By: Dan Miller

You’ve seen the ads – in the newspaper, on telephone poles, in your email – “MAKE $1,000 A DAY!!!!! I just received one – 30 DAYS TO A MILLIONAIRE – GUARANTEED!!!! Others claim, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!! LIVE THE HIGH LIFE!!! But as the saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. I continue to hear from people who sent in their $30 for the instructions, or went to the $89 seminar or even paid for the $3500 computer training to guarantee their success. As people do want new options to the 8-5 grind, it also opens the door for people to take advantage of others.

Here are some ways to spot a scam:
If the ad has a lot of CAPITALIZATION and EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!, warning signs should go off in your head.

If they say you can make a lot of money with little or no work, don’t believe it.

If the ad is not clear and does not give details, you are being baited.

If you have to call a 900# for more information, you’re being scammed.
Home employment schemes are among the oldest kinds of classified advertising fraud. Many require that you pay for instructions, training or materials before any supposed profits. Envelope stuffing, assembly or craft work, and at home training to get ready to make money are some of the most common scams.

What to do if you suspect a scam:
Contact your local Better Business Bureau. They are very aggressive about stopping scams.
Check out the Federal Trade Commission web site for more information on avoiding and reporting scams.


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