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Find a Legitimate Work At Home Job - Part 2

Find a Legitimate Work at Home Job

Make Money at Home!!!
The Internet is loaded with Work at Home job opportunities. But are they legitimate jobs? How can you tell? And finally, how do you find a legitimate Work at Home job?

How to Find a Legitimate Work at Home Job

1) If you find a Work at Home job that looks interesting, first type the company name in a search engine: work at home inc. See what you find. Then type the name of the company, with "scam" added and see what you get: work at home inc scam. If you get pages and pages of "scam" you need go no further.

2) Check out the Work at Home "company" with the Better Business Bureau, both in their home state and in your area. If they're not listed at all, be wary.

Where to Find a Legitimate Work at Home Job

3) Free Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities. The website RatRaceRebellion.com (by Staffcentrix - a training and development company that specializes in home-based careers) has a good reputation of having legitimate Work at Home job listings. Staffcentrix researchers screen about 5,000 work at home jobs leads every week, and state that there is a "54-to-1 scam ratio." So for every 55 work at home jobs, only 1 is legit. If you have an interest in a work at home job from this website, still check it out as I've outlined in number 1 and 2 above. Won't hurt.
Work at Home Job Opps Website

4) Join WAHM - Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms. Articles, leads, and a forum. There is a ton of useful information on this site to help you find a legitimate work at home job.
Work at Home Moms

Assessing the Work at Home Job Opportunity:

Is it a Work at Home Scam or is it Legitimate?

Below are some clues to help you decide whether an opportunity is a work at home scheme or an actual work at home job.

Search any search engine for "work at home jobs" and nearly 100% of the work at home job results are scams. You can easily spot these work at home schemes because they will promise big money for little work...no skills or experience necessary! How many times have you heard it... If it's too good to be true... Well?

Never pay for a work at home job. Companies that require a fee for information are invariably scams.

Will they send you a check or money order and ask you to send a portion of the money back or send money somewhere else as part of the job? This is always a scam!

If they request money for parts and equipment before you even know what the work is or who your customers will be, it's probably a scam. Same with money for start-up kits and certifications. These people may even charge your credit card for additional charges without your permission.

Watch out for work at home programs where you have to recruit a number of people before you get paid. Scam.

Work-At-Home & Business Opportunity Scams

Scam artists pitch their fraudulent "work at home" and business opportunity offerings everywhere they can...on the phone, through classified ads, websites, and yes, even TV infomercials.

If you're considering a work-at-home opportunity from any source, legitimate work-at-home companies should tell you in writing what is involved in whatever program they are selling.

Ask them to send you the following information:

  • The physical address of the company (may not exist)
  • Company contact phone number (The Company, not the telemarketer's number)
  • What tasks will you have to perform? (Ask them to list every step of the job.)
  • Will you be paid a salary or a commission?
  • Is there any recruiting involved? (Red Flag!)
  • Who will pay you?
  • When will you get your first paycheck?
  • What is the total cost of the work-at-home program?
      How much is for supplies and/or equipment?
      How much is for membership fees?
  • What exactly will you get for your money?

Just asking these questions may give you an inkling as to whether they are a legitimate work at home company or not due to their reaction. A legitimate company should be glad to answer your questions. Most likely you will not even receive an answer if they are not on the up-and-up.

Recognizing a Work At Home Job Scam:
COMMON SCAMS That have been around awhile...

Oh, man...is that enticing! You land on a "work at home" website chock full of testimonials, fake news releases, and littered with huge bold print sales pitches repeated over and over. Exclamation point city. Beware of these sites. This is the type of site famous for the Work at Home Free Trial CD, Starter Kits, or so-called Certifications.

The Work at Home Free Trial "How-to" CD Scam

You pay good money for someone to tell you to sell your crafts on eBay, or sell your old gold jewelry. Well, Duh... Sometimes you will sign up for a "so-called" free trial, and will be sent a CD. Maybe the CD tells you how to make money with Google AdSense or how to post classified ads selling your used stuff. Whoopee. But here's the kicker...after you have had the CD a few days, they start charging you for it, sometimes a whopping amount of money, and you can't stop it, and can't seem to send it back.

