Moms: Beware of Money Making Scams

The idea of making money from home is very attractive, but you have to beware of the many money making scams that are out there! Those ads that promise you can easily make $1,000 a week working at home are usually suspect. Sure, there are some ways you can build up your own business and earn a $50,000 per year salary, but hard work and dedication are usually what’s needed.

Some money making scams that proliferate out there are pretty easy to spot once you know what to look for. High incomes with very little work to do are an immediate warning sign. If you’re thinking this is too good to be true, it most likely is!

The number one work-at-home scam is one that first asks you to put money up front. Now some legitimate home jobs do require that you purchase merchandise up front, such as cosmetic samples or brochures to sell items at home parties or door-to-door. Other home businesses will require costs to start things up, such as advertising, or items from a franchise company to get you started in the business. Check these costs out, of course, but beware the money making scams that want fees from you for no other reason than to begin working.

Those jobs that offer you $1,000 a week for very easy work at home, such as envelope stuffing, sound great, don’t they? The work usually turns out to a “pyramid” scheme whereby you don’t really do anything with envelopes; you must pay for a similar ad and try to get others to answer the same ad you did! Hmm…sounds illegal to me.

Be careful when you look at your email and see a great offer to make money at home. Consider these types of offers to be “scam spam.” Most likely, there’s fraud involved or you’ll be asked to put money up front to show you’re interested in the job.

If you receive an emailed work at home job offer that sounds legitimate, dig a little before getting too involved. Check out the company’s address and phone number. Ask questions to determine if this is a real job offer that will actually net you some decent income.

One of the more well-known work at home scams that don’t usually pan out are those for jobs that are not in demand. The ads will offer to train you for a fantastic job you can do out of your own home. The tuition or the ebook that trains you is nonrefundable. They may even tell you they have a list of employers waiting to hire you when you’re done training. The jobs sound good, but no one is really looking to hire you; you may be told the market in your area has dried up. These jobs include medical billing or coding, craft making, and data entry. These jobs do exist, but check out the job market before you put any money up front.

There are plenty of people on the Internet ready to take advantage of moms who are at home looking to make some extra money. Do your research and don’t become a victim of money making scams.

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