anyone would say that this sounds like a legitimate work option as all the big retail stores maintain a database for their customers and so send them updates on product deals and discounts via email and sms. The catch? You have to pay $150 to join this work. No matter how professional the website sounds, please know that the real employers DO NOT ask you to pay to join. Have you ever heard of any one saying that they went for a job interview and were asked to pay up to join? The companies hire people out of necessity and are just as eager to find able people. And yes, the malls and retail chains use people to send email and maintain databases, but they have an office and employ people the regular way to work even from home. The biggest companies like FedEx and Boeing employ people to work from home. They will never ask you to PAY to join a job.
Money Email Scam
I have received emails and faxes for this scam countless times. The Better Business Bureau reports that this scam has been around for ages, however, with the dawn of email it has taken on a whole new life. The fund fraud transfers scams can come to you through email, fax, or even by personal mail. The sender, who claims to be a government official or member of a royal family, requests assistance in transferring millions of dollars of excess money out of Nigeria and promises to pay the person for his or her help. The message is always of an urgent, private nature. Although the country primarily listed is Nigeria, I have seen other countries listed with the same urgent news.
Those willing to assist are asked to provide their banking account number, Social Security number, birth date, and often times other personal information. Or they are asked to send money to the letter-sender for taxes and various fees. Victims will never see their money again and the con artist pockets the money.
You may think that there is no way that people could fall for such a ridiculous scam, but the FBI reports annual losses of millions of dollars to just these types of schemes. In fact, some victims have actually been lured to Nigeria, where they were imprisoned.
If you should receive an email of this nature immediately delete or throw away any such correspondence. If you have already, however, responded to this scam or know someone who has, please contact the U.S. Secret Service as soon as possible by phone (202.406.5572) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately.
Assembling Products and Crafts Work
This is a hugely gray area when it comes to working from home to earn money. There are lots of companies that are out there who will scam you into sending them money to buy supplies to make craft products of them. We can say that about 90% of them are scams and not real. But there ARE some GENUINE companies that pay you for this work. Do not pay anyone to get the list of the companies. It is available free on www.assembleandearn.com. It is a completely free resource and tell you how to proceed with this work if you want. However, typically how this scam words is that you send a company money to send you supplies to put together different types of crafts, bows, or other type of small project. You send hundreds of dollars to the company for supplies who have claimed they will pay you “x” amount of dollars if you put the items together as instructed. You will invest hours of your time into putting these crafts together only to have the company tell you that you did not meet the “standards” for the work that they have sent. They will then send the materials back to you that you will be stuck with the items and you will also be out a bunch of your own money which you had invested.
UPS & Federal Express Recovery Scam
Do not get roped in with this home based work scam just because it mentions UPS and FedEx. These are legitimate companies but they are not the ones offering this employment.
The claim with this software is that companies that send out large amounts of shipments through Federal Express or UPS do not have the time to track these packages. If the packages are even one minute late with delivery, you are entitled to a full refund. With these “amazing” software packages, you will now be able to track all these parcels for the companies. You simply call on behalf of your clientele and they will get fifty percent of the refund while you pocked the other fifty percent. These people will agree to this because this is money that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. You can make $50-75 an hour and download the list of the packages while you are sitting in your robe and sipping your coffee. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
First of all, neither Federal Express nor UPS is affiliated with any of these software programs. They also have every right to refuse the refund to you, a third-party who did not pay for the shipping in the first place. UPS online tracking system can only be used by the sender of the package or by the recipient. Besides, information obtained through the tracking system can only be used to monitor one’s shipment and not for someone’s commercial gain unless UPS openly authorizes it. To top it off, UPS prohibits any uses of automated software to access its online shipping-related systems. Therefore, the software you would be using would be deemed illegal.
I guess I had been under the assumption that they would be providing a list of people to contact that would be interested in these services. What they did provide was a list of general types of companies to target like the health industry, industrial services, or retail companies. Through this list you are supposed to come up with a list of people you think would be interested in your services, try to obtain the name and email address of the correct person who should be targeted, and send them this letter that the company has so kindly supplied for you. Then you just sit back and watch people chomping at the bit to get this amazing service. Who in the world would ever give out any of this private tracking information on their packages to a complete stranger? The answer to that, of course, would be no one in their right mind.
This is perhaps the oldest of the scams to exist. Even before the advent of internet. It should be around in the classified ads of newspapers. What it is in reality is mail fraud. No one is paying you to stuff envelopes. You get the impression that some companies are paying to stuff envelopes with their brochures and mailers to their customer. What you will actually be doing is placing the same bogus ads in classifieds and internet and when people pay you, stuffing the envelope with the same bogus information, sending it to them and telling them to continue the same chain.
This is not just a waste of time. It’s illegal. It is called mail fraud that is punishable by a fine and even imprisonment.
Commonest scam you see today in spite of all that has been written and said about it. It is flourishing as people are still making money out of it. You won’t unless you are ready to cheat people out of their’s. This section has been covered in detail in another article. Read it.
There are tons of phony advertisements out there for this job. While knowing medical transcription is great in a traditional work place, unless you personally know the company and they check out with the Better Business Bureau, be very wary of these types of job listings. The typical scenario usually plays out with the company telling you that you can make hundreds of dollars working from home and all you will need is the CD Rom which will have everything you need to know about medical transcription and at the end of their course you will officially be certified and people will be dying to hire you because of your qualifications. After purchasing your software and the computer system needed in order to link with the central computer system for “training purposes” you will have spent thousands of dollars with absolutely little or nothing to show for it. There will be no job and no clients with an amazing certification from Jon Doe’s Medical Transcription Online Schooling Company and you will have wasted both your time and money into yet another fruitless cause.