Work at Home or Get Scammed at Home? Tips to Avoid ‘Big Money’ Ripoffs

I use an Apple computer. It’s a great product, but it’s not a “money-making machine.” The only thing that ever pops out of it is the occasional DVD I’ve left in by accident.

However, there are a lot of scammers working the Internet today who claim to have a system to turn your computer into a “money-making machine.”

Don’t fall for them.

It seems like you can’t navigate to your favorite funny cat video site without being forced to see a few “make big money working from home” ads along the way. The old rule of “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is” applies here.

If you plunk down the bucks and pursue the schemes to make big money working at home from your computer, you’ll eventually find out that the “business plan” they sell you is how to lure other people into spending a few dollars trying to find out how to make big money working from home.

It’s a high-tech variation on the old “make big money from home stuffing envelopes” classified ad scam.

Other “work from home” or “big money” scams are multi-level marketing schemes, tricks to get people to phone “1-900″ numbers, starting your own medical billing company and various chain e-mails. Cruise over to www.scambusters.org for the latest and greatest scams.

As with any business venture, know the refund policy and check references. People who sell legitimate products will have no problem giving you this information.

Of course, in times like today when unemployment is high and solid, full-time jobs are often elusive at best, the “work at home” and “big money” scammers are having a field day. Don’t join their list of victims.

There are ways to make money over the Internet. I do freelance writing for clients I’ve never met in person. Computer programmers and graphic artists are also in demand. Elance is the website where I connect with most of my clients. I’m planning a series of articles on this soon.

Finally, if Google posts a little ad on this website promoting one of these scams—and I bet they will—don’t click on it.

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