Work-at-Home Schemes

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What is a Work-at-Home Scheme?

Many ads in newspapers offer people a chance to earn a lot of money at home in their leisure time.  Many will promise large profits in short periods of time.  However, you should be cautious of such ads.  Some offers are legitimate, but many are not.  These types of schemes are a type of classified advertising fraud.   

What Should I Look Out For?

Many of these classified ads do not tell the whole story.  For example, you should be careful because:

What are Some Common Schemes?

There are some common work-at-home schemes, including:

What Precautions Can I Take?

You should find out as much as you can about the company.  For instance, you should ask the employer:

You can also check with the consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau in the area where the company is located. 

What Should I Do if I Believe I Am a Victim of a Work-at-Home Scheme?

First, you should contact the company and attempt to get your money back.  Inform them that you plan to notify officials.  You may also get assistance from:

Do I Need a Lawyer if I am a Victim of a Work-at-Home Scheme?

An experienced lawyer can help you determine whether you have a claim.  Consulting a lawyer also can help you recognize whether you have been defrauded and whether pursuing legal action would be beneficial.

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Last Modified: 02-06-2013 04:30 PM PST

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