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Are you looking for a job you can do from home?

Maybe you want something flexible to balance responsibilities like caring for kids or family members. Or maybe you haven’t been able to find a job, or you need extra income.

Whatever your reason, know this: many work-at-home ads that promise you can earn a great living, even in your spare time, are scams. They won’t deliver on the claims they make. 

Work-at-Home Businesses describes some common work-at-home scams. It also tells you how the Business Opportunity Rule requires people who promote legitimate opportunities to support their claims. Order copies of the revised booklet free, in English or Spanish, to share with friends and family, local businesses, the library — you name it — at ftc.gov/bulkorder.

If you’re looking to work at home — whether it’s an internet business, mystery shopping job, direct selling through a multilevel marketing plan, or something else — do your homework first.

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It's good that you didn't deposit the fake check.

The best way to avoid losing money to a fake check scam is this: don't deposit a check from someone you don't know. 

Scammers can change the way checks look, and it can be tough to tell if a check is fake or not. Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you within certain time. But just because funds are available doesn’t mean the check is good. It can take weeks to uncover a forgery. If you take money out before the bank confirms that a check is good, you have to repay the bank.

I work from home as a customer service rep full time, full benefits, no costs, for a big online retailer. Lots of really big companies like car rentals, hotels and airlines have work from home, "telecommuting" or "virtual" positions. Always check their job postings on their main corporate site to apply, and never through e-mail spam or something like craigslist. Legitimate openings for companies always post it in their regular careers or job opening pages on their main website.

Did you just go on their website and apply? Do you also set your own time? Thats the kind of job I would like.

Publishers clearinghouse is the biggest scam of all it's a waste of time and energy hopefully they will be shut down someday

I got in with a group of online marketers by the names of Matt Lloyd,Shaqir hyassir, rebecca bracey,abby,lisa,steve,and a bunch more that work for advertising marketing companies called MOBE,clicksure,and a couple more i am getting soaked with fake emails telling me there is deposits in my paypal accounts,which are never there.i called paypal and a card and phone number i didnt know had been attached to my account and had been making subscription purchases that i knew nothing about.these people have been doing this for months!i appreciate the email about onlune work from home scams and phishing.i just never realized it was so common,or that it could ever happen to me.Boy was i wrong!

My father has gotten wrapped up in this same scam. Is anyone pursuing them?

Outsource.com is a colossal waste of time and money. Their leads and job board posts are generated by people and business owners who don't want to pay competitive rates for the virtual services they're requiring. Outsource.com is unscrupulous and enforces a NO MONEY BACK POLICY if you're unhappy with their service. Purchasing a 6 month subscription for $100+ gives you 20 credits. Just ONE of the jobs I pursued cost 7 CREDITS. At that rate, it's fairly obvious your credits are burned through pretty quickly....but that's exactly what they're hoping for, isn't it? I filed a complaint with the FTC. Too many sites like Outsource.com give the Virtual community a bad rep. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

I be wanted to work online they ask you to pay a fee everyone wants to scam us out of are money.

Thank you, your posting is very nice.

Guys, please help me spread this fraud activity with Embassy Source. My daughter was looking for a part time job and tried working with the said company unfortunately, she was not paid. Please help me spread this information to stop all of this activity. They dont even have their website. I wonder if this company has ever been registered in US.

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint so it becomes part of the FTC database that's used by investigators nationwide. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We can't address complaints that you discuss in the blog comments.

Beware of a site cslled MyFlexJobs. Total Scam, promoted by a woman name Sandy. Work at home Scam. Promise pay for work right away. No cost. Can contact no one after signup. Take my advice if you havve signed up. Cancel your prescription with mypcbackup rightaway. you have thirty days. Business is a scam. No jobs, no money and no response

These are useful details for a complaint.  Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We cannot address complaints if they are submitted through the blog comments.

Yes myflexjobs is a scam replied off craigslist looks very legitimate they promise no money upfront you will be working data entry no the case at all surveys and ask for money and mypcbackup download required to purchase BEWare...

Has anyone ever heard of Atlant Parcel?

I just got hired for this company last friday , and for some reason I just checked my email and It states that I'm getting my first package from ups. I hope this company is legit because I refuse to work for free.

