earn at homeWork from home job postings are everywhere. There are listings for data entry jobs, research positions, multi-level marketing opportunities, and a variety of other ways to make a lot of money fast. In fact, there are so many of them that work at home scams that the U.S. Government created a dedicated webpage listing many of the scams…..but the truth is that there are too many out there to catalog.   The “Earn at Home Club“, a.k a. the “$600 a Month Club” is one of those scams that do not belong in your home.

Allegedly created by Jennifer Becker, this “Club” is actually a means by which an Internet marketer can suck you in at a low $4.97 price and then hit you with a $77 charge buried in the fine print, to which you never agreed to and may never even know that you got charged…..until it is too late.    When you begin digging into this scam you’ll find that Ms. Becker doesn’t exist, they’ve engaged in unauthorized use of network news logos and the news report videos and they are just looking to fool people into giving up their credit card information so that they can impose unauthorized charges.   This scam has used many names for the fictional working single mothers including Emily Young, Mary Stevens, Michelle Withrow, Angela Bussio and many others.

They hid behind a number of fake review sites that make it difficult for you to uncover the scam.  If you go to your trusty Google or Bing search engine and type in the name of the offer plus the words “complaint”, “scam” or “review”.   They will display a slew of websites that havereviewed or investigated or evaluated the exact offer that you are researching.  BAM!   You just got scammed…..again.    Nine times out of ten, these sites are affiliate marketing sales sites created by marketers to make it as difficult for you to find actual complaints or warnings about the offers that they are pitching.    They are not independent.   They are not objective.   In fact, these new faux review sites are a new tactic in Internet shopping.  They are generally funded by marketers attempting to sell you overpriced or misleading information at premium prices.  They are often authored by professional fake review writing services or “reputation management” companies.

The work-at-home scams like “Earn at Home”, as well as WAHC (which redirects you to Earn At Home), all into these categories:

First the cold truth:  there are a number of phony job listings on legit job-hunting websites.  The indicators of scam jobs include:

Pitches to be your own boss: Involves a pitch for owning your own business, with promises of huge money. But the only ones making money are the people pushing startup kits and related costs.

Envelope Stuffing:  Let us ask you this question:   If you were the employer, why would you pay someone $1 or more to stuff an envelope when you could job out the task to a mailing house for pennies apiece?

Fee Charged:   Most all scammers charge a big fee for a “background check” or for providing additional information about the jobs.

At-Home Assembly Work: This is also highly suspicious. If these companies were legit, why wouldn’t they be using offshore labor at a fraction of the cost?

Medical Billing or Claims Processing: Very few medical professionals will let just anyone handle private medical info especially with new healthcare privacy rules in effect. Most doctors will not outsource billing services to individuals, but rather to large, established companies whose workers are trained and employed on site.

Refund-Recovery Business:  The scammers offer to sell you software to track late and lost UPS and FedEx packages and assist the shippers’ customers in obtaining refunds. The shippers say these refund-recovery schemes are bogus.

In general, beware of work-at-home employers who ask for your money up front. Legitimate employers pay you, not the other way around.    Some reputable employers will ask for modest fees to cover costs, but nothing excessive.  But also understand that the scammers are targeting very specific people.   If you fall into one of these groups, you need to be extra-cautious:

The Sick, Disabled, or Elderly: If you are elderly, ill, or have a disability, you may have problems landing a traditional job.
The Stay-At-Home Mother: Whether you have a spouse or you’re single, you may be looking to supplement or create an income while raising children.
The Low-Income or No-Income Family: You or your spouse may have just lost your job, and you feel desperate and anxious to find work as the bills pile up.
The Person Without Higher Education: You’re not stupid or dumb — you just didn’t go on to college or university.

TO AVOID SCAMMERS, TAKE THESE STEPS

1.  Check Out the Job Listings
If it isn’t listed in the job posting, find out if there’s a salary or if you’re paid on commission. For work at home jobs, ask how often are you paid and how you are paid. Ask what equipment (hardware / software) you need to provide.

2.  Don’t Expect to “Get Rich” Quickly
Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or that will help you get rich fast. Stay clear of listings that offer you high income for part-time hours. They will do none of the above.

3.  Don’t Send Money
Do not send money! Legitimate employers don’t charge to hire you or to get you started. Don’t send money for work at home directories or start-up kits.   That’s why Earn at Home is an obvious scam — you shouldn’t have to make any upfront payments.

4.  Check References
Ask for references if you’re not sure about the company’s legitimacy. Request a list of other employees or contractors to find out how this has worked for them. Then contact the references to ask how this is working out. If the company isn’t willing to provide references (names, email addresses and phone numbers) do not consider the opportunity.

5.  Do Some Research
One of the better resources that we’ve come across is a website called Workathomenoscams.   It’s a mouthful, but its host, Eddy Salomon, offers some sound advice about Work at Home opportunities and also has identified some of the questionable propositions or outright scams.   His blog is a must-read if you are looking to invest in a Work At Home job.