Back in Amway days multi-level marketing used to be somewhat respectable but now almost all the remaining MLM programs are scams Many, if not all, of today’s multilevel marketing programs involve some degree of fraud. Either they promise sales and incomes that can never be achieved or they are nothing more than pyramid schemes crudely […]
Home Business Scams
Work-at-Home Scams like envelope stuffing, medical transcription-home typing jobs, turnkey websites, multi-level marketing and reshipping don't deliver on their promises and could end up costing you money.
You've seen those advertisements on the web, TV, brochures and in magazines. They all claim you can make big dollars while working from home, sometimes for as much as $50 to $200 per hour. Sound good? You bet! With our slowing economy, these come-ons are working better than ever with retirees, stay-at-home moms and college students all looking to make a few extra bucks.
But hold on to your hats, caution U.S. Postal Inspectors. While there are a few sincere work-from-home job openings, the vast majority of these opportunities don't deliver on their promises and don't pay.
The Postal Service's Consumer Advocate department recommends that work at home job seekers should do their homework before agreeing to any offers for home based work. Ask a lot of questions...how long has the company been in business? Have they always used home based workers or do they have other methods for getting production done? Are there any complaints for this business in the Better Business Bureau's database? Do they have any references so you can contact others who've worked for this business in the past?
Federal, state and local consumer protection agencies are banding together with the U.S. Postal Service's Consumer Advocate and U.S. Postal Inspectors to inform the public about techniques they can use to avoid becoming a victim of home based business fraud. Most of this education is given out during National Consumer Protection Week, usually held throughout the first week in March. Visit https://www.ncpw.gov/ for more information.
Medical Transcription or other jobs that let you handle a company’s billing from the comfort of home seldom pay the high income promised in their ads. You’ve probably seen classified ads about lucrative medical billing businesses you can operate from home with incomes reaching as high as $50,000 a year and though that sounded very […]
Building things at home sounds like a dream job come true but it’s more likely to be a scam designed to build the wealth of a crafty con artist. What could be more perfect, and fun, than making money doing crafts at home? Some of the home assembly offers promise as much as $30 an […]
This late-night informercial favorite claims the money will just roll in once you set up your online store and you have to do practically nothing. You may have seen these “turnkey” websites advertised on a late night television infomercial or in a magazine somewhere promising overnight guaranteed success. While that sounds great there are at […]
Reshipping fraud can both cost you a lot of money and involve you in an international fencing operation that could land you in hot water! Reshipping packages has become the latest in a long list of home business scams. The scam works when people are promised considerable sums of money for receiving, repackaging and then […]
Stuffing envelopes is a bad idea for a home business because it could end up costing you both time and money. The most common work from home scam, according to U.S. Postal Inspectors, is envelope stuffing. Advertising for this scam promises pay for stuffing envelopes at home in your spare time. Sometimes for as much […]