Fighting For You: Real work from home jobs and rip offs

Fighting For You: Real and bogus at-home jobs

Want to be your own boss? Would you take an opportunity to earn a little extra cash or make thousands of dollars without living your home? Work from home offers might sound enticing. But Fighting For You explains why the Better Business Bureau warns most are too good to be true and some could get you in legal trouble.

The BBB says it receives calls about these so-called jobs all the time. It's the number two most called about scam behind tax schemes.

The people who review your insurance claims, answer your customer service calls even write information you read online and on social media may be working from home. Companies, like Amazon, IBM, American Express, even Nationwide Insurance, are hiring telecommuters.

FlexJobs specializes in educating people about flexible jobs. Its survey last year found a 26 percent increase in those types of jobs.

But for every real offer, there's a rip-off.

"You may be asked to stuff envelopes. You may be asked to help with shipping. You may be asked to be a secret shopper. All of these things have characteristics that for the most part involve the consumer shipping goods or money to the perpetrators," said David Smitherman, president of the BBB of Central Alabama.

Smitherman says in some cases, those goods could be stolen.

"You could end up being the middle man in a shipping and receiving stolen goods because you don't know who these people are. You don't know where this is going. But your fingerprints are in the middle of it," he said.

Here are signs of fake jobs:

  • An out of the blue offer from a company that you didn't apply to
  • High pay for a simple task
  • A big check upfront for you to deposit and send some back to "test wire services"
  • Immediate payment required for a uniform, application fee or background check

"They are asking for money upfront, which also gives you the opportunity to have your identity stolen," said Smitherman.

Bottom line- if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

FlexJobs is a BBB accredited business with an A plus rating. It does have a list of the top 100 companies offering work from home jobs. To see that list, click here.

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