Beware of Work From Home Scams

It can sound like the perfect job.

Work from home! Make big money!

Don’t fall for it - it could be a scam.

These offers - often sent via email - can actually cost you hundreds of dollars or expose you to identity theft.

Beware of any work-from-home job that:

  • Promises a lot of money with no experience necessary.
  • Asks you to send money to be hired or requires you to buy costly start-up material to get the job.
  • Won’t tell you how or when you’ll get paid.
  • You only can contact the unnamed employer by email.
  • Asks up front for bank account, Social Security or credit card numbers, or other private information that could expose you to fraud and identity theft.

If you think there’s a chance the business is legitimate, check it out:

  • Can you contact them other than by email, such as a listed phone number or a business address?
  • What do people say about them on the web?
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau, a consumer protection agency or your state Attorney General’s Office to see if the business is legitimate and has had any complaints against it.

When it comes to work-from-home offers, do your homework and trust your instincts.

Because if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.