Scammers on the prowl for unemployed

Posted on: January 6, 2011

In these tough economic times with unemployment near 10%, there are low-life scammers out there promising you work-from-home scams that can pay you $3,000 to $5,000 per month. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true: it’s a scam.

One of the work-from-home scams asks you to pay an upfront fee and a monthly fee. I can see paying an upfront fee but why would you pay a monthly fee for working-from- home? When you pay the upfront fee you are supposed to receive the materials that you need to do the work. However, in many cases nothing shows up in the mail and you are out of the upfront money.

Number one rule is never pay money upfront for a job like this. Number 2 never give them your credit card number so they can take monthly fees.

Here are some other tips from the Better Business Bureau –

• First, always check out any offers with the BBB first. Most work-at-home offers have F ratings and several complaints.

• Be wary of any offer that requires an up-front fee. Also read the fine print before you sign up.

• Don’t respond to any such offer that involves wiring funds, especially to a foreign location.

• Don’t feel assured by any kind of money-back guarantee.  BBB complaints nationwide indicate you will likely never get your money back.

• Finally, don’t ever give your credit card number or identifying information over the phone to someone you didn’t call and check up on yourself.


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