Better Business Bureau Listed Work From Home & Scams!

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Because there are so many work at home scams out there people have become very wary of all work from home opportunities, as they should be.  There is a lot of crap out there! So good folks like you don't know who to believe or trust.

Most websites tend to recommend that “The Better Business Bureau” is a the only place to use for your research.

I'm here to tell you this is very bad and limited advice. Hear me out before you make any assumptions because you may change your mind as I was forced to after learning the truth. Many people are under the misguided assumption that if a company isn't listed with the BBB it must mean they're a scam! That's a bunch of bull.

The BBB isn't A Government Agency!

The Better Business Bureau is a for profit company that is in the business of making money first! They don't work for the government or just for the good of consumers. Do you know how they make their money? It's by charging small and large businesses hundreds if not thousands of dollars just to become a member. Strangely enough the price will vary depending on the size of your business or who you happen to speak that day.  Isn't that convenient ?

BBB Complaints

1. There have been many reports where businesses have been victims of intentional slander by their competition or jaded customers. So many legitimate companies will call the BBB to combat this and complain. You would naturally assume the BBB would be willing to help. After all, they're about the truth and helping people avoid scams, right? But instead some have reported that the BBB won't assist the business in clearing their name unless the business is willing to pay the ridiculous hundreds if not thousands of dollars membership fee. Doesn't that sound a bit like extortion to you? Why would a company need to pay for the truth? My #1 Legitimate & Free Recommendation went through this! Fortunately I knew better and didn't make any assumptions.

2. People have also argued that there are many companies that are members of the BBB that are actually very shady organizations or flat out scams. But because the companies are willing to “pay to play”, aka the membership fee, they get a passing grade from the BBB. Does this sound like an agency that is really about helping consumers or is it more about making money?

3. Look, we all know in the work at home world there are more shady people than there are honest. But  contrary to popular belief, having a few complaints in a BBB report doesn't equate to a guilty verdict. Any company that has been around for a long time will have some complaints. Do a BBB search on some major companies such as PEPSI, DELL, Microsoft, etc and I guarantee you'll find dirt on all of them. Sometimes people whine for the sake of whining. If you just gauge a company's legitimacy on a BBB report you're not getting the complete story, especially when you consider the other things I mentioned above.

So if I were you I would take the BBB ratings with a huge grain of salt!

Cross Reference Your Sources

In my humble opinion its a better idea to search outside the BBB as well to get a full picture. Personally when it comes to research, I don't look to ONE source for my information. It's like putting all your eggs in one basket and we all know how that can work out. So with that in mind, I like reading what others have said about a company by doing a simple Google search with the name of the company + the keyword scam.

For example: WorkAtHomeNoScams.com + Scams.

You can watch this video on how to do this effectively. This is very effective because I can read what various other people and websites are saying. I then compare that feedback with what I find at the BBB if there is a report available. Basically I'm looking for a pattern of positive or negative reports on a company for a given period of time. If most people are raving about a company on various websites than I'm more inclined to believe a BBB report that gives them a high grade as well. But if most people and websites are posting negative feedback but the BBB rating is positive. Then I'm sorry, majority rules for me over the BBB.

So my final thoughts are that the BBB is an OK resource for a small portion of your research. But I would keep the points I made in this article in mind. The BBB should only be a STARTING point and NOT the be and end all of determining whether a company or website is legitimate.

If you gather data from various resources, you'll have a far more educated and accurate view of a company.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Listed Work At Home Opportunities

Now that we got all that out the way. I've compiled  a list of some  recommended work at home companies that have either a good standing or very few overall complaints within the BBB.  That is if you insist on using them as your only proof of legitimacy. (Stubborn, aren't we? LOL).

Okay here is the rest of my BBB approved list of work at home companies.[sociallocker]

  • InstaGc.com  (Via parent company: Day Online Solutions, LLC )

Update: Initially the companies listed above is all I could find. But I have managed to muster up some more.

  • Hits4Pay.com (BBB Rating Via Parent Company: Multiple Stream)

What Do You Think About The BBB?

What are your thoughts about all this? Do you swear by the BBB reports? Or do you have other resources that you use?

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nina - June 1, 2010 Reply

hey eddy what reliable work from home sites can go to that are not scams?

