You read about it in the papers. You hear it from the people you know. Hell, it could have even happened to you already. How to spot a work from home scam is really not that difficult. There are usually certain signs that reveal the underlying scheme. Let us take a closer look at what you should be looking for.
Why am I telling you all this? Because these vultures are stealing. They are giving the Internet a bad name. They are hurting my business as an Internet Marketer because of their lying and stealing. I am in business to help you, not take all your money. So that is why I am teaching you how to spot a work from home scam before it is too late!
The very first clue to a working from home scam is a “promise of making lots of easy money” for duties that are not that difficult to do.
When you hear that “anyone can do this”, or “Like taking candy away from a baby”, it is time to get the magnifying glass out and start looking for details that prove or disprove their claims.
The second sign of a scam artist is their “proof of earnings” which usually consist of a screenshot of their PayPal or Clickbank accounts.
If you see large deposits or a lot of consecutive smaller “sales” this is a tell tale sign you are being lied to. If you have been in contact with one of these individuals, or if you are considering
a work from home opportunity then you need to be aware of some simple steps that will keep you in possession of your hard earned money.
If it sounds “too good” to be true, then it probably isn’t true. Chances are this promoter is about to start their “Bait” and “Catch” scam routine on you.
The “Bait” is simply a tactic like telling you how you could be making hundreds of dollars in a matter of hours simply by following this promoters advise.
a. They may entice you with join now to be a part of the fastest growing industries in the nation, or
b.The clock is ticking, you have 3 minutes left to say yes, or
c. Work from home and be your own boss, or
d. Even earn up to a thousand dollars every month from your own home.
See how these promoters keep exclaiming the “Bait” of easy money for a limited time and how anyone can do this?
Oh, the “Catch“, they always forget to tell you that you must invest your money into their scheme in order to start right away and start making lots of money.
The third sign of a fraud are the “teaser buys”, little to nothing or very little money the promoter gets you to pay at first. Once you open your wallet, WATCH OUT! Here come the “upsells!”
Yes in order to get anything from the “scammer” requires an upsell to their precious software, or website, or the written lessons, etc, etc, to make any money possible.
Even after you buy all this, there usually is some form of assignment or obligation you must satisfy in order to start receiving payments in the mail.
Much of these assignments could be placing local newspaper ads, or printing documents, or buying supplies like software, equipment, etc that are necessary to fulfill a requirement.
I can tell you from my own experiences there has been absolutely NO ONE that has ever become rich by stuffing envelopes or from completing claim forms for a promoter.
I do know that you won’t hear about the costs until they have you foaming at the mouth to get your share of this “easy” money. But Beware!
Some clues to their scams are:
- Big dollars for simple tasks
- Request for up-front payments or
- They ask you to wire the money
- Job offers from total strangers before they know of your skill level
- High pressure to make your decision now
What You Can Do
Legitimate Home-Based promoters should show you in writing exactly what is involved with the product or service they are selling. There should be an easy understandable way for you to be paid. They should also be able to explain your options, such as:
- What are the exact tasks that will be required from you?
- How do you qualify for compensation, by salary, hourly wage, etc?
- Who will pay you?
- How much does the program you are joining/buying cost?
- Membership fees? Equipment?
- What is included, what is optional, what is extra, etc?
- How will you be compensated for the fees you must pay?
These are some sample questions that a legitimate promoter should be able to answer for you. If they can not, invite them to leave your property immediately!
It is also wise to be able to verify these answers whether by phone, Internet, or business address. You NEVER give them your personal information like Bank Account, SS#, or employer address.
Blue Coat Security has just released their 2015 report on the safest sites on the Internet and also the shadiest sites to avoid. You can read more about it here: Cyber Criminals.
Another area of scammers that prey on the emotions of others are the scam artists that are found very prevalent in the Online Dating Sites. Beware! A very good post on this type of scam artist can be found here: If Online Lover Seeks Cash, It’s a Scam
If you are answering an ad online I would recommend to take your time with a decision. If this promoter is legit, they will wait for you. But if this company contacts you from out of the blue, be very suspicious.
You can also look up the promoter by typing his name and company into a search engine with a word like review, complaints against, scam, etc, to get any current information that may be questionable.
If you are still interested in a legitimate work from home opportunity and you have a desire to help people and get paid for it, then you are in luck…
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What? Am I crazy? No I am not crazy or a liar.
The opportunity is REAL, But there is a catch. It does require work, This is not a hand-out or a government benefit you are applying for. It is a legitimate work from home job. You will be required to learn some techniques about online marketing, building a website, and keyword research in an University. Yes, you will go to school, but online only. But again this training starts for free.
Does this sound like a scam to you? You probably are asking yeah, right, what is the catch? Would you like to hear more? You see, I am not selling you anything.
How can I be a scammer if I am not trying to rip you off in some form or fashion? If you want to pay me I will gladly accept your payment, but it is not necessary. You see, I am here to help you, not take your money! The opportunity I am referring to is working from home to make money for YOU, not ME. If that is what you want, such as:
- Be your own boss
- Own your own business
- Have your own website
- Be an affiliate for major companies
- Work as much or as little as you wish because well, it’s your business
- Get access to lessons that teach you how to build a website, publish your content, get ranked in all the major search engines, learn keyword research, even get certification as a webmaster
ALL THIS FOR FREE! If you are still interested, simply click my link to your New Work From Home Job. I hope you have enjoyed my article and found it informative and accurate. If you would like to comment or add your suggestions then I invite you to leave a reply. I also request that if you know of someone who you think could benefit from this article, please by all means share it with them. I am here to help you, so if you need help, contact me.