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How to Spot a Work-at-Home Scam
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During tough economic times, when there is higher than average unemployment, more people look to online job sites for help finding work. Maybe you have been there and noticed postings looking for individuals available to "work from home." You may have received an email, gone to a website, or even seen a sign on the road that promoted the benefits of a work-at-home job. No matter where you have seen it, probably one thing caught your eye: You can become rich working out of your home. Or can you?

Common Work-at-Home Scams
It seems that every day you see more and more home-based work opportunities. According to the FBI, the most common work-at-home scams are advance-fee start-at-home businesses, mystery shoppers to help counterfeiting, pyramid schemes, and perhaps the most dangerous one of all involves becoming part of unknown criminal activity. (Learn more in What Is A Pyramid Scheme?)

Advance-Fee Businesses
Advance-fee businesses involve paying for a home-based business. They advertise calling to find out how you can earn big bucks without having to leave your home, and once you buy in and pay the setup fee, you find that the materials that show up, if they show up at all, are garbage. Not only are you out of a job, but you are even worse off financially.

Mystery Shoppers
The mystery shopper job allows you to get paid to shop. Sometimes it legitimately works that way. What unfortunately happens, some of the time, is that these companies send you a check to deposit and have you withdraw funds. Shoppers are supposed to use some of it for the purchase and send the rest back to the employer. By the time you have done this, your bank is probably calling you telling you that the check you deposited was a counterfeit. (Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial fraudsters, see Stop Scams In Their Tracks.)

Pyramid Schemes
Pyramid schemes have become very popular. Someone you know may have been fooled into being part of one of these scheme. The scheme involves people inviting you to join them in an opportunity to become filthy rich. What actually happens, however, is that not only do they get conned, but they have included you in their unfortunate choice. The person(s) that started the pyramid can sometimes make a profit, while those below them can end up alienating friends and family, and losing out financially while the scheme collapses.

Criminal Activity
One of the most dangerous schemes actually involves criminal activity. You may get hired to receive and send out either merchandise or even checks. Be very careful about sending out anything for anyone. Many times, all that you are doing is involving more unsuspecting people into the scam, while the crooks get away. (More than 30 million people were victims of fraud in 2007. Will you be next? Check out Credit Scams To Watch Out For.)
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(12-15-2016, 02:20 AM)pablohunt2812 Wrote: During tough economic times, when there is higher than average unemployment, more people look to online job sites for help finding work. Maybe you have been there and noticed postings looking for individuals available to "work from home." You may have received an email, gone to a website, or even seen a sign on the road that promoted the benefits of a work-at-home job. No matter where you have seen it, probably one thing caught your eye: You can become rich working out of your home. Or can you?

Common Work-at-Home Scams
It seems that every day you see more and more home-based work opportunities. According to the FBI, the most common work-at-home scams are advance-fee start-at-home businesses, mystery shoppers to help counterfeiting, pyramid schemes, and perhaps the most dangerous one of all involves becoming part of unknown criminal activity. (Learn more in What Is A Pyramid Scheme?)

Advance-Fee Businesses
Advance-fee businesses involve paying for a home-based business. They advertise calling to find out how you can earn big bucks without having to leave your home, and once you buy in and pay the setup fee, you find that the materials that show up, if they show up at all, are garbage. Not only are you out of a job, but you are even worse off financially.

Mystery Shoppers
The mystery shopper job allows you to get paid to shop. Sometimes it legitimately works that way. What unfortunately happens, some of the time, is that these companies send you a check to deposit and have you withdraw funds. Shoppers are supposed to use some of it for the purchase and send the rest back to the employer. By the time you have done this, your bank is probably calling you telling you that the check you deposited was a counterfeit. (Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial fraudsters, see Stop Scams In Their Tracks.)

Pyramid Schemes
Pyramid schemes have become very popular. Someone you know may have been fooled into being part of one of these scheme. The scheme involves people inviting you to join them in an opportunity to become filthy rich. What actually happens, however, is that not only do they get conned, but they have included you in their unfortunate choice. The person(s) that started the pyramid can sometimes make a profit, while those below them can end up alienating friends and family, and losing out financially while the scheme collapses.

Criminal Activity
One of the most dangerous schemes actually involves criminal activity. You may get hired to receive and send out either merchandise or even checks. Be very careful about sending out anything for anyone. Many times, all that you are doing is involving more unsuspecting people into the scam, while the crooks get away. (More than 30 million people were victims of fraud in 2007. Will you be next? Check out Credit Scams To Watch Out For.)

Thanks for warning. This information will help me alot Smile

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