Joenalyn - May 16, 2010 Reply

This is the best way to know what are the safest on-line jobs, or bbb accredited work at home. This is a big help to lots of people. I will lead my siblings here for their searching on-line jobs so that they won’t be scammed.

Callie - February 12, 2010 Reply

@JoAnn:

Hi JoAnn,

A forewarning? LOL … I can’t help but to laugh at that one.

The legitimacy, validity, integrity, genuineness, helpfulness, etc of Eddy’s sites speak for themselves. Therefore, he doesn’t NEED me to speak on his behalf. I just so happen to believe in and appreciate Eddy’s work, and also share his devotion to help folks generate credible income from home. So naturally I will always support him and his efforts at every given opportunity.

Now, allow me to thank you for the good laugh. What a great start to my day! 😉

    Eddy Salomon - February 12, 2010 Reply

    Callie,
    You have me rolling over here. LOL
    We already know that in most of the cases these skeptics aren’t bad people. They’re just just falsely jumping to conclusions without really doing their research or reviewing someone’s body of work. You and I have discussed how it’s easier for folks to call everything a scam or assume everyone is out to scam someone than it is to actually put in the effort to perform due diligence. Lucky for me that most people that visit this site aren’t like that. But it is what it is and comes with the territory.

JoAnn - February 12, 2010 Reply

Callie on this site and Sparquel at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090419170110AAubK2c are one in the same person! Could she be on Eddie’s payroll? Be forewarned!

    Eddy Salomon - February 12, 2010 Reply

    Umm, this isn’t news. I’ve referenced this several times on my site. It always amazes how skeptical folks are that they feel the need to dig dirt to prove something to themselves.
    Thank goodness that most of the people that visit this blog are more concerned with working at home or avoiding scams. All of which I have helped many achieve:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/jobs

    But keep searching for dirt if you like. I’ll continue to focus on helping the folks that are interested in actually making money without being scammed. Judging by the comments listed here: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2009/11/10/work-at-home-no-scams-120-birthday-giveaway/ Seems like my efforts aren’t in vain. Cheers!

    soWHAT?? - May 4, 2011 Reply

    Don’t know if Callie is a scam or on payroll but I was reading about the site you recommended,Wealthy Affiliates, and their BBB review is a big F! You also said to mainly judge the review by the number of complaints that have been resolved and they have resolved none! Why recommend a site with a bad review and not BBB accredited???

    Eddy Salomon - May 4, 2011 Reply

    As I said in the article above, I don’t think the BBB is the be and end all of determining if a company is a scam. I’m not listed with the BBB and a number of other perfectly legitimate companies aren’t either and does that make me a scam?

    That being said, I personally stand by WA because despite the F rating by the BBB I’ve used the site and have found tons of value in the material and other people there. The stuff I’ve learned there is what I have used to be a successful affiliate marketer for all these years. I ignored the rating because WA was referred to me by someone that I had trusted that had a history of providing value. Furthermore there was overwhelming positive feedback about it from other circles that I follow. So that held more weight to me than the BBB. But that’s me. If the BBB is the be and end all of your research and decision making then you have to follow that.

    I personally use them as one of MANY points of reference to determine if a company is a scam. Hope this clarifies my stance. But again that’s just how I feel.

    P.S. Callie does work for me and that’s common knowledge. It’s not something I’ve hid if you’ve read this blog long enough. We’re not in the business of screwing people over and although we’re not listed with the BBB, many news stations seem to think we’re pretty straight up and helpful: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/media

Leona - December 29, 2009 Reply

I have a question I am thinking about applying for a job with a company that
the BBB has not ever heard of nor has ripoff reports they both come up with 0
the reason I am being cautious is because on the application there is a clause
of $10 third party web fee is this typical or normal for an online business to request or should I just keep looking for a job and trash the papers they want me to fax to them the site name is
TotalITSolutions.ws
please let me know they want their papers faxed to them by 12/31/2009
thanks

Callie - December 11, 2009 Reply

@Tiana H.:

Hey Tiana,

Yes indeed, the “stuff” you are referring to is as real as it gets! This particular site, and all that it represents is one of the hottest places on the web for real work from home/telecommute job leads, advice, scam awareness & prevention updates, exceptionally written articles, a well maintained blog, a down to earth community, humor, fun, CASH contests, and more!

