Work at Home Scams


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50cent
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Seniors and others struggling to make ends meet may fall prey to road signs, classified ads or mailings offering money for working at home. They are encouraged to pay several hundred dollars to obtain necessary materials so they can get started. The "work" may be stuffing envelopes with mailings inviting others to make money at home. Or it might involve painting or assembling simple items and then returning them for approval and payment. Approval and payment are seldom granted.

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Most of the popular scams include processing medical billing claims and stuffing envelopes -- too bad machines can do both of those tasks.

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I think the numbers for these types are on the increasing side, it seems many think they can get away with it. Even more are people in real need to work from home and have to fight through all the bad to find maybe one good place.

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Yes, sillyme - that happens to a lot of people. The key is to trust your instincts. If your gut feeling is that something is to good to be true, it generally is. Everyone needs to start trusting in their own judgment about such things.

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These scams play on your desperation to make two ends meet. I know because I have been caught a couple times by some that really neverr looked too right but because I never wanted an opportunity to escape me, I went against my best instincts.

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There are also opportunities like for medical transcription that actually works, it's just that there is such a huge amount of scams online that in some instances they completely overshadow the legitimate ones.

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Real work at home companies will not charge you a fee for "materials". There are many genuine at home jobs out there if you know where to look. Call center work is one that is popular but you need a dedicated line and a very quiet house during working hours. If you apply like a offline job and there is no fee, it is most likely a true work at home opportunity.

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I think classified ads and the mailing things are the once that get most in my area. It seems people never see the fine print or still live in the times where anyone can be trusted......sadly that is not the case anymore.

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I have yet to find a work from home job online that actually works. I have been robbed of a few hundred of dollars trying to find a work from home job to earn extra money.

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I thought I knew how these things worked and was savvy about them. I got scammed out of $10 several years ago when I sent some company $10 to get registered to do 'consumer reviews'. Never got a single assignment and nobody from the company ever answered my queries.

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Good advice T. for those seniors who may be surfing online looking for work. For those going the more traditional route and checking the classifieds in the local paper, check with your BBB to see if the companies are legit. Avoid those scams that require you to send the SASE! Those are sure fire scams.

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