What are work at home scams?
According to Dictionary.com a scam is a “confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle”.
Many people are now looking for work that they could do at their homesteads to get some extra money to spend. This holds true not only for the unemployed and low income earners but also to people with one or more steady income sources.
Due to the high demand of work-from-home business opportunities and reports that they can be lucrative businesses, work at home scams evolved to take advantage of the prospective work at home job seekers. They come into many names and forms and are so numerous that it is difficult to give a full account of all of them here. Rather than go on enumerating them on this page, I am going to give an explanation of some of their characteristics to help you spot them while looking for legitimate work at home business opportunities.
How To Recognize Online Work At Home Scams
Many scam programs have a fee that has to paid prior to start working. It could be a registration fee or an amount required to buy a starter packet. It is worth to note that in many countries no legitimate company is allowed to collect any upfront fee in its recruiting endeavors.
When the pay is too good or unrealistic for example where the packages read something like $50 per hour or a few thousands a week, you should be suspicious. An employer always pays in direct relation to the employee’s input. How can an employer pay you more than you generated? Of course that isn’t possible!
The company’s profile can help you get an insight of the legitimacy of the program you are about to join. The longer the company has been in operation, better are the chances that you are reading something from a good company. A little known company or a company using a name similar to but different from another big company’s name should raise
some doubt. Again lack of a permanent location or address should be reason to great doubt.
When the company keeps on contacting you again and again or has multiple pop-ups when you are attempting to exit their webpage that contained the work-from-home opportunity.
One way to find out the legitimacy of a work at home business opportunity, though not foolproof, is check out the company’s name through the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
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