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Do Your Homework Before Working At Home

Do Your Homework Before Working At Home

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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  • stsunflowers By stsunflowers

    But aren't most work at home jobs scams? that's what I associate them with anyway..

  • ajannasmom By ajannasmom

    Not me personally, but my girlfriend just got COMPLETELY scammed with a 'work at home' job. She was doing business travel arrangements, 5 star accommodations for clients that were sent to her. The company sent her several payments to pay for the travel, but when the two weeks were up and it was time for them to pay her...they were no where to be found...horrible.

  • justmefrankie By justmefrankie

    I have three boys- 9,7, and 4. My husband and I have talked about me finding a job. When we talked to our boys about "Mommy going to work" they all cried. It is hard to find a job that allows your children to have their Mom and for a Mom to provide a little extra income for her family. Then you also have to go through scam after scam.

  • coco_dip19 By coco_dip19

    I have been scamed two times and it is not funny, I invested money and saw no results they promise you a bundle and you recieve a penny for the return on a $100 and $200 investment. I really don't trust any work at home jobs now; they are only taking your money and getting rich.

  • resa1320 By resa1320

    I just don't go for anything anymore. People are so sneaky and to be honest, with the way our economy is right now everyone is trying to get a buck and will do whatever it takes... Sad but True, don't accept anything with out checking it out .

  • Saviina60 By Saviina60

    Nowadays if someone falls for these scams that say "pay only x" or "it's only $29.99", etc., then you're basically asking for it. How can one not know about these scams today!? Do your homework people - and yes, as small and as long as they are - read every fine print there is on EVERY page of the'll save you lots of aggravation!

  • adelyn By adelyn

    I've actually never even heard of work at home jobs and think it sounds interesting. Though I doubt I would have the motivation to find a legit one ... Though I'm glad a few of you have one some!! :)

  • christygirl By christygirl

    Great information. I am looking for a part time job that I can do from home. I work 45-60 hours a week but need a second job, I don't make much at my full time job. I don't want to be away from home any more hours than I already am. I will be checking out many of the sites recommended here. Thanks,

  • ffavela23 By ffavela23

    I've gotten scammed before. I really hope this info helps. Thanks alot.

  • Urbanmom By Urbanmom

    I had the pleasure of working for my former company for a year from home. I had to stop it however as my son grew old enough (16 mos) where it was impossible to dedicate a few straight hours to my position. The problem that I find is that Im trying to find something that is truly worth the hours I put into it and that I can do without stealing too much of my time from my son. Its a shame but often you find companies that ask for money usually are scams.

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