Eddy, the website’s owner/administrator, has provided (and continues to provide) so much for so many. So if LiveOps and WestAtHome did not pan out for you, that’s ok. Different strokes for different folks. Perhaps there is something else that is better suited for you in terms of a work from home job .

To stay in the know and to make sure you receive important updates I’d recommend the following page: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/subscribers/

And, for a good start afterward I’d head on over to:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2009/02/25/workathomeguide/

So, when you found this site you had already been “turned in the right direction.” 😉

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Tiana H. - December 10, 2009 Reply

@Callie:
Hey there guy’s is this stuff really real !!!
I have looked for a real job.
I tried live ops and westathome.com and that was a hard nut to crack …
I really need some help now …..
Please turn me in the right direction.
TTYL
T

Deborah - November 20, 2009 Reply

@Deborah:
hi , sorry i just saw your blog on people who spell your name wrong opps , i am new to this site I am sorry EDDY it won’t happen again. thanks again for all the great info.
debrah (see i cant even spell my own name right) 🙂

Deborah - November 19, 2009 Reply

Hi Eddie

I just want to say thankyou to all the people who wrote in and THANKYOU TO YOUR SITE now I at least have some hope to actually finding a legit job from home. I am now going to head over to the pages you perscribed doc. Thanks again. You saved me from a lot of headaches and time and money. kudo’s

p.s. your really handsome what a nice touch to the kindness your heart showed to the people. thanks:)

bernisa - September 9, 2009 Reply

Hi Eddy, i just want to know why i am asked to pay a monthly fee of like $29-$39
i thought it was free. Or am i just not looking in the right place can you help me on how to get started. Bernis

    Eddy Salomon - September 9, 2009 Reply

    Hi,

    It would help me if you told me what company you’re actually referring to that is asking you for $29-$39.99
    But I’ll take a guess and assume you’re referring to http://www.GoWealthyAffiliate.com If that’s the case, they’re not charging you to work for them. It’s an educational site just like taking an online college course
    but not as expensive. WA is a site a for people that want to learn how to be a successful affiliate internet marketer:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/affiliatemarketing

    This is a skill that needs to be learned to be successful just like a lawyer must pay and go to law school to be a competent lawyer.

    So If you’re not interested in such a business or career then you don’t have to pay for it. You can just stick with traditional jobs like the one found on our companies page:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/companies

    But just be aware that just because something charges a fee it doesn’t always mean it’s a scam. It could be a home based business or an educational site. In which case it makes total sense to charge a fee.
    A job however should never charge fee. So just keep this distinction in mind. People like making that blanket statement about fees and not providing clear guidelines and clarifications.

    Hope this helps you.

    Take care.

Thomas - August 22, 2009 Reply

Hello to all,
Is there anyone currently working from home in a legitimate business? If you would share that info, I would be greatful.

Have a Blessed Day All

Elsie Miller - May 30, 2009 Reply

BBB and PROJECT PAYDAY + SCAMS has a bad report on Project Payday.No record on Pine Cone Research and My Survey.com AKA NFO with BBB.

    Eddy Salomon - May 30, 2009 Reply

    Yeah, let me go ahead and clear up some of this stuff as there seems to be some confusion here which could be my own fault.

    PineconeResearch:
    http://cincinnati.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=77&bbb=0292&firm=10004752
    Pretty straightforward and nothing left to be said here on that company.

    MySurvey.com is part of Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS). TNS is ranked as the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis…TNS has been collecting the opinions of U.S. consumers since 1946 as National Family Opinion and then NFO…
    https://www.mysurvey.com/index.cfm?action=Main.lobbyGeneral&MyContent=about

    Search for their parent company in the BBB leads to this report:
    http://www.bbb.org/cincinnati/business-reviews/market-research-and-analysis/tns-nfo-in-cincinnati-oh-6028/

    So both companies are listed with the BBB in good standing for whatever that’s worth. lol Many websites you visit are in fact under a larger corporation and just doing business as that domain name you see. So when you’re doing research on a given site, it’s a good idea to look at their about us section to see if they’re part of a larger company. You wouldn’t really know to do this unless you’ve had some years of experience in this industry looking for work at home and avoiding scams as I do. So I can totally see how this can happen.

