Written by Susie Michelle Cortright

The email inboxes of net-savvy parents are often flooded with home business scams.

We're prime targets. We know our way around a computer keyboard, and we love to spend time with our kids, so we're marked for every home-business opportunity inrepparttar book.

And it's true: a lot of us would love nothing more than to make money and stay at home. That's why even though we know we can smell a rat a mile away, we're sometimes tempted...even by those less-than-reputable (and less-than-ethical) companies that rely on SPAM to getrepparttar 127566 word out.

Here are a few tips to avoidingrepparttar 127567 scams and finding repparttar 127568 right home-based business opportunity for you.

IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE... It probably is. If you find an opportunity for which you can make a lot of money without spending any time working, move on torepparttar 127569 next opportunity.

VAGUE HEADLINES "Tammy made $4,000 in her first month. So can you." First of all, who is Tammy? Testimonials that are difficult to verify may not be legitimate. Ifrepparttar 127570 ad only gives first names and photographs of people holding scads of cash, be careful. If Tammy is a legitimate home-working entrepreneur, it's possible that she made that $4,000 in her first month...and significantly less after that time period.

Also be wary of companies that offer to sell you lists of companies that are looking for homeworkers. A friend of mine once shelled out $95 for such a list, which turned out to be a listing straight from her yellow pages. When she contacted these businesses, she discovered that they were neither looking for home-workers nor did they agree to be listed in such a book.

The Top 10 Scams for 2001

Written by Audri and Jim Lanford

Scams onrepparttar Internet are growing -- and withrepparttar 127565 vast selection, it was hard to only choose ten. We've tried to soften this list with a bit of humor. But please don't letrepparttar 127566 humor make these scams seem any less serious than they really are.

Some of these scams are very dangerous.

A word of warning, so to speak. These aren't ranked by dollars lost or people scammed. There's nothing scientific aboutrepparttar 127567 list. It's justrepparttar 127568 ten scams that we findrepparttar 127569 most disturbing.

You'll note that most of these involve spam. There's a reason for that. The mentality of a spammer is exactlyrepparttar 127570 same kind of mindset as a con artist.

As we always say: "If it's spam, it's scam."

Here arerepparttar 127571 top 10 scams of 2001...

10. Herbal Viagra

This is really a whole category of scams, relating torepparttar 127572 sale of medical or "alternative" medical treatments online. Usually using spam to get torepparttar 127573 "customer."

If you're lucky, these products will do nothing at all. Some of them are seriously dangerous by themselves. They promise cures for life threatening illnesses, causing those who buyrepparttar 127574 promise to delay proper medical treatment, sometimes pastrepparttar 127575 point where it would have helped.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before buying into any of these nostrums. It'll save you a lot of headaches and heartache later.

Folks, consider this: If you wouldn't trust a spammer to handle your money, why would you take medical advice from them???

9. Internet Investigator

"Berepparttar 127576 first kid on your block to know allrepparttar 127577 dirty secrets your neighbors are hiding! Find out what your prospective mate has hidden in his past! Findrepparttar 127578 lost city of Atlantis! Find your lost remote!"

This one is more an annoyance than a real problem. It serves as a great example ofrepparttar 127579 pure hype that you should watch out for in online advertising.

Filled with promises of secret knowledge that's not available to anyone else, it delivers nothing more than a list of places you can pay to search for information. It'srepparttar 127580 perfect example of a pitch that's not quite a scam -- but clearly misleads in its promise.

Ask yourself this: If this stuff was as easy asrepparttar 127581 ads make it out to be, wouldn't you see these "secret techniques" in magazines and on TV?

8. Pump and Dump

You've probably gotten these. The subject line or first part ofrepparttar 127582 email says that this is "Highly confidential information."

This scam is based on touting "advance information" on specific stocks in an attempt to drive uprepparttar 127583 price past its true worth, sorepparttar 127584 promoters can sell atrepparttar 127585 higher price.

They pump it up, and then dump it. Hencerepparttar 127586 name.

This is generally illegal. And certainly a bad way to get investment advice...

Ask yourself: If it's so confidential, why are they spamming it to millions of people?

7. Credit Scams

There are all sorts of these that prey onrepparttar 127587 desires of people to repair or establish credit.

The worst arerepparttar 127588 alleged credit repair services. They promise to help you to remove accurate but negative information from your credit record, or to show you how to get a federal Employer ID Number, usually in very questionable fashion.

Not only do these techniques not work, they can get you in deep trouble for committing fraud.

You're not going to fix your credit while you're in jail.

As far as easy credit, guaranteed approval credit cards, and home equity loans that don't require equity in your home... forget it.

This one should be obvious: Cheap money? From a BANK???

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