How to stay safe from work from home scams
|Perhaps the best known scam which is largely unmodified decades after it first appeared is the `stuff envelopes from home` scam wherein you are allegedly paid a goodly sum for simply putting advertising material into envelopes. This is a pyramid scheme and requires that you place fraudulent ads, not actually stuff envelopes. You can be prosecuted for fraud with this scheme. Avoid at all costs.|
Home assembly kits are another favourite. Here you allegedly buy a kit for Â£x, assemble it and the seller guarantees to buy it back at Â£y. Actually you will be left out of pocket because having assembled whatever you were asked to assemble, you will be told it is sub-standard and your money will not be returned for the kit.
There are endless scam emails online, many of them incredibly convincing. If you don`t know the sender personally and recognise their email address, don`t click on any links, open anything or reply to anything. Just delete it. You will not have missed out on anything.
| Perhaps the worst of these are the foreign scams wherein a heart rending story of illness and death is followed by I’ve got £xx million I need to transfer and a whole lot of convincing reasons as to why they need your help and why you`ll end up wealthy from the transaction. |
All are fraud. All are illegal.
The only place you will end up is out of pocket and quite possibly in jail.
|Be deeply wary of anything which demands money upfront, or indeed money at all unless it is a registered franchise. You also can`t make enough money to live completing surveys and using similar schemes such as mystery shopping agencies. These will pay you, but not enough to live on.|
Finally beware of any scheme that requires repeatedly clicking on anything. Chances are that the scheme provider is abusing some form of advertising or pay-per-click scheme and you will end up in hot water.
Choose Real Opportunities
Working from home takes genuine commitment and hard work. So, if you`re great with kids consider child minding or parties or if you`re good with computers go for something like a UK Affiliate Marketing Program. Its a big world out there and despite the current gloom, there are a lot of opportunities.
Why not take a look at our page giving hints and tips on working from home.
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