Home Based Business Scam-Beware The Scam

Make Money From Home – Beware Phony Claims And Scams!

Can you really make money from a home business – Or not!

home based business scamHome based business scams start to pop up like weeds in a garden when the economy takes a turn for the worse.

Scammers will use the emotional weakness of beaten down consumers to weasel into their lives and steal from them.

There is nothing worse than an individual who preys on trusting people, especially when all they are looking for is some help in a desperate situation.

A more popular version of the home based business scam is the one that you stuff envelopes from your  – “own home.”  The illusion here is easy to see – You can earn mega bucks just sitting on your couch stuffing paper into an envelope and sending it out.

Talk to anybody who actually made an income doing this.  What will find is that once your $25-$55 up front fee for this business is paid, you are quickly released from that business by the company for the reason that, “You simply do not meet their qualifications (requirements, job abilities,. . . ) to continue with them.

Think twice before you invest money with an online company promising you fame and fortune!

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According to the US Postal Service:

Con artists know that working at home is an attractive alternative for many. That’s why they place such home based business scam ads.  Thousands of people have helped unscrupulous promoters pocket victims’ hard-earned cash.

Work-at-home schemes will not guarantee regular salaried employment. They will require you to invest your money before you learn how a plan works or before you are sent instructions. The work you are asked to do often continues the fraud by getting other victims involved.

The most common type of work-at-home fraud is envelope stuffing. Typically, you receive instructions on how to deceive others by placing an ad like the one you responded to!

Other schemes require you to assemble gift and specialty products for which there is little or no market.  

Always suspect any ad from the mail or via the Internet claiming you can earn unusually high income with little or no effort on your part

I’m reminded of all the emails people receive promising riches left to them and lucrative partnerships from scum residing overseas.

It is really not funny just how trusting some of these individuals are.

 devious promoters who use the cover of legitimate businesses to advertise fraudulent opportunities. They take their investors’ money and quietly go out of business.

Watch for these warning signs identifying a home based business scam:

  • Promises of unrealistic profits.
  • Promoters who seem more interested in selling their distributorship or franchise than they are in the product or service being offered.
  • Promoters who are reluctant to let you contact
    current franchisees.

beware of job opportunity pitches that:

  • Guarantee placement in a job.
  • Claim no experience or special skills are needed to qualify.
  • Offer too-good-to-be-true wages.
  • Offer overseas employment.

Especially be wary of ads that promise to get you a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In return for your money, you may only get generic information that is available free from the Postal Service and from some public libraries.

Home based Business Scam Tactic: Unsolicited Products or Merchandise

A company sends you a gift in the mail – You didn’t order the gift. What do you do? Many people will feel guilty and pay for the gift. But you don’t have to. What you do with the merchandise is entirely up to you.

  • If you have not opened the package, mark it “Return to Sender.” The Postal Service will send it back at no charge to you.
  • If you open the package and don’t like what you find, throw it away.
  • If you open the package and like what you find, keep it — free. This is a rare instance where “finders, keepers” applies unconditionally.

Whatever you do, don’t pay for it — and don’t get conned if the sender follows up with a phone call or visit.

According to the law, unsolicited merchandise is yours to keep.

Home Based Business Scam Tactic – Reshipping Fraud

Criminals operating primarily from Eastern European countries and Nigeria have been conducting widespread, international schemes involving bogus job offers, fraudulent credit card orders, and the reshipping of illegally obtained products.

This scam begins when criminals buy high-dollar merchandise — such as computers, cameras, and other electronics — via the Internet using stolen credit cards. They have the merchandise shipped to addresses in the United States of paid “reshippers” (who may be unaware they are handling stolen goods). The reshippers repackage the merchandise and mail it to locations in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, and Germany.

  • Don’t give out personal information to a person or company you don’t know.
  • Be suspicious of any offer that doesn’t pay a regular salary or involves working for an overseas company.
  • Check the company with the FTC, Better Business Bureau, or state Attorney General – Immediately.

Home based business scam Tactic:  Fake Check Scams

What To Look For:
  • You’re overpaid for an item you sold on the Internet and are asked to wire-transfer back the extra dollars.
  • You receive a check with a notice that you’ve won a foreign lottery or sweepstakes. You’re told to deposit the check, representing a portion of your winnings, and wire-transfer $2,000 to $5,000 back “to cover the taxes” so you can collect the rest of your winnings.
  • You receive a work-at-home offer that promises, in return for depositing a money order or check to your bank account, you can keep a percentage of the money after wire-transferring the rest.
  • Someone in a chat room asks you for a favor: Just cash a check and wire-transfer back the money.
  • You see a work-at-home offer online that requires using software to create checks on your computer and mailing the checks to U.S. addresses.

In any case, the check or money order you receive for deposit will be a counterfeit. It will be returned to your bank unpaid, and the full amount will be deducted from your account.

You are responsible for any check or money order you deposit to your account. If the check or money order turns out to be a counterfeit, or is returned unpaid for any reason, you are fully responsible for the loss.

So, believe me when I say. . . “No one is going to give you millions just because they picked your name out of a hat and you seem like a trustworthy human being”.

This scam seems to be still working because the scummers are still using these same lies to lure people into giving up their time, money and good sense.

A home based business scam can be quickly uncovered in this wonderful country. We are somewhat protected, but consumers must educate themselves and due diligence is a must when pondering a home based business.  Then they can decide if it is a home based business scam or not.

Network marketing has fallen into the scam category from time to time. Some refer to it as a Pyramid Scheme.

Our laws regulate Network Marketing companies very closely. Those companies must follow strict guidelines and adhere to the close watch of organizations bulls-eyed in on their daily operations.

The biggest red flag you can recognize is a company that asks for up-front money just to join their organization.

Usually they’ll call these,  ‘administrative costs,’ and throw you a couple of training goods to keep you happy.

Be aware that if a company gives you products or services in return for your hard earned cash, then there’s not much you can complain about. That’s basic contract law.

On the other hand there are those that might scream “SCAM” because they didn’t make the millions they thought was possible just by signing up.

You have to do something in order to make money.

Entrepreneurs in the Network Marketing industry that make huge amounts of money, do so, because they, “know what they are doing.”

You don’t jump into an industry that pays $10,000.00 per month without having the training and mentoring needed to compete with some of these folks.

Most whiners I have met that proclaim this, . .  “stuff doesn’t work . . . “, seem to know little, if nothing, of techniques, skill sets, and all the preparation it takes to be successful when striving to be the top earner of one of these companies.

Doctors and Lawyers make big bucks so why don’t a bunch of us enter that arena and get some of the dough.

That’s stupid,  . . . isn’t it?

Then why do people think they can compete with those that actually become experts in building massive organizations through constant lead generation and brilliant conversion tactics. Of course it doesn’t work for most.

To be more exact…it will not work for 90-97% for very simple reasons. 90-97% of people will not go the extra mile and really find out what it takes to be in the top 3%.

Read on and you’ll find out what savvy Network Marketers are doing today through online marketing. Learn what branding oneself means and I don’t mean sticking a hot iron on your butt.

Ways to recognize a Home Based Business Scam

The most accurate way is to know the tools used by those who have done the digging needed to understand what works and what doesn’t.

If you don’t know how a successful Home Based Business works than it would be impossible to know if one is a scam or not.

Education and persistence are the keys to spotting any home based business scam.