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Recognizing Work from Home Scams

Apr 25, 2008
If you are constantly surfing the Internet, and if you are well versed with the evil that people can do, then you may have heard about the different scams that different bogus companies have to purportedly increase the income of innocent people. You may have heard about people who were made to stuff envelopes, sell low quality products, or network with lots of people, only to get nothing in return. Such work from home scams have given the opportunity of network marketing a bad name, and if you are interested in network marketing, it is your job to winnow out the bad from the good.

How do you know that you are encountering a scam on the Internet? No scam will advertise itself as a blatant scam, but there are different ways that you can tell that you are coming up against fraudulence. First, no decent network marketing program will constantly advertise itself as allowing people to earn thousands in their first week. Network marketing involves some degree of work and a lot of networking savvy that you will have to hone. Unless you already have a downline of a thousand people whom you can trust to buy things from you and widen your network within minutes, it will take time before you actually start earning thousands and thousands of dollars a week.

Second, a real network marketing program has a lot to lose if it would dare do any scamming, so it has to prove its worth. It will advertise itself as being accredited, and it will provide information on who to contact to verify information. In fact, a good network marketing company will provide you with contact information on who to talk to if you want to find out more about the network marketing program. If a network marketing program does not give you any opportunity to contact it or verify if it is a real program, then you may be looking at a scam.

Third, a real network marketing program actually sounds real. If it's too good to be true, if the network marketing keeps on advertising things that may sound too unreal, and if it keeps on doing this through entire text of its website without featuring any proof of its success or the people involved in it, then you may be looking at a scam. Of course, some network marketing programs pride themselves on their density of success stories, so in this case, you may need your gut to tell you whether or not you should enter the program that you are encountering.

If you are in doubt, you can either talk to the network marketing program's representatives themselves, or you can talk to people who have been involved in it. Do your own investigation; in this day and age of digital communication, reaching out to people should not be difficult for you. You can find network marketing program members online, as well as ex-program members, and you can ask them how much money you will need to shell out, how much work you need to do, what you need to sell, and if they have any suggestions on who to sell it to.

If you are positive that you have come up against fraud, then talk to your local business bureau and report the network marketing program. Take action: there are many legitimate network marketing programs out there, and work from home scams have no place in this world.
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