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 household. When you call these numbers, they put you on hold to connect to someone who can help you. While on hold they are accumulating charges to your phone, in many cases to foreign countries. The scammers receive their share of the charges from the telephone companies.
Typing or Data Entry Work
These scams pop up all the time. The offer looks really good to the entrepreneur who wants to work at home on their computer. It sounds very lucrative and many people fall for it. The bottom line is they will want an up front payment to sell you a list or ebook with the names of companies that are in need of this type work. All you need to do is contact these companies and get work. The cost of this list or ebook can run anywhere from $19.99 to $99.00. What you get in most cases is a list or ebook that has been sold probably thousands of times and the information is outdated. You would do much better looking locally for a business or checking out Craigslist for possible leads.
There are similar offers floating around that involve getting paid to complete surveys. The ones that are questionable are the ones that want you to pay upfront access to a list of companies that you can complete surveys for. I joined one several years ago, which is no longer around, and paid $30.00 to access their list data base online. I tried company after company on that list and each and every time, after the first couple of questions they told me that I did not satisfy the criteria to complete the survey. So I never got paid a dime.
I want to note here that there are some companies out there that offer valid data entry, typing and other online type jobs. Some of these are Mturk.com, freelancer.com, guru.com and upwork.com (formerly elance.com and odesk.com). You can write articles and other items at sites such as textbroker.com, iwriter.com. If you have a specific talent like graphic design or similar capabilities, you can check out Fiverr.com.
My recommendation is that you should fully check out any online job opportunity before you pay anything upfront. When you pay upfront and it is a scam, it gets difficult to get your money back. Today you can go to Google and check out anything. Protect yourself and your hard earned money.
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