© 2004 Vishal P. Rao
As more and more people opt-out of conventional jobs and instead choose to work from their homes, number of work-at-home scams has also increased. Each year thousands of people find out hard way that opportunities which are too good to be true usually are but not before they invest and waste millions of dollars a year.
You don't have to be one of those unfortunate people. All you need to do is to become more informed, ask appropriate questions, and know what to do if you are victim of illegitimate opportunity.
Become More Informed
One of first things you should become aware of are types of business opportunities which are most frequently scams.
One of oldest of these scams are stuffing envelopes and/or assembling items in your home. You'll find these opportunities in lots of sources, even some that are legitimate. However, what most of these ads fail to say is that you have to pay them a fee to begin. Then after you complete your job, your work is often rejected as substandard and, of course, you never see a penny. The other thing that happens is that you have to send in money only to receive instructions on how to place an ad just like one that you've just placed in order to bring individuals just like yourself.
Another common work-at-home scams are Pyramid schemes. Pyramid schemes are often passed off as MLM (multi-level marketing) opportunities, but there is a key difference. Pyramid schemes are more concerned with having you bring in more people and less concerned with selling products. The reason is that they aren't making their money off of selling anything to actual customers but from taking money from hopeful entrepreneurs like you. Most of these schemes ask you to make an investment or a purchase in order to become a full-fledged participant and/or to receive all of your potential profits. Generally, you never see any of earnings promised in their advertisements.
If an opportunity you've found seems to fall into one of these categories, you should start asking questions before signing up for anything.