Telecommute Job Scams: Are you being Cautious?
With so many people interested in telecommuting, the number of scams to hit the internet is at an all-time high. Don’t be surprised if you come across multiple opportunities that seem too good to be true. When this happens, it is essential that you move forward with caution.
Before we go any further, I want you to remember one thing: any opportunity that requires you to pay money upfront is generally a scam. If you are asked for any money, it is time to dig in and learn more about the company before moving forward. Examples of potential scams include:
- Be your own Boss!
- Earn hundreds of dollars per day from your couch.
- Get in on the best money-making opportunity of all time.
These are the types of ads that you are sure to come across as you begin your search for a work at home position. And guess what? Sales pitches like these are almost always related to work at home scams.
When money is tight – as it is right now for many Americans – scammers prey on the weak. They know that people are searching for something, anything that can make them money. Unfortunately, unsuspecting individuals end up losing money in the end.
Are you familiar with any of these scams?
For many years, this has been one of the most common schemes. You are promised money for stuffing envelopes at home. Once you pay to get “setup” you will soon realize that the promoter has no work to send your way.
Companies that offer rebates to consumers need help processing all of these, right? While the short answer is yes, they are not hiring work at home professionals to do the work. The only thing you will get in return is some advice on how to find these jobs. In other words, you are not applying for a position. You are simply paying for advice from somebody who says they have had success in the past.
This is one of the more common telecommuting job scams. Making things more difficult on you is the fact that there is legitimate work at home medical billing and coding jobs. However, these are few and far between and do not require any upfront payment. Additionally, they are only for people who can show their past experience and qualifications.
To avoid a scam, request references from current contractors. Along with this, get more information on the medical offices that you will be working with. From there, you can directly contact the medical care provider to ensure that they do indeed outsource this type of work.
There is nothing worse than falling prey to a telecommuting job scam. While there may not be anything you can do to recoup your money, you can help save others by complaining to the authorities.
Here are a few places you can contact with your complaint:
- The Federal Trade Commission
- Better Business Bureau
- The Attorney General’s office in your home state
If you want to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, watch this short video.
Believe it or not, there is legitimate work at home positions. In addition to finding a telecommute position, you are in a position to start your own company once you settle on an idea for a product or service.
You have the ability to focus your time and energy on legitimate business. Don’t mess around with something that appears to be a scam. You will get burnt in the end!