Freeholder Vicari: Be Vigilant about Home-based Work Opportunities

scam alert tlsIn today’s society, it is becoming more fruitful for people to make a living from home. There are numerous flyers, advertisements and emails promising thousands of dollars a week for stuffing envelopes, typing, and/or processing medical bills. However, knowing whether these are scams or legitimate opportunities is extremely important.

“Home-based businesses and work-at-home opportunity scams are among the highest type of internet fraud,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs. “That being said, it’s important to note that not all home-based work opportunities are scams. Carefully investigating a company you are interested in working for is an essential first step.”

Knowing who you are dealing with also is vital. The company may not be offering to hire you directly, but rather to sell you training material for the work. Before you pay, be sure to get all of the details. A legitimate company would be happy to give you any information you may need in order to make a decision.

“It’s important to ask questions and find out as much information as possible before committing to the job,” Vicari said. “It can be a costly mistake if you neglect to do the proper research first.”

According to consumer experts it also is important to find out if there is a true market for the work being advertised. Just because the company claims they have clients doesn’t necessarily mean they do. Helpful tips include asking for references of other employees and potential clients and contact them. Also, inquiring about future work is advisable.

One of the most classic scams is the “envelope stuffing” job. Instead of getting material to send out on behalf of a company, you get instructions to place an ad not unlike the one you answered. The company would then have you asking people to send you money for information about working at home. Not only is this an illegal pyramid scheme, but you could get prosecuted for fraud.

If you think you’ve been scammed, contact the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs at (732) 929-2105 or visit the office at 1027 Hooper Avenue, Building 2, here, to file a complaint. [TLS]

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2 COMMENTS

  1. There are a list of scams out there that can happen to anyone:

    If you own a home computer with internet- someone may call you presenting themselves a a TECH. FROM MICROSOFT telling you that there is a problem with your computer like cookies and stuff well they do a great job convincing you cause you know there is a little problem like its too slow. They help you by getting all your personal information from your computer.

    After your scamed from them the so called FBI calls you and tells you that you were scamed they even email their badge and all.
    with that they want to give back the money you spent for cleaning up your computer which is around $199.00 the one mistake they do is you can pay with paypal – which realized it was a scam and gave you back your money.

    Another on line scam would be a job to be a MYSTERY SHOPPER. Its pretty easy job. They send you an odd amount of money in a ck form you cash it against your bank acct. You take $250 or so and the rest of the money is the job. You go to a western union ck out the place see how well or not well they are doing eg. how quickly they take care of you etc. then you send the rest of the money to someone thru western union. email your boss and that was easy. Next assignment you do the same thing , take money for yourself and send the rest to someone. After that they send you more cks you have to cash them and go to a store like Walmart and do the same type of thing .
    The scam is the CKS are FAKE so your bank will charge you for the amount taken and you will be in dept for all the money you cashed but you wont know this until you get your statement . which is way to late.

    The list goes on and on. Just do your selves a favor and get a real job in a real company cause most of these become rich easy or phone call fix a uppers are fake and scams.

    If you do g-d farbid get scamed get a police report so the cops can look out for these things. You can also fill out a scam form with the real fbi on line. So they can investigate.

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