Working at home is a dream for most people and a lot of fraudsters are only too aware of this. They also know that you may not have the experience or street smarts to recognize a fake opportunity. You may see a lot of work from home scams come into your email inbox daily. Surf the internet looking for ‘work at home’ and you’ll find even more. How do you tell the difference between a legit home business and a complete rip-off?
Easy Money with No Work
One of the tell-tale signs of a scam is that they promise you big money for little or no work. Why would somebody offering a legitimate business opportunity tell their new hire that there was no work involved? There’s always work to be done if you want to make money. There is no true plug-and-play instant money button on the internet. Avoid any ads that tempt you with dollar signs. There’s no way they can guarantee you’ll make a certain amount of money.
No Skills or Experience
Real employers or entrepreneurs are picky about who they work with. They try to weed out people without skills or experience and only work with the best. When an ad says that there are no skills or experience needed, be wary. This is usually the sign of a scam and if it’s a legitimate opportunity, they’re not being honest with you.
Money to Get Started
If they ask for money to get started, forget it. This is a sure sign of some type of fraud. Never give out your financial information in return for promises of a quick return. This is the hallmark of ‘boiler room’ scams where sleazy marketers convince old ladies to max out their credit cards. No legitimate business opportunity is going to ask you to hand over your bank details or tell you you’ll get your money back right away.
What about the Pay?
If you start talking to a potential employer and they’re hesitant at all to mention the money, you probably want to stop right there. Any real business is likely to mention pay upfront because it’s an important consideration. There’s no good reason they wouldn’t be clear about it.
Whenever you’re investigating work-at-home opportunities, always check references. The people offering the opportunity should be happy to give you a list of employees or contractors that you can contact. Talk to a few of them and see what they say about the company. If the company is unwilling to provide references, skip it.
Real Contact Info
If you get an email offering a business opportunity, make sure there’s real contact information. By law, any commercial email must have contact information. It’s usually at the bottom of the email or website in small print. Check it out on Google Maps to make sure the address really exists. You can also spot scams by looking at the email address. A legitimate business email should have its own domain name and not be a free email service like Gmail or Yahoo.
Do your homework. Check out the company at the Better Business Bureau. Search for the company’s name to see what people are saying about them on forums and blogs. The information you discover may save you thousands of dollars.
Finally, the best tip is to remember that anything too good to be true probably is. Question everything and don’t give out any of your information until you’re sure the people offering the opportunity are legit and try not to fall for any work from home scams please.