To a stay-at-home mom in a family with bills piling up, a question may arise for just an instant: “Could this offer be legit? Maybe some people haven’t had good luck with such offers, but I can work extra hard and maybe I can beat the odds and make it pay off.” In that moment, the scammer has hooked her in.
Work-at-home scams continue to flourish, costing countless consumers countless amounts of money — consumers who can least afford that loss. The Better Business Bureau is once again sending up a giant warning flare just in time for the Fourth of July, about home “business opportunities.” When the promise is for high pay for easy work from home, it is usually a scam. The scheme preys upon stay-at-home parents, the unemployed, the disabled, students and seniors. These perpetrators are happy to accept anyone’s hard-earned money.
Some of the scams cloak themselves as envelope-stuffing jobs. Some are disguised as craft assembly work involving sewing or sign-making machines, which you pay the company for. You may be making items like aprons, baby shoes or plastic signs. Others claim to train you in “rebate processing.” Some claim to be associated with well-known search engines and want to pay you $500 to $1,000 a week to do online searches from home. Or how about letting them send you the software, a list of clients and give you access to technical support, so that you can set up your own medical billing business right there in your own home?
What they all have in common is that they are not interested in paying you anything. They are schemes to get you to pay them for worthless goods and information.
Here are some red flags about work-from-home opportunities that are too good to be true:
At the very least when you are considering a work-from-home offer, take the time to ask these questions:
Finally, check out the company two ways. Do a search online for the company’s name with the word “scam.” Then check them out with the Better Business Bureau, www.kansasplains.bbb.org.