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It’s hard to pass up a job opportunity that promises a large income and the flexibility of working entirely from home. Especially when the opportunity appears at the top of your online search results and includes video testimonials of success stories, making it seem legitimate. The problem is, most of these job opportunities are scams and won’t deliver on their promises.

Today, the FTC announced that a federal court put a temporary stop to a work-at-home scam that failed to live up to its promises. According to the FTC, Work At Home EDU made false claims that people could earn “hundreds of dollars, per hour from home, without any special skills or experience” by paying for a $97 work-at-home program. Once people paid, they were told that for $194.95 more, they could buy the advanced program and earn a whopping six figures a month. Unfortunately, none of it was true.

If you’re looking to work from home, here are some questions to ask to help you determine if a program is legitimate:

  • What tasks will I have to perform? Are any other steps involved?
  • What is the total cost of this work-at-home program? What will I get for my money?
  • Will I be paid a salary or commission?
  • Who will pay me? When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the basis for your claims about my likely earnings? What documents can you show me to prove your claims are true before I give you any money?

Before you hand over any money, also make sure you know what information you’re entitled to under the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule. Doing an online search of the company’s name with the words “complaint,” “reviews,” or “scam” also can be a good way to hear what others have to say.

For more, read our article Work-at-Home Businesses. And report scams to the FTC.

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Jobs & Making Money


My son is a college student and submitted applications through, etc. looking for work during the summer. Company contacted him about being a project manager from home for company called Educational Center Let's Study. They supposedly help international students and parents research colleges, etc. There was a 4 week probationary period and then my son would be paid. This is a scam. Email address, telephone number and website are no longer valid or active. My son did provide license # and bank information. Contact person was Samantha Tino. Email was samanthatino@ Website is ecenter- She also used the Telegram app. to communicate with him.

Kindly Advise. I have recently received a remote job offer from a company called Conformis Inc.Prior to this I was invited to an interview on google hangout.So far, I have Checked the information of my “interview manager” and “HR manager” on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter and they match(Names, Position and Company) Also I have received offer letter and an expense reimbursement agreement on the company website-To be signed and returned to them.Also, they asked for my ppic for company ID.I checked their website and the logo on the letter head is the same.Also, going through the company employees on their web page, I saw the name of my “hr manager”.There was also an advert of the vacancy they wanted me to fill.
Here is my worry though
1.I did NOT apply for this job in the first place.However, I have in the past landed a job which I never applied for(not a remote job) and came to learn that some staffing agencies share the applicant’s information with companies that are looking to hire.
2.I am being asked to pay for software programs(The programs are well listed on my contract) which will be reimbursed withinn 2working days, according to the reimbursement agreement signed.I am also to pay for the shipment of office equipment which will be bought by the company.
The total cost I have to incur is USD 162.This is to be paid in bitcoins to their “certified vendor” for software installation and shipment through fedEX.I am also required to order the purchase of these software programs myself “ so that they can see how best I can work on my own without supervision”
???Part of the deal sounds good but there’s a part that sounds a bit unrealistic.

Please advise. Is there anyone who’s been offered a remote job that required such? Or is anyone familiar with this company?

You have identified several warning signs of a scam:

  • you did not apply for a job with the company
  • the "company" wants you to pay THEM before you begin work
  • the company wants you to pay with currency that can't be traced.

Has anyone ever received an inquiry from Viktoria Ader with Global-Trade Export, LLC? I was scammed out of close to $65,000 through my credit cards. They paid off my balances so I could make the purchases. After a few purchasing "assignments" they rescinded the payments. I've filed complaints with the FTC, FBI and my local / state AG offices. What I'm finding out is most, if not all, private legal practices, will not assist in cases like this. It seems like consumers are left to their own devices.

Mine contacted me after a zip recruiter resume, they got my phone number and contacted me from there by text, then had the whole interview off of google hangouts. They sent me a check for 3450 dollars but my bank said that there was not enough money in that account at the other bank to cover the check. They said they would pay 25 dollars a hour after training.
Conduent hiring for san diego. When I finally looked up the company it looks like they aren't hiring for san diego, so real company used in a scam. They also used the Conduent logo in an offer letter.

same situation happened to me . after the check is not cleared do u need to pay for check bounce charges. what did the bank do to your account because my account has been restricted

You are responsible for the checks you deposit in your account. If a check bounces, you are responsible for the fees.

