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

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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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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 know just what you maen i have been embarrssed twice with the mystery shopping check. You would think they would get the hint no one who is efficient in there job will cash or deposit it. This guys need to be ran off the internet and thrown in jail

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.

Do not put the money in your account. I opened a new account within 24 hours came back fraud alert all red across the account. It took me all day at the bank and police station. Thank goodness I did not give money but still. What happens is this. If you put it in your bank account the check clears immediately. Then they ask you to buy things with the money. Within 7 days the check with be fraud in your account.

Has anyone every heard of libra group limited they are sending me a check to give to there vendor so I can buy equipment please help to see if this a scam or not

It's risky to give any personal information - or your bank account number - to someone you don't know, or 'met' online. If you posted your resume on a job site, or got an email with a job offer, take time to check out the company. If you get involved with a money transfer scheme, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds and social media to hunt for potential money mules.  For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’ The ads often say:

  • the company is outside the U.S.
  • all work is done online
  • you’ll get great pay for little work

If you respond, the scammer may interview you or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job offer seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your bank account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.

I have been contacted by them and the person interviewing me is named Mrs. Jessica Eastwoods. When I talked to her about how I did not want to send my personal information online she got a little upset. I do not trust this company.

I've just had an interview with Jessica Eastwood, do you have any further information on her or Libra Group Limited?

Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds and social media to hunt for potential money mules.  For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’

Read more about work-at-home scams.

Bridget, I am being scammed right now. I, personally haven't lost any money but as a web assistant for Promena, 2 people are out $4000 and $8000. I am the one who was the web assistant who sent a paypal invoice and collected the money. Once the item was determined as delivered by Paypal they released the funds and I sent it to the "Seller" in Turkey. Now the buyers want their money back because they never recieved the item that they ordered and they are coming back to Paypal ( Me) for their money! I don't have it! I don't know what to do.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.  Keep copies of information you have about the company that hired you, and emails or other documents about your job. You can add a comment in your FTC complaint that says you have the documents. You could also contact the online website where you found the company that hired you and Paypal.

Just heard from them and they offered me a job. I called the FBI and the said it sounds like a scam.
Brian Wilkins and Aurelio Wong

Hi Brianna did you take the job? I'm currently chatting with them on google hangouts

Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds and social media to hunt for potential money mules.  For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’ The ads often say:

  • the company is outside the U.S.
  • all work is done online
  • you’ll get great pay for little work

If you respond, the scammer may interview you or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job offer seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your bank account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.

Yes they just interviewed me is this a scam???

Was it a scam?

How did this work out for you?

I did and desopit the check and I called my bank and they said it's real!! Waiting to see the next thing they say to do

Did it really work I start training tomorrow

Did you take the job at Libra? How did it turn out? They just interviewed and "hired" me through Google hangouts. I was talking to Meredith Wang. I start training on Monday. She said she will be sending me a check for office supplies, but after reading about the scams here I am obviously reluctant to deposit it. Any updates on the Libra group?

What was the out come of this? I received an email and did the hangout, I was sent employment letter which I sent back to them.

I was contacted by this company back in August. These companies are a fraud. I was sent a check for 5k to pay a vendor that does not exist. Do not fall for this. When I received the check and after speaking with my bank, we opened up a new secured account and tracked its activity.

This company wants confirmation that you deposited it into your account by taking a photo of your deposit slip. This gives them all Your banking information and can allow them to clean out your account. Warning!!!! They start by attempting an interview through Hang. Best advice do not respond. Delete all. ( a little heads up) my bank contacted the federal authorities and filed a complaint. Stay away.

I just deposited almost 4K into my account and it's Saturday so my bank is closed. What should I do?

Hi Mich037. Looks like I am in a same boat. What happened after the check is fraud and it is in the account? ty

Is this in Cleveland

Has anyone heard of an online job for McCormick & Company. Sounds just like this other company everyone is talking about.

I received the same message and Google Hangout interview with a job offer list of supplies need and a check Fed Ex to me to deposit and then he asked for a copy of the deposit slip. That's when I became uncomfortable and he knew it and asked me to shred the check and he will mail the equipment.

Is that where you report this? to the FBI? I have a check sitting here right now that I am not going to deposit.

More than likely the check is fraudulent. Do Not Deposit! I did report to the FBI, sent pics and all info I had. The FBI sent me an email saying they got my report and if they had any questions they would contact me, it's been over a year. Good luck, it seems that there is no one out there trying to catch these idiots!

I was sent check this morning but I am not an idot so I starting researching the company and wanted an phone number no response. they said I was going to be working for Sysmex. temp office in my area coming soon and I could work from home for now. I looked up temp office in Cary, NC and it was a different company that never heard of them. I have the check and will call the FBI.

Me, too. I'm expecting a check today.

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 had the same thing happen to me. He cheated me out of 1500.00. Offer a "so-call" job and was sending a check for me to cash and send to some person that would release the equipment. We always talked through google chat. I can pressuring him to give me a number for the company and I will call them personally about the fake check. He finally admitted that it was a scam. He had the nerve to tell me "this is how they get food, they are starving." He also told me I was going to be blessed. I couldn't pay my rent and luckily my ex was there so he covered food and gas. I sent some pretty nasty emails about what I hope happens to him in prison. I figured, go turn me in and then we will also have you.

This soubds exactly what is happening to me right now but the guy is Brandon Morgan. There were already red flags but he seems a little antsy that I can't deposit his check today.

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

May I ask the name of the company? The same thing is happening to me! Thank you

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?

Someone just recently contacted me on Google Hangouts telling me he works from McCormick Corporation and his name is Quvarious Williams and a training supervisor by the name of Andrea Lee. They sent me a check for $2,450 asking me to deposit it to my account because its supposedly for my training materials and hardware. A few days later the bank game a negative balance because the check the "company" sent bounced. I am now researching McCormick Corporation to see if these people actually work there but no answer.

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