Some scammers offer jobs and try to get the victims to do things like re-ship merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards, deposit counterfeit checks, and send money to the defendants. A scammer may send an email offering a job as a ‘clerk,’ ‘correspondence manager’ or ‘import/export specialist.’ The job may require you to accept packages sent to your home, re-label them with information they provide, and ship them out. Read more about this scam in this blog post about scammers seeking assistants.

Ever hear of Growing Media Group?

Can anyone tell me if a foreign company called Aquatrius Holdings Limited is legitimate? I have been "employed" by them for an entire month and have not been paid.

Can you confirm if you have been paid from Aquatrius Holdings Limited, for the work you have done?
Did you find out if the company is actually real or not?

I do not believe this company is real and I have reported them to FTC as well as FBI cyber crimes division and suggest everyone else do the same.

What position were you " employed " under? I also got an email from them wishing to employ me also. I haven't completed all the hiring process as yet because I am still wondering if the company is real or not. What say you?

If you post your resume on a job search site, you might get an email from a scammer offering a job. Or you might reply to a job listing from a scammer. The scammer may ask for your personal information, for the 'hiring process.' He may use your information for identity theft.

A scammer may offer you a job that involves using your bank account, or opening a new bank account. He may ask you to deposit money and wire money outside the US. You may find out later that the checks you deposited were fake, and you have lost money.

Or, he may say you will recieve and send packages. You may learn later that the scammer bought merchandise with a stolen credit card, and you helped him by receiving and shipping it.

If you’re thinking about accepting a work-at-home offer, you can read the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule. The Rule provides safeguards to make sure you have information you need, to tell whether a work-at-home opportunity is a risky business. Under the Rule, sellers have to give you a one-page disclosure document that offers key pieces of information about the opportunity.

Thanks for the info. Has anyone reported or has knowledge of the said company Aquatrius Holdings Limited?

I am employeed through them but everything is really confusing and now I am starting to question them. They deposited money into my account and than I was supposed to send the money to people with money gram. One of the people was flagged as a scammer. So I don't know what to think but I called the FBI and stuff. I just don't understand why they were dealing with people in Russia. They also deleted my inbox throught their company. I don't know its just weird. Does anyone find that weird.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you give a scammer access to your bank account so he can put money in, he can also take your money out. Contact your bank and ask how to keep your money safe. If you help a scammer transfer money, you can lose money and personal information, and get in legal trouble.

Hi, I recently responded to an ad on Craigslist promising that I will be compensated $750/week to be somebody's inbound office assistant. The VP of the company is supposedly my prospective employer. Has anyone ever encountered Annenberg Foundation? I was contacted by a Charles (supposedly the VP) via email ( ).

Today I received a check via FedEx to my home address. I was instructed to deposit it to my personal account in order to buy supplies at Wal-Mart (no idea for what and why) and also to make reservations and buy plane tickets for his clients. The check came printed on a piece of paper and it was a very hefty amount. My bank would be absolutely suspicious of this so of course I don't plan on depositing it.

It came from a company called Global Fastener and Supply inc, a company in Muskego, WI. The Annenberg foundation is supposedly in Los Angeles, CA. The origin of the package is also in CA but Global Fastener and Supply Inc doesn't have a branch in CA. Fortunately (I'm hoping this is a good thing?), I did not give him my bank account nor my SS number. I've provided him with my full name, phone number, email address and home address. He also said that it was a 1099 position and will make arrangements for a W-2 form. Bridget Small, please reply to me as soon as you can. I'm a 26 year old student trying to go back to school in September and I can't afford it. I was denied a student loan as well. This "job" would've been a huge help, had it been legitimate. Thanks.

It sounds like this could be a scam. You might want to destroy the check, or give it to someone at your bank and explain the situation.

The information you gave (name, phone number, address and email) is information that's often publically available. If you give out information that's publically available, you don't create as much risk as if you give out your Social Security number or financial account information. There are tips for people whose information was lost, stolen or exposed at IdentityTheft.gov.

Thank you so much for replying! I destroyed the check even before I read your comment, I just had a bad feeling about it. So far he hasn't tried to contact me for not finishing the first "task". Hopefully he gets the idea that I'm onto him.

just had an "interview" on Googlehangouts. Was told I'm hired @ $20.00/hr. Have a long list of supplies to buy for job with Oceanhealthcare Pvt Ltd. Will be sending me a check for said supplies. Needless to say, I don't plan to try to deposit it. Thank you everyone for sharing your troubles to help others!!!

