Is that work-at-home job going to pay?

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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I had a mystery shopping job,it was a scam I still get the check in my locker.I did not spend that much money on it only I paid for the bus to get there,they anyway had a little something .That is a part of the game.

I joined 3 MLM companies within two to four years and only made about 500 dollars and spent at least 4000 dollars on the so called businesses. The only thing I ever got was a ride where I needed to go hear their upline motivate me to spend more money. With all that being said a business that treats its associates like employees should not be able to get away with calling them independent contractors and should have to pay them base plus commission so tired of these scam companies but I am injured and I can't drive so I need a work from home job so I keep falling for the same old lies.

Has anyone also gotten the ones the ask you to add someone to your HANGOUTS account or YAHOK MESSENGER account for an interview.

Yes i have. Then they sent me a check for the equipment and want me to put it in my bank account.

Yes n smith me too, last 3 days

And what happened did you cash the check

Have you been able to recover any of your lost money or find out info about stopping your scammer?

I'm having the same thing happen to me right now. Online Google Hangout interview, full job description, pay info, and a check Fedexed to me this morning. Before I deposit the check, I'm trying to do more research to see if it is legitimate. I had someone try to scam me about a year ago in a similar fashion. I still have the check they Fedexed to me and reported all of this to the FBI. So they did not get me that time.

I am also in the middle of this pre-training where I am waiting for the check for the equipment to become a data entry clerk. What have you experienced so far with this?

I am also in the middle of training for this work at home offer. I received a check for $2,200 today supposedly for supplies. I deposited the check and I no sooner got home and my bank's fraud investigator called to tell me the check was fake. I am still scheduled to "train" tomorrow morning. Can't wait to get on hangouts with my "supervisor"!!!!!!!

Was the person's name Peter Lowy, Sherria Turner, or James Berges? This sounds like the same people who have just scammed me.

Hey! This sounds exactly what I'm going through right now. By any chance was the company using a name called Geneink bio?

Sounds like the same thing i am going through but mine is with mosaic health solutions. anyone ever heard of them.

I just went through that exact scenario. Someone claiming to be a recruiter for Merck. It was a Total scam. Rhankfully Fed Ex caught the package that it was charged to a known fraud acct. Very disappointing. The so called recruiter wad was named Fran Murphy.

In was just sent a check from someone that claims to be the owner of Merck

I think these people have just scammed me. Have you had any justice with your experience?

The person who interviewed me his name is Peter lowy it's from a steel company so he says .is there anyone else w the same thing?

I recently tried a work from home business with Vemma. I ended up $2000 in debt for my training and supplies. I received one check for only $4.00. I was forced out when I ran out of credit and could not afford the fees to stay and work. A big loss. I was foolish then, ignorant of the schemes, I have become informed. Never again will I listen to a work from home marketing call. NEVER AGAIN!

You can report this to your state Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission.

You can also contact the state Attorney General’s office in the state where the business is based.

Check the more recent articles, Vemma is listed as a pyramid scheme

yes, I am one of the person that was scam? I have all the documents, and I want to know where we reach our complain? I am not paid of my salary from March 17,2015 when I sign my employment contract -to may 2015. Please let me know?

You can report this to your state Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission.

You can also contact the state Attorney General’s office in the state where the business is based.

I have tried three online jobs and so far have spent a lot of money and made no money. I am very disappointed. How can I find an online job that is honest?

Read this article about Work at Home Businesses for tips about spotting work at home scams.

Before you sign up with a company, you could check it out with your local consumer protection agency, your state Attorney General, or the Better Business Bureau.   Check on what people say about the company in the company's home state and in your area.

But remember: even if there aren’t complaints about a company,  that doesn't mean it's legitimate. Some dishonest companies settle complaints or change business name or move to a new location so people can't track them.

Hey Linda do not trying to get money online I just got scammed and lost 300 dollars and they wanted more that's where I stopped. Its an e-loan it's number calls from Texas California, and Florida.

Is there truly jobs to do from home? If so, what are they. I know it is a lot of scams out there but would love to work from home if I could make decent money.

has anyone took a job that you didnt have to pay anything. they sent me packages all month and all i have was check the content and repack it and mail it. they paid the postal and all. it was going great. payday was the 31st of may and i havent been pai yet. its almost 900 they owe me.

