Every day, I receive emails informing me that I can make up to a $1,000 a day, working from home. I smirk knowingly and click Thunderbird’s ‘Spam’ button. No duh, I can. I’m a professional blogger. We’re millionaires, largely paid to sit in our kitchen table in our underpants all day, drinking beer and evacuating our flatulent thoughts upon the world at large.
Still, a lot of people fall for these ‘work from home’ email scams, and sadly, most of those people aren’t professional bloggers, but the poor, the sick and the elderly, who tend to fall for these scams because they desperately need the money and, for whatever reason, can’t work.
An excellent article over at CNN rounds up most of the big work from home scams and explains how they work. Everything from Nigerian Check Cashing to Envelope Stuffing to Medical Billing is covered. There’s also some good, common sense steps to avoid falling for such a scam: don’t ever give your financial information to random people who email you is the big one, and real job opportunities do not require you to wire money to your prospective employer before he gives you the thumbs up.
Too good to be true? [CNN]