How to Spot a Work at Home Scam

by Ron P on October 26, 2011

in Scams


Work at home! Thousands a week! Only a few hours a month! Assemble products at home!

We’ve all seen ads like this. They were once confined to classified ads in the newspaper and in the backs of magazines. But today they seem to be everywhere. If you can go a day without seeing button or banner ads advertising jobs too good to be true, then you may see AdSense ads on the sides of pages advertising the same thing. And if you happen to miss those, you may even see these ads attached to sticks and planted by the side of the road. All of these ads continue to flourish because people continue to fall for them. But there’s no reason anyone has to be vulnerable to these ads. With a little thought and reasoning, any scam can be discovered before any money has been spent.

When reading through some of the worst scammers, think about what they are actually trying to tell you- often it is that by working very, very little you can make an insane amount of money. Why would they advertise this? If this were true, why aren’t they doing it themselves? If two hours of work per day can make a thousand a week, why isn’t the advertiser just working 40 hours and making six figures a year? These kinds of claims can be found in a lot of places, and they never make any more sense than that. If the money was so great, not only would the top execs be keeping it to themselves and their friends and families, but the jobs would be so coveted that the employers could require a PhD if they wanted. But usually the claim is that anyone can do it and that they require no skills and no experience. This requirement is usually to bring in people who the scammer thinks won’t be savvy enough to realize that the whole thing is a scam.


The outrageous claims are the quickest way to spot a scam, but there is another huge red flag. If the “job” requires you to pay the company something for “information” or a “kit,” it is most likely a scam. If they are truly seeking employees, they should be paying the employees for their training time, and not the other way around. They would also realize that not all people they send a kit to will stay with them, and factor in lost information kits as a reasonable business expense. Why don’t they do this? Because the information kit is really the job- the kit is sold over and over again. To make any money with this “job” you must sell the kits to other people. And down the drain goes more money and more dashed hopes from more people. But there isn’t any reason to fall for any of these work at home scams. If a job sounds like a dream come true, you are either actually dreaming or it’s almost certainly a scam.


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