Beware of Work at Home Fraud Especially in Difficult Times
As long as there have been genuine work at home opportunities there have also been work at home scams Why is it that suddenly so many more people are being taken by themAs long as there have been genuine work at home opportunities there have also been work at home scams. Why is it that suddenly so many more people are being taken by them? It would seem that the blame might fall to a depressed global economy.
In short, people are desperate. When people get desperate they tend to do things they otherwise would not. Many people are losing their jobs, or fearing the loss of their jobs. Finding replacement employment may be hard because most employers are reducing rather than expanding their workforce. Yet those people still have to earn a living.
When faced with these potentially difficult times people begin looking for alternative income streams. If you lose your job and cannot find another or you fear losing your job and want to build a secondary income stream as insurance in case that happens, then you may find yourself looking into at home work.
These are the people who are the most vulnerable, and who, when they see an advertisement claiming the potential to make hundreds of dollars a day are most likely to believe or at least hope it is true. It doesn''t make them gullible, or to blame ? it just makes them the latest victim of these unscrupulous scam artists. However, you can protect yourself from these scams, and help others by talking to friends who may mention these schemes.
There are some simple rules to be followed when looking to find legitimate work at home opportunities and they start with the clich?, ?If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.?
The majority of real work at home opportunities involves real work. They either involve working for a company at a normal hourly or per item rate or else you are working to build your own business. Either way the amount you are paid is likely to be relative to the amount of work you do. There are no miracles or instant millionaires, and anything that suggests otherwise is likely to be a scam.
The next major warning sign is being asked for money. It isn''t normal to have to pay a fee to secure a job in a local business and any fees required to begin a work at home position is likely to be a scam. The exception to this rule would be paying for training, or the purchasing of materials for your own business. Yet it is unfortunately common for people who are already struggling for money to hand over fees for a scam and never see a return on it, thus making their financial situation even more difficult.
When looking for at home work you should expect to see a process similar to that of a traditional employer. There should be an application process, some kind of interview or screening and potentially a training period before you begin work. Whatever company you are interested in working for may give you further indications as to whether or not they are a legitimate company. If you have red flags you should investigate the company further before inking any deal.
These rough economic times are hurting many people, but there is no reason for work at home scam to further the misery for people who are desperately in need of a new income stream. These common sense measures coupled with some research should help provide protection from these opportunistic scammers.