Common Work At Home Scams To Avoid
By Mark Nelson
There are many legitimate work-at-home opportunities out there but there are even more work-at-home scams. These scams promise to make you rich overnight but deliver only empty promises and disappointment. The internet has provided millions of people a great way to earn a living from the comfort of their own homes, but it has also given the scammer a powerful tool to take advantage of the uninformed job seeker.
1. Data Entry Jobs:
Perhaps the biggest online scam of them all. The victim is lead to believe that there are hundreds of companies out there who need people to type their ads for them. Victims are told that they can make $1000′s per day just typing up certain ads with a list of provided keywords.
Well, you will be typing data, alright. And if you get paid, it’ll be from people that you yourself have scammed into the program. You see, when they say that you will be typing ads, you absolutely will. You will be typing ads to be placed on Google or Yahoo which promise other people the same pipe-dream that you fell for. So, in order to make any money from this scam, you must become a scammer also.
Now, keep in mind that there are real opportunities with Google Adwords and Overture Ads (see our Pay-Per-Click page) but these opportunities do not show you how to scam people, but rather show you how to write effective ads and develop affiliate tools to market just about any product imaginable.
2. Envelope Stuffing:
Promoters usually advertise that, for a “small” fee, they will tell you how to earn money stuffing envelopes at home. Later – when it’s too late – you find out that the promoter never had any employment to offer.
Instead, for your fee, you’re likely to get a letter telling you to place the same “envelope stuffing” ad in newspapers or magazines, or to send the ad to friends and relatives. The only way you’ll earn money is if people respond to your work-at-home ad. With this scam, as with many others, the only way to succeed is to become a scammer yourself.
3. Processing Emails:
Envelope stuffing – gone electronic. Virtually the same deal as with envelope stuffing: the only money you will make will be if someone responds to the (scam) email that you send them, and purchases the “processing emails” program. The “processing emails” program will usually consist of a .pdf file which will contain some sample ads for you to run – along with other useless information.
This, in now way, should be confused with the opportunities on the Paid Emails [http://www.gatormoney.com/email.html] page on our site, which shows how you can earn money by reading emails – not processing them. Also, our email programs are 100% FREE to join.
4. At Home Assembly:
This has been a very successful scam because of many factors. First of all, it “sounds” legitimate: A company needs parts to sell and they want to pay you to assemble these products. It’s completely believable – and is an idea that many legitimate companies operate on as 1st. and 2nd. tier suppliers for other large companies. However, that’s where the similarities end. After you pony up the initial $100, $200, or even $500 dollars for your “Start-Up Supplies” and start assembling these parts, you soon find that none of the assembled parts you submit meet the company’s “Quality Standards” or some other such line of bull.
In fact, none of the parts you ever submit will ever meet the company’s “Quality Standards”. You could have these parts assembled by master craftsmen using precision equipment and none will ever pass. That’s the scam. There is no company waiting to buy your “assembled” products. The scam is to sell you a $25 box of parts for $100 – $500.
Here’s a list of Legitimate Work-At-Home Opportunities.
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