The WAHM Scam

The rising number of people who telecommute, or who are self employed, shows that more and more individuals are finding ways of making money whilst staying at home, rather than rather than having to travel to a traditional place of employment.

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Work At Home Moms

Such a lifestyle is particularly appealing to moms who would much prefer to spend time at home with their children rather than being stuck in traffic or in an office.

Unfortunately, as you may have guessed, there are a large number of scams out to catch the unwary work at home mom.

The people behind these scams have devised and refined many ruses in order to try and trap unsuspecting moms who are looking for this type of work.

The Internet is the scammer’s preferred hunting ground as the medium offers cheap communication and anonymity

Work At Home Secrets

There are many websites that offer their visitors the ‘secrets’ to making work at home profits.

Are they for real?

Is it so simple that you can send someone $20 and they in return will give you a huge number of company names who will employ you just like that?

NO.

If such an offer sounds too good to be true… it probably is.

Unsolicited Mail

Many opportunities for work at home moms arrive unbidden in their email inboxes.

If you receive such unsolicited mail then consider whether a reputable company would engage in email spamming?

Obviously they wouldn’t – they have a reputation to uphold and won’t want to damage it by engaging in shady business practices.

Starter kits

There are also a large number of internet and other businesses that offer fantastic sounding opportunities, if only you buy their starter kit.

Even if you have zero knowledge in a particular field, they will tell you that you can make money.

Is this possible?

Of course not.

No starter kit is going to turn you into an overnight success in any field, regardless of what they may tell you. It is simply a scam designed to part you from your money.

Additionally, the starter kits are often just the beginning – there will be more requests for money afterwards, typically for course work and/or leads.

If you want to work at home then look for well-known and legitimate companies who offer a fair wage in return for doing a fair day’s work.

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.

Comments

  1. While exiting, remember it takes hard work.

    – Avoid any offer that promises you’ll make a lot of money for very little work.
    – Don’t rely on a money-back guarantee. Con artists rarely give money back.
    – Be wary of testimonials or endorsements.
    – See if the Better Business Bureau has a Reliability Report on the company.
    – Never give a credit card, debit card or checking account number to any person or company that promises employment. If they wantyou to pay them it’s a scam!
    – Keep a positive attitude. You are likely to fail a few times before you learn the ropes.

    A comprehensive list can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WorkTipsOnline

    • “Never give a credit card, debit card or checking account number to any person or company that promises employment. If they wantyou to pay them it’s a scam!”

      I wish people would heed that advice, I’ve seen too many people pay fees upfront to gain work, only to find it didn’t pay.

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