How to Avoid Work at Home Scams
Beware of Home Business Scams. Beware of Make Money Online Scams!
As you scan the internet looking for businesses to start, or search Google for 'Make Money Online Opportunities' you're going to find some great ones and some fishy ones! The problem is, it's hard sometimes to tell which offer is a scam and what's not a scam.
The most important thing you can learn is the phrase Buyer Beware.
The most common work-at-home scams I have come across are:
* Envelope stuffing
* Assembly work
* Claims processing
* Medical billing
* Collecting refunds
But there are different types of scams that have started thanks to the ever growing and ever changing internet, such as sudden emailed job opportunities for at home secretaries, managers and more. These types of scams are phishing for your personal information so that they can steal your identity.
The best way to approach any type of home business opportunity is with skepticism, and then do a little digging.
* Contact the Better Business Bureau, even if a company doesn't join the BBB, complaints can still be made about them. Go to the website and find out if any complaints have been filed about that particular company.
* Is the Pay Higher Than Average? Many times some of these scammers will claim you're going to make 100K a year as a customer service representative or some other title that doesn't make sense with the job offer.
* It's Just Too Good to Be True It's a common phrase because it's accurate. If any website, email, phone call, or mailer promises things that you just feel deep down inside cannot possibly be true, then you're likely right. Lesson I learn't was to go with my gut instinct.
* How Long Has Their Website Been Active? Go to their website. How does it look? Are there any claims you know right off the bat that aren't true? Do a whois search to find out how long the website has been around.
* Check Out Testimonials Do they have testimonials? If so, find the people who gave the testimonial to verify if they're actual people, and whether or not they still feel the same way. Usually people are happy to talk about something they love, and will gladly privately tell you about something they don't.
* Stalk Their Social Media. Can you find their social media accounts so that you can follow them for a while and get to know what type of activity happens on their social media? If you can't find them or their company, you should question whether or not it's a scam.
* Be Aware of Browser Hijacking. Anyone can accidentally download software without even realising it today. You'll try to go to a certain site, and it will force your browser to go to a different one. This is not the fault of the website owner, and can happen to anyone. That's why it's important to keep your virus and malware programs up-to-date. Use the software put out by your particular operating system. For example, if you use Windows, use Microsoft Security Essentials.
* Learn to Protect Yourself. Never give out personal information that can be used to steal your identity. If you have a business and are in the USA, get an EIN from the IRS. It's free and you don't have to have employees to get one. This number can be used instead of your social security number when you are asked for a number. Link to check out - https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/employer-id-numbers-eins.
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To Wrap Up
You don't have to fall victim to any work-at-home scam.
There is no such thing as not working and getting money. There is no easy road to riches. There always has to be activity required by you to make a living. It's not going to come just by sitting on the beach. If someone tells you that, they're scamming you.
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