How to Avoid Work From Home Scams

When looking for on-line opportunities to make money or work from home, it is VERY easy to be “scammed”.

The people that will mislead you rely on clever wording and psychology – and are looking for the vulnerable people that will fall for their get rich quick schemes.  They have no morals, and love the sick or unemployed or anyone with no or very little income – but even if you are just looking for a change in your work, or can’t leave home for any reason, then you are just as welcome into the scammers world!

Not all of the websites you come across when searching for making money on-line are scams – these tips are intended to help you decide if it’s too good to be true, or a legitimate opportunity.

1. Avoid sites that claim you will make money overnight, or 1,000’s of dollars in just a few days. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!

2. Research thoroughly. Do you know how adverts work?  It would be worth you checking out How To Read An Advert.

3. If you are US based, check for endorsements on the site. eg. the US Chamber of Commerce, or the Better Business Bureau.

 4. Does the site list any testimonials that have contact information. Testimonials are there for a reason – to help sell whatever the product is.  If they have photos of people – do they look genuine? Contact them (email or phone), and wait for a response.  If they are genuine, they should have no trouble getting back to you reasonably quickly.

5. Look more into any company or site that catches your eye. If it’s legitimate, as a minimum it should have a contact telephone number and a business address listed.

6. Look for real work at home jobs using trusted sources. Searching on-line for “work at home opportunities” will lead you to the scammers.  Try looking on or similar – and also check for published books on the subject.  (link to Amazon page here)

7. Sense Check 1. What types of industry are looking for home workers?  There are machines that stuff envelopes – so why would someone claim to want to pay you to do that?

8. Avoid paying anything upfront. When was the last time you applied for a “normal” job and the company said “to apply, you need to send me a cheque for $$$$$”.  That’s right – never – so why should anything on-line be any different?  If you have to make an upfront payment for further instructions for example, then steer clear – it’s most likely not legitimate!

9. It comes with a money-back guarantee. These guarantees are not worth considering.  Remember, these are scammers – they will tell you whatever you want to hear to make you pay up.

10. Don’t pay for a program or a system.  If you don’t have the necessary skills to do something, join a course and learn how to do it.  Wealthy Affiliate University offers a number of courses and classes aimed directly at teaching you the skills you need to setup an online business or work from home scheme.  You can read my review of WAU by clicking here.

11. Sense Check 2. Think for a second – if it was possible to earn $1000’s per week stuffing envelopes, or sending emails – don’t you think everyone would have figured that out, and be doing it now?

12. Check Who.Is. You can see some more information about who has registered a domain from this site.

13. Type the website or company name into a search engine. Everyone has access to publish information on-line these days through social networks and blogs.  If someone has fallen for a scam, you can be sure it will be published on-line.  Search for “website/company name” + “scam” and see what comes up.

14. Avoid pyramid schemes. These are illegal.  Learn more about scams here.

15. Sleep on it before “signing up”. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of all of the opportunities to work from home or make money on-line.  Give yourself some time (overnight if possible), to allow that excitement to calm down – think about the points above, and make an informed decision on if you have found a genuine opportunity or not.  There are legitimate schemes out there – hopefully this post will have helped you spot them more easily.