Work Fiorm Home Scams Part #1

Many of us are looking for ways to supplement (or even replace) our working income. A simple internet search will produce a myriad of "too good to be true" options. BEWARE!

Here are some of the less reputable "Earn money from home" opportunities.

1. Typing At Home / Data Entry
One of the most commonly found "work from home" opportunities found online or in your local paper. After sending the fee for "more information" (usually around $40) you receive an email that tells you to place the same ad (the one you responded to) in local newspapers and the many free-online classified ad websites. You place your link, directing them to your version of the same website you signed up through, and you receive a small percentage of the sign-up costs.

2. Medical Billing
In this opportunity, you are likely to pay $300-$900 for everything (allegedly) you need to start your own medical billing service at home. For this, you expect to receive state-of-the-art medical billing software, as well as a list of potential clients in your area. What you're not told is that most medical clinics process their own bills, or outsource the processing to firms, not individuals. Your software may not meet their specifications, and often the lists of "potential clients" are outdated or just plain wrong.

3. Email/Rebate Processing
This is a twist on the classic "envelope stuffing scam" (see below). For a low price ($40) you can become a "highly-paid" email processor working "from the comfort of your own home". What you get for your money are instructions on spamming the same ad you responded to in newsgroups and Web forums!

4. "A List of Companies Looking for Home workers!"
You pay a small fee for a list of companies looking for home workers just like you. The list is usually a generic list of companies, which includes companies that don't take home workers, or companies that may once have accepted home workers.

5. "Call This 1-900 Number For More Information..."
Simple enough, They make their money from your call.

6. Craft Assembly
This opportunity encourages you to assemble toys, dolls, or other craft projects at home with the promise of high per-piece rates. You pay a fee up-front for the starter kit, which includes instructions and parts. Sounds good? Well, once you finish assembling your first batch of crafts, you'll likely to be told by the company time and time again that they "don't meet our specifications." It is unlikely that you will get paid.

7. "Turn Your Computer Into a Money-Making Machine!"
Similar to the above. Once you pay your money, you'll be sent instructions on how to place ads and find other to "turn their computers into money-making machines."

8. Pyramid Schemes (this is NOT the same as Multi-Level Marketing MLM)
Unlike the many legitimate Network Marketing or MLM businesses (Amway, Mary Kay, Arbonne etc) which involve agents/associates selling products or services, these pyramid schemes have no product or service. People get paid from recruiting others in to the business. Stay away from these they are illegal.

9. Chain Letters/Emails ("Make Money Fast")
All you have to do is send the email along plus some money by mail to the top names on the list, then add your name to the bottom. This is a classic pyramid scheme and is also illegal!

10. Envelope Stuffing
This is THE classic work-at-home scam (It's been around since the U.S. Depression of the 1920s and 1930s) There are several variations, but most offer to pay $1-2 for every envelope you stuff. When you send your money, you get a short manual or email with flyer telling you to advertising the same thing. As you can see, many of these opportunities are a variation on the same theme. Be very careful when researching or investing your time and money in this area.

If you are looking for a home based "job" you have less options available to you, but if you are looking for a home based "business" there are plenty more to choose from. Remember, legitimate home businesses will have some small costs involved. $50 - $1500 is the norm. My advise DO NOT PAY a penny until you have received all the information and spoken to a real person.