Work at home scams have been around for a long time. Here are 3 ways to avoid becoming the scammer’s next victim and getting hurt.

No doubt you have seen the over abundance of work at home scams that have popped up over the past few years, especially since the internet has been growing as fast as it has. Is there any way to spot the phonies and avoid becoming the scam artist’s next victim; and possibly losing your shirt in the process? You bet! There are some pretty obvious clues and a few that are not-so obvious ones too. Read on for 3 of the most common clues to look for.

Misspellings or Grammatical Errors

These two are a dead giveaway that you are looking at one of the many work at home scams that are floating around these days. Any company that is truly legitimate will have no spelling or grammatical errors in their correspondence. The best things to look for are misspelled words that you are very familiar with such as American; if this word looks like this: Amerikan… delete the e-mail as fast as you can. This is a very clear sign that this is a scam. Do not reply to these.

Requests That You Pay Any Type of Fees

You have probably been getting deluged with e-mails or printed advertisements that say you can earn money at home by providing information to those who have requested it or something like this. There is a very clear indication that this is one of the many work at home scams if you are being asked to send them money up front for any type of lists of people who are interested in the product or service! Another clear indication is that the company, individual or web site does not have the BBB – Better Business Bureau logo anywhere. This tells you that they are not who they say they are. More often than not, if you are being asked to pay a shipping and handling or a “processing” fee by one of these scammers all you are actually doing is lining their pockets at your expense and not getting anything that was promised. Sometimes if you do get the promised list; it was nothing that you could not have found on your own.

Processing Rebates

Believe it or not, this has recently become another avenue that has been taken over by work at home scams. While there are several very trustworthy and legitimate companies that need people that can go through the paperwork that customers fill out to get rebates on products; most of the people who do these jobs actually work in the company’s headquarters in the processing department. There are indeed legitimate positions out there for rebate processors who work from home; but these are few and far between. The key here is that you have to be extremely careful and read everything with a magnifying glass! Go over everything with a fine tooth comb! You will need to check with company that says that it is offering this position to a work at home person to be sure absolutely certain.