Over 33% of Scam Inquiries for 2012 about Work-at-Home Schemes Reports the Better Business Bureau

January 22, 2013

Editor note: We have a northern Illinois consumer available for interviews

Chicago, IL – January 10, 2013 – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) advises consumers to be aware of work-at-home scams in the upcoming year. Work-at-home scams claimed the top spot for consumer inquiries in the BBB Top Ten Scams of 2012 with over 33% of inquiries from consumers.

“That number of inquiries is a clear indication that we continue to have a soft job market,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “These work-at-home schemes often hit those who are in desperate situations and who can least afford to lose the money.”

Amanda Cooper from South Beloit, Ill filed a complaint against Only Cash Surveys, a company based out of Homewood, Ill. Only Cash Surveys has an F rating with the BBB. “I had been working for them for around two years. I started having problems getting paid for the surveys I had done on products that I had purchased. They were telling me that my surveys were invalid. I found out that some other people were having the same kind of problem getting paid.”

To avoid falling victim to work-at-home scams, the BBB offers the following warning signs:

  • Companies that use personal testimonials but never identify the person;

  • Exaggerated claims of potential earnings, profits, or part-time earnings at part time hours;

  • Company claims "inside" information;

  • Requirements of money for instructions or products before telling you how the plan works;

  • Claims of "no experience necessary";
  • Assurances of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork

Always check out the company’s BBB Reliability Report for free at www.bbb.org to see if the company has received a passing grade from the BBB.

For more information on this and other scams, visit www.bbb.org


As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.