How to Avoid Work from Home Scams

As long as there are criminals, there will be criminals who come up with clever ways to get your money.  Many people fall victim to pyramid schemes, money scams, and fraudulent “jobs,” simply because they’re desperate to make money or because they want to believe that these offers are good.  Unfortunately, many of these victims are college students, or on a fixed income, and can be utterly ruined by such scams.  For anyone, however, losing $100 or sometimes significantly more is a horrible thing to experience.  Now, you don’t have to worry about falling for one of these illegitimate businesses.  In this article, you’ll see some of the main ways to avoid work from home scams.

Don’t Pay for Anything Upfront

A real job doesn’t make you pay a lump sum before you even begin doing any work (and usually not after you’ve started, either).  For example, any number-entering job will provide you with equipment and software without you paying money for it.  That’s because jobs are supposed to pay YOU, not the other way around.  So, if a business requests you purchase a membership, a registration fee, some software, or entrance authorization, you need to think twice about doing it.

Do Your Research

Thousands of business are examined and rated by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  You can simply type in the name of the company and your area, and the website should pull up information about that company, including if the company has a BBB accreditation.  Pay special attention if the company was previously accredited but had its accreditation revoked, because this means that the company did something that wasn’t in compliance with the BBB’s rules and guidelines.  Just be careful – not all businesses are listed, and even if the business is listed, some scam companies change their name often to pull the wool over people’s eyes.

Ask the Right Questions

If you get the chance to talk to a representative of the company face-to-face or over the phone, it’s important to ask them the tough questions that may either prove or disprove their legitimacy.  A good employer should always be willing to answer any of these questions; if the employer is evasive or doesn’t answer fully, they might be scamming you.  Try these questions for surety.

  1. What tasks will I have to perform?
  2. Will I be paid a salary, or will my pay be based on commission?
  3. Who will pay me?
  4. When will I get my first paycheck?

Even if the prospective employer does answer all these questions, if you still feel something’s not right, then trust your instincts and don’t buy into it.

Recognize When It’s Too Good to Be True

A legitimate job pays fair money for fair work.  And, any job requires some skill of some kind.  So, don’t trust offers that say you could make $250 for 30 minutes of easy work, or $1 per envelope licked, or $10,000 in one go.  These aren’t real jobs, because no company would be crazy enough to pay that kind of money when they could get hundreds of people to do it for less pay.  And, don’t trust “secret knowledge” books or learning systems that want to sell you the must-know information behind business success.  If you’ve never heard of this book before and it has no reviews on Amazon or elsewhere, then it’s not a real book.

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