    In terms of Project Pay Day, the principles they teach can work and make you money. However there are steps that must be strictly followed otherwise you’ll end up losing money. This is why get paid to try offers are often labeled a scam. As a result, we’ve actually provided some tips to avoid this problem in the following article:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/05/07/getpaidtotryoffers/

    So people that do venture into these type of work at home opportunities can avoid the pitfalls of those who aren’t aware. Now with that said PPD does have some other flaws that should definitely be considered. So there is no argument there. At the end of the day I always like to dig a little deeper to see what these so called claims of scams are. Because in my experience, many people like calling work at home companies scams if they don’t understand how to use a given opportunity OR can’t make money with it. However they aren’t quick to do the same when it comes to offline companies. But to each their own.

caroline - May 6, 2009 Reply

Hi Eddy! How are you doing? I like your information on work from home scams. I have been looking for a legit work from home for years. I haven’t found one yet. Im looking for a work from home that doesn’t pay on commission. Is there any legit paid survey work from home jobs? Can you point me in the direction of a work from home that pays very well?

Danny - April 20, 2009 Reply

Hey there Eddy… Is working for googleprofits.com legit or a scam?

Eddy Salomon - April 2, 2009 Reply

@Kai:
Thanks for the kind words.
First & foremost don’t quit your job unless you’ve saved at least 6 months worth of salary to cover any bills you may have.
In terms of your work at home options i would encourage you to visit the following pages:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/international
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/workathomeguide
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/typing

You may also want to visit my recommendations page:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations

I think between all those pages you’ll find what you need.

Take care & good luck.

Eddy Salomon - April 2, 2009 Reply

@Rose:
I’m going to assume that you weren’t trying to offend me and meant other websites besides the one you’re on http://www.workathomenoscams.com and our other website http://www.workathomecareers.com 😉

Visit the following pages:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/12/04/top-5-free-work-at-home-job-sites-for-2008/
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/companies

You may also want to look at our work at home guide:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/workathomeguide

Callie has a great site too:
http://www.SurveyFavs.com

Good luck.

kai - April 2, 2009 Reply

Hi Eddy!

I’m Kai from the Philippines.. you really got a great site.. it got my attention right away.. anyway I need some advice or perhaps your recommendations to some online jobs.. I’m planning to resign from my current job (I’m a technical support rep.).. and I am currently receiving around $200 per month.. and I was interested in getting myself a online typing job or any job that would require a typist online.. it does not really have to be over a $1000 but at least more than what I am currently receiving.. it is quite hard for me since I am 22 years old and leave alone..any idea or suggestion?

Callie - April 2, 2009 Reply

Hi Rose,

Would love to. However, I’m sure Eddy will chime in with the best reply.

Rose - April 2, 2009 Reply

Hi Calli
Can you suggest a few good work from home sites for me.

King James - March 29, 2009 Reply

Hello Eddy,
No matter how down and skeptical i am about work at home jobs, i always become over excited and get a greater zeal to pay any amont to get involved in da world of data entry. However, i happened to tell my friend about my-data-team and webcolleagues as u recommended them da last time and he did sme searches on them and the findings that came up kept me worried. a check on Dnsstuff revealed that there are some information with regards to contact address and contact number hidden when my-data-team site was registered. Moreso, there were 2 complaints or reports made against them (i.e, my data team and webcolleagues when a search on checkdomain was made). Please as you said uve worked with them before or something i really want to hear from you cos i do want to register with them. The reason why i want to rely on you is that ur site reveals a great deal about your personality and am an orphan in da university here in Ghana and i am finding things difficult now but after reading through your site am more than convinced that i must take a chance no matter da risk.

    Eddy Salomon - March 29, 2009 Reply

    Hi James,

    I’ve never recommended any of the sites you’ve mentioned. In fact I always encourage people never to pay for any data entry or typing product. So I think you’re confusing me with someone else. Getting a typing or data entry job is nearly impossible. Paying for one isn’t going to help either. That’s why we always we recommend that people look into Medical Transcription because it’s the only typing job that seems to be readily available if you have the proper skills. So you should go and read the following article:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/typing

    Since you’re outside the U.S. you may want to consider visiting, reading and following the advice of our international page:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/international

    When you have doubts you should continue to do what you’ve done and do your research. At the end of the day, if you don’t limit yourself to typing or data entry you’re less likely to get scammed or mislead.

