Top 5 Work At Home Scams of 2007

The following are common work from home scams that I ran into in 2007. Some of the scams listed below are timeless and have been around since the late 90’s, some are new and some are just re-vamped 2.0 versions of old scams. In either case you should avoid these scams in 2008, as I’m betting they will be around in 2008 as well. You’ve been warned! Happy New Year!

1. Payment Processor & Wire Transfer Scam:
A company claiming to represent countries outside the U.S. needs you to cash check or wire money on behalf of their international clients who can’t cash these checks for some elaborate reason. You’re allowed to keep a portion of the check cashed. Long story short, you get screwed. Your bank may drop you like a hot potato or you may get a phone call from the feds like I did when falling for this one.

2. Typing and Data Entry Work At Home Scams:
There are so many variations of this scam. But it usually involves you paying a fee to get a list of companies that will hire you to do data entry or typing. Depending on the "scam artist", the list will actually be real companies that really do hire for traditional data entry. But in most cases you could have got this list for free if you did your research. Or in other cases the list is affiliate companies which again you could have found for free and you’re being taught how you can get paid for typing ads on behalf of these affiliate programs which in itself is true if your ads convert. However you didn’t need to pay for this information and it’s not necessarily traditional typing or data entry. This is a grey area for me. There are many companies that charge for information you can get for free. Plenty of authors, magazines and newspapers are guilty of this and people don’t cry foul. So I think this more falls into misleading advertising.

3. Paid Survey Scams:
This is another case of paying for a list of legitimate survey companies that do actually pay you for your opinions. But again you could have received a list of legitimate paid online survey companies for free if you did your research. I think this is also viewed more in the light of a scam because the people that sell these list really exaggerate how much money you can earn and how fast. So again this is a grey area in terms of being a scam.

4. Envelope Stuffing Work From Home Scam:
The claim is you can earn anywhere from $1-$5 stuffing envelopes. You send in some "processing fee" to become trained. And the so-called job turns out to be that you’re expected to post the same ads that you just fell for to get the next sucker to send you money. Look, in this day and age of technology there is no way a company is going to pay you to stuff envelopes! I don’t care how convincing the ad sounded. It’s a scam and "ain’t no more to it". You will end up losing money.

5. Email Processing Scam:
Okay this is an easy one, merely refer to the envelope stuffing scam above except you’re using email. The results are still the same. It’s a scam to be avoided.

So that’s my list. Some of the scams are easily avoided just by doing your work at home scam research before coughing up your hard earned money. In my opinion it’s never really a good idea to pay for a list of work at home companies because that stuff is available on so many great free work at home websites.

Now that you’re in the know. Don’t be a victim in 2008! What do you guys think? Please post your comments below and feel free to share this article if it moves you.

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Comments

  1. Samantha says

    I guess EmTec Logistics was affected by the financial crunch, I recently received my two week payment from them. Try asking for your payment from them again.

  2. Judi says

    I was scammed too. I thought that it was safe because I couldn’t find any complaints regarding the company Emtec Logistics. I googled and I checked with the BBB, no foul play reported, I could only find more of their VA job listings. They didn’t ask for money or personal information, only my resume, salary reqs and ref’s, so it all seemed legit. I was sent an employment contract, very official looking on company letterhead. My job was to do internet research, prepare an excel report and email by deadline… simple enough. I worked diligently for two weeks, with my on-line supervisor answering my questions and providing me with my next assignment. They told me my petty cash fund would arrive in Dec. UPS did show up, only to tell me the package was rerouted back to sender. My supervisor explained that the petty cash was not necessary til Jan 2010, so I would receive it after the holidays. My paycheck was supposed to be delivered to my home by Fed Ex on Dec 23 and I should let them know when it arrives.. Since then, neither the company, nor my on-line supervisor has replied to my email or IM’s. Even their 866 phone is “temporarily disabled”. I find it really surprising that anyone would go to such elaborate lengths just to get a few reports for free. Maybe, someone else actually has this job and wanted to take some time off? I guess inexperience and desperation = SUCKER! Still unemployed, still have two kids to support, still can’t count on my babies Daddy for help, and still a desperate sucker!

  3. Isaac says

    Hi Eddy
    thanks for the good work, am wondering whether you may some information about a company known as My-Data-team.com.

  4. Chuck says

    U have a ad on your page for a co. or dot com co called projectpayday and I was wondering what you may know about this co and hoe legit are they.

  5. says

    Hello Eddy, In January 2008 I signed up with hazelpeppergood.com, I sent in my money only to recieve a booklet to other companys, then I sent out additional money to Worldwide publications. It has been months of many e-mails written and no reply, I know this is terrible, and I was scammed.

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