Women’s Day article, Top 10 Work-at-Home Scams, Audri G. Lanford of ScamBusters.org lists Work-at-Home opportunities you should stay away from.
Below is an excerpt from Landford’s article: Read Full Article
1. “Make Money at Home Stuffing Envelopes!” This classic has been around since the 1920s. You pay to learn how to get started with your business, and what you get is a photocopy of the same ad you read, with instructions to make copies of it to snag other unsuspecting souls.
2. “This Really Works!” You receive this as a chain letter, then send the email you received along with money to the top names on the list, adding your name to the bottom. You’re guaranteed to be a millionaire, say the scammers. The only problems: The money never comes—and chain letters like these are illegal.
3. “Financial Freedom Working at Home!” This is trying to pull you into a pyramid-type business where you pay upfront fees for an “opportunity.” And that opportunity turns out to be selling the same “opportunity” to others. One way to tell the difference between this kind of scheme and a trustworthy, reliable venture is the method by which you are solicited. Scam pyramid schemes mostly arrive from strangers in unsolicited emails; legitimate offers come from people you know.
4. “Typing at Home.” This is so common and so old. You pay to get “more information,” which is a sheet of paper that tells you how to make copies of it and then place home typist ads selling the same information to other suckers. You might see these ads on websites, as pop-up ads or in the back of tabloid publications.
5. “Turn Your Computer into a Money-Making Machine!” As in #4, you get ridiculous information that you’re supposed to sell to others.