Has anyone had any dealings with AAR Corp? I was offered a work from home administrative assistant position with them. Said they will be sending me a check so I can purchase my office equipment from their vendor? Sounds pretty fishy to me. But AAR Corp is a big business..... What should I do?

This could be a scam. Could someone be using the company's name without its knowledge? You might try searching AAR Corp online, and then give them a call to confirm their offer.

I've researched all day and can't find anything bad about the company. I am going to try to call like their corporate office and see if I can get any answers.

Did you find out anything? I was contacted and asked to message someone via hangouts for aar Corp- said its for a at home customer service position but the way the lady was typing was almost unprofessional and she asked things that sketched me out - like if I have experience with check printing.... Anyone heard about AAR CORP hiring process?

I was just contacted by AAR CORP. It is a scam then??? They told me the same things they told you!

I worked for a company called shipeffic the have a website and everything but I never got paid for the work I did total bummer

This is a scam ! i researched them before they offered me the postion and first there are only posts in specific states and the interviewer never mentions aviation.Plus a thing I noticed is all of the first names have a double letter. The email they emailed from was a gmail,gmail is for personal use or a very very small business. do not deposit the check because then your fraud department will contact you and be a mess!

Have anyone heard of topfulfill. ? I was chosen to ship and receive packages with one day shipping labels to the wisegroup company..I havent gotten paid and it has been 30 days should I be concerned? Is anyone ever successful working from home?

It could be a scam. You can read about one way scammers recruit people to send money and packages.

Do you have any information about Falcon Minerals from Australia? Middle man interviewed me yesterday on Google hangouts. He was head of H.R. of a company called B.T.G. International. Suppose to get a check tomorrow and I am also going to report to Ziprecruiter to let them know.

Totally a scam. They sent interviewed and "hired" my friend on Friday, sent her a check on Saturday for over $2000 and gave her a list of items she needed to purchase. When she called the guy and questioned him about things like why they used Google for all their communication/emails he got mad and hung up on her. She is taking the check and turning it over to the bank and reporting the whole thing to the real Falcon Minerals company tomorrow.

Don't know 22 I work for the same place topfulfill, today makes 30 days, the person I report to told me I should get paid on Monday

Job offer from Falcon mineral limited based out of Australia. Interviewed on Googlehangouts with Charles Hausman. after reading this I know its not legit. to be continued

I just finished with the same person on Googlehangouts, what was the out come with Falcon mineral limited?

Hi, I just did the interview with the same person, too. Is this a scam?

I also was interviewed by the same guy "Charles Hausman". After he asked me for my personal information, I asked him for form of verification because I couldn't find any information linking him with the company. Still waiting, has Scam written all over!

They have changed his name now to Raymond Muskett but they are still trying to scam people

Just did an interview on google hangouts. Did research on company and it seemed legit, but the more I've been thinking about it, the more nervous I've become. It was for aleo solar and the "hiring manager" was Emmanuel Desarmeaux. The email I received was from Sandra Wooten who claimed to be from the Human Resources Department. They said I was hired and would be sending a check for me to buy supplies which threw up some red flags. Has anyone dealt with them?

The FTC has information about scammers who pretend to interview and hire people. They're looking for people who will accept money and transfer it for them. If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

aloe solar literally just offered me a position. They sent me job offer documentation, W-4, and I-9 forms and the lady who interviewed me was Danielle Sims. She even gave me an assignment to complete for today. She advised me that she would be sending me a check for the Software I needed (and even listed the software) as a PDF and I was to deposit the check via mobile banking. I told her that I didn't have mobile banking she said that the Accounting Department would just send me the check in the mail through FEDEX or USPS. I have not filled out any forms or provided any information that they couldn't have obtained from my resume. The job sounded way to good to be true and I've had a suspicious feeling in my chest since my initial communication with this company. I've done extensive research on the company and while Aleo solar seems incredibly legit, there is still an unsettled feeling in my chest about the entire thing and reading though these comments just confirms my suspicions. I don't trust this company and I'm not giving them any of my information.

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