Avoiding Work at Home Scams

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It's a fact, finding a legitimate work at home job is tough - but not impossible. Scams are everywhere and innocent people get scammed every day. This slide show contains 12 solid tips for avoiding …

It's a fact, finding a legitimate work at home job is tough - but not impossible. Scams are everywhere and innocent people get scammed every day. This slide show contains 12 solid tips for avoiding work at home scams and information on 7 common scams that you should look out for.

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  • 1. Avoiding Work at Home Scams PRESENTED BY GRASPITMARKETING.COM
  • 2. Tip #1: Never Pay to Get a JobWhile you may have to paya start up fee to join abusiness opportunity, youshould never have to pay togain employment.If you are asked for moneyto get a job, walk away.
  • 3. Tip #2: Beware of Income Claims Outrageous income claims are a red flag. No one can promise you specific earnings and high earning results are rarely typical. Stay safe and avoid companies that promise you’ll make a ton of money.
  • 4. Tip #3: Delete Unsolicited EmailsIf you receive an email that you didn’t request and itincludes information about an earning opportunity,delete it.Scammers frequently use spam to find their victims.
  • 5. Tip #4: Strange Emails from FriendsOn the other hand, if youreceive an email from afriend about an earningopportunity, make surethey actually sent it.Scammers often use emailaddresses to make youthink a friend is sendingthem.
  • 6. Tip #5: Don’t Dial 1-900 Numbers Beware of opportunities that ask you to call a 1-900 number. You could be in for some astronomic phone bill charges. And never give your credit card number on a 1-800 call.
  • 7. Tip #6: Fully Research the Company If you are going to take a telecommuting job or join a business opportunity, thoroughly research the company first. Ask questions, check the BBB, talk to others who work for the company and more.
  • 8. Tip #7: Legit Job Sites aren’t Immune Even if you’re using a legitimate job site like Monster or Career Builder, realize they are not immune to scammers. Always do your homework.
  • 9. Tip #8: Don’t Give Out Personal InfoAvoid giving our your SSN,driver’s license or othersensitive information whenapplying for jobs.If someone is asking foryour personal info, ask whyand do your due diligencefirst.
  • 10. Tip #9: Understand Pyramid SchemesPeople often mistake Multi-Level Marketing for PyramidSchemes, but they are notnecessarily the same thing.A pyramid scheme is wherepeople earn money byrecruiting others and thereis no real product for sale.They are illegal.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_scheme
  • 11. Tip #10: Understand Ponzi Schemes Ponzis are marketed as investment opportunities with high payouts. However, the payouts are made to earlier members by the contributions of later members and funds will eventually run out. They are also illegal.Reference:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzi_scheme
  • 12. Tip #11: If It’s Too Good to Be True…When it comes to anymoney-making opportunity,the old adage rings true.If it’s too good to be true, itprobably isn’t. Don’t wasteyour time or hard-earnedmoney.
  • 13. Tip #12: Desperation Attracts ScammersTimes are tough. If you areout of work and are in greatneed of money, don’tadvertise this online or topeople trying to share anopportunity.Scammers feed offdesperation and by showingyours, you ask them totarget you.
  • 14. Tip #13: Ignorance is Not a Legal Excuse Many people think that if they don’t know it’s a scam, they won’t get in trouble. However, by ignoring red flags about an opportunity you’re involved with means you’re just as guilty in the eyes of the law as anyone else.
  • 15. Common Scam: Mystery ShoppingMystery Shopping is a legitimate business, but thereare scammers taking advantage every day.Scammers send fraudulent cheques by mail and askyou to mystery shop money wire transfer businesses(which sends a certain amount of the cheque back tothe scammer).Your bank will hold you liable for the entire amountof the fraudulent cheque.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_shopping
  • 16. Common Scam: Reshipping PackagesIn this one, the company asks you to repackage andship packages for them.The problem is, they are usually goods purchasedusing a stolen credit card, so essentially you areshopping stolen goods.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_mule
  • 17. Common Scam: Auto-Surf ProgramsAuto-surf programs that are promoted asinvestment opportunities that pay you for viewingwebsites (i.e. “surfing” the web) are ones you shouldstay away from. These programs promise you anunusually high return on your investment, puttingthem in the “too good to be true” category.These types of opportunities are Ponzi schemesbecause they use the investments made by newmembers to pay the promised returns to oldermembers.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autosurf
  • 18. Common Scam: Craft AssemblyYou may see an opportunity to put together productsor crafts for a Craft and other assembly. Thesecompanies will ask you to assemble items like craftsor jewellery and ship them back, only to reject them.The company not only refuses to pay you for yourwork, but you are also out the money you paid forsupplies and shipping.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work-at-home_scheme
  • 19. Common Scam: Modern “Chain Letter”You don’t see the chain letter scam where you sendmoney to a few people and get a certain amount ofmoney back as much anymore.That’s because scammers have evolved to the onlineworld. Now you post online ads telling people canmake money by sending you money. Then they areshown how to post ads to make money and themodern-day pyramid scheme continues.References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_letter andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work-at-home_scheme
  • 20. Common Scam: 419 ScamBy now, most of us have heard of the Nigerian or419 Scam, but still so many people fall for it everysingle day.The story is usually a persecuted wealthy foreignerwho needs to get their money out of the countryand they need your help. People get roped into thepromise of riches by parting with money they oftendon’t have themselves.Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam
  • 21. Common Scam: Foreign Craigslist BuyerIf you are selling an item online and someone tells youthey want to buy, but they’re out of town, approach withcaution.The scammers will tell you will send you extra money topay a shipping agent. You pay the agent, send theproduct and then you find out the funds were fraudulentand you’re on the hook.They may also tell you that they have sent the funds byPayPal. You receive an email that looks like it’s fromPaypal, stating the funds are being held until the item isshipped. The email is fake and PayPal never holds fundsuntil they are shipped. It’s a scam.
  • 22. Again, and Say it with Me…If it’s too good to betrue, it is.Just walk away.Something betterand legitimate willcome along.
  • 23. Ready for Legitimate Work from Home?For more marketing help and advice, visitus http://graspitmarketing.comOr Follow us on athttp://twitter.com/graspitmktg