Scams on home business or work at home scams are very common ad very dangerous.Home-based business and work-at-home opportunity scams rank very high on the list of the top types of Internet fraud.
These scams promise you high money and lure you with their sweet talking. It is important to stay alert, especially for those who are new to internet and can become an easy prey for these cunning scammers.
Work at Home scams can be divided into two categories
First type asks you to work from home as company’s employee and do things for company. It could be envelope stuffing, craft assembly, or other tasks.
Other types offer you to help you start your own home-based business where you do need to work mush. You are offered to work as a mystery shopper, network marketer, or other businesses that appears easy one.
Here is the list of top scams that you should be aware of and beware of.
Classic scam. It has been around for so long that it has become a part of internet and therefore appears real to a new eye
You are promised to be paid $1-2 for every envelope you stuff. For a small fee you are sent a short manual with fliers and envelopes for stuffing those envelopes.
Further, it could have many variations but one thing is certain stuffing envelopes is no way to make money. Run away from it.
Another one that encourages you to assemble toys, dolls, or other craft projects at home with promise of high money. You need to pay an upfront fee and you would be given starter’s kit.
It appeals a lot to people. But when you send your finished products to the company, they reject it saying that it does not meet their specification.
You pay a good sum up front for purchasing software and other things to start your own medical billing service after they make you believe that there is a hug demand for this service. You are also provided with list of potential clients.
But you find that most medical clinics process their own bills, or outsource the processing to firms, not individuals.
Make Money Fast
This consist of chain emails where you receive an email saying that all you need to send is some money to Paypal accounts of top 5 people and you name would be added to the list. You are promised hordes of similar money making emails that you would receive and become millionaire.
I find this one most dangerous. Not only you are being foolhardy, but also cheating the people next in line.
Next time you receive a mail saying that you would receive $30 per email processed after you buy their starter kit, be sure to send that to junk.
Its another fraud!!
You pay a fee for the information and you are sent printed information. What you are asked to do is copy and paste the ads of the company and its so called partners, on various classified sites and job boards to get new customers.
The scam company might pay initial batches to have word of mouth publicity and acquire legitimacy in people’s minds.But wait for the time when some tragedy happens with the owner. His wife may die, he might undergo surgery and he would close the site.
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
There are legitimate MLM businesses based on agents but there are scams too.
If the MLM business opportunity is all about finding new recruits rather than selling products or services, then it is a pyramid scheme. Again you are betting your money and run the risk of being booked.
You can be easily duped if you are not careful.