2014 was a good year in the work from home industry. Of course, it's unfortunate that we couldn't escape it without all the bogus nonsense littering the web. So with that said, I wanted to highlight the top internet work at home scams of 2014. Scam artists are lazy dirty bunch, so you'll probably see the same scams or variations of it in 2015 and on. So pay very close attention so you avoid them next year and the years to come!
Top 3 Work From Home Scams of 2014
1. Reshipping Jobs – Aka Package Forwarding – Be very skeptical of job offers that you get in your inbox. Often times, this is how this scam gets its start. Even though they may provide a legitimate-looking company name and address, you still need to be cautious. Reshipping jobs scams are cleverly disguised with carefully thought out contracts that are fraudulent.
After gaining your trust with a “so-called legitimate job offer” packages will be shipped to you along with instructions to reship to a P.O. Box address. They claim once you reship, you will of course, get your check. However what they fail to tell you is that the merchandise within these packages are stolen. They were purchased with stolen credit cards which were acquired by identity theft. It's basically a double whammy and you can actually go to jail as an accessory! You can find how to avoid and spot this shady scam with my Reshipping Job Scam article. This is one you'll definitely see in 2015!
2. FaceBook Posting Links Scam – Facebook is one the biggest social networks and it's fertile breeding ground for scams. One that popped this year is a company that claimed you could make up to $10 posting links on Facebook and other places. They make the deal sweeter by offering you a $25 sign up bonus.
The actual company name is Earn4Share but there are variations of it. They make this ridiculous claim you can earn $1,500 or more in your first week. But when you're ready to cash out and get your hands on the money you've supposedly earned, you are made to jump some hoops that pay the company. But you never get paid! You can find more information with my Earn4Share Review.
3. Check Cashing Scam – The check cashing scams are typically one of the most fraudulent scams around worldwide. It begins with scammers posting “bogus job leads or listings.” These scam artists usually find new “easy mark” victims by visiting popular job boards. They read resumes and then usually email the victim what looks like a legitimate work from home job position. It's the same tactic that the re-shipping a-holes use.
The con artists make up some lie about needing your help to deposit money here in the US because for some magically reason a person abroad can't do this. So they're hiring people like us. All we need to do is deposit the checks into our own personal account. In return you are told to keep a portion of the check. Once the bank wires the money, it is then that the original check is found to be fake. In addition, some of the YOUR money (or all of it) will have been withdrawn from your account. In some cases the banks will shut down your account. You can read “my story” and find out how to fight back Here.
Stay Safe My Friends!
I hope you noticed how most of these scams never asked you for a dime! There is this huge misconception that scam artists always asks you for money or that any work at home related opportunity that involves money is a scam. But that's totally false. As you can see many of the most dangerous scams never ask you for diddly. And more importantly there are a lot of perfectly legitimate home based businesses that require a financial investment. So don't believe the hype my friends.
Never just make any assumptions. When in doubt always do your research which as simple as watching my scam video! And Lord please don't just depend on the Better Business Bureau as your sole reference to determine if a company is legitimate. You can read why here.
At the end of the day, don't let scams deter to you from pursuing your work at home dreams. There are many legitimate little ways to earn extra money.
I happen to earn a full time income with My # 1 Free Work At Home Recommendation and you can too! As long as you don't let desperation or a fixation on a certain job make decisions for you, you'll be safe.
Let me know if you find this article helpful. If so, please share it with others. Unfortunately someone you know will probably be a victim of one of the scams listed above and it could be totally prevented if we all do our part and share information like this article. So avoid these nasty Internet Work At Home Scams from 2014. They'll probably be around for many years to come in some lazy variation!
Thanks for reading!
Eddy with a y