Work At Home Scams Exposed!

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Do you want to be your own boss?  Earn thousands upon thousands of dollars in a month while working from home?  There are endless ads promoting all types of work-at-home businesses and jobs, but frequently the pitch is the same: they promise you a luxury lifestyle while you work in the comfort of your home with little effort.

Don’t fall for it.  A lot of these “jobs” or “businesses” are total scams or don’t follow through with their claims.  So, here are some common work-at-home scams to watch out for.

The Name Of The Game

work at home scams exposedWhen money is scarce, work-at-home offers seem just the thing to help you get by.  A few even offer you a refund if it doesn’t work out for you.

However, the truth is a lot of these businesses and jobs are scams.  You wind up paying for certifications and starter kits that are totally useless.  Your credit card has been charged without your authorization.  Or, you’ve got yourself into a bogus check scam.

Yet other work-at-home opportunities don’t come through on their claims.  What the advertisements don’t tell you is that you might have to work lots of hours without being financially compensated, or do not reveal all the costs involved in advance.  You may spend your cash on claims you’ll earn it back fast – yeah, no!  People deceived by work-at-home offers have been cleaned out of thousands of dollars as well as their precious time and energy to boot.

Popular Work-At-Home Scams

Internet Businesses

work at home scams exposedYou’ve been told you can bring in thousand of dollars in a month by starting up your own online business.  The scammers says that you don’t need any experience because they’ve got professionals to teach you and they push you to pay for their “opportunity” straightaway.

Then, once you’ve handed over your cash, they tell you that you won’t make a fortune unless you shell out even more cash for additional and expensive services.  Most people who foot the bill for these so-called “businesses” are left with nothing but a ton of debt and little else to show for it.

Alternative work-at-home opportunities say that you can make a lot of money doing simple tasks on the internet such as doing searches on well-known search engines and filling in forms.  All you have to do is hand over a small fee for shipping and handling.

Subsequently, you find out that the business isn’t affiliated with the prominent search engine they claimed to be with – scammers are just misleading you to get their hands on your debit or credit card information.  If you pay even the tiniest fee to them online, they can use your financial information to make further charges on your card.

Envelope Stuffing

For a tiny fee, the advertisement says, you’ll earn tons of cash stuffing envelopes.  However, after you hand over your cash, you discover they don’t have any work for you.  Alternatively, you receive a letter stating that you should recruit other people into the same scam or a different product.  You ONLY get money if the people you recruit take advantage of the same offer you did.

Craft Work Or Assembly

work at home scams exposedYou come across an advertisement that says you can earn money by putting together crafts or other goods at home for a business who commits to buy them.

You might have to spend hundreds of dollars for supplies and equipment – such as a sign-making machine or sewing machine from the company, or stock to produce items like plastic signs, baby shoes or aprons.

Next, you devote a trillion hours creating the “product.”  However, once you purchased your supplies and did all the work, the company does not pay you = allegedly because your workmanship isn’t “up to their standards.”

Sadly, no work will EVER be up to their standards and you’re stuck with all these supplies and equipment, but no profit.

Rebate Processing

The advertisement states you can make money by assisting with rebate processing.  The fee for registration, certification and training is minuscule compared to what you’ll profit, so the ad claims.

Their “top-certified work-at-home specialist” behind the scheme will demonstrate to you how to flourish like s/he did.

Alternatively, what you receive are badly written and worthless materials.  There aren’t any rebates for you to process and hardly anybody gets a refund.

Medical Billing

work at home scams exposedThe advertisement guarantees a significant income for part-time or full-time work electronically processing medical claims with no knowledge of it needed.

After you dial the toll-free number, a sales representative says to you that doctors are anxious for your help.

All you have to do is invest hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, says the rep to have everything you require to start up you very own medical billing business including technical support, a list of possible clients and software to handle the claims.

However, the companies seldom supply knowledgeable sales staff or contacts within the medical community.  The lists of potential clients that are given frequently are out-of-date and contain doctors who haven’t even requested billing services and the software they give you doesn’t even work!

There is brutal competition in the medical billing field and hardly any people who do make an investment can find any clients and create any kind of income or even get back their money.