This could be a scam. According to the FBI, some scammers hire people to be “correspondence managers” or “import/export specialists.” The scammers ask people to ship packages overseas. The items you shipped might have been purchased online with a stolen credit card and sent to your address.

If this happened to you, and you gave the scammers your bank account information so they could “pay” you, contact your bank. If a scammer has your bank account number, he can take your money. If you gave out personal information, go to identitytheft.gov for tips about what to do.

Please file a consumer complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Information you provide can help law enforcement.

I have recently accepted a job as a quality controller in which I didn't have to pay anything to start. I receive packges in the mail I check the content repack and mail it out. I also fill out a report and send that to the person who hired me at the end of the day which states the persons name where the product came from tracking number how much it weights, day and time I received it and, day and time I shipped it out. they say its a w2 job but I have not received any of that paperwork that you would normally fill out with a w2 job. the place is based in Australia but can another country pay you for work if you live in the United states. what company did you work for.

 According to the FBI, some scammers hire people to be a “correspondence manager” or “import/export specialist.” The scammers ask people to ship products overseas. It might turn out that the items you shipped were purchased online with a stolen credit card and sent to your address so you could re-ship them. If this happened to you, and you gave the scammers your bank account information so they could “pay” you, contact your bank. If a scammer has your bank account number, he can take your money. If you gave out personal information, go to identitytheft.gov for tips about what to do.

I just had that happen to me!!! I am so pissed about it. It is a huge scam. However they now have all my info because they hired me. So I had to fill out the w-4 and I-9 forms. So now they are using my info to get credit cards and so on....

You might want to watch it and keep all of your proof that you was scammed. I was 9 months pregnant in January and the police came knocking on my door charged me with a felony and misdemeanor for using credit cards and come to find out it was all from a scam that happened to me while I was doing the packaging thing... Thank God I showed my attorney all of the information and I wasn't prosecuted!

Is this with first delivery services ltd in lithuania?

YES..I'm currently employed by first delivery services ltd in lithuania and I just shipped out my first package 2days ago today I got e-mail informing me about new packages coming I'm getting concern that I have fallen into scam. Worry?

You can also report these scams to the FBI at IC3.gov

I was contacted by someone about a work at home job, they got my info from a resume/job sight. a week later I receive a cashier's check for "equipment" needed. Well long story short, the cashier's check was bad. I had filled out a W4 form, so now they have my SS#, name and address. Luckily I have saved every text, email, and piece of paper. And filed a police report.

Has anyone Gotten asked to going Vipassana? I've heard about how they asked you to give them $100 and you have to sell some supliment and what not someone from that group has to recruit you i think this should be looked more into because it sounds like a huge scam someone asking for money to work? uh that screams PYRAMID SCAM

You can file a complaint about this at ftc.gov/complaint. Law enforcement uses information from complaints to investigate scams.

Blog comments don't go into the law enforcement database.

Stacia Crane from the Postal Inspector Office gave a speech and said the websites asking you to repackage items could be stolen merchandise. Then you can face criminal charges as you are an accomplice.

I never believed that anyone can make a fortune working from home from such businesses. This goes all the way back when I saw an infomercial for something called "The Internet Toolbox" featuring Richard Karn, who played Al Borelen in Home Improvement. From that, nobody mentioned what exactly was being sold, but kept making the claim that you can make a lot from whatever it is, which made me feel very suspicious. Overall, I never fell for this at all.

This is about an insurance company: After they issued to me a fraudulent check for $2,750.10 through FEDEX, I took it to the bank who confirmed my suspicions. But, the bank was quick to tell me that the best way to identify fraud is 1) paper stock - lightweight; 2) the way the date is printed - differs from the way the actual company would do so; 3) the check signature is feint; there is no check stub - this would be the best giveaway. Never send a scanned bank deposit slip to anyone you do not know. The response I got from the company when I told them that the check was fraudulent: "Well, I'll have to have the company send you cash to buy the software." Unreal...just unreal.

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.

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