Work At Home Scams are like fashion trends, if you don't keep up you get left behind. But for work from home seekers it's actually a lot worst. With fashion, you might get picked on because you're wearing “skippy lous” and everyone else is wearing Jordans. For work at home seekers, if you don't keep up, you lose out on money that could have went to feeding little junior.
For those of you who read my article “Better Business Bureau Listed Work From Home & Scams!“, You already know that I've concluded that the BBB reports although useful should be taken with a grain of salt. Actually one of our visitors basically flat out discredited the BBB altogether when she stated the following:
“Erika says: I hate to break it to you, but the BBB is a huge joke. First of all, they actually don't research these companies… ”
Now I can't totally vouch for the Erika's point of view about the BBB but I respect her candor. There are many other people that would argue just the opposite of her argument. Personally I think there is a portion of truth on both sides of the argument.
But with that said, I don't like leaving my website visitors and subscribers to chance or limited options. So we've compiled a list of alternate websites that are dedicated to fighting work at home, Internet and email scams.
Please keep in mind that no web site is without flaws. Just as people may have argued that the Better Business Bureau has some problems, the websites listed below have been accused of things like jumping to conclusions, vendettas, etc. However, like that annoying drunk uncle in the family, you have to look pass their flaws and focus on the good in each of these sites.
So with no further delay here are our top 5 scam fighting websites! (Please note, there is an interstitial ad page that will load before getting to the sites listed below, just click on the skip the ad link at top right of the page to proceed to the correct page. Gotta pay the bills. lol)
Honorable Mentions go out to the following websites as well:
- WorkAtHomeNoScams.com (Oh you better believe we gotta give ourselves a shout out. We work hard to tell you about scams. lol)
Did I miss any scam fighting website? Do you think that the BBB is the be and end all of scam prevention? Let us know, leave a comment below.
37 thoughts on “Top 5 Work At Home Scam Fighting Websites”
do you have to be in the us ?
Not to visit the websites those websites and learn how to avoid scams.
What do you think of Consumer incnc Reports?
I don’t really know of the company. But if they’re doing what we’re doing here than that’s great.
You’re welcome Vera. Don’t get me wrong the BBB is useful. I just don’t think it’s the be and end all because of some of the reasons that folks like you have argued. I just want people to know they have various options that they should use. So I’m glad you can appreciate the information.
I am greatful for the scam fighting websites listed. It is true BBB does not do their research, I tried Morrison system that was on BBB, and you guessed it, got scammed. Thank you for the following websites.
Great article! Fantastic tip! To add to that, please include Mr. Paul Schegel’s website – http://www.workathometruth.com. It offers comprehensive reviews of work at home opportunities based on their extensive investigation. One example is their investigation on http://www.workathometruth.com/blog/2009/10/11/datamoneyonline-salespage-review/ – Data Money Online.
Keep up the good work, Eddy. You’re a great help to the online community. I just wish more work at home job opportunities, legit for that matter for international job seekers like me. 🙂
Thank you very much!
I totally agree. Paul consistently does great work and he’s one of my go to sites. I probably need to create a new updated list of my favorite scam fighting sites because he would definitely be on it now.
In terms of more international opportunities, have you visited my international page: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/international. There are some options listed there. Some of my other personal recommendations are also open to folks outside the U.S. so give that a look as well: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations
I was suspicious of this one and I did a look up on Google using the keyword scam after the name and yep, this person has been doing this for a long time.
I fell for a scam a while ago. I suddenly realized what was happening. I tried calling (big mistake!). For my troubles I got a extra $20 tacked on to my phone bill. Although the call was domestic, it reconnected to a spot in Jamaica. The key here is if you get an unsolicited email – be very suspicious and check it out!!!!!
I don’t even respond to unsolicited emails especially anything regarding work at home, job offers, winning the lottery etc. If you view this stuff like you would in the offline world, then you avoid all of these issues. If someone walked up to you off the street and told you “hey I have a great job for you, you qualify and I want to hire you right away. You’d:
A. Smack them where they stand.
B. Walk away.
But for some reason we don’t apply the same common sense on the internet. So if you start viewing these offers in that way, you avoid so much of this garbage. Just ask yourself how would I react if this wasn’t the internet.
I had to write to let you know that this is a scam. I fell for one just like it last year. What this man or woman wants you to do is cash a bogus check. It’s a stolen check and he or she is trying to get you to cash it for them. If it passes, he or she gets their money and move on to the next person. If not, try another person with another check.
