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How to Protect Yourself From Work at Home Scams

No one wants to fall victim to a work at home scam. The advent of the Internet has created a new forum from which the con artist can operate. Some people fall victim to this type of corruption more often than do others. These people include stay at home moms, senior citizens, disabled individuals, low-income earners and those trying to get rich quick.

Watch out for the warning signs:

  • claims of the effectiveness of a product that is greatly over exaggerated and sound too good to be true (they probably are)
  • a job offer that claims that you can earn lots of money without doing hardly any work
  • the claim that the company has some kind of "inside information" that no one else is privy to
  • a request for money before you will be given any more information or further instructions
  • the need to transfer money from another party
  • the claim that anyone can do the job and there is no experience whatsoever required

When you come across any of these warning signs, run, don't walk as fast as you can

Stay Out of the Clutches of a Scam Artist

Don't kid yourself- work at home scams are becoming more sophisticated all of the time and plenty of people fall victim to scams all of the time. Do not become one of those people by following these simple rules:

Don't believe everything you read in terms of testimonials

Some testimonials at websites are true while some are made up. Look for other information about the company in question in the media and at other websites and get in touch with the relevant consumer agencies for more information.

Look at the job offer from many different angles

Find out the particulars about the job offer including the conditions and the supposed guarantees and then use your common sense. Does the offer sound like it is being made from an honest company or not? Is this how a legitimate company would conduct business or not?

Contact information is essential

A legitimate company will provide plenty of contact information for would-be employees such as a telephone number (local and/or a 1-800 number) a mailing address and an e-mail address. If the company in question gives you very little indication where it operates from and does not make it easy for you to contact them then the red flag should go up. You are more than likely looking at a work at home scam and should steer clear of it.

Do your homework on the company

Find out everything you can on the company in question before you make the decision to apply to a job advertisement. Find out if the company is reputable and how long they have been in business and indeed if anyone has ever heard of them. All new companies are not scammers but some companies that come out of nowhere are sometimes up to no good. Do your research before you do anything else!

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