    Good luck.

    Eddy

Barbara - March 19, 2009 Reply

@Tara:

Tara the name of the company I am an independent contractor for is Expert Business Development, their website address is http://www.expertbizdev.com and the number you can call is 610-660-4902. This number is a direct number for Judy Friedman. When speaking to Judy, please mention my name, Barbara Jones, as the person who spoke highly about the company at this Work At Home website. Judy will connect with the person who is charge of hiring.

Good Luck Tara!

Tara - March 18, 2009 Reply

@Babbsi:
May I have the contact information for the company you said involves phone work? I would appreciate it.

Betty - February 25, 2009 Reply

Yes, Eddy I was wondering if you have heard anything about Jobs for Moms ? Because I was thinking about joining but I was reserarching this with BBB and I was skeptical but after reading your comment today I’m wondering if maybe it is a good idea because I severely need a work at home job as I have a mentally challenged child that requires that I have a school schedule to work by.
I have been diligentily looking for a reliable Work From Home Job everything that I have come across requires money one way or the other . Please help with your comment desperately need your views, input , and response. Thanks So much I enjoy reading your blogs. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!! Betty

Heather - February 17, 2009 Reply

Hey Eddy,

I was wondering if you know of any sites that are Data Entry only? I have a year+ experience in being a Data Entry Associate.

Thank you so much for your time. I’m going to go browse through your website now. =]

Gloria - February 16, 2009 Reply

I as are many others am looking for a legitimate work-at-home job somewhere. I have researched may resources, signed up for many companies (paid no money yet) I do not want my card number all over the internet. Most of the surveys I either don’t qualify for or I have to pay to buy some rediculous product; again putting my card number out on the internet. I don’t think there are any ligitimate jobs online. If there are, where are they? One site recommends a company highly while another site does not. Some “researchers” work for the very companies they tell us to steer clear of. And always, there is some kind of money involved, oe they need some information just to “sign” up with their site. Anyone have any ideas? Anyone have any good experiences finding legitimate “data entry” jobs. Some of these sites say you have to fill out an application and sens a resume. How “legitimate” is that?

    Eddy Salomon - February 17, 2009 Reply

    Hi Gloria,

    You sound very frustrated. But don’t let that make you bitter or jaded. There are many different opportunities out there that you can start without money.
    But you need to have an open mind and willing to try different things.

    1. You can forget out about data entry or typing because you will just run into products misrepresenting the opportunity. If you’re hell bent on clerical jobs then you need
    to focus on a career that is actually in demand. Generic typing and data entry aren’t. But Medical Transcription is. You can learn more about it here:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/typing

    2. In terms of surveys, companies are always looking for different type of people. So if you don’t qualify for a given survey now, it doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. To better your chances, make sure you’re signed up with a lot of legitimate companies not just 1 or 2. We’ve listed some of our favorites on the following page:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/12/13/top-5-paid-online-survey-websites/ And its also important provide as much details in your survey profiles as possible to better your chances of qualifying for more surveys. If you’ve only filled some basic demographic info, you’re doing yourself disservice.
    You may also want to consider focus groups which pay more:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/01/08/focus-groups-got-paid-150/

    3. We’ve also listed some other recommendations on the following page that you may want to look into:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations
    We also have a list of traditional work at home companies listed here:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/companies

    And finally we list new jobs on our parent site work at home regularly:
    http://www.workathomecareers.com

    So you do have a lot of options available to you. You just need to explore them and open the net of your possibilities.

    By the way there is this misconception that purchasing online is some how going to make your credit card info more vulnerable than using it a physical store. Look if a theif wants your credit card info they can get it just as easily offline as they do online. Credit card companies know this and why they’ve built in security measures for this. If your credit card is ever compromised, a simple phone call to your credit card company is usually all that is needed to resolve it. You’ll never be responsible for all the charges that a given scammer makes. So keep that in mind. It doesn’t mean you don’t use your common sense but just understand that there is risk shopping online and offline.

