Work from home scams: Part 2

Some work-from-home opportunities are legitimate, but many are looking to scam people out of time and money. Asking questions and doing research can help you avoid becoming a victim of fraudulent activities.

Work from home scams: Part 2

Some work-from-home opportunities are legitimate, but fraudulent work-from-home opportunities are one of the most prevalent scams today . Before committing to any work-from-home agreement, you must do your research.

A consumer who is thinking about working from home should first examine their own talents and plan to capitalize on their skills. They should also research different professions. For example, many realtors, graphic designers and computer programmers work from home.

Before signing any agreement to work from home, Michigan State University Extension suggests you ask the following questions (via the Federal Trade Commission):

  • What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)
  • Will I be paid a salary or will I be paid on commission?
  • What is the basis for your claims about my likely earnings? Do you survey everyone who purchased the program? What documents can you show me to prove your claims are true before I give you any money?
  • Who will pay me?
  • When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the total cost of this work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees? What will I get for my money?

Other actions to take are:

  • Contact the state Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, and the local consumer protection agency to see if there are any complaints against the company
  • Perform a search on  a computer using the company’s name or other company information to check on complaints

Remember that a company that has no complaints may have operated, previously, under a different name.

Consumers who are victimized by fraudulent activities should file complaints against the responsible parties. MSU Extension urges consumers to contact the Federal Trade Commission, your state’s Attorney General, the Better Business Bureau, or the US Postal Service to file any complaints.

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