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Avoiding Common Scams of Working at Home

    • 355 posts
    September 3, 2012 6:34 AM EDT

    It should be noted that roughly 90 to 98 percent of “work at home” opportunities one sees advertised are scams.  This is not my opinion, but research conducted by non-biased companies.  It’s also important to understand those many legitimate WAH opportunities were created by people capitalizing on their own skills.

    The older we get, the more excuses we make for not chasing after our dreams. But truth is, goals are attainable at any age.

    • 10 posts
    October 18, 2012 3:09 AM EDT

    Personally, it's definitely important to do research work about any work at home jobs that  are being offered. There are actually a lot of legit sites for outsourcing or WAH jobs available, Odesk is just one example of that. 

    • 16 posts
    September 2, 2012 9:34 PM EDT

    thanks for the tips.. also the worst scam is e-mail login scamming because my friend fell in one of these before.. when your asked to put your e-mail and password in somewhere else..

    • 344 posts
    April 26, 2011 7:23 PM EDT

    Working from home is a great way to supply the additional income often needed for one spouse to stay home and raise their children. Sadly, many people are scared away from doing so because of the many scams that are so prevalent today. While it can be hard to tell fact from fiction, it is possible. With so many excellent work-at-home opportunities available today, it's well worth the time to explore so you can be able to start your own business and enjoy the many benefits the business provides.

    Here are several tips to avoid work-at-home scams:

    1. Envelope stuffing. Envelope stuffing is one of the most popular scams. You won’t be stuffing envelopes. What you’ll be asked to do is place the same ad (at your own expense) that you responded to, in order to scam other people.
    2. Email Processors. Email processing is the e-version of envelope stuffing. Typically, you pay person 1 a fee of between $5-30 and then person 1 sends you your ‘information kit’. This typically tells you how to take the exact same ad you replied to and send it out by email or on newsletters to convince others to send you the same fee you sent Person 1.
    3. Home Typists (also Order Taker/Application Taker). There are lots of home typist positions that are perfectly legitimate, but these never ask you for a fee and they are also rarely advertised online. Don’t get suckered by ads that promise home typing work that require a fee. They are all variations on the email processing scam
    4. Craft/Electronic Assembly. There are perfectly legitimate craft/assembly companies that do pay their home-based workers. Unfortunately, they are very hard to find. With most scams, you will be asked to pay anywhere from $10 to $200 for a test “kit.” You will then be sent something to assemble that, no matter how brilliantly done, will never meet their so-called quality standards.

      This scam works to make the originating company a great deal of money in two ways. The first way they make money is by selling you the kit and materials. Then, they actually sell your carefully assembled products at discount prices to retailers. Believe me, they are selling your assembled products, but they just aren’t paying you for more


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