I would not blam this blog for getting e-mails like that. I started getting mine before I found this blog. I am on a lot of job web sites like monster.com. I don’t know if you are but I feel that is were they get them from. They pretend to be a company looking for people. They get your e-mail address and they just keep pretending to be a overseas company with a different name. I still get e-mails like that one at least once a month. I just delete them because I don’t know what else to do. I hope this helps.
i am from egypt… i spent monthes trieing to find real &honest companies to work at home for .and finaly found your site could you give me a list of trusted & honest companies to work for from home…please help me i am sick & tierd&frastrated trieing to find such companies…
Please visit my international work at home page. It may be able to help you:
Im trying to get insight on this work at home thing,I need advice, good advice. I have been reading this page and I wrote down all of the WCP adresses. Do u have some words of encouragement to help me out? I dont want to get slammed just starting off with this. Im also looking for some good companies to work for. Thanks
You should check out my work at home guide. It will help you get started in this industry. There are a lot of pitfalls but you can avoid them if you’re willing to read the information I’ve provided. Most folks that do and apply my recommendations end up avoiding a lot of scams and make money with various work at home opportunities. So visit:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/workathomeguide and get comfortable.
Thanks for the tip. I was wondering about this. Why would a foreign firm want to hire little ol’ me to do work for them at home that entails cashing checks in MY bank account? Right!!
Next, I know you have commented on Google and their legitimate side. Could you post that web url address you have on how to legitimately make money using Google? Hey, I’m not a salesman, but from your bio, it maybe worth looking at. Thanks
You’re welcome. Trust me if you read that scam page you won’t ever need to doubt if a company is a scam or not. You can learn more about affiliate marketing by reading the following pages: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/aff
Hope it helps.
I just recently found your blog. I like what I see. So, I have gotten some really weird emails of late. They are overseas companies and they want some sort of part time work. Here is a complete recent email:
HAROLD’S STORES INC.
JEWELLRY AND FABRICS,
Flat 485 Clifford house,
7-9 Clifford Street,
York YO1 9RA England.
Thank you for your interest and the prompt response our inquiry. I am Mr. Hugh Churchill, Managing Director of Harold’s Stores Inc., and Formed from a merger between Harold Jewelries and Harold Fabrics. Harold’s Stores Inc. is one of the world’s largest diversified resources companies. Operating in major commodity businesses, we Produce Jewelries and Fabrics, and we also import and export Jewelries and Fabrics into Canada, America and Europe.
We need you as a close contact between us and our customers. You will work closely with an assigned group of managers, customers, engineers and other internal contacts to administer service contracts to an assigned customer base. You will generate customer quotations and monitor a contract tracking system; and participate in out annual meetings and yearly reprising.
Will you be able to manage multiple responsibilities in a very busy environment as this is a part time job? Excellent skills in written and interpersonal communications are essential. Detailed Orientation, along with highly developed planning and organizational skills are also required. Candidates must be willing to work as required. Previous contract experience and knowledge of a service organization is preferred.
We have decided on this because we have been having a lot of problems handling business from that part of the world for lack of proper representation. Our main aim is to cover the markets worldwide with our quality supplies. You are to handle all businesses concerning Harold’s Stores Inc., in your region. Our clients pay through you to us and we pay through you to our clients.
We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position. This job takes only 1-7 hours per week. You’ll have a lot of free time doing another job you’ll get good income and regular job. For further correspondence on this project keep close contact via email with us.
You don’t need to have an Office and this certainly wont disturb any form of work you have going at the moment. Our Clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes. Order processing, production monitoring and process flows are seamlessly integrated through a company-wide computer network.
* The average monthly income is about 3,000.
* No form of investments from you.
* This job takes only 1-3 hours per days.
Your tasks are:
1. Receiving payment’s in form of check from our Customers.
2. Cash check at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to. (Payment is to be forwarded either by Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).
Local Money transfers take barely hours, so it will give us a possibility to get customer’s payment almost immediately. For example you’ve got 4,000 you take your income 400 Send to us: 3,600 First month you will have 1-5 transactions, after establishing a close co-operation with us you’ll be able to operate with larger orders and you’ll be able to earn more.
Here is the attached employment form if really you want to be our representative. Please get back to me as soon as possible so that you will be updated quickly about the next step and let you know when you will be receiving the first payment.
FIRST NAME: ………….; SURNAME: ………
PHONE/FAX NUMBER: ………….
Mr. Hugh Churchill.
Ok, Eddy, what do you think? Is this real or fake or a worse? Thanks.
This is the check cashing scam we covered on our scam page:
I would suggest you read it top to bottom including the comments. This way you’re aware of scams like this and all the other ones out there you should avoid.
