Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to Avoid work at home scams

No matter what job market you are working in; out at the office or working from home, there is always a scam and "buyer beware." That is why I have been compiling my blog. Putting together legitimate information for people who are genuinely interested in making money from home. Maybe it is a part-time job or a supplemental job and maybe you are seeking a position that is a "full-time" basis. Whatever the case or need for it, the one need we do not have is to have more money picked out of our pockets.

Why not pay a small fee to make $1000.00 a week? Right? Wrong. First of all, if most of these cases were true, we would all be millionaires.

In most cases there are large registration fees or start-up fees, but recently there has been a mounting concern on the rise of "work at home" scams. Some claim that there is an initial start up fees as little as $1.99 per month. But you soon notice that your credit or debit card has been charged larger fees ranging from $29.95 to $99.99 or even a monthly fee that hits your account. It is very difficult to get out of these situations and the only "sure" thing that you can count on is there will never be $1000.00 a week being deposited into your bank account.

One of the best ways to avoid work at home scams is to check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and verify that the company is legitimate. Google the company's name and do an in- depth search on the name. More times than not, when I have researched names of some companies claiming to have work at home jobs, I have found great reviews by other people who have had not so favorable encounters with them. Using sites that review companies is another way to find out information about them.

Do not be scared off and get discouraged in your quest to finding a job working from home. Also, there are some legitimate companies that ask for money upfront for a registration fee or even for training, but there is a definite difference between scams and "real" companies that are seeking virtual workers. One of the "red flags" is the "get rich schemes." The jobs postings that state, "get paid to do nothing and you will be a millionaire in 1 week."

This is a great story about a woman that was scammed that was aired on Good Morning America. The CEO of "Women for Hire" Tory Johnson explains some good points on deciphering between legitimate work at home positions and work at home scams. Check out the video at Good Morning America Work at Home Scams

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