To look at some of the advertisements for work at home jobs you see around the Internet, they look like they are going to let you make money hand over fist. Is it possible though that these money making ideas are too good to be true? Can you really make thousands of dollars every month with no skills and almost no investment needed? Let’s look at how these operate and try to see if they sound suspicious.
One of the most popular ones is a video advertisement of a good-looking woman who claims to be a stay-at-home mom and who says that with no more than an hour invested each day working at her stay-at-home job, she can easily make $10,000 a month. What does she do to make this money, you ask? According to her, she posts links for the popular search engines, nothing more. All they ask of you to place wonderful work-at-home jobs like this in your lap are a few dollars for an information kit that they send you. So is this a scam? Yes, but not because they ask you for money for the kit. That’s usually very modest. In the course of placing an order for the kit, somewhere along the the pages of printed agreements that you casually click on, is buried a little statement that says you authorize them to charge your credit card every month for some useless product or the other. And it can be impossible to cancel that regular charge. It doesn’t matter what kind of work-at-home jobs they have in mind for you – paid surveys, data entry jobs or secret information on how to obtain a government grant – all they are after is your credit card number so that they can charge it every month. Usually, the only people who fall for these scams are poor elderly people.
So how do you know which are the genuine work-at-home jobs and which are the scams? If it seems that the work requires very little from you in return for generous pay, it’s probably a scam. What you can do to make sure it is aboveboard is, to contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if anyone’s been reporting the scheme that has your eye. One particularly well-known scam artist is the company known as Money Mastery. This company puts out repeated offers for all kinds of employment. All it’s ever after is your credit card number so it can charge it and keep charging it.
As a general rule, any kind of job that involves coupon programs, envelope stuffing, clicking on links on the Internet, package forwarding and so on, turn out to be scams. Never pay anything for work-at-home jobs even if the price they charge is pretty modest – they are after your credit card number so that they can keep charging you. If their contact information doesn’t seem rock solid, that’s a pretty good sign too.