Learn how to avoid work-at-home scams

February 11, 2011

Have you dreamed of working from home? There are opportunities out there, but it pays to do your homework.

We’ve all seen the advertisements online and in the newspaper classifieds. Those touting a too-good-to-be-true work-from-home offer, often for part-time work that promises thousands of dollars a month.

So how do you cut through the noise and decide if an opportunity is truly legitimate? Monster has a few tips for knowing what to look for — and avoiding those offers that can actually end up costing you money.

Know what industries are likely to need at-home workers. If it’s a company that simply needs orders taken over the phone and where telecommuting is common, it could be a legitimate offer. Customer service reps are often great at-home jobs, because again, location doesn’t matter.

Be skeptical. Envelope stuffing is often a red flag for a possible scam. Think about it from an employer’s perspective: Does it make sense to pay a person to do such a mundane task, when a mailing house can do it for pennies apiece? Other potentially shady opportunities include at-home assembly work, medical billing or claims processing, refund recovery and more. Another red flag? If they ask you to pay any money — they should be the ones paying you.

Do your research. There are a lot of organizations out there designed to do the sleuth work for you, and vouch for legitimate businesses. Start with:

Better Business Bureau. If the company you’re looking to work for has been rated “unsatisfactory” or declined to answer requests for information, it’s time to move on.

Federal Trade Commission. These guys go after work-at-home scammers. Search their site for any mention of your potential employer.

Fraud.org. This site will often show you any civil or criminal complaints against a company.

To read the rest of the tips for discerning a legitimate opportunity from a fake one, check out the rest of the article here.

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