Sharing the Real Wealth

When money’s tight, work-at-home opportunities can sound like just the thing to make some extra cash. Unfortunately, many of these “jobs” are rip-offs. Today, the FTC announced that it will mail over 50,000 refund checks to consumers who were scammed by Real Wealth, a company that allegedly peddled bogus work-at-home offers.

As part of a major crackdown, the FTC took action against Real Wealth in 2010, charging that the company made false claims when they said people could earn a “substantial income” using their products. The company tricked people by selling them booklets that supposedly explained how they could earn money working from home, mailing postcards and envelopes and applying for government grants.

So how can you avoid these kinds of scams? Take a minute to listen to our audio tip, and learn how to evaluate claims about work-at-home offers.

Work-at-Home Scams

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Jobs & Making Money

Comments

I am glad that this news was given to me because I don't want to get a scam via this people or business that are lying to me. God bless you.

I have been taken by a Company just like this. I am so mad because the money that I sent them was every dollar I had considering I am a single mother age26 of two boys and we just lost our home and have been homeless and I have been trying to get our lives put back together and this was just another fail. AND ANOTHER HARD BLOW TO THE GUT

I am trying to find out if a company named People Solution is a legitimate company. they are supposed to be a Mystery Shopper Company

You might want to take a look at our article Mystery Shopper Scams. You shouldn't have to pay to be a mystery shopper.

If you'd like the FTC to look into a company's practices, please file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. We use your complaints to investigate companies and bring lawsuits. We can't address complaints if they are submitted through blog comments.

When I first looked into "working at home" opportunities, it was estimated that 49 of 50 offers were scams. Recent numbers that I've seen are actually worse. The scammers seemingly can promise "anything." and do. Many tack on logos of TV shows that they claim to have been featured on or claim to be recommended by a whole host of reputable companies or people. I've read about people let go right around the time that they were to be paid.

Yes, there is a lot of advice on the internet as to what to look out for. At the same time,I'd still be hard pressed to look at a site and be able to say, "Now this is a legitimate offer." Is the only reasonable advice to avoid all offers of work at home job opportunities?

Trying to find out if the business for Global Pro Systems is the real thing or another pyramid scam.

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