Great, Another Scam!

January 13, 2010 – 10:11 am

As WAHM has mentioned time and time again, moms who seek jobs at home often fall victim to “work at home and make a million” type scams.  Moms with skills as graphic designers, writers, computer scientists or commodities such as wearable art can generally find work from home and make a living.

The roadblock seems to be thrown up when your skills lie in a job that is traditionally done in an office or working with clients.  For example, recently a friend of mine wanted to get back into the workforce.  Before having children she worked as an administrative assistant for a stock trading company, but has also conducted some medical transcribing in the past.

She voiced her frustration the other day saying how she became excited recently when a friend told her about an offer Google was making that allowed you to make money from home.  Hey, it’s Google…they are legit.  Luckily my friend is also a smart girl and after checking into it she found out it was a scam where you end up purchasing a “kit” that bills you for months afterward.  When you try to cancel your membership the 800 “helpline” is no longer in operation.  Read about it here:  http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/google.asp

I have several friends who are in the same situation.  They want to be there for their children, but are having trouble finding “real” work from home.  Making matters worse are these cretins who prey on the people who need to find work but desperately want to also stay home with their children.

Snopes offers a few tips to help you steer clear from the creeps.  WAHM often provides these tips too:

Never pay anyone to hire you or agree to pay for a “start up kit.”

Do your research on any company (even Google) before agreeing to work for them.  You can check websites such as snopes, the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.

Ask the company for references or names of other employees and clients you can contact to find out more about the job. If they can’t furnish you with legitimate names and phone numbers, they may be trying to scam you.

I’m also going to continue to keep my eyes peeled for real jobs.  Check back with WAHM often or you can even visit Craigslist under the “gigs” section for telecommuting jobs.  Hey, that’s how I found my latest client!



About Gina Ragusa
Gina Ragusa is a freelance writer and mom from sunny (and sometimes not) South Florida. Her 15 year experience ranges from writing about banking to tattoo parlors.
  1. 15 Responses to “Great, Another Scam!”

  2. Thanks for sharing this… it’s too bad that so many people are still falling victim to the WAH scams… Great info!!!

    By Mommy Reporter on Jan 13, 2010

  3. That’s so sad. But thanks for the heads up!

    By Heather @ Scentsy on Jan 13, 2010

  4. I have been working from home for 3 1/2 years. I have found the opposite to be true. That if people say it is free it usually has hidden costs or in order to be eligible to earn a paycheck you have to upgrade which you are then charged a monthly fee just to be a member. And with that monthly fee you get nothing in return other than the possibility to earn an income. I work with a company that does charge a small fee of $29 to set up your preferred account. No monthly “fee”. I have recieved a paycheck from them every month since started working. We show people how to turn a monthly household expense into a paycheck. If I can list my website please let me know.

    Loreita

    By Loreita Holladay on Jan 13, 2010

  5. Thanks so much for this insightful and aware communication on this. Agreed – why are these reputable Radio Stations/Commentators plugging this company?

    By susan j. sager on Jan 14, 2010

  6. Loreita I would LOVE to know the company you work for. I have come across way too many scams and being out of work-cant afford to get scammed. Thank you!

    By Liz on Jan 14, 2010

  7. Hi ladies. I would like to say that I’m sorry to anyone that has been burned during the daring task of finding legitimate work at home opportunities. I am not a female but I too needed something to do to earn an income while I went to school. My classes were so crazy I would have never been able to get a job. So I paid and got burned by several different scams. But I did come across mystery shopping and have been quit successful with it. I also have my own T-shirt and apparel design store. I’m willing to help anyone who is interested in my help. Check out my cool designs at http://www.cafepress.com/madmade

    By Cedric Johnson on Jan 23, 2010

  8. I have a list of legit work at home companies on my blog (I don’t want to post it b/c I don’t want to spam). I’ve pulled them off of forums like this one and from other websites.The search took a long time, and I already need to update it. But if you are willing to take your time, do your research, and not expect to get paid more than you are really worth, you can find good jobs. Some of the same companies even post jobs in forums like this.

    By Anara on Feb 2, 2010

  9. As adults we sometimes look at the world through “cynically colored” glasses. We often jump to conclusions about our environment and unfortunately are usually right.
    As a small business man I always strive to deliver the best customer service possible-at any cost.

    By danialpaul on Feb 9, 2010

  10. Why should you pay to be hired for a job. That’s already a clear evidence of fruad

    By Tienshealthstore on Feb 10, 2010

  11. Well I just retired from the Navy, and I have to tell you, I want to work from home – not to make millions, but to get by with and have fun while I do it. I recently became an Independent Business Owner and I am still on the cynical slope – I have yet to see any real potential. It was not a lot of cash involved in the initial investment, but I would like to some day come out even. I just need some real help in how to get it off its feet.

    By Denise Levasseur on Feb 17, 2010

  12. It’s really frustrating to find work online. Most of them are scams. Hopefully I could have a steady income online like other moms here.

    By Aliyah on Jun 27, 2010

  13. Thank you for posting this information. A person needs to be careful as there are a lot of scams. So whenever I come across one of these sites that are selling some marvelous program and promises to make several thousand dollars a month, I make sure that they go through click bank to process the credit card. Why click bank? Because if you’re not satisfied with the product you can get your money back with a click of the mouse. Great stuff!

    By Jane on Nov 30, 2010

  14. One way to protect yourself for continued billing from businesses using paypal and other payment methods are to inquire to the billing agency if your payment is a ‘subscription’ or a one time payment.
    Paypal has payment buttons. If it says ‘Subscription’ on the button, expect more billing.
    Also, contacting your credit card company or bank and register a complaint to stop any more payments will help.
    Our company sponsors a few “work at home” moms who have submitted viable business plans to us. One thing we do not allow is continous billing proceedures to any customer.
    People should have the right to stop paying for services they no longer request.

    By Tony Grady on Dec 24, 2010

  15. report to fbi

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