Work From Home Job Scams

Finding a job can be a difficult task.Beautiful Young Woman Working From Home Main

Finding a job that you can do from home presents a larger challenge.

Trying to find a work from home job that is not a scam can be one of the hardest challenges you’ll ever have to overcome.

Here you are just trying to find a job that you can do at work with the least amount of hassle but then you have all these scammers trying to make a quick buck at your expense.

There is Help

Online job scams have become such an issue that in the US the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not sitting silent anymore…they are getting involved and taking action.

The FTC has filed restraining orders on a number of offenders.

The offenders have allegedly persuaded consumers to buy into a system that promised them huge earnings with little work or in their spare time.

The FTC explains that the job scammers will place their advertisement in places where real employers place their adds.

The majority of the scammers will make promises of a job that pays hundreds of dollars per hour working from home with little or no experience.

Most of the scammers will ask for payment upfront.

The FTC warns people to be aware of any organization or site that asks for money upfront for a promise of a job. There is likely no real job on the other side once you’ve paid the upfront fee.

Watch for Signs of a Job Scam

Here is a quick list that should raise some red flags that the work from home job offer is a scam:

  1. Request you pay to get the job. Scammers will use different reasons you need to pay up front for the promise of a job but then the scammers do not deliver on their promise. You are left jobless after forking over your hard earned cash. Nobody should ask you to pay for the “Promise” of a job.
  2. Having to provide your bank account or credit card information. Never provide any credit card or banking information unless it is a trusted site or organization. Once they have your information they can use or sell it.
  3. Ads promising federal positions that were not disclosed to the public where they promise to provide you with a list for a fee. In the US and most other countries, lists for Federal jobs are free and accessible to the public. You can check out

Types of Work From Home Opportunities to Avoid

Some work from home opportunities can be legit but others are more likely to be scams. Here is a short list of some work from home opportunities that is suggested to avoid:

  • Medical Billing
    • The scammers tend to promise a lucrative income for a moderate investment to get everything you need to start your business. In the end, the companies rarely provide you with what is required or the lists and information are completely outdated or false.
  • Rebate Processing
    • Most of their ads suggest that the upfront fee is to provide training, certification, and materials to process rebates but you can be left with useless learning materials and no rebates to process.
  • Mystery Shopping
    • Another type of work where they request money upfront for training and certification only to be left without proper training and certification to nothing.
  • Multilevel marketing (MLM)
    • MLMs rely on word of mouth to sell their product. Although some MLMs do meet legal obligations to avoid being called a pyramid, others describe opportunities for huge success which is rarely the case for the majority of those buying into the business. In many cases, people are left with debt and a large amount of product that they are not able to sell.
  • Assembly work or crafts
    • Most of these opportunities will require you purchase their materials on top of acquiring the appropriate equipment to assemble or create crafts. Once you complete the assembly or crafts the company does not pay with the excuse that you did not meet the minimal quality standard. You can be left with no income and the costs of buying equipment that you may never use again.
  • Envelope Stuffing
    • Is this still a thing? Yes and No. The idea and the ads that you can make money stuffing envelopes is still out there. After you pay a small fee it usually turns out that there is no work or job stuffing any envelopes. Instead, you are asked to get other people to buy into the scheme the same way you got lured in.
  • Online or Internet Businesses
    • This one hits a chord with me as I am in the online business. Although there are legitimate ways to earn an income on the internet there is, unfortunately, a myriad of scammers out there trying to skim a bit of that income. As with many of the other work or job scams list above it all comes down to a common red flag. Avoid any opportunity that asks you to pay money or provide credit information up front.
    • Another red flag is when companies promise quick and huge amounts of income with little effort by paying an up front fee, they are straight up lying.

My experience

As I mentioned above, having the online or internet business opportunities listed as a probable scam does hit a chord for me as I am in the online affiliate marketing business.

I have seen many sites or services that raise red flags over the years.

I was fortunate to find a company that eliminated those red flags by not asking for any up front payment or credit information to learn how affiliate marketing works.

I was able to learn everything about affiliate marketing from them.

I also learned how to create and manage websites now for other people where I can charge a setup fee then a monthly maintenance fee.

There is so much more to learn and do with online business…but it is hard work.

If anybody says it is easy then they are lying unless they consider any job where you sit in front a computer monitor as easy…then yes it is easy.

Suggestions for Work From Home Jobs

You can check out my Home-Based Jobs page or Home-Based Business for some other options. Keep in mind to be wary of the red flags listed above. Although I try to ensure the links are for legitimate opportunities the companies listed can have a direction change towards scamming people too.

I also suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate. That is the company that I was fortunate to find after so many years of searching. They do not ask for any payment or credit information to sign up. If you don’t like what you see, you can still stay on for free for as long as you like…no hassle, no financial commitment.

Have a question or comment I would love to hear about it. Please place them below and we will respond.



Paul from pbworkfromhome author



9 comments on “Work From Home Job Scams
  1. Susan says:

    Hi, Thanks for all the info regarding Work from home jobs scams. I personally did encounter some that promise high return with little amount of payment (was informed about a site called 50 cents freedom, was also a scam) and I hope many people will be aware that there isn’t quick rich schemes that come from little or no effort! Regardless of what work we do, much effort is always required. Wishing you all the best!

