BBB warns of work-at-home scams - – Rockford’s News Leader

BBB warns of work-at-home scams


The Better Business Bureau is warning unemployed individuals around the area of work-at-home job scams.

"There were 17,478 inquiries to the BBB in 2013 about work-at-home companies. These scams were listed at number two on our Top 10 Scams List of 2013," BBB Rockford Office Director Dennis Horton said. "The number of inquiries last year shows that job seekers are being more cautious. However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady."

An example of one of the scams is a telemarketing effort targeting Hispanic customers. The victims were contacted by phone and promised they could make a profit by reselling high-end, brand-named goods. However, after they had paid the delivery person cash, they found the products to be unusable.

The BBB suggests keeping an eye out for the following warning signs:

  • Companies using personal testimonials but never identifying the person
  • Exaggerated claims of potential earnings, profits, and full-time earnings at part time hours
  • Companies that claim "inside" information
  • Requirements of money for instructions or products before you're told how the plan works
  • Claims of "no experience necessary"
  • Assurances of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork

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