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Work at Home Scams: 9 Tips on How to Avoid Them

In your burning desire to work from home and earn money through the internet, you have to do your homework in order to avoid being scammed. There are a host of companies that set up operation on the internet just to lure the unsuspecting person who is looking to earn money from home. With ads like “I earn $500 a day” or “Guaranteed to earn $1,000 in 3 weeks,” they lure their victims who are looking for an easy way out of their financial crunch.

These scam opportunities work for two basic reasons.

  1. Scam artists know that many people are looking to get rich quick and,
  2. People are so desperate to get out of their current situation that they are willing to try just about anything.

In today’s economy with prices rising and salaries not rising to keep up with the rising prices, many people are frustrated and at the end of their financial rope. Their desperation is exactly what the scam artists prey upon.

Before you sign up for any affiliate or any work-at-home program, it is increasingly important to do your homework. Here are a few things to check, investigate and think about before you sign up for an online (or off line for that matter) program:

  1. You should not have to pay someone to work for them. If they require you to pay $29.95 or whatever amount just so that you can work for them, a red flag should go up.
  2. Contact the consumer protection agency in your area. If you’re unsure where to find a protection agency in your country, visit Consumer World. It has a pretty comprehensive listing of consumer protection agencies around the world. Their international listings start alphabetically with Asia and ends with Wales with a host of countries listed in between.
  3. Scam lists. Access websites that maintain a list of companies who are known for their scamming practices. Here’s one such list PTC/PTR Scam List and Reviews.
  4. Speak to current participants in the program. Don’t go by the testimonials on the company’s web site. Speak to current participants and ask for proof of payment.
  5. Customer Support – Find out how the affiliate program or company handles your questions and what kind of support and teaching tools you will have access to in order to become successful in the business.
  6. Do an intense web search on the company. Search beyond the first few page links in the search results. Sometimes scam companies are smart enough to be able to populate the topmost spots in search engine results. They create websites that fraudulently promote their scam business. You will have to search a little deeper.
  7. Search the blogs. If the company has been around for a little while, more than likely someone has a blog about the company’s practices or the blog may share actual first hand experience with the company. Be sure to follow the blog links if they will point you to additional sources of information.
  8. Talk to yourself as if you were your best friend. If your best friend came to you with this opportunity and asked you for advice as to whether or not to proceed, what advice would you offer? People tend to give better advice to a friend than they do for themselves.
  9. Follow your intuition. If it seems too good to be true…it is.

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