    Hope the links help either way. As long as you follow some simple steps in terms of your research:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams you can easily avoid being scammed. You just have to use your best judgment. Any company that has been around for a long time will have their share of complaints. Check reports on microsoft, disney, jetblue, and you’ll see what I mean. But you just want to see if it’s the norm and how it’s resolved. That’s how you’ll know if a company is worth working with or not.

    Take care.

    Eddy

Eddy Salomon - January 13, 2009 Reply

Thanks Babbsi!
Feel free to post the contact information of this company. I’m sure there are some that will appreciate it.

Eddy

P.S. I emailed you about your other post, so just check it as soon as you can. It was a minor request.

Babbsi - January 13, 2009 Reply

…Keep the posts rollin, I enjoy reading them! Always a new learning curve. Oh, and if anyone is interested in a Work At Home Job that really pays, I work for Expert Business Development. It’s all telephone work, but the pay is real good, they pay hourly plus bonuses. I worked for them going on 2 years and never had a problem. But, I know, telephone work is not for everyone!

Eddy Salomon - January 12, 2009 Reply

@Renee:
I totally agree. That’s why we’ve listed it on our work at home companies page:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/companies

Thanks for sharing your experience with it!

Eddy

renee - January 12, 2009 Reply

West work at home is an excellent company to work for. My son and I work there and its a real company no scams and we get paid every week.

Ashleigh - December 11, 2008 Reply

I see that in a February post someone was cheated by Billy Briggs Data Entry. I was as well. It wasn’t until after I was scammed by that one that I realized pretty much any Data Entry thing online has something to do with posting ads on Google or Yahoo Pay Per Click I also got scammed with the Ultimate Wealth Package, run by Mark Warren. I even had someone call me regarding it, but I didn’t answer. So right there is about $100 that I lost and was unable to get back. My step-father recently came across something on Yahoo Hotjobs regarding rebate processing, and him being a business owner, VP of a Log Home Company as well as a number cruncher, that was the last thing I expected to hear out of him was to “check it out and if it appeals to you then I’ll front the fee for you.” That’s when I started some intensive reasearch by googling “work at home” and then researching each company I found thru the BBB as well as online. Ripoffreport is a good resource. I’m currently an IBO for Ameriplan. I know that it has been stated on this site that it’s not the greatest opportunity but in all honesty, it’s just not for everyone. If you do well on the phone and computer and you’re passionate about marketing the idea of discount health benefits, yes it’s for you. If you’re not so much a phone person, yes you can do everything online, but I think it’s better to do an interview on the phone first just to get an idea on the person.

When it comes to taking surveys online, I don’t like them. Most of the surveys I haven’t been able to take because I don’t fit the demographics that company is looking for. I also haven’t had the time to sit down and register with 200+ survey companies so I can get more chances at them.

I have some phone calls to make today but I think once I’m done, I’ll be doing more research.

I’m enjoying this site though, Eddy!

Jim - November 7, 2008 Reply

Hi Jonah,
Sorry you have also had poor dealings with the BBB. But what really hurts is that your “nameless” co. appears to know how to manipulate the BBB. In my case the case was closed as “resolved” even though it was not really resolved.
All the more reason to protect sites like this one, we need all the help we can get.
I quit looking for scams. To me they are all scams unless I can prove they aren’t. Many times it is easier to prove they aren’t than it is to discover “if they are”.

Eddy Salomon - November 6, 2008 Reply

Hi Jonah,

Thanks for sharing your experience.
I think your statements really bring home my point.

Eddy

Jonah - November 6, 2008 Reply

Eddy,
I think your article was very good and I think it is very good advice. Though I would like to also bring to light a fact some people do not know. The BBB isn’t a goverment agency or anything of the sort, it is a company as well. I learned this years ago when I myself had a run in with a company, which will stay nameless, that had a clean record with the BBB. The company in question started to use some of my intellectual work without permission for hopes of monetary gain. I wrote the company and told them they didn’t get permission. And then I wrote the BBB to tell them when I didn’t get a response back. I told them of this illegal act so others would be warned and perhaps I could resolve the issue with the company. A month later I get a letter back from the BBB saying the company said it had talked to me and had resolved everything with me. That they canceled everything and took me out of their system as I requested, which I didn’t. The letter went on to say if I wasn’t happy or didn’t agree with the outcome of what happened, to selected from an option below. The options were all the same basicly. I am not happy with the outcome but will accept it, I don’t agree with the outcome but won’t press on, and of course another one that said the exact same thing, just in different words. Now that isn’t an exact quote of the three options I had, but I do remember that they all boiled down to the same option of, “You were messed over and even if it wasn’t resolved, we are not going to do anything about it, so accept it.” So I agree with what you said, use them but use other resources as well, because they are not a goverment based resource, just a business. And you should always make sure you are getting the full picture.

