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How To Avoid Home Business Scams Online

Bob Withers
May 21, 2008
Home Business Scams seem to be the most prevalent scam around on the Internet today. Many home business scams are designed to persuade you to sign up immediately before you have time to research or ask relevant questions. They try to take advantage of the impulse buyer. What most advocates of home business scams aren't willing to tell you is that it's going to require many hours of hard work before you earn a single dime online. Overall, home business scams are all too common on the web today.

These tips may help you avoid being the victim of a scam. First, let's agree on a definition of the word scam. In scam situations you are handing over money or goods for something that either does not exist, or does not operate properly. It may be of extremely poor quality, or fail to live up to the exaggerated claims of performance. Maybe it was never the vendor's product to sell in the first place. Work-at-home scams are often presented to appear as if you are being offered a job. This is because most people are more trusting of job offers as opposed to business opportunities. The best way to avoid these internet scams is to thoroughly research each opportunity before you move forward with it.

These scams can be broken down into various categories. The scams we shall be dealing with initially are brought to your attention via the Internet. These are the popular Home Business offers of over night prosperity which try to attract you initially with lots of hype, lots of CAPITAL LETTERS, lots of punctuation and lots of highlighted text. I am going to give you a quick rundown of so called work at home opportunities to avoid. You should memorize this list and avoid these offers like the plague. The most common home business scams are envelope stuffing, product/craft assembly, pyramid schemes, type-at-home projects and unsolicited emails.

To avoid being labeled a home business scam you need a business that provides something of value at a reasonable price. You also need a way to securely receive payment, and a way to deliver the goods in a timely fashion. Yes, there are scams out there, but the majority of the ads you will see are offering real opportunities that can make you money. Recently, (mid 2007) the Better Business Bureau has been receiving reports that even some online employment agencies, are being targeted by scam artists. Their only aim is to steal bank details and other sensitive information about people seeking employment. In other words, Identity Theft.

Internet home business scams are all too common, which places a burden on legitimate businesses to prove themselves to be legal. These hints on avoiding home business scams are only meant as a guideline to help you stay away from fraudulent and misleading deals. Recognizing home business opportunity scams is something every person must learn if they truly want to find a legitimate home business opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is too good to be true.
About the Author
Bob Withers is a professional sales and marketing person with over twenty years experience. He has also turned his sights on internet and affiliate marketing to apply his trade. If you want to get in touch with Bob please visit:
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