Work At Home Scams

Do you want to earn extra money easily from the comfort of your home? You're not alone. Working at home has become extremely attractive over the past few years. But as the interest in working at home has grown, so has the number of bogus job offers.

Most work–at–home jobs don't guarantee a regular salaried employment. Many neglect to tell you that you have to work long hours without pay. In some instances, they even require you to spend your own money for products or instructions before you can even get started.

Some of the classic work at home scams include:

  • Envelope stuffing
  • Product assembly or craft work
  • Medical billing
  • Reshipping

The newest work–at–home scam is the reshipping fraud. Work–at–home shippers are promised substantial amounts of money. All they have to do is receive, repackage, and then mail merchandise to a foreign address. What the shipper doesn't know is that the merchandise was paid for with stolen credit cards. In effect, the work–at–home shipper becomes part of a fencing operation by receiving and mailing stolen goods.

Work–at–home scams have cost victims thousands of dollars. If you want to work at home, be sure to check out all jobs before responding. Legitimate companies will provide information in writing, in advance. Here are a few tips to follow before you get started:

  • Don't give out any personal information to people or companies you do not know.
  • Be suspicious of any offer that doesn't pay a regular salary or involves working for an overseas company.
  • Check out the company with the FTC, Better Business Bureau or your State Attorney General.

There is no easy road to wealth. Working at home is like any other job – it requires good products or services and a lot of hard work to make a profit.

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