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Work-at-home scams flourish in a down economy

by Neal O'Farrell on August 16th, 2010

Maybe you’ve seen the ads too – web sites that look like real news sites speaking great things about a work-at-home program that can net you thousands of dollars a month doing very little and knowing very little.

Sounds like an obvious scam, but wait. It’s got a real news anchor claiming it’s the real deal, as they interview a real consumer, in your neighborhood, who claims that this very program changed their lives. And to top it all, there’s a banner across the top of the page that says “As seen on MSNBC, CNN, CBS” etc.

The web site looks so legitimate it’s very easy to get suckered. And sucker is the word. Many of these sites are nothing more than an attempt to sell you a useless guide to a very questionable money-making secret that probably won’t make you a dime.

Others are outright frauds, and a well-designed attempt to part you from either your personal information or you money.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently assembled a great list of the ten ways to spot these work-at-home scams, and here are just some of their useful tips:

• Watch out if they promise to pay you a lot of money for jobs that don’t seem to require much effort or skill.

• Be wary of requests to pay for something upfront, and especially by wire transfer.

• Be cautious if they don’t put anything in writing or don’t offer you a contract.

• A lack of hard information, like company background and physical address, should be a red flag too.

10 Ways to Spot Work at Home Scams

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