Work-at-Home Scams

You may have received emails, seen ads online, or received junk mail offering easy money for work done "in the comfort of your home." Work-at-Home scams pre-date the Internet, but email and online advertising have made it easier and cheaper for scammers to advertise their get-rich-quick ploys, which primarily entrap senior citizens, stay-at-home parents, and those who are sick, disabled or poor.

The ads fail to mention that under their scheme you'll spend your own money to place ads or buy envelopes, work long hours without pay, or that your work may, in fact, be part of a larger scam to perpetuate fraud or reship stolen goods.

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  1. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data January- December 2006, February 2007, Top Complaint Categories, page 5 at http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/pubs/
    Top10Fraud2006.pdf