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How to Avoid Work-at-Home Scams


Working from home is the ideal job for a military spouse. Unfortunately, there are many work-at-home scams out there designed to take your money. Avoiding these scams will save you time, money, and frustration and allow you to focus on a better opportunity. Here are some tips:

  • If the job sounds too good to be true it probably is. “Earn a thousand dollars a day working from the comfort of your own home.” Does this sound logical? Why would any of us still have cars? We would all be working for this company. Also, in the too good to be true categories are scams that promise money without work such as: “Earn $50.00 dollars an hour watching TV!” Again this job sounds too good to be true.
  • Avoid any "job offer" that requires you to pay for anything. There are lots of “craft kit” and “mail stuffing” schemes that require you to buy something to work. This is a scammer’s form of marketing, not a legitimate business.
  • Check out the company. Know whom you are dealing with. For example, if your friend is making good money selling cosmetics for Mary Kay, you have access to lots of reference materials. First, you have a direct referral from your friend. Second, Mary Kay is a legitimate business and you can find information about them online and from the Better Business Bureau. Look for a physical address, real phone numbers and be wary of companies using free web hosting services such as Geocities and Tripod or free email such as Hotmail or Yahoo.
  • Avoid any jobs that come to you through spam email or that are posted on the side of the road. Always be aware of the source of the job posting. Also be critical of classified ads in the local newspaper or posted on a job board. Employers with real jobs want the best employees they can find and most of them are willing to invest a little time and money into locating good employees.
  • Research the salaries in the field of work you are interested in. It’s difficult to spot a scam without knowing what the average pay is. Ask friends you know that work from home who they work for, how they got their jobs and how much they get paid. These types of leads are your best bet for finding a good paying work-at-home job.
  • Avoid vague job postings. For example, should you see a post looking for someone to review and critique accordion competitions once a month for their newsletter, there is a good chance this is a real work-at-home job.

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