    • Paul says:

      It is unfortunate but a reality. Trust your apprehensions if ever you feel that something sounds too good to be true. There are scams out there that will feed on any type of vulnerability you are living at any given moment. In the end, if you do decide to sign up for something, be sure it is an amount you  are prepared to lose should the work from home job opportunity is a scam.

      The only thing I can suggest is to feel free to try out options that provide a free sign up. Only true free sign ups, not those say you can try for free by giving your credit information first. Then give you 10 days free but if you forget to cancel the subscription they start taking money off your account. 

      That is why when I found Wealthy Affiliate I had no fears that I was being scammed. Kyle and Carson just said, try us out, no fee, no credit information. They are so confident that if their service is right for you, then you can decide to sign up for a Premium membership, no obligations, no fear that they will charge you if you forget the trial period end date.

      Even if you were just looking for a web-hosting site, Wealthy Affiliate blows the competition out of the water when it comes to price and features.

      Look out for those red flags listed in this blog.



  2. John says:

    Great article on work from home job scams Paul!
    There are so many of these on the Internet so it is good that you have outlined the signs that these opportunities you are looking into are scams.
    It is good to hear that the US the Federal Trade Commission are cracking down on these scams because they have burnt a lot of people over the last few years.
    Your suggestion of affiliate marketing is a great one as I think this is the perfect vehicle for people to start earning some income from home legitimately, Wealthy Affiliate looks like a great place to start learning these skills!
    Thanks 🙂

  3. Simon says:

    Most of the MLM schemes and internet businesses appal me in the way they operate their advertising campaigns. If flash cars, wonderful homes and yachts are presented across their webpage & brochures plus the promise of overnight riches for doing very little, run for the hills because 99.9% of the time these are usually scams.

    I have suffered being lured into this type of business before, most of the time they are a con. Wealthy Affiliate are legit, they offer a genuine way to operate a business online however like they say, any business run online is just like any traditional business, they require work and determination to achieve success. That’s life!.
    Have you been unfortunate in the past to fall for these scams like me?

    • Paul says:

      Hey Simon,

      Getting attracted to scams is inevitable. There are so many around that it is hard to navigate through them all but as you also described, you can quickly see those that are straight up a scam. I too have been caught into scams looking for the information and training I wanted to know over so many years. I was wanting to learn how people made an income online. I knew there was a way and it couldn’t be that much of a secret. Then after 10 years of getting lead to nowhere I found Wealthy Affiliate. I was skeptical at first due to the name but once I signed up for free to try it out…I never looked back.

      Thank you for visiting Simon



  4. Jennifer B says:

    With it being easier than ever to work from home, it’s sad that scams are still so widely prevalent. I personally have tried a legitimate craft assembly job in the past for a shop in the state I live in, but it was so difficult to get approved, and the work took much longer than the compensation you received. While there are legitimate jobs out there, it is very important to do your research. If it sounds too good to be true, ie no effort or experience needed to make large sums of money, it probably is. Thanks for a great read!

    • Paul says:

      Some of these so called opportunities will allow you to make money. Although the amount of money you make can end up being less than minimum wage with no possibility of ever making more so we all need to watch out. 

      There also no guarantee that you can make money with an online business or any business for that matter. It depends if you are prepared to put in the time and work that it takes but at least there is an option to actually grow your online business to eventually make a good living.



  5. Janice says:

    Oooooh boy!! Have I got a story for you!! I had signed up for many work from home “systems”, as well as jobs that I could do from home. As usual, I had lost count of who I who and how many I signed up. So that when I got a phone call from one of them I was no impressed. I won’t name names, as I am still investigating which one of the two decided it would be ok to take over $2000 off of my Visa in October! NOT impressed! My bank told me that since I signed up for a two week “trial” with this company for “X” amount, I technically authorized the withdrawal, as I gave them my visa number… did I mention that I was NOT impressed??
    The point of the story is that it is so easy to be taken! people tend to think that it’s only certain age groups or certain types of people that get taken advantage of, but that is certainly not true! I myself, am always careful, and I still had to swallow those transactions. People need to understand, that if it sounds too good to be true… it is! However, sometimes the “legit” ones aren’t what they seem either… I wanted to warn your readers to be careful of trial offers as well. Make sure that you wait some time and not sign up for many offers on the same day! But most of all, look for reviews. Check out many, many pages of reviews for any offer they are looking into. I personally stand behind Wealthy Affiliate, as you mentioned. I have been with them for quite some time, and they are awesome!! Thanks for the info, it is crucial especially this time of year!!

    • Paul says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Janice.
      It is so unfortunate to see people get scammed out of their money. As you mentioned, it is not only those that are more vulnerable that are getting caught in scams.

      You provided some very important points. It is no wonder that sites like Wealthy Affiliate are so popular and have thousands of positive reviews. One of the main things we suggest to avoid is giving out your credit card information to sign up for an online program. Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t require any credit information for you to use their training and web hosting platform. Even once you do decide to upgrade your membership to Premium you can pay them through a third party payment system like Paypal. Then there is the greatest part where they pay you if you provide relevant content for their training platform.
      So you are correct, don’t sign up on the same day, take your time to review the product and it should be free.
      I always say a good product doesn’t need to have you pay upfront. They can give a good preview and FREE trial and you will see for yourself if it is worth the price they are suggesting.
      You take Care and I hope you not only get our money back but that online scam you got caught in gets closed down.

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