Work at Home Scams

Work at home ads appear everywhere - on streetlights, telephone poles, newspapers and the Internet.

You may find these ads appealing. However, it is important to treat these ads with caution.

Not all work-at-home schemes deliver on their promises.

Many ads do not disclose all the costs you will have to pay. Other work-at-home schemes require you to spend your own money to place newspaper ads, make photocopies, buy envelopes, paper, stamps, and other supplies or equipment you need to do the job.

The companies sponsoring the ads may demand that you pay for instructions or "tutorial" software.

Consumers deceived by these ads have lost thousands of dollars, in addition to their time and energy.

Typical Work at Home Scams

  • Medical billing; Beware of ads for pre-packaged businesses - known as billing centres. These are nothing more than a sales pitch.

  • Envelope stuffing; Promoters of envelope stuffing usually advertise that, for a "small" fee, they will tell you how to earn money stuffing envelopes at home. Later, you find out that the promoter never had any employment to offer.

    For your fee, you may 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 will earn money is if people respond to your work-at-home ad.

  • Assembly or craftwork; These programs require you to invest hundreds of dollars in equipment or supplies.

    They may also require you to spend many hours producing goods for a company that has promised to buy them.

    After you have purchased the supplies or equipment and performed the work, fraudulent operators do not pay you and claim your work did not meet "quality standards."

    However, no work is ever "up to standard," That leaves you with expensive equipment and supplies - and no income.

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