Work from Home Scam

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When the job markets are limited any opportunity, including working from home, becomes enticing. Advertisements on social media sites and other areas online are generally targeted at:

  • Unemployed Adults
  • College Students
  • Stay At Home Moms
  • Retirees

So, it should come as no surprise that work from home scams offering jobs that pay “big financial rewards” have also grown in popularity.

Although there are genuine jobs that allow individuals to work from the comfort of their home, many “offers” advertised are bogus. You’ve seen the ads: Earn $50 to $200 per hour at Home! Start Your Own Home Business and Make $1000 a day!

Whether the offer comes by phone or email, appears in a flyer or newspaper ad, or arrives in the mail, thousands of people respond to these ads. But not all work from home opportunities deliver on their promises. Work from home schemes will not guarantee regular salaried employment, and almost all require an “up-front” investment of money for products or instructions before explaining how the plan works. And the “work” promised often continues the fraud by getting other victims involved. Consumers deceived by these scams have lost thousands of dollars, in addition to their time and energy.

Student Destinations recommends the following if you are contemplating to apply for a part-time, work from home advertisement:

  1. Search for the company on Google; by writing the company name with the word scam after it (i.e. ABC Company Scam). If the first few pages on Google show threads and websites dedicated to the scams of that particular company. Do not proceed!
  2. Request a face-to-face interview. If one cannot be provided at their office; request an interview on Skype. You should be cautious if they are unwilling to facilitate such a simple request. Businesses hiring agents to sell their products should have a vested interested in knowing the individuals who will be selling their products and services.
  3. If the company does not require a formal interview process, request if you can connect with any of their employees or reps who have been successful with their program. Individuals should be cautious that the information received could be false and/or misleading.
  4. Ask family and friends if they have ever heard of the company you are pursuing. You may be surprised by the feedback from those around you.
  5. Never take on any business/ employee opportunity that requires you to pay an upfront fee, especially if you do not understand what the fee is for.
  6. Don’t take work opportunities that requires you to recruit other individuals to join the team. If there is a higher earning potential by recruiting others over the actual task you were hired for, strongly consider it a work from scam.