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Work at Home Scams

Recognize and Avoid Work at Home Scams


Our Better Business Bureau has done a study and confirmed what we have thought for years: most Work at Home business opportunities are scams.

This is from the Better Business Bureau :

"Work-at-home schemes often target the most vulnerable, those who can least afford to lose the money," said Elaine Hugunin, president/CEO of the BBB serving central and northern Arizona. "Students, stay-at-home mothers, people that are disabled, and the elderly are always hopeful that they can earn some money at home. Our investigation shows direct evidence to the contrary. We 'shopped' more than 100 work-at-home advertisements, and found absolutely no evidence of people making the earnings promised. In fact, most people pay more up-front than they ever earn doing the work advertised."

The businesses that were studied by the Better Business Bureau included envelope-stuffing, product assembly, medical billing, mystery shopping, and business opportunities, such as vitamin sales, auto-dialing machines, selling advertising on the Internet, and telemarketing of videotapes, books, and seminars.

The BBB goes on to say, "While ads claim high earnings and short hours with little or no experience, the task force found no evidence of people actually making the promised money. Rather, after paying advance fees or "deposits," the consumer receives either nothing, or information that encourages involvement in an illegal scheme or supplies to assemble a product that is virtually impossible to complete."

So, are there any real work at home jobs? Yes, there are. Check here to see current listings in the Phoenix area for work at home positions. Keep in mind that not all of these are legitimate--anyone can post a help wanted ad--but some of them are for real. Remember that if you have to pay a fee or a deposit, you should probably run the other way.

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