By Paul F. Murray, Wealthy Affiliate member
People looking for legitimate work at home jobs are frequent targets for scammers. This is a shortened version of my other article relating to oft-used scams and how to spot them and tell the difference between real honest-to-goodness work at home options, and false hopes.
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Scam No. 1: Take your money and run.
People who operate these systems promise big rewards once you pay their video/training fee(s), which are often hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Once you have completed the “training” they offer, and which you have paid for, you find that their “can’t miss” system misses, and you cannot contact them to find out what you may be doing wrong, if anything. They don’t respond to emails, and if there is a phone number, all you can ever do is leave messages on voice mail, and nobody ever calls you back. Their pitched system just plain doesn’t work, but they don’t care. They are making their money off suckers who pay them registration fees.
Scam No. 2: Mining the miners
These are people who genuinely think they are helping others to make money. They may even have an email address and phone number that work. But they don’t have a job themselves to offer you. Their pitch is to sell you a guidebook, a training manual, a DVD, a webinar, an article or series of articles, whatever, that steers you toward other outfits which (presumably) are actually hiring writers, craft workers, customer service representatives, data entry workers, whatever. I’ve never made a dime off anyone’s guidebook or DVD. Some of the jobs listed in these guidebooks require payment of yet another fee in order to receive their work materials. I tried craft work for a long time, after paying a further fee, but my work was never good enough. A waste of money and hope. Other jobs listed require highly specific skills, e.g. survey work may be a popular item for at- home workers to look at, but the real money (not literally pennies) for completed surveys comes from qualifying to complete surveys which require targeted specific technical skills. For example, if you see a survey paying $150 asking for information about which prescription drug you would recommend versus another, and why, then you had better be a doctor or other healthcare professional, not a housewife, day laborer or minimum-wage earner looking to make extra money. And if you find an ad from a company in New York City wanting customer service reps, they’ll want somebody living in the NYC area, not Los Angeles or Miami or Peoria, etc.
Scam No. 3: Cash our check for our training materials
This is one of the very worst–don’t walk, simply run, fast and far away, from these people. If someone online says they will hire you for big money, but first you need training and you need to cash their [fraudulent] check to buy software or other materials and equipment from a third party–to whom you will send a money order after you’ve cashed the received check at an ATM machine–the odds are great that you are being taken. If you deposit, say, a $3,500 check at an ATM machine after receiving the check in the mail from a new “employer”, and your online “employer” tells you to quickly withdraw most of the money and send it to a third party address, then what will likely happen is this: you will withdraw e.g. $3,500 from your bank, you will send the money order to the address you have been told, then your “employer” will disappear forever, and you will owe your bank $3,500, and you will technically have robbed your bank if you cannot repay the money, and quickly. The real robbers, the scammers, will be untraceable. Dead giveaway: a check that is not drawn on the bank account of the company which your new “employer” claims to be from, and/or a letter from your new “employer” which is written on plain white paper, not company letterhead. At least, that’s what the police told me after someone tried unsuccessfully to pull this stunt/scam on me.
I would appreciate comments about these or other scams that people have experienced. I am trying to help people who are desperate for extra money to avoid the pitfalls that I experienced. Don’t waste hope and excitement on scammers. Legitimate money-making opportunities are out there. (See below.)
Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate work at home opportunity for the following reasons: (1) the monthly fee for Premium service is only $49 ($19 the first month to start); (2) you can get help from the owners, Kyle and Carson, as well as other WA community members, when you need it; and (3) people actually make money on WA. There are many success stories that you can read. You’re on safe ground with Wealthy Affiliate because they offer legitimate opportunities for anyone to make money.