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. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.