It’s Monday. Don’t. Wanna. Go. To. Work. Can’t I just work from home? All of us who can’t afford to lose the income from our jobs have dreamed of this….And I’m sure all of us are aware of how completely full of scams that industry is….
Well….most of us.
Some of us??
According to Forbes.com many, many of us simply don’t. Or just lose all common sense in our desperation to get out of the 9-5 grind and spend more time at home with our families, or supplement an inadequate income when we’re physically unable to work outside the home….
And the fact that there are greedy, unscrupulous, soulless bastards out there taking advantage of that desperation really pisses me off. So, let’s educate ourselves and then spread the word shall we???
Fact: In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission received 8,192 complaints involving work-at-home-business opportunities, ditto for the previous year. The FTC estimates that only one in every 55 of those work-at-home opportunities was legitimate.
Here’s part of Forbes’ list of Work-at-Home scams to avoid:
The E-Commerce Con, where you pay an up-front, one time fee to have someone build and host a website featuring lots of household goodies for sale. Each time someone buys an item you get a cut of the profits. Sounds easy and LEGIT, right?? It’s not. The bastards offering you this awesome opportunity are long gone with your money before you can blink your eye.
Any letters, emails, correspondence of any kind originating in Nigeria. Unless you have relatives there, this is always a scam. And I’m sorry but your “fiance” that you met online from there but have never actually laid eyes on IS NOT A RELATIVE BUT IS IN FACT THE SCAMMER. I’ve seen this one first hand, as I used to work for a company that was a Western Union station. I have witnessed people send hundreds of dollars to Nigeria despite my warnings not to, despite the literature that Western Union printed to inform people of these scams. Sometimes desperation makes people lose their damn minds…
The Dial-A-Crook. You call a 1-900 number for “more information” on a gold-mine of an opportunity and while you’re on hold, you’re racking up usurious charges which the crooks split with the unwitting phone company.
Driver wanted. This has actually been advertised on Craigslist. Some Dude advertises that he needs a chauffeur for his Wife/Mom/Daughter. You’ll be sent a check or money gram which you are instructed to deposit and then immediately pull out a chunk of to cover “ancillary expenses” to be mailed back to the scammer….The check of course is no good. I’ve seen this one first hand too…It’s also how the Mystery Shopper scam works…
Data Entry. I’ve seen these in our local paper, and been tempted….The trap is set when the scammer offers access to lists of local companies looking to farm out basic work, such as typing a few lines of text into an electronic form over and over again to fulfill some sort of advertising campaign. The catch is the access fee you have to pay for lists that don’t exist….
And the list goes on and on: envelope stuffing, check cashing, re-shipping, yada yada yada….
Fact: If this great offer came by email it’s a scam. Period. Think about it, if you knew of an easy, guaranteed way to make money, would you be emailing strangers to tell them about it? Ditto for an ad posted on a telephone pole. The second clue is the following: “it works or double your money back” Money that you spend up front, want to take bets on how far you get trying to request your refund??
Find out the name and phone number of the company and check its reputation with the Better Business Bureau and your county and state consumer protection offices before plunking down any money.
I wish, with all my heart there was an easy way to make the money we need to live comfortably without leaving our homes. Just everybody promise me you’ll use your heads before falling for any of this kind of nonsense, please???
Grammy worries about her Peeps…