Avoiding Work at Home Scams: What You Need to Know!
Working from home provides many benefits to people who either cannot work in a traditional job setting or who want to become self-employed. The problem that many people face when first starting out is avoiding work at home scams. You will find plenty of them on the Internet. Read this article to learn how to avoid becoming the victim of a wahm scam.
The best way to avoid a work at home scam is to research the company before you give them any information about yourself or spend any money up front. There are many unscrupulous scam artists out there who prey on unsuspecting people who are desperate to earn a living online. Never pay any money up front without researching these companies first. Otherwise, you risk losing a lot of money without gaining anything in return.
First, look for the company’s contact information on their website. Do they have a legitimate address and contact information? If they don’t, then consider this a red flag and move on. Also check out how long they have been in business; Their About Us page should give you this information.
Ignore the testimonials on the company’s website because online businesses often solicit glowing testimonials from other business owners in their field to boost sales. That’s not always the case, but this tactic is widely used in the Internet Marketing industry. Instead, perform a Google search for “insert company name scam” or “company name reviews.” You will find out what others have to say about their dealings with this company. Also look up the business owner’s name to see what kind of reputation he/she has.
Pay attention to what the reviewers say. Are their reviews pumped full of hype and promises? Do their articles contain images that promote wealth? Check to see whether they provide a link back to the company’s site. More often than not, this is an affiliate link, which earns a commission for the reviewer if you sign up under their link.
The best reviews offer both positive and negative feedback. These reviews may also contain an affiliate link, but their testimony will help you make an informed decision. After you read enough reviews online, you will gain a general feeling about this company and how they treat their customers.
That said, you may still have some questions. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to contact the company directly. Call them or send them an email. Note how well they respond to your questions. If you’re sending an email, note how long it took for them to send a reply.
Common Work at Home Scams
Envelope Stuffing. Envelope stuffing is one of the top wahm scams on the Internet. These companies con you into paying for their advertising by sending the same ad out to unsuspecting people who also get conned.
Email Processors. Email Processing is the same thing as envelope stuffing, only you do it electronically. You will get conned out of $5-30 for an “information kit” that teaches you how to scam other people.
Data Entry. Beware of any company that charges you a fee, unless they are a proven reputable business.
Craft and Electronic Assembly. Legitimate wahm jobs in this field are hard to find. The scammers will require you to pay them between $10 and $200 for a “test kit.” After you send them the money, they will send you this kit and refuse to pay you for the assembly work.
Other wahm scams includes membership sites, business opportunity ebooks, and info-products (packages that contain ebooks, printed materials, and videos), which can be low quality and cost a high price.
Avoiding work at home scams takes some patience and due diligence. However, if you follow these tips, you will lessen your chances of becoming a victim of fraud.
written by: DWoehr
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