Internet business fraud operations are becoming more and more common nowadays, all thanks to a fluctuating economy. People who run these business scams have victimized both the under educated and the unemployed, taking cash from under their noses. If you have considered starting up your own business online or joining a home-based job, then you need to watch out for scammers that pretend to be legitimate businesses and give you offers that sound too good to be true. Because of the shaky economy, combined with the massive appeal of working in the comfort of your own home, there are just way too many opportunities for these crooks to scam people.
A business fraud comes in two types. Those who are experts in both, tend to target the ones who want to make money from home, either by:
- Convincing their victims to work from home and perform mundane jobs like envelope stuffing, craft assembly, or just about any other task in which the person is supposedly given a salary by their company as an employee.
- FYI, envelope stuffing can sometimes be a part of the thief’s scam, since such scams has been around since the 1920s.This type of fraud has seen lots of modifications, but commonly the scammer promises to give you an amount of cash for stuffing envelopes – Usually around $2 per envelope. Instead, you will be asked to send in an amount of cash, as an upfront fee, for getting the rights to send at least 1,000 envelopes per week. These envelopes are supposedly pre-addressed, and postage-affixed: The only thing you need to do is to it and mail it to the recipient. In return, the recipients of these envelopes will send back $2 in another pre-addressed and postage-affixed envelope. Your next job will be to fill that envelope with another flyer, and mail it back to their address. This might sound like a simple task, but it is actually a pyramid scheme in disguise.
- The other type of scam is “assisting” you in building your own home-based businesses, which can either be a mystery shopper, a network marketer, or any other business in which the cash goes straight to the scammer’s pocket.
- Mystery shopping also goes by the term ‘secret shopping’. Here, you will be asked to evaluate the products of different retailers . Basically people, who take this kind of job are paid to try out or buy clothes and then report the whole experience. People behind this kind of scam will send out fraudulent solicitations through emails to reel in more clients and get them to evaluate the whole retail shopping experience. This type of business fraud uses fake checks and wire transfers in order to convince their clients to send in cash to the perpetrators,who are usually found outside of the US.
How To Avoid These Business Fraud Tricks
- Do not answer or even open their emails.
- Don’t deposit a check when you obtain a mail coming from a mystery shopping company. A legitimate business won’t pay their clients in advance, or request them to give back a portion of the money.
- If you have uploaded your resume to asite, make sure to verify any type of job solicitation with the site.
- And if this job offer seems too good to be true, it’s probably business fraud.