Top Work From Home Scams of 2010

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2010 is pretty much a wrap. Like every year it was filled with nasty work at home scams. Although this year they seemed to flourish more than usual because the con artists were taking full advantage of the down turn in the economy, unemployment rates and folk's desperation.

That being said work from home scams tend to repeat themselves. They may change their names, websites and appearances but they're easy to spot if you've seen a few and do your research.

Please keep in mind the following list is based on the scams we saw reported to us here on this blog and our own observations. It's extremely important that you really go through these scams because if you don't you may run into them in 2011. It would be unfortunate if you fell victim because you didn't want to do a bit of reading designed to save you.

With that said, here are some of the top work from home scams of 2010.

1. Package Forwarding

This scam has been doing very well for the last couple of years. Why? Because it's so well disguised as a regular job listing. Furthermore it doesn't require any out of pocket expense which everyone has been trained to think is the only sign of a scam. Tsk, tsk. What further makes this scam even more effective is that it has all the hallmarks of a real job offer in terms of requiring an interview, experience, etc. But again even with all this, it should be easy to spot once the so called employers advises you that part of the job requires receiving some equipment, packages, electronics, etc. that you will need to forward to them.

Either way this all ends the same as well. You may get a visit from some feds or police officers for shipping stolen merchandise. The scam artist gets some free gadgets and you end up getting screwed. (Sometimes they are even nice enough to send you money for doing this. But either way you'll be getting in trouble with the feds for handling stolen merchandise.) You can read about this scam in greater detail by clicking here. At the end of the day this is a nasty one that you need to know because it's recycled so much in different ways. Chances are you'll see it again in 2011 and many years to come because it's so successful.

2. Cashing Fake Checks, Money Orders, Wiring money

Like the package forwarding scam this scam also uses convincing job descriptions and requires no upfront money from you. (You see how the advice that only scams requires money is flawed?) In any event, the con artist send you a check or money order that you can cash on behalf of some international client or whatever reason they've made up to justify why they can't cash their own checks or money order. Then you just keep a portion of the cashed check or money order for the trouble. How nice of them! Not! Either way you end up losing money in your bank account and possibly banned from your bank for passing off a fake check or money order.

You can read about this scam in great detail by clicking here.

I actually experienced a variation of this scam earlier this month when I was trying to sell some items from the new house we're moving into on craigslist. I received emails immediately after posting my ads. People made up some excuses as to why they couldn't come by and see the items right away. But they would be happy to send me a money order or check for the full amount I was asking and actually a bit more as a sign of good faith on their end. I just needed to take the ad down as soon as possible. Then they would stop by in a day or two after that to pick up the items for sale. By the time I would deposit the checks and realize that I was scammed they would have had the merchandise and be long gone. Fortunately for me I know about these fake checks and money orders and would email them saying go and scam someone else you idiots.

3. Ebay Listing Agent (Auction Listing Agent)

This scam claims you'll be paid for posting links or ads on bay. It makes ridiculous claims about how much money you can make doing this. There are tons of variations of this nonsense but it all ends up the same. You get screwed over. Read about it by clicking here.

So that's the top 3 work from home scams of 2010. The reason I'm recounting these scams is because they are going to pop up again in some fashion in 2011 as some of the ones from 2009 came this year. The con artist may vary it but it's all the same nonsense if you're able to read through the lines. Think about my craigslist experience listed above. Even though they disguised the scam differently than a job offer, I already knew the signs of this particular scam because they mentioned cashing a check rather than paying via cash as I requested in my ad.

That's why it's important to be aware of the scams above and our scam page. If you read them carefully including the comments and other reports of scams listed by users like you, it's easy to spot the patterns. The con artist can tell you that God himself has sent them to provide you x job. But if you're in the know like me, you'll be able to pick apart their job offer in a matter of seconds because you'll know about the signs of a common scam. Unfortunately some people aren't fortunate enough to find a site like this that has done all the hard work for you. Then there are some people who have this information at their disposal but are lazy. So they end up failing to read this information. They just want to jump into finding a job. But you can't learn to find a job if you don't know what to avoid. They go hand in hand.