Eddy Salomon - November 5, 2008 Reply

Hi again Jim,

Thanks for chiming in.
You’ve pretty much brought my point home.
Too often people just rely on the BBB and I think it’s a good start but it’s not the be and end all when doing your research.

So well said Jim!

Eddy

Jim - November 5, 2008 Reply

I just saw Erika’s remark about the BBB and just wanted to add. From a joke point of view we should all be laughing hard. From a serious point of view we could use a site/blog to understand the BBB. No they do not do research, they report and we have to understand those reports. For instance, Co. a.b.c. got 12 complaints in one year (all of which were answered/corrected) Co. d.e.f. got 3 complaints with no response. This one is too easy but you see what i’m getting at. abc deserves more investigation on our part. def i wouldn’t waste any more time on.
It works with names also. Try Eddy Salomon, nothing notable. Now try Angel Stevens, GASP! the #1 pick on SiteReviewAthority.org. and Dr. whats his name doesnt seem to exsist if you look into that site.
So in a nutshell the BBB only works to a point but it is a starting point.

Eddy Salomon - February 21, 2008 Reply

Hi Brenda,

Thanks for your question. We’re trying to centralize all these type of questions in one place so everyone will have easy access to them and we can help more people. So feel free to post your question about My Data Team at http://www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com/ask

We’ll look into it and reply there.

But there might be a chance after reading some of the stuff already listed there it will address your question.

Thanks
Eddy

Brenda - February 21, 2008 Reply

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about My Data Team? I was thinking about signing up with them. The site is interesting and they are not a member of the BBB. However, I believe the complaints that they had filed against them were all resolved.

Eddy Salomon - February 4, 2008 Reply

Thanks for the kind words Dazzle! Pass on Keystrokes4cash.com and save your money.

It’s very much like the rebate processor scam I wrote about here:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/01/28/rebate-processors-job-scam/
without offering a rebate.

Although keystrokes is a little more honest about what they’re offering you.

I hope this helps.

Eddy

Dazzle - February 4, 2008 Reply

Hi!
I really enjoy enjoy reading your site. Has anyone heard of keystrokes 4 cash (Direct Data Home)? Is it worth wasting my time or money?

Thanks,

Dazzle

Eddy Salomon - February 4, 2008 Reply

Hi Wapang,

Thanks for your comments.I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been scammed as well. Be sure to educate yourself so it can never happen again:
http://www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com/scams

The companies that hire work at home seekers are the top of every page on this site where it reads Hiring Companies:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/work-from-home-companies/

In terms or pineconeresearch we wrote about this company and how to get signed up on the following page:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/10/01/is-pinecone-research-pineconeresearchcom-a-scam-or-the-real-deal/

Hope it helps.

Eddy

wapang - February 4, 2008 Reply

Hi there,

I’ve been cheated twice on work from home jobs…the last one was Billy Briggs work from home site. Could you give me a list of companies i can work for online, that dosen require you to pay before you join them? BTW how do i become a member of pinecone research and participate in their survey.
I would really appreciate if you could reply.
Thanks.
Wapang

Eddy Salomon - February 3, 2008 Reply

Hi Sharlene,

Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them.
It’s always good to hear that our efforts are not in vain.
I was really lucky to be on AOL. It was like validation that what we’re trying to do with this blog and my other site http://www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com is on the right track. We’re not perfect but we’re trying our best.

In terms of trying to secure a work at home job, it’s really just a very difficult process in general even with an education and more experience. But you are right. Like with any job, the more experience and education you can get the more you can differentiate yourself from the competitors which may help better your chance of working at home. So just do everything you can to give yourself an advantage over the competition.

Some other tips you may want to consider are found on the following pages:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/12/14/top-3-reasons-youre-not-getting-hired/
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/12/26/the-3-best-ways-to-end-job-search-frustration/

I hope this helps. Please come back and post again.