Has anyone heard of a company calling themselves “Skill Advertising Agency Ltd” out of Amsterdam?

Has anybody hear of Packmix it's suppose to be in San Francisco ?

Has anybody hear about packmix LLC?????

Packmix is definitely a scam. BEWARE. It’s not real. You will never get paid.

Has anyone heard about Ethicon Inc? They're scammers too.

Carlos Watts
"timelydelivery2u" support@ timelydelivery2u .com
I was contacted by the State Troopers in Colorado Springs that a lady contacted them saying her credit card had been used to buy an item being shipped to my address from this company. I had been told we simply receive orders and remail them to places the companies wouldn't.
When I replied & let them know I had found out this criminal activity and was had returned all packages I was emailed this:
"Carlos Watts <support @timelydelivery 2u. com>
To: z@ yahoo. com Feb 8 at 9:30 AM
Paul, dont forget that we know where you live. To avoid any problems for you and your family - drop off your parcels
Carlos Watts timelydelivery2u
Timelydelivery2u Support support @timelydelivery 2u. com

You can report this to the FTC at The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

Yes they promised you would only have to work a few hours a week. But not so, than they have someone else call and add, than have accountants call you a web builder call you and so on. Than I ended up losing 8,000.00 from them, they didn’t keep there appoints as they so call it. What a scam

It's always said "if its too good to be true and you should pay money up front than it's a scam" Right? Well I should have known better. In 2017 I was in a financial hardship and was barely staying a float. When being at the point of harassment and desperate I was taken. First they told me to call my bank and see if I could take out a loan for 10,00.00 for which I was denied. I did thing at that time it was a scam. Then they sent me to there loan specialist for which I could be loaned 2,000.00 for the program (which was 6,000.00). To make a long story short. I ended up forking over 4,000.00 on my credit card which made my account over the max limit. They had asked me how much more was left on my visa account. (4,000.00) I was promised that after watching all the videos and counselor It would become easy and start making money. First of all the information was old information and the counselor even told me that that was obsolete and no longer used. He kept on telling to go on a walmart ad and showing me one of their sellers selling this item for double the amount. After spending hours and hours of time with niches and trying to sell items through e-bay. I made a total of 10.00 for 2 months. I was smart enough to stop wasting my time. Oh the phone calls after that, let me just tell you I stopped answering my phone with anything associating with "sell at home". Unable to pay even the minimum amount I was sent to collections. Needless to say my good credit went to poor credit. I had to refinance my home to pay off my credit card and my loan payment was more because of my poor credit I now have to pay an extra payment for mortgage insurance. Now after 2 years I recv. a check for the FTC for a suit against Work at Home program. Looks like they finally go caught. But the check is only 10.00. Paying out 4,000.00 I only get 10.00 back. Hard lesson to learn. Thought I would NEVER fall for a scam. :(

There is a big scam being posted on Facebook advertising for work from home payroll jobs.
Posting by Alyssa Desadier, and Kym Michelle Collins. They will tell you to sign a contract you will make up to 4500 monthly for4 - 6 hours of work per week. You get a check emailed to you for your pay and are instructed to deposit the check and pull cash out the next day to send to someone. Then the checks are returned forged/fraud to your bank and you are stuck paying back the bank. They are also sharing their Facebook login information to allow others to post jobs on their behalf and pose as them to respond to unsuspecting victims.

I didnt know any of this but I will say this I get targeted every day. And for almost two years I have sent messages back I TV dont do no good my identity been stolen were I have no credit shoot I cant even get 100 dollar loan I get hacked it was so bad my last phone I had got hacked so bad the screen got so hot it turned pink I got stuff sent to me in my pdf of stuff I have no clue about . Well bottom. Line is I quite my job last year cause I had hi Hope's that i could make good money at home big joke I lost every thing now iam pretty much ho.homeless

Just trying to get extra money.

Ana Hawkins pretending to be CEO of Hawkins Automobile, made me she assistant, i wasted my time is contacting events agency to do a seminar for her. On my pay day then a realize it was an scam when the bank phone me.

ive been working for a company that sends packages to the home they have been training me my salary of 3100$ is supposed to be paid oct. 6th but now i cant get in my portal.Whats crazy is another company has hired for samething but pushed starting date to dec. the names are Postal benefit inc.,First Select (transdail).. my name is Deshawn Ashley i need to know what action to take.I have paid no money only printing and shipping smh

You can report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

They got me!! Is there a lawyer I can call or I have to accept my loss?

