Unemployed individuals who are looking for work or those looking to change jobs often renew their efforts with the start of the new year.
“There were 17,478 inquiries to the BBB in 2013 about work-at-home companies. These scams were listed at number two on our Top 10 Scams List of 2013,” said Kim States, BBB President. “The number of inquiries last years how that job seekers are being more cautious. However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady.”
A recent example of a pricey work-at-home scam that was caught by the FTC is a telemarketing scam that targeted Hispanic consumers. Contacted by phone, they were promised they could make money by reselling high-end brand named goods. Rather than being sent high-end products, after they had paid the delivery person (cash on delivery), they discovered the products they received were unusable.
To avoid falling victim to work-at-home scams, the BBB suggests you look out for the following warning signs:
Always check out a company before making any decisions. For more information on this and other scams, visit www.bbb.org