So if you want to be successful in 2011, educate yourself about scams. Furthermore always do your research which is a simple matter of following our scam video. You don't need to depend on me. You have the same brain I do. I basically just follow the steps in that video and I've also read all the scams listed on this site so I know the patterns. You're just as capable of doing this and I highly encourage you to do so!

That being said, we'll continue to do our part by providing you pre-screened work from home job leads here and articles about scams. But ultimately for you to succeed in 2011 you need to take ownership of your destiny. We provide you with the tools to succeed but if you fail to use them then you'll get more of what you got in 2010. If it was a lot of good then continue to follow those patterns. If it wasn't then 2011 should be the year you try something different and a lot of it.

Make this coming year your best year yet! Educate yourself about scams, do your research and take action on legitimate options presented to you. Here's to a New Year filled with health, blessings, peace and prosperity! You deserve all of this in 2011! But you have to go out there and make it happen because no one else can but you!

10 thoughts on “Top Work From Home Scams of 2010”

  1. Hi Eddy,

    You know I come across your website a lot. It seems like no matter what I am searching for about work at home jobs, you are always popping up. That’s a great thing though…LOL I appreciate all the information you give on your website about different jobs and the reviews. I am working on the same thing, but I am trying to take a little different approach with mines.

    I always try to explain to someone, that a lot of work at home jobs don’t pay as much as we want. I find a lot of people are looking for work at home jobs that pay $1000 a month, and that is a reasonable goal to get to, but it comes with success and hard work. For example, if I was working for a work at home job like chacha, I would make .02 cents for every question I answer. This is a starting pay, and I know the more experience I gain, the more money I could make. I read a post on a website yesterday, that stated this guy makes $10 a day with chacha, and if he works everyday that month he will make $300 a month. For someone who is looking to make some extra money or any money at home, I think that is a pretty nice income. So, lets also say he works for clixsense, and he make $5 a day, then that would be another $150 a month. My point is all of these small jobs don’t take a lot of time to do and you can make easy money like that online.

    Some people just don’t get it though and that’s okay. But to everyone who does, kudos to you!!!

    Thanks so much for allowing me to post a response!!!

    Best Wishes~
    Best Mom Ever

    • LOL,

      It means I’m doing my job right if I keep coming up. That’s be design and what some good training will do. So I’m happy you do keep running into me.

      In any event, you obviously understand this industry better than most people. I totally agree with everything you’ve said. I’m a big preacher of multiple streams of income regardless of how little the income may be because it does add up. But unfortunately a lot of people don’t seem to understand this concept. They’re looking for a home run with one opportunity and job that will cover all their financial needs and that’s not necessarily an option especially if you don’t have the skills that are in demand in this industry.

      But for folks like you and I that understand that every cent counts, it does add up pretty quickly for us. Eventually people see the light of this logic because the industry sort of forces you too. That or you end up giving up or getting scammed by the companies promising you these ridiculous amounts of money. So one way or another people learn what you’ve argued here.

      Great comment.

      Thanks for chiming in!

  2. Thanks for the post. Keep up the good work in 2011! Hopefully someday we will see a day when people do not have to be skeptical about making money online. It can be done legitimately with commitment. Your site is a great resource.

    • Lowell,

      You’re welcome. Thanks for the kind words.
      The only way folks will stop being skeptical is when scams don’t out number the legit ways to make money out there. Until then everyone should stay skeptical and do your research. If so you’ll always be able to find the legitimate options out there because they are there.

      Sadly this is the world we live in and it will be like this for a very long time.

  3. Happy New Year to you and your whole family Eddy.

    The problem is both sides. The fix is education and alot of hitting the delete button on emails.


  4. Sad to see people get scam out of money..we all get those emails about someone has died and left you $12 million dollars…look people we just have to ask is this too good to be true…

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  5. Knowledge is power…..Hi Eddy, I want to wish you and yours a healthy and prosperous New Year from my family to yours. 🙂

    Veronica N.


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