We’ve all seen them, and I’m sure many of us have been secretly been tempted to try them at one point in time. You know, those ads for work from home freelance jobs that promise you can make $1000-2000 a week, or much more, working part-time. Don’t fall sucker to ads that promise the world.
I’m going to expose some common freelance job scams, show you the warning signs to look out for, teach you how to protect yourself from these work from home freelance job scams, and I’ll even give you some examples of legitimate work from home freelance jobs.
Some of the Most Common Work From Home Job Scams
If you see ads for any of these opportunities, be skeptical:
- Home product assembly
- Home typing / Ad typist
- Affiliate websites or web writing based on ad revenues
- Multi-level marketing
- Medical billing
- Generic ads promising a lot of money, only a little bit of time, and no details whatsoever
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Warning Signs With Freelance Job Scams
If you come across any of these scenarios, the smart move is to run:
- The promises are too good to be true (they almost always are).
- Pay for the freelance job is based on advertising revenue (your pay should not vary based on a client’s ability to attract advertisers every month).
- Details about your actual work from home duties are sketchy, or they’re not listed at all.
- You find the work from home freelance job ad in a flashy web banner, on a telephone post, tacked to a bulletin board, or on a flyer inserted in a library book.
- You have to attend a seminar to learn how to get the work from home freelance job.
- You’re asked to send money. Never, ever, pay to land a job.
Protect Yourself From Work at Home Scams
If you still find a questionable work at home job ad hard to resist, take these steps to minimize your risk:
- Do a WhoIs search on their web site. This will often show you who owns and operates the site.
- See if they’re in the Yellow Pages.
- Check the BBB for previous complaints.
- Ask them to send the info to you in writing.
- Check with the FTC and your state attorney general’s office about known work from home freelance job scams.
Here are a few more things you can do to protect yourself from falling victim to freelance job scams:
- Never take a work from home freelance job ad at face value.
- Never send money for information about a work from home freelance job. Again, never.
- Always do your research on the company before you sign up for anything.
- Never attend a seminar where someone promises to teach you how to get rich quick with a work from home freelance job opportunity.
- Remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it almost always is.
Have you ever been the victim of a freelance job scam? Have you seen a rise in any particular type of advertised work from home job scams? Tell me about your experiences or share additional warnings in the comments below.
Note: This article was originally published on March 11, 2007 and has since been updated.