Everyone wants to be able work from home; flexible hours, no gas costs or commuting expenses and staying in your pajamas all day, an ideal situation for many. But when you look at the recent news on work from home scams, new scams are happening within minutes not days. The ad always says that you can make a lot of money working from home. So then, why do most of us travel to our source of employment? Why isn’t everyone working from home?
Some of the most recent scams include people posing as representatives from HCR Manor Care where consumers have been receiving letters recruiting them for work at home positions. Currently, HCR Manor Care does not employ these positions and has alerted consumers of this scam on their website. Other scams include positions for data entry positions that insist on wiring money or asking for immediate bank account information. These scammers are actually impersonating well know companies.
Medical billing and claims work from home jobs are also on the rise and keep in mind that because of privacy laws and healthcare policy, work at home with confidential information given to is just not going to happen. As with government and postal services, there are no fees to apply for a position. All federal positions are located at usajobs.gov. Never give out bank information or credit card numbers over the phone.
If you have an opportunity that is questionable, check with the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Better Business Bureau to find out more about possible job fraud activity. One suggestion is that if you have to pay for a promise, it’s likely a scam. Operation Bottom Dollar is the FTC’s campaign to help job seekers from scams and can offer valuable information on how to spot a scam in your career search.
Fraud.or is a partner in the FTC’s fight to protect consumers and recommends the following first steps;
- Know who you’re dealing with
- Don’t believe that you can make big profits easily
- Check to see if there is really a market for the work
- Do you have to be licensed?
- Get all the details before you pay anything?
- If you are buying products or supplies, is their a refund policy?
The best work at home job is when you have a established a reputation at a company and your boss allows you to tele-commute. More and more companies are doing this after a trial period in the office and if interviewing for positions, this is a question you can address. If you have a craft as a writer or photographer, there are many free-lance positions that will be a start to building your foundation and your own business all at the same time.
Please share your own story of work at home experiences.