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Do Your Homework Before Working At Home

SS Member Image By drodriguez 07.02.09
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor there are currently 14.5 million Americans who are out of work.  Many of us who have lost jobs, along with stay-at-home moms looking to supplement the household income, are the perfect target for the latest fly by-night companies.


Some of the popular internet scams today make it seem as though they are affiliated with web sites like Google and Twitter, but after reading the fine print (if you can find it), it becomes obvious that there is no affiliation.  Fred T. Elsberry, President and CEO of Georgia’s Better Business Bureau recently discussed some of the newer schemes making their way to you via fake blogs, newspaper articles, emails and web sites.  He said, “The pitch used to be about making money by sending e-mails or by placing ads on Google but now cash-strapped job hunters need to be wary of shelling out money for a dubious scheme that revolves around Twitter.”


The schemes work so well because they don’t ask for much of a commitment from their potential victims.  One of the popular schemes claiming to be associated with Twitter promises that you can make between $250 and $873 a day by posting on Twitter.  The company asks that you purchase a free seven-day trial CD-ROM with instructions. 


What it doesn’t tell you up front is that the “free trial” begins the day the CD is ordered and if the consumer fails to cancel within seven days of signing up they will be charged $47 every month to be drawn directly from their bank account.  But even if you do call before the seven days is up, it might not be enough to save you from the scam.  Consumers have reported that a lot of these types of companies often supply bogus phone numbers or make it impossible to speak with a competent operator.


The Federal Trade Commission’s website suggests that consumers always ask the proprietor of the business the following questions before considering an offer of work:


  • What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)
  • Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
  • Who will pay me?
  • When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the total cost of the work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees? What will I get for my money?


What has been your experience with scams on the internet?

How do you or people you know avoid falling prey to these types of schemes?

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  • Kaylei By Kaylei

    With trying to give my husband a little help, I've noticed lately just how many scams there are! It's ridiculous! As soon as I see something asking for my credit card number I know to run for the hills! More people need to read things like this because some of those places can be sly. It's easy to fall for the scam when you're looking for a miracle.


    Yes, be careful about working from home scams. Thankfully, I've been extremely blessed to be able to work from home from a legitimate company. I recommend them to anyone and everyone because it's been such an AWESOME experience. You can visit for more info. but I strongly endorse them. They have made it possible for me to be able to stay at home with my 2 babies, while earning money as well.

  • u5mcmom By u5mcmom

    very interesting I was just looking at such sites this morning and was almost caught up in the phony promotional ads. I thought they were good because they were linked to the name google. becarful out there, make sure to do lots of research.

  • ummali By ummali

    I would love to find a legitimate work at home job and searching for one has showed me how much scams are on the computer these days. I have also signed up for survey listings and one survey company said they would send me a check when it totals 20 dollars I have been signed up for a month and have a credit of 8 dollars because all their products require me to use a credit card which I won't so I don't earn anything except reading the paid email they send me everyday and that gives me .50 cents or .20 cents. I am also in another survey listing and they are supposed to pay 5 dollars a survey(it said on their site) I have been sent 2 emails and the first was for 2 dollars and the second for 1.50 and when I filled out the questions they said i was not qualified for the survey but they are only supposed to contact me when I am qualified. no luck and bad experiences when it comes to searching online for a little extra income. good luck everyone out there.

  • krisxoxo4 By krisxoxo4

    jcorbett, what exactly do you do for the isn't telemarketing is it? i would def. be interested if not.

  • WANNADOO22572 By WANNADOO22572

    I have been working at home with a legitimate company for a while now. I work about an hour a day and make around $100 per week. If I devoted more time, I could make a little more money. If anyone is interested, the company I work for is hiring. Email me for the link. wannadoo22572 at aol dot c o m

  • hoagysim By hoagysim

    There are many work from home scams out there. You have to be very careful when searching for those types of jobs. The old saying if it sounds to good to be true then it is holds true to this. I have found these companies on my search for legitimate companies. I know people who have or still do work for some of these companies. They have given great reviews on them. I will say I found my stay at home position on They do charge a small fee but that is well worth it. They weed out all the scams for you. The jobs that are posted are real jobs. I highly recommend their site. They post new jobs everyday.

  • phil924 By phil924

    I have never been able to find a work at home job that would work for our family. I have now found a great job, but I have a very good friend that needs a job. I have read all the comments that have been posted and will pass on all the information that I have read and learned. So hopefully something will work out for her. Thanks much for all your help.

  • liliarose By liliarose

    I cannot promise that this is a legitimate company because I have never worked with/for them, but I have heard positive things about them:

  • ashleylparrott By ashleylparrott

    I work from home and love it. I saw another comment about West at Home, and it is indeed a real, legitimate business. Just be aware that a "real" work at home opportunity should NEVER COST YOU A PENNY! Be wary of anybody that gives you specialized links to click on, which is usually a sign of a referral--meaning that person is getting credit for you signing up, and it's usually not a trustworthy operation. A great website (and it is not mine, nor am I affiliated with it) is They post opportunities that are not scams. I personally work for ChaCha ( and Demand Studios ( They are both great companies. You can also check out sites like Elance, Odesk, etc.

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