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Red Flag List of Home Based Business Scams Online Business Ideas and Money Making Tips

14 March, 2017



Working from home is something many people are interested in doing these days, and that desire isn’t limited just to those who are out of work. With almost everyone looking for a way to cash in at home, it’s important to be able to identify common business-scam scenarios and learn to protect yourself from unscrupulous individuals offering work-at-home riches.

You might think you’re smart enough to detect obvious scams and ignore them, but schemers have mastered manipulation techniques. They know exactly what to say to victims to get in your pockets. They uses attractive headline or title to guide visitors to stay on the page. By staying on top of the latest specific scams and signals, you can stay out of trouble.

The following list is prioritized by how likely the red flag is to indicate that you are dealing with a home business scam.

Stay away from these if you found any of the sales page includes the following:

Red Flag #1 – Promoted By Fake News Sites

Avoid EVERY home business product promoted by a fake news site. It doesn’t matter if the fake news site claims to be an advertisement or advertorial.

Examples Of Fake News Site Headlines:

  • Tanya Davis – “Work At Home Mom Makes $8,795/Month Part-Time”
  • Melissa Johnson – Example Claim: “Can $47 Really Turn Into $6,795+ a Month? We Investigated… “
  • Melissa Johnson – Example Claim: “EXPOSED: Mom Makes $6,868 Per Month By Typing On Her Keyboard!”
  • Kelly Richards – example claim: “I basically make $6000-$8000 a month online.”

Fake news sites promoting home business scams typically feature photo blurbs with a caption that says something like:

  • “I actually make $4,500 – $7,000 a month working from home now and I’ve never been happier.”
  • “I basically make $6,000-$8,000 a month online.”
  • “Sarah Richards puts her computer to work and makes money while working from home. She says that Home Income System has helped change her financial life and recommends it to people as a good opportunity.”
  • “Many sites showcase people making as much as $300 a day working online from home on their computer.”
  • “We dive into the story about a mom who makes over $6,700 a month working from home using Platinum Online Revenue.”
  • “Wendy Ross – We investigate the Story about a Mom who Makes over$6,700/Month.”
  • “Kelly
    Richards makes $217 every day working part time from home on her
    computer. Other members are earning as much as $500+ per day from their
    computer.”
  • “Megan had never shared her story before, and with her permission, we are making it available to the public via this report.”
  • “Kelly Richards makes $217 every day working part-time from home on her computer. Other members are earning as much as $567/day from home on their computer.”
  • “Sarah Richards puts her computer to work and makes money while working from home. She says that Home Income System has helped change her financial life and recommends it to people as a good opportunity.”

Red Flag #2 – Headlines Mentioning The Following Dollar Amounts:

$379/Day – See examples: 

  • “In The Next 60 Seconds – Gain Access To A Work-At-Home Job Paying As Much As $379/Day”
  • “If You Can Spare 60 Minutes A Day, We Can Offer You A Certified, Proven And Guaranteed Home Job To Make $379/Day From Home!”
  • “If You Can Spare 60 Minutes A Day, We Can Offer You A Certified, Proven Work From Home Opportunity To Make Up To $379 Per Day!”
  • “Online Mom Makes $379/Day Working From Home Armed With A Computer”

$87/day – See examples:

  • “In The Next 90 Seconds – Gain Access To A Work-At-Home Opportunity That Can Earn You Up To $87 An Hour”
  • “In The Next 90 Seconds – Gain Access To A Work-At-Home Job That Can Earn You Up To $87 An Hour”
  • “Within 5 minutes you could be making up to $87 an hour and work from the comfort of your own home!”

Red Flags #3 – Claims You Can Make Money Posting Links

These types of home business scams will typically use some sort of “table” to suggest that the more links you post, the more money you’ll make. They’ll also say something like:

    “Let’s do the math: 15 links for $15 each equals $225. That’s $225 for 60 minutes of work! If you do this five days a week, you can make $1,125 a week… $4,500 a month… and $58,500 a year! And that’s just 1 hour a day, I do at least 3 hours per day Monday to Friday keeping the weekends to myself.”

Bogus income projection tables like this are frequently associated with scams – even older scams. For example, you may have seen claims such as:

  • Earn $5.00 for each envelope you stuff for us!
  • Make $25.00 For Every Email You Process!
  • Earn $15.00 for each rebate you process!
  • Earn $25.00 Per Order You process!
  • Earn $15 for each link you post!

Red Flag #4 – Any Site That Claims To Be “Searching Your Area For Positions”, etc.

This is a dead giveaway that your dealing with a scam. Typically you’ll see something like one of the following: 

Currently 5 positions available in your country!” 

or
Congratulations! There is currently 1 position left in your area, don’t miss this, grab it now!

Red Flag #5 – “Free” Consultations

While there may be times when FREE consultations scams, within the home business and internet marketing arena, most of the free consultations are simply designed to separate you from as much money as possible. See the following:

  • “Free Consultation” with a “wealth expert”
  • “Free one-on-one consultation with a wealth development advisor”
  • “Free One-on-One Strategy Consultation”
  • “Free Initial One-On-One Consultation With An Internet Wealth Expert”
  • “Free one-on-one consultation with a personal advisor”
  • “Free one-on-one phone consultation with a Search Engine Agent Advisor”
  • “Free Consultation With A Search Engine Agent Success Adviso:”
  • “FREE one-on-one consultation with a Startup Specialist”
  • “Free 1 on 1 Training Consultation”

All these red flags are for the one of the most dangerous types of online
scams running today. There are older scams tactic that still go on
every day around the net and you should avoid it, too!

If you’re not familiar with them, here’s a list:

  1. Auction Listing Agent Home Business Scams
  2. Advance Fee Fraud (Home Business Version)
  3. AutoSurf Scams
  4. Cash Gifting Scams
  5. CD Assembly Scams
  6. Chain Letter Scams
  7. Check Processing Scams
  8. Commodity Trading Scams
  9. Craft Assembly Scams
  10. Data Entry Scams
  11. Day Trading Scams
  12. EMail Processing Scams
  13. Envelope Stuffing Scams
  14. Forex Robot Scams
  15. Forex Signal Scams
  16. Home Business Seminar And Workshop Scams
  17. Home Mailing Scams
  18. Home Typing Scams
  19. Hud Refund Processing Scams
  20. Medical Billing Scams
  21. MLM – Network Marketing – Recruiting Scams
  22. Mortgage Refund Processing Scams
  23. Mystery Shopping Scams
  24. Options Trading Scams
  25. Paid Survey Scams
  26. Paid To Click Scams
  27. Payment Processing Scams (Money Mule Scam)
  28. Processing Medical Insurance Claims
  29. Ponzis
  30. Product Assembly Scams
  31. Pyramid Schemes
  32. Real Estate Flipping Scams
  33. Real Estate Investing Scams
  34. Rebate Processing Scams
  35. Reshipping Scams – Also Known As Package Forwarding
  36. Trading Robot Scams
  37. Travel Business Scams
  38. Turnkey Business Opportunity Scams
  39. Turnkey Online Business Scams
  40. Turnkey Website Scams
  41. Twitter Scams
  42. Vending Machine Scams
  43. Website Processing Specialist Home Business Scams

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