There are a plethora of Work From Home scams on the Internet. So many that the WFH schemers have given legitimate Virtual Office opportunities a bad rap. When people who have been online for a couple of years or more, see, “Work From Home” they usually run in the opposite direction. That’s understandable given the fact that 90% of the Work From Home jobs offered on the Internet are fraudulent.
This article will show you how to recognize the crooks that peddle their schemes on the Web. The scams are often successful because the cyber criminals (and they are criminals) prey on novice Internet users who don’t know there way around the World Wide Web.
If it sounds too good to be true it is, there are no, if, ands, or buts about it. We all should know by now that you get nothing for free unless you win the lottery. Therefore, the ads that promise $500 to $1000 per week to start, are flat out untrue.
If it cost you money, even as little as $2.95, it’s a scam because that is how the scammer is making his money, $2.95 at a time. If he gets 50 people per day to pay him, he made a cool $147.50 in one day. That is how they make money off the scams. When you are looking for a legitimate job you should not have to pay to work, plain and simple. When you have went on job interviews and filled out applications, the traditional way, you never had to pay, right? Well, that same principle should apply on the Internet.
Therefore, never send money or give out your personal information. If you are actually applying for a legitimate job, online, there will be no need for your credit card or banking information. When/if you find a legitimate job online, and there are some (see resource link), the only time your banking info will be needed is if you want to be paid via direct deposit. But that is after you actually get the job.
Step 3: If there is no contact information, name, or number, it’s more than likely a scam. Check out Alexa dot com website, see if they have any information on the domain name. If the website is legitimate there will be contact info along with how long the site has been on the web.
Be especially cautious with these often advertised WFH scams:
- Medical or Commercial Billing
- Marketing Surveys
- Paid Surveys
- Telemarketing and Customer Service
The problem with creating income from home is that it is a long, meticulous process. A process where you slowly but surely plant seeds throughout the Internet. Seeds that will produce residual income over the long haul. This passive income is generated through blogging, writing articles, affiliate programs, contextual ad programs, YOUTUBE videos, BlogTalk Radio, and much more. It’s all free, your only investment is TIME. I emphasize the word TIME because unlike any other endeavor you pursue, making money on the Internet, in your first 12-24 months, will require a serious investment of time and consistency. The bright side of your first 24 months is the fact that you will not spend very much money. Get all of those “get-rich-quick” ideas out of your head, and don’t waste your time if someone says, “for $49.99 we can make you rich.” It is a scam 100% of the time.
Unfortunately, being in the position that most people are (because you are certainly not alone dealing with this country’s DEPRESSION), the majority of people don’t have the time needed to commit to creating residual income. Even if they like the sound of it, and get started, it only takes about a week or two to lose interest.
My suggestion is “crawl before you walk.” Certainly don’t quit your day job, and/or if you are looking for the traditional “brick and mortar” job, keep looking until you find one. However, start planting your residual seeds on the Internet.
Create your blog, then sign up with Google Adsense, InfoLinks, and Kontera. These are Contextual Ad Programs that will allow you to get paid for blogging. Essentially, every word you type has the potential to make you money and keep making you money. Your job is to blog and write a little every day, or a couple times per week, and promote your blog.
Also sign up for Affiliate Programs. Look to the left and below this article and you will see banners for Shopzilla, Blockbuster, GoDaddy, Netflix, and many more. These banners are on my blog because I joined their individual affiliate programs. As long as your blog has been established, you are rarely turned down after signing up. Many companies will automatically approve you without even looking at your blog.
As your blog becomes more popular, more people visit your site from all over the world (and remember, the Internet never sleeps). You are paid every time someone clicks on one of your words that have been turned into an Advertisement by Kontera, InfoLinks, or Google Adsense. This is why, when you see many articles on the Internet, whatever the topic may be, you see some of the words underlined. If you place your mouse over one of the words, in some cases, you will see a video, or an image. This is contextual advertising at work. When the site visitor clicks on the Ad, you get paid. Whatever you do, just don’t click on your own ads. This is considered a “false click” or “fraudulent click” and you will be booted from the program if the company’s “spy bots” and advanced tracking software pick up this type of pattern.
With Affiliate Banners and Affiliate Advertising you get paid when people actually make a purchase. For example, if you have a GoDaddy banner on your page and someone clicks on it, goes to the linked website, and purchases a domain name or a website through GoDaddy, you get paid.
Therefore, in a nutshell, do not place banners and links on your blog if you are not going to be paid. Every banner, link, or any form of advertising you place on your blog should give you the opportunity to make some money.
So get started, don’t delay, and if you need assistance, give Work Home Union a shout out.
B. E. Shaw