work from home scams
For those of us who long to make money online, we are familiar with scams on the internet. To be honest, even those who have no desire to make money online are aware of the scams that flood the internet. While the majority of money making online is legitimate, there are people out there who are making money, but they are not making it right. Not only that, but many of these people I’m talking about are looking to take money from you! Don’t let them do it.

If you have been seeking any work at home opportunities lately, I’m willing to bet that you have seen the 3 opportunities that I am about to tell you to run away from. If you are even thinking of dipping into your wallet for your hard earned cash to purchase any one of these opportunities, you need to put the plastic back and head for the hills. So what are the 3 work at home opportunities that really are just an opportunity for you to lose money?

Scam #1 – Data Entry

Does legitimate data entry exist? Yes, it does, but not in the form of a sales page of information and you forking over your credit card number. There are companies that outsource data entry work to people at home, but those jobs are difficult to find and are more localized. The data entry opportunities I’m talking about are completely different.

Almost EVERY “data entry” program out there hypes you up with claims of outrageous earnings when you visit their sales page (the super long, one-page website). They make you think you can do this work in less than one hour per day and you’ll make thousands. What they don’t tell you is that this is affiliate marketing via PPC (Paid-Per-Click) advertising. Basically, they are charging you $70-$100 just to tell you to go signup as an affiliate at ClickBank and begin promoting products using a PPC company like AdWords. It’s a complete joke. Not only that, but affiliate marketing does require skills, and lots of them. It is not something you can pickup and make thousands from instantly, although seasoned affiliate marketers make a decent living.

Scam #2 – Email Processing
The e-mail processing is a scam that is similar to data entry. It is literally almost the same, but instead of advertising via AdWords using PPC, you will be advertising products as an affiliate through Scam #3 – Rebate Processing
This scam is fairly new. Supposedly, you can earn thousands of dollars by processing rebates right from home. What are rebates? If you’ve ever had a mail-in rebate from a product you purchased at a store, a “rebate processor” is supposed to be the one who processes it and mails it out to you. Most companies have people that do this or it is automated and requires very little work. There are only a few actual rebate companies I know of that outsource work to people at home, but it is more local and doesn’t cost anything to start. While I haven’t had experience with this scam, I do know people who have tried it, and it definitely was not what they thought it really was.

Overall, with any opportunity online you encounter, you need to do your research. Follow your gut feeling – If it sounds like a joke, it is. Don’t give up your hard earned cash, just to have purchased nothing but false hopes and wishes. As long as you know what to look for, you will find a legitimate opportunity.

Bryan Hufford is a former corporate slave turned online entrepreneur. He has successfully launched several businesses online, working directly from home. Find out how you can start working at home and join his newsletter about earning extra income online at his website

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