Last week I showed you how to recognize a work-from-home scam and some tips to avoid them. This week, I want to follow up on that post with the most common work-from-home scams to be aware of.
Like I said in last week’s post, scammers are savvy and create ads that can make anyone start to think the job listing they’re reading is the real deal.
The money is good, the work is easy and you make your own hours. Who wouldn’t want this dream job? Been there, don’t that!
Here Are The Most Common Work-from-Home Scams To Be Aware Of
Stuffing Envelopes – This is how it works. After you send money to receive your envelopes, you will also receive a template of flyers to print out and post around where you live or create an ad yourself. The people who reply to the ad will send you money for envelopes…and the cycle repeats.
Processing Email – Just like the flyer scenario above companies claim to pay $25 for processing emails. It has the same concept in that people will send you money and then they repeat the process.
Data Entry Jobs – This is how I was scammed. When you answer the ad you’re sent a welcome email and instructions for sending a $5 fee to cover the cost of printing the materials.
Once you send the $5 you’re sent another email with an attached document. The document contains instructions to post the same ad on job boards and charge whatever “fee” you want to cover cost of the materials. When someone responds to your ad and sends the fee you forward the same email and document with the same instructions.
Assembly Jobs – Send money to receive your product assembly kit, which is how they make their money. What happens next is after you assemble the product and return it you’ll be notified that it didn’t meet certain specifications. Now you lost money and the products are back with the supplier.
Other Scam To Look Watch Out For
Government Jobs – There’s a 900 number to call for more information. When you call there’s a long message about working for the government, making your own hours yada, yada, yada. Only thing is you’re being charged per minute and on top of that you have to pay to receive the job post.
To check out real government jobs go to usajobs.gov. Use keywords like work from home, work at home, remote and telecommute.
My Advice To You
The most important advice anyone gave me was to research and do my homework thoroughly before making any kind of investment and that’s the same advice I pass on to you. It’s invaluable and will save you money and heartache.
Check out my post How To Recognize A Work-from-Home Scam and What You Can Do To Avoid Them for important tips when searching for a work from home job.
Scammers think they’re smart but if we’re vigilant and keep ourselves and each other informed of their latest scam, we can outsmart them and hopefully one day them out of business.
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