How to Spot a Work From Home Scam

Let’s face it…now that creating websites has become so much easier for anybody to start an online business, there is a whole lot more work from home scams that you need to avoid.

Working from home or working from anywhere for that matter is a seductive option for many people wanting to get out of their 9 to 5 grind, working in a cubicle, not to mention avoiding hours a day commuting.

All hope is not lost…there are still much more legit work from home opportunities out there from which you can take advantage. You just need to know what signs that will tell you to run away. Stranger Danger type signs.

Avoiding online get rich quick scams is the main reason this site was created.

I am still getting comfortable to write about my experiences but I believe it is more important I get over my feeling of embarrassment so that I can at least help one person avoid an online scam.

With billions of suggestions on how to work from home, how do you screen the good ones from the bad?

Over the years of me trying to figure out how to earn an income online, I have fallen for many scams.

Now that I have found a legitimate site I can provide some warning signs of what an online business opportunity scam looks like.

Online Business Scam Warning Signs

  • Avoid Bright red, yellow, and flashing boxes all over a one-page website trying to have you buy a secret to online business success.

Ok, so I know that just because a site may look tacky doesn’t mean it is a scam..right? Well from my experience, more often than not those red/yellow/blue flashy sites are quick money grabbing scams.

They usually will be offering secrets to success of some sort with long and repetitive explanations and options to “CLICK HERE NOW BEFORE THE TIMER RUNS OUT” type of requests all over as you scroll down their one-page site.

The cost is usually around $5 to $10 so many people fall for it as they figure if it is a scam they are only losing a little money. Which is true, and that is the exact reason that it should ring some bells to tell you to run away from these as quickly as possible.

So those sites are actually the easy ones to avoid as they are quite apparent. In case you are one who has a legit site but for some reason looks like that it may be time to update the appearance of your website as that looks, as my son would say…”looks soooo 2012! bruh!”

  • Avoid sites that have little information but want you to pay an upfront subscription to sign up to their full site of information…”inside”.

There is nothing wrong for asking to subscribe to a site, but you should not have to pay to get in, nor should you be needing to provide any credit card information just to subscribe.

Unfortunately, many people fall for these as they can have nice, updated and legit looking sites but there is no way I am giving any credit card information until I see some of the goods.

Any reputable and confident legit site will offer a free subscription to try it out without having to provide any upfront payment or credit card information.

  • Beware of sites that suggest you can be rich with little investment and or work.

This rule is applicable to any business or job opportunity. It just does not exist. Sure they can provide you with some actual people that have had a quick and easy success…but so do lotteries and we all know that there are not that many winners out there.

In general, it takes time, persistence and work to be successful whether in brick and mortar business or an online business.

If a site is suggesting you can be rich without working…forget about it.

I’ve seen many sites now suggesting with a small investment somewhere the $3000 mark they will provide you with a website that already has lots of traffic, and all you have to do is collect thousands of dollars per week or day.

If that was true, then why would they need you to pay for these sites if it can pay itself off in a couple of days…stay away from these like the plague.


I hope you find the “how to spot a work from home scam” tips will assist yo to avoid getting scammed by some kind of online Ponzi scheme.

I mentioned that I too have searched for years to finally find a legit site that taught everything there is to know about online marketing.

Of course, it is legit as it has a professional look, enough information on their pre-subscription site to understand how they work and you can subscribe for free training without providing any payment and no credit card information. Only once you try it out for a week you have the option to sign up for a paid subscription at a 1-month reduced rate or stay free forever…your choice.

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Paul from pbworkfromhome author

6 comments on “How to Spot a Work From Home Scam
  1. Roopesh says:

    I fell twice for that, ‘limited spots,’ tactic and got burned pretty bad. So, don’t feel embarrassed, I should have learned my lesson, from the first scam. Guess, I was so desperate to make money online that I let my emotions get the better of me.

    Speaking of emotions, this is where I think scammers succeed. When they hit on our soft spot- our emotion and desire to earn money.

    I am glad that you are making folks aware of the tactics that they these use. More importantly, I like the sound of your business recommendation. As there is a one week trial, I got nothing to lose. So will be checking it out.

    Thanks for all the help.

    • Paul says:

      That is correct. 

      You have nothing to lose to try all the wonderful features available at Wealthy Affiliate (WA) for free. The fact that they don’t ask for any credit card or social media information to sign up is a testament that their service sales itself. 

      WA only rely on referrals to their site. If their service was not worthy of ongoing referrals they would not last long in this business.

      The other marvelous thing with WA is that you can stay as a free member for as long as you wish. You can learn how to create your free websites and keep those free websites hosted at WA for as long as you desire.



  2. Ryan says:

    This is very informative, my wife just had our 4th child and she is looking to start making some money from home now (as working full time is too difficult). The warning signs are really good – I will be sure to make sure my wife reads this before she commits to anything!!! We will be sure to stay away also from the upfront subscriptions as you say, this is a great help for my wife, thanks for giving us some guidance. What’s the number 1 way to started in your view?

    • Paul says:

      Sounds really exciting that your wife will be looking at starting a business from home. Unfortunately there are many scams out there but fortunately I can tell you the number 1 way to get started while avoiding scams. The most important part is to have access to the right training and support. My # 1 recommended training and support platform is Wealthy Affiliate. You can sign up for free for their training for newbies and support. You can create 2 free websites to keep forever even if you don’t decide to upgrade to their “Premium” monthly or yearly membership. Sign Up Now to see for yourself. Once signed in I’ll be there to welcome you.  

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  3. Jason says:

    Hi there,
    Thank you for this. I have never been scammed by any of the mentioned sites. I have been looking for a way to make money online for a while. I am usually very skeptical of anything online that asks for a CC. I don’t expect to get education for free. But some of the stuff out there is just way too expensive. I have seen sites that seem legit, but I would never know because to pay $300 – $1500 up front as a one time deal is too scary. I was getting very down, thinking I would never find a real site that legit wanted to help people. I also found Wealthy Affiliate and I also have been happy there. I have only been on there for a few weeks, but I love it. I still keep looking for others that are worth your time and money but so far the pool is in desperate need of high doses of chlorine if you know what I mean. Keep up the good work, I hope you can save a few from the scams and direct them to a place worth checking out.


    • Paul says:

      I have tried some sites that asked for a fee up front but never more than a few bucks. Even then, I should have known better that if they were selling stuff for that cheap it probably wasn’t all that good. Turned out in all those times that it was worthless. All the information they provided was already available for free on the internet. A real scam, didn’t cost me much but if they scam enough people they can make thousands.

      I was so pleased to find Wealthy Affiliate that offered a free membership and 2 free websites and I never saw training so comprehensive anywhere else.

      Their training has provided me with knowledge to start my own online business and make money. It is a no brained decision that I have stayed with Wealthy Affiliate now for over 2 years and will be signing up for another year

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