Beware 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:
- It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes hard work and dedication.
- 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!