Home Business Scams and How to Avoid Them

Many websites claim to offer get rich quick schemes and home business opportunities. There are actually people, who do make money at home through these jobs, but many of these so-called opportunities are scams. So how do you know the what’s real and what isn’t? The following are some tips which can help you in avoiding home business scams.

==> Always use some common sense: If you are looking because you’re short on money and desperate for an income, it can be easy to convince yourself of the hype you will read online. Look at the offers objectively. Put yourself into the shoes of the marketer. What phrases would he use to push YOUR hot- buttons? Many scams try to make you believe, that you will become rich basically overnight with hardly a finger lifted on your behalf. Often, these websites claim there is some “secret” for making money that is just now being released and if you don’t act now, the price will go up or it will be too late for you to cash in on the front end! Before you get sucked into buying this type of information, take a moment to ask yourself the question, why it’s being sold. Put the brakes on and step outside your shoes, look at the offer from other angles. Evaluate!!! If the offer is shaped up to be what it claims, why is the person claiming it to be the “best” still selling it instead of sipping pina- coladas at the beach?

==> Be aware of pyramid schemes: These are programs that pay you to recruit but don’t really have a product to sell. You get paid by getting other people to join the system under you. Please don’t confuse this with a legal MLM which has real products you need to retail! It’s kind of like the letters you get in the mail with 5 names on it. You send the person at the top $5 and your name will then get added at the bottom. When your name eventualy rises to the top, you will get paid $5 from every participant. This is totaly illegal and if you get caught participating in these schemes once the compnay goes bust, you will put yourself in harms way as often you will be prosecuted!These schemes only work  for those who start the pyramid scheme! Be warned.

==> Another classic is for you having to pay to stuff envelopes or make other products: They will then provide you with a useless list of companies that may pay you to do these things. Often you will never get the work they promised and if you do eventually get an assignement, they will only pay a pittance! You shoudn’t have to pay to get work from anybody upfront.

==> Use your common sense: If something offers you easy attained riches, then run for the hills. Listen to your gut feeling about these easy offers and do NOT GET SCAMMED!

Some good websites to get info from: http://www.scambusters.org/   

Email Hoaxes: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/        

Internet Crime Complaint Center:  http://www.ic3.gov/

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