You can report what happened to the FTC at The information you give the FTC goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

This is a scammer! Do not accept call.

I’ve got very good job offer ( too good to be true) from TAB 2 GMBH USA . They find me on LinkedIn and offer very good salary ,extra commission even some benefits for buying and sending some goods on the company behalf using initially my own credit card! They promised to wire money to my account prior every transaction ! This company registered in NYC only on May , 12 2020 ! Be careful friends! I think it’s 100% SCAM !

What I don't understand is the flood of them on Facebook's Politico pages. They're probably all coming from fake pages but when people report them or try to block or hide them nothing happens.

My Fiancé just found out this job was a scam and the company Seemed to be real but it wasn’t

You guys look out for postal money orders to they can make them look so legit scammers are out there everywhere I do not trust anything online.

Yes I got scammed about 3 yrs ago like this thought it was a legit job offer that was on indeed come to find out it was a scam I never got paid wanted me to send out checks to the employees supposedly was legitimate I was supposedly the accountant for the fake company but end up was an scam so I dont trust any companies that ask for any information or to pay for something up front luckily I didn't get myself involved and this could have cause my life to be put in danger wit a criminal background and I have a clean record and will never fall for such a thing again we just have to be careful what we apply for work at home is awesome but only if its not a scam people should be locked up for doing such a thing for us people trying to make a living for our families

I was reached through a text message about a great job opportunity that would pay $35 an hour and $20 an hour for training. All I had to do was download an app called wire. So I did that and I communicated with a person name Juanita Benson. And the whole time I was very skeptical her English you could tell was not that good conducted a full interview never spoke to the person though. Only through messaging on that app. The next step I had to reach them every morning at 8:15 and get the next step to the job. They wanted to send me money to go buy office equipment. I was skeptical and would not let them deposit the money in my account so I said they could send me the check The day of them sending me the check I continue to do my research and I googled if someone wants to send you $4000 to my office appointment is this a scam? Turns out to huge scam so I messaged her I said let me guess after I get the check you want me to wire money to vendors to buy the equipment and she said yes I said you’re a scam the company that’s a position was for was called Mediphage Bioceuticals which doing my research I found is a real company but when you look for a phone number there’s no phone number for them. And the address they have that address when you look it up go to a different company. So I called her out on the scams that she was trying to do. And she kept trying to convince me it wasn’t a scam and would send me pictures of receipts of other employees new ones who deposited the money into the account which was over $3500. Nobody in their right mind sending people that much money I didn’t even start working at. I knew this was too good to be true. I never put the money in my account I have the check she said it would be void before I would even arrive to me, not sure how you can do that. The funny thing is they asked what bank I use and I told him and the check happen to come what the same bank I use on it. Thank God for Google articles and researching cause I got out of a big scam that could’ve been horrible for me and my family. If it’s too good to be true let me tell you it definitely is!!!!! This was a $35 an hour working from home position was full benefits and they would purchase everything I need. What a scam. And in the mist of her trying to convince me she called me by the wrong name and then screenshot in the name to me that she called on this app to prove that she was talking to somebody else with that name. So I looked up that person on that app (wire) which I’m guessing is just like Google hang out app and I warned them that this was a scam as well. She said she already deposited the money and wire the money to vendors she was so scared and didn’t know what to do. So I told her to go to her bank immediately so hopefully in the process I help someone not get scammed too much since they already started it on their own. But thank God I am not as gullible as I used to be.

Has anyone heard of offshore business processing. They are offering me a work at home job. I don't see any red flags yet.

So I received a “job offer” from a company called Offshore Business Processing and they emailed me a check to purchase the required equipment… they instructed me to print off the check & do an electronic deposit but it seemed suspicious to me.I called the bank associated with the check & they informed me that it was an invalid account number.

Im getting all kinds of bogus emails and txts.about winning money just because i asked a out senior assitance program it goes on all day long it must stop now

I gave 249.00 to this company for a work from home kit. It’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t received anything yet in the mail. Lance told me It would only be a few days but now he won’t even reply to my emails. I lost my job to COVID and I have 2 kids to feed. Please help.

Hey I just received a job offer from Send You Ltd (25 GBP bonus per peckages and 2500 gbp per 50 successful package sends)

It does sound more than fishy as the company is from the UK and I live well pretty far away.

According to their email I applied at indeed saying I have a 1 year long customer service experience while well I don't, neither have I ever used indeed.


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