Friday, November 21, 2008

Local News Story About Work At Home Scams

So one of the local news stations just did a story about work at home scams. Funny coincidence since I just started this blog. It was really short only like 5-7 minutes but was very informative. So much so that I thought I'd post about it and share some with you guys and gals.

It started by a woman telling the news that she got some letters in the mail claiming that if she just stuffed a bunch of envelopes she could make $800,000 in only 3 months.

WOW that's stinkin awesome right? WRONG?

She wrote her attorney general and they researched it only to find out that it basically looked like a pyramid/multilevel marketing scam. This is straight from the attorney general themself.

So this is not a good route to go when trying to work at home

KGW.COM, the news channel that ran the story, listed some actual legit home business that were mostly home based call center work. Now people will say "don't always believe everything on the news" but they said these places were free to sign up. So it might be worth more investigating.

Convergys
Speak Write
Arise
Alpine Access
Working Solutions

The last part were 4 tips from the BBB when looking for work at home jobs and watching out for work at home scams.

1. Do you homework

2. Company should be listed on the BBB website

3. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!

4. Beware of an offer that requires and up-front fee!

I thought this was a perfect time for a news story like this to come out. With the economy the way it is, more and more people are looking to work from home but don't know where to begin. The thought of losing our hard earned money on a home business scam, scares us all.

For the full story and video from the news segment check out http://www.kgw.com/news/specialreports/stories//kgw_112008_news_work_home.1d04ece47.html

4 comments:

Chris Malta said...

Good information, Dana, thanks. So many people don't take the time to do a little basic homework before getting tangled up in these things!

One thing that's important to think about when dealing with a web site that makes these offers is just becassue a BBB logo is on a site, that doesn't mean it's real. You need to CLICK the BBB Logo. It should lead to the BBB site and a record of the business. If it doesn't, it's just another web site that's copied and pasted (stolen) that logo for false credibility.

Patricia Zins said...

A fool and his money are soon parted. Don't be foolish people. We must "take back" the internet from these scammers. And the only way to do so is to read blogs, like this one, that exposes these people.

Thanks Dana for the info.

Cindy said...

This is really great information, Dana, Thanks! Some people are sooo gullible! It is amazing what some people will fall for!

Brendan Will said...

Hey Dana pretty good story. I was contact recently by the company i used to do work for. It some what like a scam has 5 tier affiliate program. A lot of work for little in return. The phoned me other day asking me to rejoin, I told them where to go.