6 Steps To Avoiding Work At Home Scams

Within the media framework that we have in today’s society we are constantly bombarded with ‘get rich quick’ schemes and wonderful work at home opportunities.

A great many of them make outrageous claims as to possible earnings, usually suggesting that they are, in fact, a scam.

So how can you separate the wheat from the chaff in order to find a work at home opportunity that is right for you, reliable and not one of the myriad of scams out there?



1. Check contact information

It goes without saying that scammers don’t want to be caught.

Therefore check out a company’s contact information.

A good sign is if you find a name, business address and telephone number.

Merely having a PO Box as a means of communication is asking for future trouble.

2. Are they a legally registered company?

Not all registered companies are bona fide, however, due to costs, it is unlikely a scammer would go to such lengths.

Check to see if the company is limited, public limited, a corporation, etc, as per the regulations in your country.

3. Check their payment system

Good old fashioned cheques are generally good (though open to other forms of scams), however, bank transfer is probably the best payment method.

For internet based payments a reputable payment processor such as PayPal will offer some piece of mind.

If the company wishes to use a service such as Western Union though then be careful as this is a scammer’s favourite payment processor.

4. Does their business model include a real, tangible product?

Whilst their are many internet marketers making good money from selling ebooks and similar, they are not for everyone.

Check that the company offers a real product.

If they don’t, or are vague about this, then it is almost certainly a pyramid scam – these quickly collapse and leave the average person at the bottom out of pocket.

5. Word of mouth

Use the search engines to directly look up the company and anything anyone may be saying about them.

Check out homeworking forums too.

If they are scammers then such forums, and sites like this one, are going to pick up on it quite quickly.

6. Are they offering too much?

If something seems to be too good to be true then the chances are that it is a scam.

Making money requires varying combinations of work, time and maybe money in the first place.

If you are being offered huge returns for a small amount of work then walk away.

Hopefully this short guide will have given you some pointers on to think about.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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