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What exactly is a work-at-home scam?  Is it a supposed job offer that claims you can earn money from home typing but you come to find out that you have to pay $69 just for information about this job that doesn’t even exist?  Or could it be a suspicious job proposal stating that you can earn extra income by posting ads online?  These are just a couple of examples of some work-at-home scams that are both advertised online and offline today but it is not limited to those that I mentioned above.

There are several programs, MLM (multi-level marketing) opportunities, pyramid schemes, and other schemes that have caught the attention and been able to deceive a lot of honest-hearted job seekers.  

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As a matter of fact, work-at-home scams outnumber legitimate work-at-home positions at an average of 97%!  

As you can see with these ratios, it would be very easy for a person desiring to work from home to come across these fake job offers.  But how do you know if a job offer is fake?  What can you do to protect yourself?  Where can you find legitimate work-at-home companies that actually hire and pay their workers?  

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Sometimes it is not easy to determine if a job offer is fake or not but here are a few tried and tested techniques that will eliminate some of the scams you find online.

  • Beware of work-at-home jobs stating that you can earn $1,000 a week typing from home.  Even companies that you would work for outside the home are less likely to pay you such a high amount unless you are highly skilled and have more job duties or you work a lot of hours, possibly overtime to earn thousands per week.
  • Jobs that charge you a fee upfront just for information.  You should not have to pay any fees to register, sign up, or just for information about a job.  Do you have to pay a fee just for information about a job that you would work outside the home?  No.  So, why should you do so online?  There are some cases in which you may have to pay fees to work from home for training materials, certification training, Internet expenses, a background check, or things of this nature but as a general rule do not pay for information that may or may not be sent to you with your credit/debit card about work at home job.
  • A legitimate work-at-home job offer will most likely provide you with detailed information about the job, requirements, and job duties.  If it is very vague or general, it could be a sign that it is a work-at-home scam.
  • Research the company thoroughly.  If you are not familiar with the company or know anyone that has experience with them or has worked for them previously, research, research, and do more research before you proceed with any job offer. The more you know about a company or position they are hiring for, the better you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether you want to apply to this company or whether this job is right for you based on these facts.
  • Join a work-at-home community or forum that has members that have experience working from home and ask them to recommend some companies to you.  You will get to know some insider information that you may not find online about the pay, schedule, job responsibilities, and so forth.  You can join Workersonboard Community for ongoing discussions about legitimate work-at-home jobs.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, most likely it probably is not a legitimate work-at-home job offer.
  • Make sure you get a contact name, phone number, address, etc. so you can verify the information.  Try to call a number if you see one listed online to find out if there is a real person that you can speak to on the other end rather than an automated message or answering system.
  • If you get a job offer via email be very cautious about it especially if you did not apply to the company or position.  If you do decide to correspond with an individual about a potential work-at-home job, ask a lot of questions about the pay, hours, any skills required, how long they have been in business, how many work-at-home employees they have, when you will get your first paycheck and so forth.
  • If a company does not pay or refuses to pay you, it is a scam.  Stop working for them.
  • Don’t give out your bank account information if a company states that they need it to deposit money for supplies or deposit a check into your account for a mystery shopping job before you complete it.
  • You can read more tips about how to avoid work-at-home scams in my community here.
How to protect yourself if you have been scammed online

No one wants to be taken advantage of.  That is exactly what a lot of companies and individuals are doing.  It may even be easier for them to do so because they can hide behind fake profiles, bogus websites, and surreal job offers and lure you in. They will target and prey on those who want to earn money online or those with inexperience when it comes to searching for legitimate work-at-home jobs.  The less you know the more they can deceive you.  That is why it is so important to be informed about these work-at-home scams.  But. what if you have already been scammed online?  What can you do?  Here are a few suggestions that may help you get your money back or expose the company.

  • Contact your state’s attorney general office and file a complaint.
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission or Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • Check out the company from the Better Business Bureau to see what kind of rating the company has.
  • You can also report a work-at-home scam with and sign up to be a registered user.
  • If you come across a website that has scammed you or is a scam, you can report it to Google.
  • You can also watch this video entitled, “How to Detect work at home scams” for more tips.

How to Find Legitimate Work at home Jobs

You can find out more information about work at home scams, and how to avoid them so that you can find, apply to and get a work at home job.  All Workersonboard Fans get a free coupon to take my online course here.
Here are some popular or well-known work at home scams that are circulating on the Internet today.  You can find out more about these scams and watch these videos below.

In order to search and truly find legitimate work-at-home opportunities, you have to know where to look.  A couple of places that I recommend browsing several work-at-home forums like WAHM, Workersonboard Community, Real Work from Home Jobs, and checking this website on the weekly job section and Friday Freebie page for the most up-to-date work-at-home job leads.  You can also watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel for the latest work-at-home news and additional job opportunities and other ways to make money online.

If you are unsure of how to navigate this website, please watch the video below. 

 If you have been scammed or know of someone who has, please leave me your comments below.