The Work at Home Twitter Scam

You're asked to promote a certain website. What you end up tweeting is a promotion for a website that is the scam. So you are, in essence, helping them perpetrate the scam on others.

The Work at Home Mystery Shopper Scam

You are to shop a store for a product then write a review of the product. You will receive a check from the "company" and are to deposit it in your bank, subtract the small amount spent for the product, and your commission, then wire back the leftover cash. The check they sent you is fradulent. Now you are out the money you spent and the money you wired back. On top of it all, you may now have a negative balance in your account and bouncing checks.

The Work at Home Envelope Stuffing Scam

"Would you stuff 80 envelopes to earn $1,400 per week?" Well, yeah, I would! Think again. For a "deposit" of $37, with no additional fees, they will provide all materials you need to earn money. What you actually get is a Home Mail Program sales pamphlet with instructions to publish your own ads, at your expense, and to sell the same pamphlet to other consumers. Basically telling you how to perpetrate the same scam on others.

The Make Money at Home Doing Medical Billing Scam

They are not offering you a job. They sell you the software at a hefty price and sometimes it doesn't work. Then you are to set up your own home-based business and pound the pavement to find the accounts (which is nearly impossible). Doctors don't have time for you, and the competition in this field is fierce. There are a couple of legitimate work at home medical billing companies but most are scams.

Here's a real dilly...
The Work at Home Re-shipper Scam

All you have to do is re-ship some goods for a company. Now, why in the world would a company need to re-ship their product? Well, it's a good chance they are moving stolen goods, and you are helping them cover their tracks. This is worse than a scam. It could put you in jail.

Additional Work At Home Warnings & Information

Other Work at Home schemes include Assembly Work, Craft Work, Rebate Processing, Online Searches, and whatever other new schemes the work at home scammers have come up with this week. During this economic down-turn, the work at home job scammers are coming out of the woodwork, full force. Read these and see if they are similar to any Work-at-Home "jobs" you are considering:

CNN: Work at Home Scam: How I Got Taken by a Work-at-Home Scam. Work-at-home-scams are on the rise, consumer watchdog groups say...

Work at Home Schemes: In light of the recent economic downturn, work-at-home schemes have skyrocketed...

Work at Home Scam Warnings: The BBB cautions consumers to be wary of work at home scams and their too good to be true deals...

Facts for Comsumers: Work at Home Schemes
When money’s tight, work-at-home opportunities can sound like just the thing to make ends meet. The con artists peddling work at home jobs may even charge your credit card without permission...

Work at Home Scams on the Internet: Fraudulent promoters use the classifieds and the Internet to tout all kinds of work-at-home offers, from medical billing and envelope stuffing to assembly and craft work...

Work at Home Medical Billing Scheme: Work-At-Home BizOpp Marketers who told consumers they could make substantial income processing medical claims from home have agreed to settle FTC charges that they misled consumers...

Twitter Money-Making Schemes: Through Tweets, e-mail and web sites, job hunters are being told that they can make lots of money from the comfort of home using Twitter...

Work at Home Rebate Processing Job Scams: Beware of opportunities to work from home simply by processing rebates...

Work at Home Envelope Stuffing Scams: FTC acts against scammers who marketed work at home envelope stuffing schemes...

Work at Home "Money-Making Secrets" Scam: Two brothers have agreed to settle FTC charges that they misled consumers with false earnings claims for their work-at-home "Money-Making Secrets" schemes involving free government grants, mystery shopping, online surveys, and data entry.

Mystery Shopping Scam: An operation that told consumers they could be hired as mystery shoppers and earn a substantial income...are facing Federal Trade Commission charges...

And a few "Regular Job" Scams you may come across on the Internet...

Craigslist Job Scam: A bogus employment opportunity scam has surfaced on Craigslist claiming to offer a job with the Better Business Bureau...

Modeling Job Scams: Whether you’re interested in a modeling career, just want to make a few extra bucks or you think your child might have a future in acting or modeling, be on the lookout for scammers...

Post Office Job Scam
The FTC has charged an employment-opportunity scammer and his companies with marketing a fraudulent U.S. Postal Service employment program...



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