Chicago,IL – January 14, 2014 - Unemployed individuals who are looking for work or those looking to change jobs often renew their efforts with the start of the new year.
“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,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The number of inquiries last years how that job seekers are being more cautious. However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady.”
A recent example of a pricey work-at-home scam that was caught by the FTC is a telemarketing scam that targeted Hispanic consumers. Contacted by phone, they were promised they could make money by reselling high-end brand named goods. Rather than being sent high-end products, after they had paid the delivery person (cash on delivery), they discovered the products they received were unusable.
To avoid falling victim to work-at-home scams, the BBB suggests you look out for the following warning signs:
- Companies that use personal testimonials but never identify the person.
- Exaggerated claims of potential earnings, profits, full-time or part-time earnings at part time hours.
- Company claims "inside" information.
- Requirements of money for instructions or products before telling you how the plan works.
- Claims of "no experience necessary.”
- Assurances of guaranteed markets and there is a huge demand for your handiwork.
Always check out a company before making any decisions. For more information on this and other scams, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.