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Work at Home
Every day, ads for work-at-home jobs appear in newspapers across the country as well as in national magazines, and on the Internet. Some of the offers include stuffing envelopes, assembling products, reading books, reviewing movies, medical transactions, mystery shopping, or selling advertising on the Internet. Do not expect to find good jobs that pay lots of money for easy work at home.
Better Business Bureau suggests using extreme caution when responding to any such offer. While ads claim high earnings or short hours with little or no experience, Bureau files nationwide indicate no evidence of anyone making the promised money. Rarely, if ever, are these ads an offer of legitimate employment. Generally, these "jobs" require up-front fees for information or supplies, and only the person who ran the ad makes any money. The request for an upfront fee is a big warning sign. If the job is a real one, why should you pay to work at home, any more than you would pay to work in an office?
Because these types of companies come and go quickly, the lack of complaints with the BBB is not a good indicator that the company is legitimate. Victims may be too embarrassed to complain, or the scheme may be structured to make it look like the victims did not work hard enough.
You should be aware that the United States Postal Inspectors regularly investigate these fraudulent schemes, and that you risk investigation and possible prosecution by postal or other law enforcement agencies if you become involved in one of these schemes.
If you have experienced unauthorized funds transfers from your bank accounts, or if you have been recruited via a work-at-home opportunity to receive transfers and forward money overseas, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.IC3.gov.