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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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  • boynton21 By boynton21
    08.27.09  

    There are so many scam out there you must be so careful.

  • momagarry By momagarry
    09.23.09  

    This is so true. YOu need to do research before venturing off into a work at home opportunity.

  • terrypear By terrypear
    10.31.09  

    I do local marketing for a Health & Wellness Company that's based out of Idaho. We?re a 23 year old, billion dollar international corporation. This company produces "green" products we all use every day. The products are highly concentrated (saves money) and they work really well, better than store bought ones. I do not sell products or make deliveries - I just advertise for the company and then enroll customers so they can shop direct. My purpose is to share a web cast presentation to anyone who's interested in getting the toxins out of their home (& the environment, too) as well as learning about an opportunity for earning extra money. Please contact me at www.TeamVitality.com/terry

  • joy9281 By joy9281
    11.26.09  

    TRY SECRET SHOPPING WITH MARKET FORCE. IT DOESN'T PAY A LOT BUT YOU CAN GET SOME GREAT FREE STUFF MEALS MOVIE TICKETS ETC. AND A LITTLE EXTRA POCKET MONEY. OR SURVEY SITES LIKE MYSURVEY OR LIGHTSPEEDPANEL THEY ARE LEGITIMATE SURVEY SITES I LOVE AND USE ALL THE TIME TO MAKE A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY FOR MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT OR IN GIFT CARDS.

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