A Report on Work From Home Scams

By | March 4, 2016

Money grabber cartoonBeware of Work From Home Scams

Working from home is an incredibly appealing idea and it’s absolutely possible to make a living doing so but you have to be prepared to sort the great ideas from the work from home scams.

Be aware that a legitimate home based business has a solid foundation based on the following:

  1. It’s not as easy as it sounds.  It takes hard work and dedication.
  2. You must plan the work and then work the plan…knowledge and/or a passion for your idea is paramount.

There are multitudes of scams poised to take as much money from you as you’re willing to give.  Does this sound like something you’d never fall for?

Well, listen to this excellent episode of Planet Money from National Public Radio. You’ll be astonished at the way these call centers reel in unsuspecting targets.

It’s a bit lengthy – 22 minutes – but it’s so astonishing that you’ll want to listen to the very end.
If you are a retiree or about to become a retiree, you’ve got a wealth of experience that you can use to earn additional income to supplement your retirement.  The trick is to find an outlet for that experience such as I’ve suggested in this post:  Work From Home Ideas.  Many retirees use their experience and knowledge to become consultants.

But Beware…Be Alert!

While you’re researching all the options available to you, please remember to watch for the scammers.  Get rich quick schemes are just that…schemes.

Add Fraud.org to your list of resources when checking out work-at-home offerings.  There are 9 important questions to ask before committing to anything.

Fraud.org is a project of the National Consumers League and partners with the FTC to help fight consumers victimized by all types of fraud including identity theft, telemarketing fraud, internet fraud, etc.  The site includes helpful information such as:

  • Learning about scams
  • How to spot a scam
  • Where to file a complaint
  • News articles about current scams

They maintain a fraud alert system (FAS) that more than 90 law enforcement agencies (local, state, federal and international agencies).

Have you ever been approached by a scammer? How did you handle it?  I’m also interested in learning your thoughts on any particular work from home business.

I’ll keep this post updated with additional information as it comes available.  Meanwhile…stay tuned!

6 thoughts on “A Report on Work From Home Scams

  1. Cathy

    It’s shocking that while the internet is created to disseminate helpful information, many people use it to take advantage of other’s financial situation.

    I have been a victim myself when I didn’t know any better. My credit card was charged for something that looked promising and after several days, I didn’t hear from those people anymore.

    Scam artists are also evolving. They now stand behind what looks like a professional service/product, but actually aren’t. So whenever you research for something online, always make sure that you get both sides of the story.

    1. CherylK Post author

      I agree, Cathy. It’s becoming easier and easier for scam artists to operate. Thank you so much for weighing in on this. Just can’t be too careful, that’s for sure!

  2. Chris

    This always seems to send a shiver down my spine – I can remember falling for this sort of thing a while back now when I was a newbie (not a nice feeling).
    I think that scammers these days are much more intelligent – they know on what heartstrings to pull…every time!
    Do you feel that scams have evolved a bit these days?

    1. CherylK Post author

      I know what you mean! I think scammers are learning from each other…and we all need to be extra vigilant so we don’t fall for them. We need to take to heart the old saying, “if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is”. And if we come across a scam, we need to alert as many people as possible. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Kevin

    This site sounds like a great idea for those who, in their prime, are looking for some great ways to supplement their income. I, personally, have been looking for various ways to help my parents out once they reach that age. Thanks for the information.

    1. admin

      Thanks for visiting my site, Kevin. I’ve tried to include information useful to retirees, especially. I’ve been retired for several years so I have a good idea of the sort of information people look for. The “Getting Started” page if a good place to start. It will all depend on what your parents’ interests and strengths are and if they read through the material, I’m sure they’ll find just what they’re looking for.


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