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How the scam works:

The Work at Home Scam has many variations. For specific examples you can refer to the following under the Employment Scams category: Ads/E-mail Processing, Craft Assembly, Data Entry, Envelope Stuffing, List with Clients for Sale, Make Profit Now, Marketing Kit, Medical Billing Service, and Typing at Home.

In a nutshell, you find an ad, which tells you that you could turn your computer into a moneymaking machine (giving you the example of someone who already quit their 9-5 job - More details on this can be found in the Mom Makes $.../ Day Scam). They lure victims in by using phrases such as "Make an extra buck", "extra holiday money", "Make money online", or "Make money on the Internet", etc.

The way the scam works is that you are asked for a fee to receive a start-up kit, which you never receive. Instead, you will be billed huge monthly payments, until you opt out. Alternatively, the scammers are looking for your personal information, requesting your Social Security (or Insurance) Number to commit identity theft.

How to avoid:

Don't get us wrong, there are companies that are trying hard to lead a legitimate business. However, keep in mind that every successful business is successful because it has happy customers. Try to find those who worked with the company before, but do not use the "company's" own testimonials. That's where everybody falls, as they believe everything without doing research. There are over 1,000 forums on this topic on the Internet.

Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers. If you are really thinking of making money through online sources, below there are some recommandations. They are legitimate, operate ethically and professionally, and offer great rewards.

Swagbucks.com

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Swagbucks.com is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE. They offer a $5 sign-up bonus.

GlobalTestMarket

www.GlobalTestMarket.com

If you are into paid surveys, this is the place. GlobalTestMarket is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. Highly recommended, as they also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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