8 Tips to Avoid Work at Home Scams and Phony Business Opportunities
The prevalence of scams is one thing that turns people off. Work at home scams frightens them away from real opportunities. The idea of trying to find a work at home job or business opportunity is a good one for many people.
You must realize, however, is that work at home scams have been around a long time. Way before online work-from-home scams existed. They were often advertisements in various magazines. Those ads promised millions or lots of money for doing nothing. You just needed to send in your money to find out how to make the big bucks.
Avoid Scams to Uncover Real Work at Home Opportunities
Here are eight ways to tell whether a work-at-home business opportunity is a scam, or too good to be true.
- No Way to Contact the Business – If the opportunity is real, they’ll usually have a real business website. If they do, it will have a real business email address at the minimum. It shouldn’t have a Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail address. You should easily be able to look up the people and name of the business. That way you can find out more information easily.
- Promises of Overnight Riches – Any plan that claims you’ll become rich or wealthy overnight is a scam. It’s just not going to happen. Working from home at a job, or running your own business, requires skill and work. You just cannot set up a business and do nothing and get paid.
- They Ask for Money Up Front – Many MLMs (Multi-Level Marketing) do ask for money up front. But it is supposed to be as business investment. Even if you don’t like MLMs, some of them are legitimate companies with real opportunities. However, some jobs or opportunities only want your money. Make sure you have plenty of time to do research before giving anyone your money. Never pay for a job. However, an investment in a business opportunity is considered normal.
- You Feel Pressured to Act Now – If you’ve been contacted by someone making a lot of promises about making tons of money stop and think. They may be claiming you need to act now or lose out forever. it’s a scam. A real opportunity is going to be around tomorrow and the next day.
- It Involves Western Union in any Way – Sorry to name a specific business like this but it’s true. If you need to use Western Union to send money to anyone, run. Run far away! In fact, any type of money-changing, bank-involved delivery system is usually a scam. Not only that; it’s illegal and you could wind up in jail.
- The Opportunity Sounds Too Good to Be True – You know it in your gut that it’s just too good to be true. However, you are tempted to grab it. Stop. Take some time to research the company. Forget any people and places they give you to research. Do your due diligence. Walk away if you can’t prove it’s a legitimate opportunity.
- Random Email Offering a Position You Did Not Directly Apply For – This happens sometimes when you apply for or fill out real job opportunities online. They get the information online. Then they send you unsolicited jobs or offers of advice for a fee. It’s no different than a phone call during dinner making you promises. Delete Immediately, before you get hooked.
- They Offer Ridiculous Pay for Low Wage Positions – This is a common sign of a scam. You’ll see an advertisement on a seemingly legitimate website. The ad promises a lot of money for many different positions that just do not earn that kind of money. Be realistic. You’re not going to make $44 dollars an hour as a receptionist or clerk.
Pay Attention to Your Feelings and Protect Yourself
Above all, pay attention to your gut. If it feels fishy, it probably is. Some of these scammers only want you to fill out their applications so they can steal your identity. To protect yourself if you’re in the USA, get a free employment identification number (EIN) from the IRS.
That way you don’t give out your social security number. Other countries may have similar set-ups, you need to check. Otherwise, don’t blindly give out this valuable information to strangers.
Have you learned of any good Work-at-Home opportunities you would consider doing??