The Fraud Dog says beware because the fraudster is out to take advantage of the unemployed and the underemployed through any means necessary. Scammers are targeting those looking for jobs with the promise of simple work and big paychecks right from the comfort of your home. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Self-employment scams can be broken down in to two types of categories: work from home being paid by an employer and companies offering to “help” you building your own business from home.
The newest self-employment scam to hit the market is the “Craft Assembly” scam. In this particular scam, you purchase a craft assembly kit to create toys, dolls, etc. with the promise that you will be able to sell your crafts at a high price. Once you receive your craft kit, assemble your product, and send it back to the company to be sold; you are told that your product “doesn’t meet specifications”. In this particular case, it wouldn’t matter how perfectly you assembled your craft, the company would still send you a rejection, capitalizing on your initial craft kit fee.
We all know about the classic “envelope stuffing” scam which has been around since the 1920s. This scam has morphed in the 21st century and is referred to as the “email processing” scam. You pay a small fee to become an email processor which actually translates to, you become a scammer. After you pay your startup fee, you are given instructions on spamming the same ad you replied to in forums and newsgroups. Most self-employment scams are aimed at turning you in to a scammer much like a pyramid scam.
Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert, is urging citizens to be careful of self-employment opportunities that seem too good to be true. Do your due diligence before signing up or accepting any type of job that promises you a salary to work from home. A simple Google search could reveal that the company offering you a job is actually a scam. Run the company name through BBB.org to see if there are any complaints. A quick online search could save you from falling prey to a fraud scam.
If you have been victimized by a self-employment scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact The Fraud Dog at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.