Work at Home Scams Part I!
How to Investigate Work from Home Job Listings
Work from home job postings are everywhere.
There are listings for data entry jobs, research positions, multi-level marketing opportunities, and a variety of other ways to make a lot
of money fast. In fact, there are so many of them that work at home schemes are on the National Consumers League's list of Top 10 Frauds.
Unfortunately, most of those positions aren't what most people would consider a "real" job or any kind of job at all. There are no benefits,
no hourly wage or salary, only a promise of making money. Sometimes these opportunities are supposedly so lucrative that fees are charged to
give you the listings, provide you information on getting started, or to set up your business.
Just Say No
The simple answer to the question of whether you should pay for work from home job listings, in a word, is no.
Typical Work at Home Scams
Review these typical work at home scams to research the type of opportunities that are legitimate before you waste time applying.
Too Good to Be True
Take a look at these sample work from home ads:
- $1000+ A Day From Home
- 99% Automated - No Sales
- Cash Money Everyday
- Get Paid Cash
With this one, you don't have to do much other than go to any ATM machine to collect.
- Work from Home Part Time
- Earn $10K or more a month
This ad had a disclaimer in a tiny font at the bottom of the page which said there is risk involved and you might not do as well.
The "might not do as well" part was repeated at least four times in the disclaimer.
If you think about it logically, the chances of making money doing a minimal amount work simply aren't high - other than, perhaps, for the
people making money scamming others. Think twice before you click on anything that sounds too good to be true - it is.
Find Company Information
If you're still not sure, and remember, companies can be very creative about how they advertise their opportunities because they want you
to think that the position is legitimate, there are places to research work at home companies.
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Enter the company name or the web site into the Better Business Bureau search box to find out whether there have been complaints and
whether the company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau. I entered the name of a company I was interested in and found there had been seven complaints,
all of which were unresolved and discovered that the company's record was unsatisfactory.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC provides information on commission actions. For example, operators of online malls that disguised themselves as legitimate
business opportunities settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they were actually illegal pyramid schemes.
The Work at Home Scams Bulletin Board has information on work at home scams and registered users can post questions about scams.
There is also a MLM/Pyramid Scams bulletin board.
Finally, be wary and be careful. Despite the best efforts of computer systems and staff, it's hard for job sites to stop work at home
scams from being posted. Posters are creative and sophisticated and are continually coming up with new ways to advertise their information.
How it works?
Would u like to work online from home/temporarily and get paid weekly ?
we are glad to offer you for a job position at our company,L&N Fabrics and Textiles.We need someone to work for the company as a
representative/book keeper in the states. This is in view of our not having an office presently in the US. You dont need to have an Office
and this certainly wont disturb any form of work you ahve going at the moment.
From the Site, you will find out the Company produces the following varities of clothing materials:- batiks, assorted fabrics for interior
decor, silk and traditional costumes which we have clients we supply weekly in the states.
Our integrated yarn and fabric manufacturing operations use state-of-the-art textile equipment from the world's leading suppliers.
Order processing, production monitoring and process flow are seamlessly integrated through a company-wide computer network
* The average monthly income is about 4000.00 usd.
* No form of investments from you.
* This job takes only 1-3 hours per day
About the job:
If you visited our website( www.freewebs.com/lnft) you should know that our company manufactures and sells textile and fabrics.
We have sales representatives all over the world to distribute our products.You know, that it's not easy to start a business in a new
market (being the US). There are hundreds of competitors, close direct contacts between suppliers and customers and other difficulties,
which impede our sales promotion.
We have decided to deliver the products in upfront, it's very risky but it should push up sales on 25 percent.
Thus we need to get payments for our products as soon as it possible because customers can just "forget" to pay. Unfortunately we are
unable to open bank accounts in the United US without first registering the company name. Presently with the amount of Orders we have, we cannot put the on hold. For fear of loosing the customers outrightly. Secondly we cannot cash these payments from the US soon enough as international Cheques take about 14 working days for cash to be made available.
We lose about 75,000 USD of net income each month because we have money transfer delays.
Your task is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process.
You are not invloved in any sales. Our sales manager sells products. Once he makes a sale we deliver the product to a customer (usually
through FEDEX). The customer receives and checks the products. After this has been done the customer has to pay for the products.
About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Certified Cheques and Money orders based on the amount involved.
We have decided to open this new job position for solving this problem.
Your task is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process. You are not invloved in any sales. Our sales
manager sells products. Once he makes a sale we deliver the product to a customer (usually through FEDEX). The customer receives and
checks the products. After this has been done the customer has to pay for the products. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay
through Certified Cheques and Money orders based on the amount involved. We have decided to open this new job position for solving this
Your tasks are;
1. Recieve payment from Customers
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 7% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance afer deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.
(Payment is to forwarded either by Money Gramme or Western Union Money Transfer.
Local Money transfers takes barely hours, so it will give us a possibility to get customer's payment almost immediately.
For example you've got 3000.00USD
You take your income : 210.00 USD
Send to us: 2790.00 USD
First month you will have 15-20 transactions on 3000.00-4000.00 USD
So you may calculate your income.
For example 18 transactions on 3500.00 USD gives you 4410.00 USD
Plus your basis monthly salary is 1000.00 USD
Total: 5410.00 USD per month
After establishing close co-operation you'll be able to operate with larger orders and you'll be able to earn more.
Our payments will be issued out in your name and you get them cashed in your bank deduct your weekly salary and foward the balance to the
company via western union money transfer or moneygram money transfer.We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position. This job
takes only 3-7 hours per week. You'll have a lot of free time doing another job, you'll get good income and regular job. But this job is
very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and will be an earnest
We are glad to offer this job position to you. If you feel that you are a serious and earnest worker and if you want to work for
L&N Fabrics and Textiles,a letter of employment would be sent to and you would fill it out and send back via email and you will receive
necessary information in 1-48 hours.
You should reply to our procurement officer via email,
ALTERNATIVE E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL:+44 703 194 3618
L&N Fabrics and Textiles
3 LONG MARSH LANE
The job will be taking cheques and depositing them in your bank. The cheque will clear, you will be supposed to send 90% of the money to the scammer by wire transfer. After a few weeks, the cheque will be returned as fake and you will lose the money you sent,
because the bank will want the money back. It is a bog standard cheque scam.
Here is our Company Employment Form in the E-mail Attachments Below, Download and make sure you print it out, fill the form and send back
to me with A Scanned copy of your most recent Valid Identification Card. Send the Form as an attachment to me as soon as possible via
email so that you can start receiving Payments by this coming week.
Meanwhile, the minimum amount you will be receiving is $3900 and you will be taking 10% of the money and you will be receiving this
payment three(3)times in a week depending on your competence. I mean for every payment sent to you, you are entitled to 10% commission
as your Salary. And also i will be needing your mobile phone number so that i can reach you on phone.
S&A INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.
Reference No:- LSLCA/2031/ 8161/05
Batch No:- R4/A313/2-60
.......... Middle Name:.........
......... Last Name:......
Address Line ..................................
.................... Cell Phone............................................
...... Marital Status.........
According to how you have been briefed earlier. You are required to receive payment on behalf of the above mentioned firm.
You are to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order & forward the balance payment via western union to any of the
companies regional warehouses that will be given to you later.
You will notify the company a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job. So as to terminate all payment coming your way
to avoid conflict.
In agreement to this, kindly append signature below.
A Valid Form of Identification should be Appended to this form for submission
S&A International Ltd
31 Wilmslow Rd, Cheadle, Cheshire
London, SE28 0LS
See: L&N Fabrics and Textiles Story