WAH Scams

With the many work at home opportunities online, you need to be cautious when applying for any program or position that sounds ‘too good to be true’. While it’s easy to get caught up with the idea (or fantasy) that you can make tons of cash overnight, while you sleep, it’s not exactly a logical way of approaching your work at home job search and if you fail to use common sense, you’ll find yourself paying out hand over fist for bogus opportunities that lead nowhere.

Here are a few to keep away from:

Envelope Stuffing
This scam has evolved since the beginning of the Internet, and is still in circulation under many different names and titles. The idea is that you will be paid for each envelope you stuff with a flyer and mail off to a list of buyers or customers that has been offered to you by the processing company.

In reality, envelope stuffing works in a very different way, primarily by requiring that you recruit and sell the same information to your customers that you purchased from the company. You are only paid whenever one of these customers signs up for the same ‘envelope stuffing job offer’, essentially causing these programs to eventually collapse as they are created on the basic foundation of a pyramid scheme.

Ad Typing
With this job opportunity you are offered the ability to earn money for typing simple ads on classified websites. While these so called companies often dress up this scheme to reflect the high paying, lucrative and ‘easy’ side of things, in reality, you are once again recruiting customers and potential prospects that in turn, will join the company as an ad typist as well. You are not paid for each ad you type but rather for each paid referral you generate.

Rebate Processing
The idea behind this is that you are told that in order to earn money, all you need to do is perform data entry or to send out rebates to existing customers. Once a work at home job seeker signs up, and pays the $70-$100 “set up fee”, they are given nothing more than an affiliate marketing guide and told to sell products from marketplaces like ClickBank.com, offering customers a rebate for each purchase they make through your affiliate link.

The problem with this is that sites like ClickBank clearly do not permit rebates to be offered, putting your account and any outstanding balance you may have earned, at risk of being withheld.

There are dozens of other schemes set up to lure you in with the promise of stable work and steady pay. The job descriptions often indicate that no previous experience is required and no selling is involved. It’s important to keep in mind that any legitimate work at home / telecommuting employer will not ask you to pay for a job, nor will they require that you solicit business or recruit new customers into the same cycle.

To avoid these scams, focus your search on reputable job directories and database services such as:

http://www.Monster.com
http://www.eLance.com
http://www.Bizreef.ca
http://www.Project4Hire.com
http://www.WAHM.com

Work At Home Scams

When looking for a work at home job, or an online business opportunity, there are things to clearly watch out for. For every legitimate work at home offer, there’s two cleverly disguised scams just waiting to lure you in with claims of instant success, overnight cash and wealth beyond the scope of our imaginations.

So, what can you do to avoid scams and detect when something just isn’t right? Here are a few tips to help you determine if the offer is a valid one, or is something you should avoid:

1) Outrageous Claims & Loads Of Hype

Sure, there are a few legitimate offers that over-do it on the hype, but for the most part, scams tend to portray their offers are incredible opportunities to generate wild amounts of money in a very short amount of time. The old saying ‘if it sounds too good to be true’, definitely applies in regards to work at home and online opportunities. Use common sense when choosing what programs to sign up for, and remember that nothing comes easy.. every online business opportunity will require effort (and time) on your part.

2) No Experience Required

This goes hand in hand with the outrageous claim flag above. If an offer indicates that no experience is required, that you can do it in your “PJ’s”, and that no resume or application is necessary, odds are it isn’t a legitimate work at home job offer. For online businesses, there are many that do not require previous experience, but every realistic venture will come with a learning curve, so be prepared.

3) Incredible Pay Rates

I know how tempting it is to accept a work at home opportunity where the pay offered is higher than industry standard, and depending on your experience, skillset and what industry you are involved in, you just may be fortunate enough to find a lucrative, higher-than-average offer from a legitimate source. However, for the most part if a work at home offer is showcasing unbelievable payout rates, (think “Make $7,000 a week in your spare time typing ads!”), it might be a good idea to take a minute out to investigate the company by browsing public forums and search engines to determine what information you can find out prior to completing assignments or accepting projects.

4) Vague Job Description

Any legitimate work at home offer will be clear, direct and thorough with what the job entails as well as what is expected of you, after all, they are going to pay you for specific duties and tasks and will want to make an effort to ensure that you are equipped to handle the job and that you are clear on what is required. If a work at home job ad is vague, leaving out important details, or appears to be exceptionally generic in nature, odds are it isn’t a legitimate position.

5) Mysterious Recruiting

If you receive a work at home job offer in your inbox and are unaware as to where it came from, or do not recognize the sender, be careful responding to the offer. Questionable work at home opportunities often resort to spam as a way of throwing out a wide net in the hope of capturing the attention of those who may be looking to make money online, and with such a large number of people seeking online employment on any given day, it’s easy to see how effective spamming innocent bystanders may be, so be cautious when receiving unsolicited job offers.

Quick Note:

It’s very important to differentiate a work at home job offer from an online business opportunity. Work at home job offers are positions you are offered by telecommuting based companies, or projects and assignments offered to you on a freelance basis. You should never have to pay for a work at home job of any kind.

With business opportunities, there is often a start up cost, whether it be in software, development fees, programming/outsourcing, hosting, or training and coaching, you should still be cautious with what you decide to pursue and take the time to review the terms, guidelines and “small print” of any business opportunity that is offered to you.

You should also make an effort to check the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to evaluate whether a business is in good standing and established prior to purchase. The Rip Off Report, while unmonitored can provide insight as to what the public thinks of specific opportunities and the people behind them, so it’s well worth a visit.

Resources: http://www.RipOffReport.com | http://www.BBB.org