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Saturday, July 30, 2011
If You Think That It’s an Internet Scam it likely is
Internet fraud or scams are a new twist on something that
has occurred for a long time. With our current economy, internet scams that were
reported to the BBB at nearly 8,000 in 2009 were only 4,000 only two years
earlier according to the Better Business Bureau.
There is work at home internet scams all over the world,
including here in America. Not only are there internet scams for working at
home, but internet scams also involve training, certification or classes that
are provided online.
One example of an internet scam that was mentioned in USA
Today, involved a character that used at work at home medical billing scam. This
work at home billing scam involved charging thousands of people up to $6000 for
training, materials and a licensing fee to allegedly start a lucrative work at
home business for medical billing. The FTC or Federal Trade Commission advised
that they shut this individual down and in June 2011 he pleaded guilty in
Federal Court in the state of Ohio to internet fraud and will be sentenced in
Indicated one customer paid $1.95 to learn how to make money
online. After paying the $1.95 a customer was charged $49.95, but she never
received anything for her money. The company simply charged her debit/credit
card for the fee.
Another example was a woman that has two disabled children,
debilitated arthritis and a husband laid off of his welding job wanted to
attempt a job she saw online for Darling Angel Pins. This particular company
pays for making the company pins at home and sending them in to the company for
payment. She provided up to $600 to get started with the work at home company,
but never made any money.
Each time she completed her pins and returned them to the
company for reimbursement, the company sited there was poor workmanship and
refused to pay her, over and over again. This happens a lot with internet
scams. People invest and want to receive payment and cant or never do. Not only
did this woman become the victim of the scam so did her disabled mother who
also invested $600. None of her pins where ever accepted by the company because
of poor quality.
The sad thing is that the Angel Pin Company has been in
business since 1986, defrauding and scamming people. However, after filing a
complaint with FTC and a restraining order filing they will no longer being
doing any additional business.
a blog for consumers that advise there are work at home jobs that are
legitimate. Many of the customer service providers and mystery shoppers are a
mixed bag of legit and scam artists alike.
Numerous work at home scams have been around for the last twenty
years believe it or not. However, our current economy has made them soar with
the rate of unemployment and more people searching for work at home
Many work at home scams will advise they are not work at
home scams or are 100% scam free. Before
the internet was available there was envelope stuffing and these unscrupulous
people have really began to target a lot of people in dire needs.
In addition to the BBB and the FTC you can also file an
investigation or complaints with the federal Internet Crime Complaint Center.
If you are giving the work at home company more than you are
actually making, this should be a tip off that there may be a scam taking
place. If you are questioning anything about the company, make sure that you
verify you are working with a legitimate business.