You may want to do your part and share the scam you mentioned here on that page so others can avoid it.
Hope this helps.
I can appreicate what you are trying to say, but I was a little distracted by the capital letters at the beginning of each and every word in your post. Bad grammar much?
Good evening, All. I’ll assume this topic is still open for leaving comments
I agree with Scherri’s observations; and have used BBB numerous times to see if anyone has reported on companies that I’ve been interested in but because there were no complaints would still wonder if the company might be all right. I know that not seeing a negative report is not an indicator that a company may be legitimate because, in my endeavors and my blunders, trials and errors in my quest to find real home-based business opportunities, I’ve only reported on some, not all, scams that I’ve had happen to me.
Regarding the FBI: I almost got caught up in one of those check cashing schemes and reported everything to—let me back up—I TRIED TO REPORT everything about the scam to the FBI, but kept getting shuffled around and passed from place to place until I just gave up. I had three checks sent to me in the amount of a little less than $1,000.00 each, that I was supposed to cash and then to send a certain portion of the money to somewhere here in the USA via wire. The so-called company was in another country, but the “checks” were supposedly written by a “business” here in the USA.
I wanted to turn the checks and all correspondence including the envelopes over to the FBI, but they dilly-dallied around and passed me off until in frustration, I eventually just gave up. So, even the FBI, in spite of how much good they do, can seem to be useless in some instances. Maybe the checks were too small an amount to get their attention, but I wonder how many other people also received checks from that bogus company? The scary thing is, most likely, I would’ve gone to jail had I presented those checks to my bank, would’ve been responsible FOR SURE of having to reimburse the amount of the worthless checks. I really wanted to see these people caught and prosecuted.
Good night, All
There are many more where that came from here:
Great article! Thanks for the links!
You’re welcome Eunice.
Thanks for sharing additional resources with everyone!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my email I sent you. I wanted to add another source for reporting scams and that is The Internet Crime Complaint Center, you can access an online complaint form by going to http://www.FBI.gov . Also the State Attorney Generals Office in a person’s home state and also the state where the scam artist are operating a business, would also be another source for launching a possible investigation.
Thanks for thoughtful insight. I think you’ve pretty much summed up my sentiments. The BBB is just one of many resources that should be taken into consideration not the only one like so many websites are arguing.
When people use various resources like the ones listed in this article you get a better picture of what may be going on.
So hopefully everyone has picked up on this.
But thanks again for bringing it home Scherri.
I would also like to comment on this BBB debate.
The BBB can’t report about things it doesn’t know about. With that said, if you or someone you know has been scammed by a work at home scheme you owe it to yourself and others to report it…I know that I use the BBB a lot during my quest for legitimate work at home jobs and they have saved me from doing something I am sure I would have regretted it I had gone forward. On the other hand there are times they do not have the information I need….there again if they only receive one or two complaints on a business during a year or two that business is not going to receive bad ratings since that amount of bad feed back is not consided grounds for negative reporting. That is why it comes back to what I said before…you have to report the scams.
I still will use the BBB but as Eddy said in a previous article, useful information that should be taken with a grain of salt.
Hi Again Lee,
Thanks for the comments. Seems to be a common theme here.
I Have Heard My Mother Say That Just Because Its On The BBB Does Not Mean Its The Real Deal And I Hate To Say It But She Is Right. I See Many Web Business That Have The Seal Of Approval But Never Heard The Truth About It All. Thanks.
I Am Going To Tell Everybody About Your Resource. Later.
Thanks for those sites. I’m familiar with two of them but the other ones were new. So thanks for sharing.
It is my pleasure to chime in with a few helpful Web Consumer Protection (WCP) sites to add to your list.
WCP sites are great scam prevention tools. It is such a blessing to have them readily available for our use. 🙂
Thanks for the comment Steve! That may change in the near future when we re-visit this list later in the year. 😉
Your blog provides such a wealth of current information on scams and so-called opportunities and I encourage everyone to go there right now to read and subscribe to it http://www.ivetriedthat.com.
You have a no-nonsense style. Jeez, you’ve even “put me on blast” for one of my pre-sell pages. lol
Thanks for the shout-out. Too bad we weren’t in the top 5. 😉
I have been victimized by such scams! It is really frustrating to search for genuine work at home jobs, because the scams are on top of the search engine lists. Do you know about the Young Entrepreneur Society from http://www.YoungEntrepreneurSociety.com? Plenty of related stuff within.
Thanks for your comments Ms. T!
Wow, seems to be a lot of discontent with the BBB. Interesting.
The BBB has not been very helpful with scams offline. I’m not all that confident with their online abilities.