In the digital age, work at home opportunities are on the rise. Unfortunately, so are work from home scams. Mums looking to earn a living or supplement their income from home often fall victim to these cons – raw deals that can jeopardise a family’s financial security, reputation and personal safety. Spotting and avoiding scams isn’t very hard, though. You just need to know the warning signs. Here are five major red flags.
Work at Home Scams: How to Spot and Avoid Them
Red Flag #1: Big Claims
If the company advertising is making large claims (e.g., “Earn $10,000 p/w in 30 minutes a day!), there is a good chance that it is a scam – especially if they are promising instant results. At the bottom of the ad, you may notice the words “Results Not Typical”. Beware. Opportunities like these often require that you purchase a kit, which you pay for upfront. This kit will tell you everything that you need to know to be a ‘high roller’. The catch? These ‘jobs’ do not pay nearly enough for the time and effort that you invest – if they pay at all.
Red Flag #2: Purchase Involved
If a purchase is required for you to learn the secrets of how to earn money from home, you could be looking at a scam. Everyone wants to know how to get rich quickly and with little effort. Scam artists know this. They study this. They feed on your hopes. Before you know it, you have paid $500 for a kit that never arrives. When you go to report the problem, SURPRISE, the company has vanished or does not respond. In most cases, legitimate companies will not charge you to work with them or for them. Instead, they will pay you!
Red Flag #3: The Advance Fee
You are contacted out of the blue for a job. The ‘employer’ sends you a cheque. When it arrives, it’s for far more than what you had agreed upon. The scammer then tells you to deposit it and send the leftover amount to person X at X address. Report this to the police! This is a common work at home scam that mothers fall prey to. Either the cheque cannot go through or it bounces. Not only are you left with overdraft fees, but you also lose the money that you forwarded. And that’s if the cheque isn’t one that was stolen or counterfeited.
Red Flag #4: Repackage This!
The job seems ideal. All that you have to do is repackage some items that are sent to you and ship them off. Usually, this involves packaging electronic goods in a particular way. Sometimes, there may be assembly involved. What’s the harm in this? It is possible that those electronic goods are stolen or that an individual who has stolen credit card numbers is using you as the intermediate. That means that if the reshipping scam blows up, you can be implicated as an accomplice. Do yourself a BIG favour and avoid this scam!
Red Flag #5: No References
You start talking to a company about the possibility of working for them. You ask about people that you can talk to who have worked with them in the past. Suddenly, the conversation stalls. Excuses are provided for why this information cannot be provided. Be wary of this situation. There’s likely a very good reason why they don’t want you to have this info. If references are provided and the referees go on about how easy it is to make $100,000 a year following the company’s 5 easy steps, you may want to take a step back.
Tips on Avoiding Work from Home Scams
A good way to avoid work at home scams is to pursue reputable companies and opportunities. Do you know someone who has worked with them? Was he or she successful? Do some homework. Ask a lot of questions. The company should be able to provide references. Note that most legitimate businesses that employ work from home mums do not advertise widely and loudly. They do not charge upfront, and they do not overpromise. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
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