How to Spot A Scam

Spot a work at home scam a mile away. There is no reason why you should be victim of one. Use your time more usefully finding genuine work at home resources.

When is a ‘Work From Home Program’ a scam. Here are a few pointers that will tell you that work from home job offer is a scam. If you see any of these present in the advertisement or the website that you are looking at, the warning bells should sound and you should walk away from this so called ‘opportunity’ now!

Is the company telling you can make hundreds of dollars in a single day or a week without requiring to have any special experience or know how?

Does the job involve work like data entry, form filling, typing etc.?

Does the company require you to pay a registration fee to join and start your work?

Is the work offer vague where you are told that you will be given the assignment or the way to make hundreds of dollars after you sign up with the registration fee?

All that you can see about the company or the website is some name that you have never heard of. They refrain from giving any real details about themselves such as an address, phone number and the contact information of some one you can actually speak to. At the most, you can leave messages on a number.

The whole website reads like an advertisement with a lot of CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation marks !!!!!

If any of these true, the alarm bells should be going off just about right now!

Check Out the Job Listings
If it isn’t listed in the job posting, find out if there’s a salary or if you’re paid on commission. For work at home jobs, ask how often are you paid and how you are paid. Ask what equipment (hardware / software) you need to provide.
You will not Get Rich Quick (Really)
Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or that will help you get rich fast. Stay clear of listings that offer you high income for part-time hours. They will do none of the above.
Hang on to Your Money
Do not send money! Legitimate employers do not charge to hire you or to get you started. Do not send money for work at home directories or start-up kits.
Check References
Ask for references if you’re not sure about the company’s legitimacy. Request a list of other employees or contractors to find out how this has worked for them. Then contact the references to ask how this is working out. If the company isn’t willing to provide references (names, email addresses and phone numbers) do not consider the opportunity.
Think Twice
If it sounds too good to be true, you can be sure it is! Also, read any “offers” you get very carefully. One candidate for employment got a very detailed job offer from an employer. The only problem was that she hadn’t applied for the job and buried deep within the lines was a request for her bank account information, so the employer could pay her. It was a scam, of course, but with some of the well-written ones it can be hard to tell.

Work at Home Jobs To Avoid

Assembly Jobs – No, you cannot make lots of money assembling craft kits or any other type of kits. You can waste money on a package to get you started though. This holds true for a majority of the product assembling companies. However, there are some and very few out there that are actually working with home based workers. The real scam behind product assembling begins with websites that sell you the list of assembling companies for a price. It is available for free on
Data Entry Jobs – You will see lots of listings for data entry jobs. They are usually either positions posting ads or a sales pitch for a kit that will get you started. They are NOT data entry jobs to begin with.
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) which involves recruiting new people, and more new people, to sell the product. This was a great idea several years back and some people did make a lot of money. But they were the premiers of this field. If you try to begin this work now you will be trying to do what tens of thousands of people are doing as well. You will not make any money doing this. Selling MLM schemes is a tough thing to do in today’s day. Do not become a part of it.
Online Businesses – Do you want to start your own online business and get rich? Be very wary of these type of ads too. You will just be paying for some ebook or guide that will give you information that you already know or can easily read on the Internet for free.
Posting Ads – There are many ads saying workers are needed to post ads on online bulletin boards and forums. You don’t get paid to post, rather you may get paid if other people sign-up.
Processing Claims – In order to get “hired” you’ll need to buy equipment, software and pay for training. You are basically on your own after that. You will need to find your own clients, get business from them and hope that there are enough people interested in your services which is really a great improbability.
Stuffing Envelopes – Believe it, or not, there are still people saying that you can earn $3 or $4 per envelope to stuff them. You cannot. All major companies have postage machines, which stuff, sort and meter mail. No one is going to waste resources paying you to do it. The whole concept is ridiculous.

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