Mystery Shopping

Advertisements for mystery shoppers indicate that they are looking for people who will shop at particular stores or dine at specific restaurants and then do a report on what they experienced in exchange for money.  Even though there are some authentic mystery shopping jobs out there, most are scams.

Scammers may say that you have to pay for useless job guarantees, directories or certifications.  While others are conducting bogus check scams whereby they request you deposit checks and then wire a portion of the money back to them prior to you and the bank finding out that the check is bogus.  Guess what?  YOU are the one held accountable to pay it back.

You shouldn’t EVER have to pay to become a mystery shopper.

Multi-Level Marketing

work at home scams exposedYet another kind of work-at-home initiative is a multi-level marketing (MLM) plan.  In network marketing or multi-level marketing, you are supposed to hawk products to the public frequently by direct sales or by word of mouth.  In genuine MLM initiatives, you will profit from commissions for the items you sell, and for the sales generated by the people you’ve recruited.

However, not all MLM’s are legit.  Some MLM businesses promote affluent lifestyles and imply you’ll make enough cash to quit your job and significantly supplement your income.  However, is what their touting for real?  Be cautious and request written information regarding how much of the green stuff a majority of people make (AFTER subtracting their expenses).

In addition, if anyone even suggests recruiting is the “real” means to making money, you need to know this.  MLM’s who survive by recruiting new sign ups rather than through retail sales are pyramid schemes which are illegal and most lose their money.

How Do You Know If It’s A Scam?

Promises of massive income while working at home, particularly, when the “opportunity” requires a fee upfront or handing over your credit card information, should set off the alarm bells.  Whether the advertisement appears in a trusted website or newspaper, or if the person you’re talking to on the telephone sounds genuine, it doesn’t matter.  It could still be a scam.

If you’re thinking of signing up for a work-at-home opportunity, do your due diligence.  Research what other people’s experience with the company has been.  Key in the promoter’s name or the company with the words “scam,” “reviews,” or “complaint” into a prominent search engine.  Read what other people have said.  Ultimately, it’s your cash that is on the line.

Check out this video below for some further information:



Sadly, there are tons of scams out there and more and more are showing up every day, but I hope this article “Work At Home Scams Exposed” has educated you on the more common ones.

Have you fallen victim to any of the above scams or others?  Please share by leaving a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.


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  1. Harjit

    Thank you for your post exposing the most common scams. I really like the way you demonstrated how they tempt you into opening your wallet.

    This article is very well written and it has helped me look out for potential scams. I am sure it will help other people too. Well done!

    • Barb

      Hi, Harjit!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.  I really love hearing from my readers.

      I’m so glad I was able to help clarify exactly what these scammers do.  Knowledge is power and hopefully I can help even more people avoid being scammed through my blog.


  2. Mike Mahaffey

    This is a great post that exposes work at home scams! You’ve nailed all the scams that seem to be the most obtrusive on the web.

    The hyped up advertisement for any or all of them make it easy for some people to fall prey to the idea of just cranking up the computer for a few minutes and making that online money.

    I like the end of your post: how do you know if it’s a scam? So many people need more money that’s it easy to forget that nothing good comes from giving money to strangers without due diligence.

    Thanks for exposing these scams.

    • Barb

      Hi, Mike!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing.  I really love hearing from my readers.

      I agree with you.  Desperate people going through hard times are usually the most susceptible and wind up in a worse situation than when they started.  We all have to keep in mind to think before we click.  By just practicing this small tip, we can all save ourselves a lot of heartache. 

  3. Sophia

    Hi Barb,

    Nice job exposing the most common scams! The more we get the word out, the fewer first-timers will fall for these things.

    A couple of other things to do while researching an opportunity is to check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and whois dot com to find out more information about who owns the domain.

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Barb

      Hi, Sophia!  Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.  I really love hearing from my readers.

      Thanks! Exposing these scammers via my blog is one of my goals in order to prevent people from losing their hard-earned cash or even their identity.

      Also, thanks so much for your tip, it’s really appreciated by both myself and anyone reading these comments.

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