Eddy

Heather - February 3, 2008 Reply

The BBB is a good starting point, but only a starting point. Before you begin to work from home, you should do as much research as possible, since there are so many scams out there now. Also, always remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. You don\’t want to end up on the bad side of a lawsuit, just because you thought you had a work from home job, and it turned out to be the same old scam with a different name. I always google the company, ask questions on Yahoo! Answers, and even take time to read what others have written on http://www.ripoffreport.com, as sometimes, they do have valid arguements, and it really helps me to make a decision whether I want to pursue a particular venture or not, because I know the various things I can look to expect from a company.

Good luck!

Sharlene - February 2, 2008 Reply

Hi Eddy,

Funny you should mention the BBB for work at home.
I was watching MandJ in the morning last week, and
they had an interview with a woman from the BBB saying
if you want to find legitimate work at home, you should
always check it out with the BBB before paying any
monies to it. She says that is the best way to
find legitimate work at home jobs, and make sure you
always check with the BBB. She says most of them are
scams. she talked about mystery shopping being a scam
and survey sites being scams.
I thought you might want to know that if you didn’t see
the show. I guess they needed to do some advertising.
And by the way, I saw an article about you on the AOL news
site the other day. It was a good article. I want you to
know I really appreciate what you do for us, even though
I haven’t found a real work at home job yet. I am still
searching, really searching. I do not have a college
education, nor a lot of experience and I think this might
be hurting me. I am trying to find something with extensive
training, mentoring, and/or coaching.
I’ll keep looking, hopefully something will happen for me.
I am really glad I found your site, or maybe you found me,
but I am very thankful either way.
Take care, and will be talking to you soon.

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Eddy Salomon - January 20, 2008 Reply

Hi Erika,

Thanks for your comments! But this is exactly what I was implying but maybe not direct enough in my post. lol. It’s the reason I wrote: “Personally I don’t look to one source for my information. I like reading what others have said about a company by doing a Google search with the name of the company + the keyword scam… But use your common sense when reading these reports”

I’ve heard the same accusations about the BBB. I’m not in the position to confirm or deny the accusations. But like I said, I encourage people to do other research besides just using the BBB.

But thanks again for your comments! This is what the website is about.

Eddy

Erika - January 20, 2008 Reply

I hate to break it to you, but the BBB is a huge joke. First of all, they actually don’t research these companies. If you pay your dues/fees to them, that’s all they care about. They don’t even confirm that you are even a real company. You have to do your own research, because the BBB isn’t going to.
Notice how each and every company you look up at BBB says almost the exact same thing??? Doesn’t that raise a red flag? One of the places this can be confirmed at is on the government website for the FTC under scams. I stumbled onto this site while job hunting one day.

~ Callie ~ - January 15, 2008 Reply

Eddy, you’re very welcome. And as you know, I’m always here to help. It gives me that warm & fuzzy feeling on the inside. =)

Eddy Salomon - January 15, 2008 Reply

Thanks for the feedback Callie.
I’m glad you agree with me. Speaking of consumer protection website list, we’ll be posting our list very soon. =)
It should be interesting to see if we share the same sites. If not, I’m sure you’ll chime in. =)

Callie - January 15, 2008 Reply

Hey Eddy,

Another great blog entry! I definitely agree that the BBB is a good starting resource in terms of checking out a company. It seems that some rely too heavily on the BBB’s report, solely and don’t follow up with additional resources. Like you, I also go to other resources and pretty much base my total conclusion of a company’s legitimacy on the overall research results. Yes, this does take time … however, avoiding a possible scam situation is more than worth it to me!

I keep a list of web consumer protection sites that I use regularly in conjunction with the BBB report. This helps me tremendously.

Thanks for the good information … looking forward to more great entries!

Have a blessed day!

    Shiloh, Business Manager - September 11, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for so clearly stating the simple truth.  The BBB is extremely expensive!  The company I work for, CustomerCommunicationsCorp.com has a pristine reputation that we are very proud of.  We are a work at home company and we have lots of positions.  Since there are so many “Work at Home Rip Off’s,” we understand we must work very hard to prove ourselves legitimate.  That is as it should be and we accept the challenge to go out of our way to prove credibility.

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