This page will help you decipher if a work from home opportunity is genuine or a scam.
Being scammed is a terrible feeling. I should know: I have experienced it.
The feeling of being financially violated, the abuse of trust you have given coupled with the anticipation and failure of success is depressing. Unfortunately, work from home scams are becoming more and more prevalent today. If you take anything from this post, please take this:
There is no such thing as ‘Get Rich Quick’
However, scammers want to misinform the public that there is, just to get a hold of your money. They do this by introducing schemes which offer exaggerated claims of success which are not realistic and promise that you will be able to achieve this in a short space of time.
This, of course, is all a lie.
It is easy however, to believe this and be convinced as many work from home scams use sophisticated techniques such as ‘real life’ testimonials (which are not really ‘real life’), fake bank account statements and false promises.
Avoid work from home scams by sticking to the 5 Golden Rules detailed below to decide whether it is a scam or not.
The 5 Golden Rules
Are there exaggerated claims of success?
Nearly all scams use unrealistic and exaggerated claims of success. ‘Get Rich Today’ or ‘Earn 6 Figures in 2 Weeks’ are examples. The fact of the matter is, these claims are just entice you to part with your hard earned money.
Furthermore, many scams use grand images of materialistic products (cars, houses etc). This is to entice you to become involved with the product in the hope that one day you will achieve this.
Can you explain what the product/work from home opportunity is in simple terms?
Can you explain this without making reference to third/external parties who may be involved? Many work from home scams out there want you to invest your money with them but also external parties to make sure you gain success. Such scams sell add on products which only just fund their greedy pockets more.
Is there an open culture which allows you to ask questions about the product, how it works, ask questions to those who have had success?
If not, then it is highly likely the product is a scam. This is a major rule which allows you to succinctly differentiate between work from home scams and genuine opportunities.
Are there a lot of testimonials which are not verifiable?
For example, testimonials which do not have a link to the person’s identity and story of success? Testimonials which do not have the option to contact the person to ask them about the product? You should know that many work from home scams have paid actors to falsely talk about the ‘success’ they have had but really they are just getting paid to lie.
Is there a strict time limit to ‘claim your success’?
Many scams promote a time limit for you to ‘claim’ your spot to be successful with the product. For example, it may have a timer saying ‘only 3 hours remaining’. You should treat this as a major indicator that you are dealing with a scam.
If you have any questions about these rules, or whether a work from home product you are considering is a scam, then please contact me.
Also, let me know what you think of these tips as it would be great to hear from you!