Every day, con artists come up with new ways to con you out of your money or personal information.
The power of knowledge! You may halt the con artists in their tracks by becoming knowledgeable about the typical scams and staying alert to new ones.
Remember, they would lose money if anyone fell for their tricks!
Here are a few of the modern frauds that are most prevalent:
There are no valid positions available for filling envelopes.
Do not delude yourself into thinking there are.
Companies can very easily invest a few thousand dollars on a stunning machine that will not only stuff the envelopes but also fold, collate, and apply stamps.
Why would a business pay you tens of thousands of dollars every month to stuff envelopes?
The answer is no.
You will receive a duplicate of the same advertisement you responded to after sending in the fee for the scam, and you will then be required to con additional people by posting the advertisement and having them send you their money.
This is forbidden.
Similar to the preceding program, if you sign up for this and pay your fee, you will receive a copy of the same advertisement and be required to place advertisements to persuade other people to send you money.
Typing and Data entry
Due to the fact that you charge them $20 to access the information, you make $20 for each “application processed”.
There are some trustworthy businesses that will employ you to type and enter data (such as transcription or coding), but they won’t pay you a salary.
It is a scam if a fee is being levied.
The majority of these possibilities, which generate their money from the start-up fees you pay, are scams.
You will put together dozens of earrings, potholders, magnets, or anything else you decide to make when you receive your kit, send them in for payment, and they won’t pass inspection.
No matter how many times you attempt to fix them, they will still not be accepted.
The business wants your money in exchange for the start-up kit, not the goods you assembled.
However, there are a few trustworthy businesses out there.
We have so far located two, namely Disciple’s Cross and New England Crafters.
We’re looking at other people.
If you buy the necessary computer software from certain companies, you can receive training to work from home as a medical biller.
(Usually costs at least a couple hundred dollars.)
They fail to mention that YOU will be in charge of locating your own patients (doctor/dentist).
Since the majority of medical practitioners already utilize a billing service or handle their own billing in-house, this can be exceedingly challenging to accomplish.
Just like you did for yourself, businesses should be able to quickly create their own accounts.
Pyramid schemes are situations in which money is exchanged but no goods or services are offered for sale.
“Joe” charges you $200 to join the plan; after that, you must charge other people $200 to join, who in turn must charge other people, and so on.
This is forbidden.
Keep in mind that there must be something being sold.
This is likewise an unlawful pyramid scheme, despite the fact that they name it a “gifting program”; in other words, you “gift” Joe $200, and then you need to find others who would “gift” you $200, and so on.
Chain letters have been around for a long time!
Now, in addition to postal mail, they also arrive via email.
Normally, there are five names on the list.
You must move each name up one position, remove the top name, and place your name at the bottom.
After doing this, mail $5 to each name on the list and distribute it to everyone you know.
There is also a variant for online payment systems like Paypal, where you send the people on the list $2 or $5 (the amount fluctuates) and expect them to return the favor.
Avoid becoming involved in something like this since it could wreck your life.
Surveys and Mystery Shopping
While some survey and mystery shopping firms do not charge membership fees, they frequently make claims that you can make hundreds of dollars each day.
When you register, you discover more businesses that want to charge you a fee to join, as well as businesses that will only pay you a very small amount for your time and effort.
There are some trustworthy businesses out there, and finding them doesn’t cost anything.
Be aware that while mystery shopping and taking surveys won’t likely make you rich, they can surely help you supplement your income.
The following aren’t necessarily work-at-home opportunities, but they deserve attention anyway due to their widespread appeal:
These offers are typically sent via email, although you can also find similar advertisements online.
For a small cost, you can buy a large number of email addresses.
It sounds like a wonderful offer if you run a home business and are seeking to attract clients or subscribers to your email list, right?
Not at all.
The majority, if not all, of those addresses were gathered by spammers.
If you mail something to them, you’ll probably get flagged as spam.
Spamming can cost you your internet service provider, your business, and perhaps a hefty fine.
You receive an urgent email claiming to be from Paypal, eBay, or even your bank, warning you that your account is in danger and requiring an immediate update to your account information.
When you click the link, you are taken to a page that appears to be authentic but is actually a fake.
The con artist now has access to your accounts when you submit your login and password information.
Never ever open a link in an email like this.
Open a new browser tab and manually enter the firm’s website address.
Your account should indicate if a problem exists or not.
(If you need to change something, most businesses would place a sizable note in there.)
You can send these “phishing” emails to these businesses’ phony email addresses, which are typically available.
For instance, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply send them the email with the entire header.
If they can, they will look into it and try to catch the con artist.
Have you received emails offering you the chance to win a free computer, phone card, or other item?
You often have to pay a membership fee and then recruit a certain number of additional members to join and pay the membership fee as well.
Unfortunately, there is frequently a small detail you weren’t aware of, so you never actually receive your freebies.
Time and resources are being wasted.
You receive a lengthy letter requesting that you wire the majority of the money to them by Western Union after depositing a sizable quantity into your personal bank account on behalf of someone claiming to be the son or daughter of an influential person.
You get to keep a sizable portion of the cash as compensation.
The issue is that the check is false, bounces after a few days or even weeks, and you must pay the bank the money back.
Sadly, you no longer possess it because you wired most of it to those individuals!
Business owners are the subject of another Nigerian scam.
You get a sizable order through your website, or someone emails you to inquire about placing a sizable order and ask whether you accept credit cards.
Do not fall for this scam; if you ship the products, you will lose both the money and the goods.
The credit cards were stolen.
Finally, keep in mind that scammers only care about one of two things: your money or your private information.
You put them out of business if you don’t give either readily.
Search the FTC Dirty Dozen on the internet to learn more about typical frauds.