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BBB Warns of Work-At-Home Scams

WTVO/WQRF - Scam artists try to take advantage of those looking for work.

WTVO/WQRF - Scam artists try to take advantage of those looking for work.

The Better Business Bureau warns job seekers to stay away from work-at-home job advertisements.  In 2013, the BBB received 17,478 inquiries about such opportunities, most of them were scams.

"These scams were listed at number two on our Top 10 Scams List of 2013" says Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford BBB.  "The number of inquiries last year shows that job seekers are being more cautious.  However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady."

Horton says people fall victim to these scams because they offer great pay with little effort.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Companies that use personal testimonials, but never identify the person
  • Exaggerated claims of potential full-time earnings at part-time hours
  • Company claims "inside" information
  • Requiring you to pay upfront
  • Claims of "no experience necessary"
  • Assurances of guaranteed markets and there is a huge demand for your handiwork
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