Do You Know How to Identify a Work from Home Scam?

September 10, 2018 by
Filed under: Scams, Tips and Advice 

A work from home scam is the most widespread fraud online.  You must have heard of it or  worse, you have been a victim of one. You can’t let yourself or your family and friends be victimized by these scams nor can you afford to let these swindlers thrive online.  You have to know how to identify scams to avoid getting duped out of your hard earned money and hard work.

There are numerous tell tale signs of a work from home scam.  If you are observant enough, you will notice that most scams may come in different forms but they all work on the same principle: a promise of big and easy money in exchange for a small (so the scammers would like you to believe) investment from the potential victim.  This just shows that, although work from home ideas are a great way to earn income, you have to be extra careful in choosing which of the countless online offers to invest your time, money, and efforts into.

Everybody wants to earn big bucks quickly and easily.  The question is, who is willing to pay them? If the offer is too good to be true, most often than not, it certainly is.  There is no such thing as a get rich quick scheme (unless you win the lottery), so hold on to your money and restrain yourself from getting carried away.

To avoid falling prey to a work from home scam, there are countless resources online that you can check to ascertain the legitimacy of the offer.  Search reviews about the site and  find out if there are home workers who actually got paid (or got duped) from it.  Make inquiries from the Better Business Bureau and check out if the company is listed and how it fared in the ratings.  Join the many forums of home workers; you can learn a lot from other freelancers. Also check out beenpaid.com for a directory of legitimate and paying online job providers.

Finally, if you have been a victim of a work from home scam, do yourself and others a favor. Get even.  Do this by reporting the scam and the scammer. Report it to National Fraud Information Center, Federal Trade Commission, and Better Business Bureau.  Also, post it in the forum and disseminate information.  These scammers thrive on the ignorance of their potential victims; cut off their life source by educating others.

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