The dishonest people are becoming more clever every day, and Internet fraud is just unbelievable. There are now more scams, especially on the Internet, than ever before.
In fact, the anonymous nature of the Internet makes it easier to scam than with any other method.
The reason for this is easy to understand...we almost never see the person we are dealing with face-to-face, making it impossible to truly know the identity or mind-set of the person behind the email address.
After all the years I have been publishing At-HomeWorks.com, I am still truly amazed at the number of individuals who make it their "job" to discover new ways to steal from other people!
Please don't be another statistic...you are ultimately responsible for YOUR safety online! At the minimum, you should make a visit to the Better Business Bureau Online, and check out what information they have on any business, including Website addresses (Example: www.at-homeworks.com) before getting involved.
Even if the business is not a paying member of the BBB, they STILL have information on that business. You'll be looking for a pattern of "Unresolved Customer Disputes", or "Unanswered Disputes", which can indicate serious problems.
Bear in mind that the size of the business, nature of the business, and the amount of time they have operated should be considered. In other words, the larger the company, and the longer period of time they've been in business, the more customer complaints they are likely to have.
Also to be considered is the fact that the Better Business Bureau gives a company a certain amount of time to respond to a complaint (usually just ten days from the date of mailing the unregistered letter from the BBB).
If a business doesn't receive the notice of complaint, produce a written response, and mail it back to the BBB within the time frame, the BBB can then place an "Unresolved" or "Unanswered" notice on their file.
Here's a good example of what I mean when I talk about the size of a company, and the length of time they've been in business: go to the BBB Online, and search for business names we are all familiar with such as Wal-Mart, Sears, BestBuy, etc, and prepare to be AMAZED at the number of customer complaints that have been unanswered or unresolved!!!
However, keep in mind the size and scope of the company, and it seems a little more reasonable.
Bottom line...you are 100% responsible for your own safety online, so protect yourself and your money by investigating to your satisfaction, and be aware!
If it says "easy money", I'm already suspicious, and you should be, too.
You've probably seen the ads:
"$1,000's weekly working part-time from your home"
"Moms with computers and Internet connections wanted to work from home and make $1000/week part time"
"Home computer operators wanted to earn $4000+ a month part time"...
Seldom are any details about the exact nature of the job given, usually just a phone number to call for more information.
In your search for legitimate work at home, you will find plenty of folks willing to take your money from you.
Some signals it may be a scam:
Claims that you will earn big money in little time. Most home-based jobs require at least as much time, effort, skills and training as conventional jobs. Look for honest work with honest pay.
A "business" that wants you to recruit others before you can make any money. A business should be based more on selling a product/service than recruiting others.
Pyramid scams - A good example is the chain letter that asks you to send the person at the top of the list a dollar, then send the letter to 10 of your friends. Normally, pyramids do not sell legitimate products, and are illegal.
Watch out for the offers that instruct you to call a 1-900 number just to get more details of the opportunity...they'll cost you big money. I've had COUNTLESS messages from folks who have called such a number, just to discover the phone call has cost them hundreds of dollars!
A few of the most common scams are the "envelope stuffing", "product assembly work", and "email processing" scams. Most of these scams will gladly take your money, and you will be left without the cash OR the job. I can't say that there are absolutely NO legitimate "envelope stuffing" jobs, but I have NEVER seen one in all the years I've been researching and posting home-based job openings.