How to Avoid Work at Home Scams

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So, you’ve decided to look for a new job that will enable you to leave the 9-5 rat-race and also be around family more. The Internet is a great tool for researching and seeking out potential opportunities but how do you tell if that gem you’ve just discovered is legitimate or not?

I’ve been in this dilemma many times myself and have also been led down blind alleys, full of false promises. So I wrote this article to hopefully show you how to avoid work-at-home scams.

Here are my tips:

Top 14 Ways to Avoid Work at Home Scams Online

1 If it Sounds Too Good to be True, Chances are that it Probably Is.

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2 A ‘Video Only’ Sales Page.


3 One Page Websites that have No Information on them Other Than trying to get you to Purchase Their Money-Making Opportunity.

How to Avoid Work at Home Scams

4 A Lack of contact information on the website.


5 No Trial Period.


6 Fake or Scammy Pictures – Pictures of Cheques, Wads of Cash – Screenshots of Commission Balances.

How to Avoid Work at Home Scams

7 Never Pay For A Job.


8 No Support Offered with the Product.


9 Constant Upsells.


10 Outrageous Claims of Success.


11 Special Offers and Countdowns.


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12 Another GURU is Promoting it.


13 A 60-Day Guarantee.


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14 Questionable Testimonials.


How to Avoid Work at Home Scams

How will you make money Online?

Never Pay For A Job

Asking for money upfront is usually a sign that the job is a scam. An established company will not ask you to pay for a work-at-home position, unless of course, you need to invest in materials or a startup kit for a direct sales business.

Watch What Google Says

Use Google to your advantage and be sure to check up and dig about for information, reviews, testimonials and scams, when considering joining up with an online company.

It’s All In The Details

Check the details and small print of your employment when you do find a suitable work-at-home job. Genuine companies will have your tasks laid out in a clear and detailed manner ready for you to begin.

Withholding Information About The Business Upfront

Being evasive about a job opportunity can be a ploy to entice interest, but I think if it’s legit, then the company needs to be clear and provide all the information needed for you to make an informed decision.

Listen To Others Who Have Gone Before You

Find others who have previously, or are currently, working for the company. Read testimonials and as I’ve said before, check out reviews. This can be difficult if it’s a brand new opportunity. Is there information on Social Media? Have you looked on work-at-home forums? You are sure to find the required assurance if you look in the right places.

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Want to learn how to build a business online? If so get in touch, I can help. I began working online in 2011 because I wanted the freedom to work when I wanted and to get away from being an employee. I've learned lots in that time and now work full-time from home online. With this website I aim to help others who also want to work from home and learn about the online world. Leave a comment in the box below or use the contact page on this website. You can also connect with me over at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is my profile link, Suzanne-SB's Profile at WA.

8 Comments on “How to Avoid Work at Home Scams”

  1. There are so many scams online and unfortunately some still “fall” for them. Not their fault, scammers are very good at what they do… It’s sad though when there are good options out there. But how do you weed out the good from the bad? Your great list helps with that.

    Thank you for sharing this list Suzanne a great one to have in the back of your mind when searching online marketing programs,


  2. Thanks for these great tips to avoid work at home scams. I found it quite hard to spot them at first, but now it is so easy if you just follow these guidelines.

    They all have a similar feel to them and your first point is the most important. There is no such thing as a surefire way to become rich overnight on autopilot without doing any work!

  3. Hi Suzanne,

    Great article, thanks a lot for the information! I think more people should know about avoidings scams online, it is so hard to get trapped by them. Did you ever fall for a scam yourself?
    – Rosy

    1. I have been led down blind allies a lot in the past, in my search for a mentor or way to move forward online. I was left disillusioned and even more lost than when I first began!

      There are so many underhanded and unethical people out there who are very good at making people believe them, it’s easy to get caught up in their lies.

      I was skeptical about Wealthy Affiliate at first so the free sign up was appealing – I could try before I committed – what a relief it was to find such a valuable place to become a part of – I’ve learned so much.

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