Work From Home Business Ideas? Are They Work From Home Scams!

Work From Home Scams Scambusters.org describes “work from Home scams” as “Having you work from home, doing envelope stuffing, craft assembly, or other tasks where you are (supposedly) paid by a company as an employee. There are certainly some legitimate telecommuting jobs, but work-from-home jobs are often just big scams.” If you have some work from home business ideas, you definitely need to do some research before you dive right in. You do not want to get burned. I have talked many times about online scams and you can review them by clicking the “Online Scams” drop down menu at the top of this page. When I was getting near retirement, I started looking at the Internet as an avenue to creating some additional income and being my own boss while I enjoyed my retirement. As I looked at the different offers I was getting by email and while surfing,…

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Search Engine Registration Scam

In the last month or so, I have started receiving emails offering search engine registration for domains that I own. These offers are all worded very similar and have a subject that says: “Domain Notification for exampledomain.com : This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing” I have changed my actual domain name in the example here but these have been sent to me for a number of my domains. At first glance I thought that it was a request to renew my domain registration. But it is not and each time I checked my domain registration information, none of the domains had to be renewed. When you read the information, it actually says “search engine registration” which is a lot different from your annual or multiple year domain registration with your domain registrar. So do not be fooled. You really do not have to pay for registering your domain…

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Email Scams And Hoaxes

The advent of the Internet has, like everything else, opened up new avenues for the crooks to try and get your information and/or hard earned money. There are many email scams and hoaxes going around. Every day I download my email and there are at least ten to twenty emails that appear to be email scams and hoaxes. I have worked online for over twenty years and it is probably easier for me to recognize them just by seeing the subject of the email. But it is not just email, you can get solicited through pop ups when you are visiting websites or doing searches. I am going to mention a few of the current email scams here that you should look out for. These will be by no means all of them. They are some of the top ones that I see regularly. I have talked about some other…

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Online Scams Looking For Money Upfront!

Here are some known scams that could take your money and/or personal information. Many of these require you to pay upfront for information that you might be able to get for free if you searched for it online. Web Site Building Scams This is one of those where they request money up front. The offer is to build you a fully operating e-commerce site featuring a multitude of hot selling products. Everything is done for you including taking the order, maintaining stock, shipping to the customer and all of the customer service activities. AND, you will receive a percentage of the sale as your commission. The problem is that you may never see the site or your initial investment, which could be as much as $1,000. 900 Number Scams These scams involve the scammers wanting you to call a 1-900 number marketing some home business or product needed by the…

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Unsolicited Telephone Calls Requesting Personal Information – Possible Scams

Identity theft is one of the biggest problems we face today with all the means of communication, online resources and increased mobile phone use. When these scammers get your personal information, they will attempt to empty your bank account or sell your personal information to the highest bidder on the Internet. One of the primary ways the scammers attempt to get information from you is through unsolicited telephone calls using ruses that you might consider to be normal calls. Telephone Calls Regarding Jury Duty This scam has been around for a number of years and still surfaces today. So I want to remind everyone to be alert. The most common technique the scammers use is they call your home telephone and identify themselves as someone from your local court system. They then go on to tell you that you were scheduled for jury duty but you failed to show up…

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Online Activities To Stay Away From!

There are a number of online activities and/or business programs that I will not get involved in. I base my decisions on over 20 years of experience working online and my career as an investigator before my online life. I am not saying that these activities are outright scams although some of them may be close. I am saying that based on my experience, I personally stay away from promoting these type activities because they look and sound very questionable. If you are considering getting involved in any of these then I would take a very careful look at them, researching and finding out if in fact they might be questionable or valid offers. You should do this research before investing any of your hard earned money based on hype that could lose you all your money.

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Phishing – Don’t Fall for the Email Scams!

Many of you have heard of “Phishing”, maybe some of you have not. No I have not started writing articles on sport fishing :>). Phishing has been in the newspapers and featured on the evening news many times. It is one of the email scams that has been going around the world for several years. And it has probably become one of the biggest threats that could result in identity theft. So just what is “Phishing”? The website Webopedia defines it as: “(fish’ing) (n.) The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that…

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Email Chain Letters – Are They Scams?

YES! Just As Illegal As Their Snail Mail Counterparts! Every week I receive at least one email that contains a chain letter. Now if you have never received one, which would be unusual if you are on any type of mailing list, you can usually recognize them by their simple structure. First they will have a statement such as “Make $400,000 in Weeks”. Some may say: “AS SEEN ON OPRAH. MAKE MONEY RIGHT FROM YOUR COUCH! $400,000 IN YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT! IT WAS PROVEN ON OPRAH, DATELINE & NATIONAL TV. THIS IS COMPLETELY LEGAL!” Others may say something similar. What ever claim they make is usually just made up, completely fabricated. The most recent ones contain a whole section on joining PayPal so you can accept credit cards. It even tells you what type of account to open.

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