Know the 3 Tell-Tale Signs of a Home-Based Scam

signs of home-based scamsForewarned is Forearmed: Know the 3 Tell-Tale Signs of a Home-Based Scam

Home-based scams have victimized millions of people around the world. One of them is probably one of your colleagues, your neighbor or it could one of your relatives. Don’t become part of this statistic.

Here are 3 signs that home-based business opportunity you’re considering is a dirty scam:

1. If it’s too good to be true, it almost always is.
‘Make Thousands a Day, No Experience Necessary!’ ‘$3,000 Within 24 Hours Using Our Home-based System!’ ‘I Made $$$$ Without Working!’

Do all these promises sound familiar? They should be. They are part of the marketing tricks some of the most popular home-based scams use. Words will change but the idea remains the same: you can earn more money than you’ve ever dreamed of without doing a lot of work.

Unfortunately, promises of riches that are this good are bound to fail. Stay away from get-rich-quick schemes and people who tell you they’ve stumbled upon a secret way to make zillions of money. If they did, they wouldn’t be telling you about it from a link to a website that looks like it was designed by your fifth grade nephew.

2. Before anything else, pay up.
An upfront fee is one of the top tell-tale signs of a home-based scam. It will sound convincing but do you really need to pay a hundred bucks or more for a business system you have never heard of? Worse, a system that was never explained to you?

Chances are, the people who run that home-based scam will just take your money, send you a useless kit or generic business guide and leave you to your own devices.

3. Everybody’s in on it.
If everyone else is suspicious of that offer, why shouldn’t you be? If you’ve snooped around in forums on the internet and have read reports of that home-based scam or if everybody else around you is telling you it’s a fake, take heed. Wisdom is learned but you could gain it without losing your money or your pride.

Do you know someone who was recently victimized by Home-Based Scams? Would you mind sharing it?

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  • i have heard of this home-based scam and it’s really awful!

    I know a friend who signed up for a “home-based call center” and she was asked to pay a whoOoping P20,000 joining fee. She will (allegedly) get an immediate P80, ooo ROI….dang!

  • well there you go… the fact that you will be paying for a job that you will be rendering… isnt it a clear manifestation that you are putting yourself into a risky venture? thanks for sharing… and welcome to Manila Freelancer

  • I almost joined ‘mail letters for cash’ scams. Well, I can’t really say those are scam because I never joined. However, I must admit that I was very tempted. :)

  • @ Andy – having second thoughts on things sometimes really helps…. But there will be times that we need to take the risk… anyway ill post some more tips in my future posts

  • I have experienced a few scams first hand. It’s incredibly irritating when it happens, but I have also gained valuable knowledge on how to avoid them. Thanks for this post.

  • @ Free Self-Growth eBooks – would you mind sharing your experience?

  • Well, one in particular I would like to warn about is called As a new webmaster you are always looking for ways to drive traffic to your website. I was so desperat that I was looking into buying traffic. Safepartner claims to be able to deliver thousands of visitors. So I bought 10000 visitors from them. They did not deliver even one.

  • If it seems too good to be true…

  • I feel like ive become somewhat a pro at calling out the scams … even if I do say so myself heh.