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Work-from-Home scams target the unemployed

Work-from-Home scammers target the unemployed

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has recently released a report that shows that over a quarter of all adults have been approached at some point by home working scammers.

These business scams essentially offer start-up advice or profitable business opportunities to individuals.

Regardless of the fact that these scams have been increasing in the past two decades it seems odd that the OFT are bringing this to public attention. However, with a large number of people currently unemployed it probably is not surprising that these con-artists are increasingly targeting people out of work.

According to the OFT the most common form of scam tends to be adverts placed in local papers, shop windows or lampposts, promising easy paid work that can be done from home.

If this is the case then it begs the question – what about email? Like many people I see at least a few work-from-home scam emails in my email inbox every morning. Could the OFT be wrong? Surely you would think that the more technologically savvy scammer would be utilising the benefits of email and the internet than more traditional marketing methods?!

The OFT’s consumer group senior director, Heather Clayton commented:

“We are seeing an increasing volume of work-from-home and business opportunities scams. People who are struggling financially may be particularly vulnerable to these types of scams.”

According to Clayton “genuine work-from-home” schemes tend to give exact details in writing on exactly what you would be expected to do. They also outline payment structure and how and when payment would take place.

The OFT have advised that if anyone is approached by a work-from-home scheme that asks for money upfront to walk away. They are also urging people to do some company research via the web and speak to current workers (if possible) to find out more about the scheme.

Interested in starting your own business but don’t know where to look? Try a few of these business guides:

Starting your own business, a mini guide

Setting up a limited company – the basics

Becoming a sole-trader – the basics


Photo by Simon Howden



4 thoughts on “Work-from-Home scams target the unemployed

  1. That’s very true: “genuine work-from-home schemes” DO outline payment structure and when payment would take place – exactly like I do.

    You know you’re an excellent worker. The kind of employee an employer wants. You come to work on time, work late, take on increased responsibilities, develop new skills, work well with others, help out where you are needed, demonstrate strong leadership skills, mind your own business, meet and/or exceed expectations, are dependable and you get the job done!

    May I suggest they don’t deserve you; you ought to be working for YOU… not them. I say this knowing you must have scanned through that sea of hype and BS on the Net, those promises of get-rich-quick by selling pills or potions. I hate sales myself and have come to the conclusion that it has to be in your DNA. You either have it or you don’t; and I don’t.

    While I assure you of no selling, let me make one not so small point: this is a business that gives you residual income. You can leave this business in your will, you can put it in a trust fund… you can even sell it although I don’t know why you would sell a goose that lays golden eggs.

    We are all victims of our choices. Lord knows I’ve made some bad ones in my lifetime. Don’t spend your idle days reading Chicken Soup for the Sole Costs Too Much Now, instead come to my website below and contact me when you’ve looked it over. I look forward to meeting you.

    Esther Smith, publisher

    Posted by Esther Smith | February 26, 2010, 11:12 pm
  2. Very good information, I wait for the next article.

    Posted by Noto | February 27, 2010, 5:37 am


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