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Work at Home Scams

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Scams

Work at Home Scams

Working from home is becoming more popular in today’s business world. Working at home provides convenience and no commute. It is important to take precaution before accepting an offer that sounds too good to be true. Avoid wasting your time and money by checking out these tips before committing to a work from home job.    

Tips to Avoid Work at Home Scams:

Do Thorough Research.  Get as much information about the job listing and the business as possible. Check out the business at to make sure they are accredited and in good standing. Ask the employer for references of employees who are already working and ask them about their experience. If the business will not provide references, walk away from the job. Search online for the business’ name and “scam” to see if anything comes up.

Avoid “Get Rich Quick” Offers.  Be cautious about jobs that provide a large salary with little work. Do not take any offers that claim you will become rich quickly. Working at home requires the same work ethic and skills as any other job.  Avoid jobs that disregard if you have no prior experience in the specific field.  

Keep Your Money.  Be on the lookout for offers that require you to spend upfront fees to work for their business. Real employers do not charge. Avoid offers involving you to pay a fee for start-up kits. Be wary with your personal bank account information and never let a business use your personal account to do their job.  

Ask Questions.  Ask the employer exactly what tasks you will be responsible for and what you will be doing. Ask the employer how you will be paid, how often you will be paid, when you will receive your first check, and how much the check will be.  

Check Legal Requirements.  Work involving medical billing often requires a specific license. Check with your state’s Attorney General; some work is restricted and cannot be done from the home.  

Make sure to stay clear of these common work at home scams:

• Assembly jobs that involve kits
• Multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes that ask you to recruit more people
• Processing claims or jobs where you need to purchase equipment and software
• Payment processing, rebate processing, or email processing
• Gifting Programs

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

Questions and Comments

Question Submitted 11/4/2014

Do you give a list of legal companies for piece work at home?

BBB's Answer:

Unfortunately BBB does not have a list of work at home businesses we can provide as none of those business appear to be Accredited with BBB.

Comment Submitted 12/9/2014


Question Submitted 2/24/2015

Who should you contact if you feel someone is trying to scam you.

BBB's Answer:

Start here to report the scam -

You can also fie a complaint with BBB on

Views expressed on this page are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Better Business Bureau.

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