Beware of WAHM Scams

Icon_scam11For many people having a child changes their perspective on life. Many will do anything they can to remain at home with their children but also bring in some money. The dream of becoming a self-employed mum or dad is very genuine for many and that’s why leagues of unscrupulous ‘businesspeople’ have profited from scam job opportunities and work from home schemes.

How to spot a scam?

It can be very hard to spot a scam as many of them are advertised legitimately in the places you’ll also find genuine work. A scam will usually highlight key points which would generally seem unbelievable but if you’re in a possibly desperate situation, they sound inviting and exciting. Job scams will often say things along the lines of ‘make money quickly’ and ‘earn up to £500 a day’ to lure people in and they also highlight how it’s the perfect job to do from home around the children. Once you did a little bit deeper you’ll begin to unearth problems

Nine times out of ten these scams will expect you to register with them. Now this can mean handing over sensitive information including your address and bank details and it could also mean paying an upfront registration free, which plenty of scams will ‘guarantee’ you’ll earn back within days. Usually they have a product or information for you to sell – in some instances the job is actually posting more of the ads that lured you in and therefore netting the company behind the scam even more of their registration fees. It doesn’t take long before you realise you’re getting nothing back and the commission promised on your sales simply doesn’t appear.

The majority of these schemes will just cut out all contact but in some instances the people behind them have the audacity to ‘sack’ workers before they’ve even earned a penny and their registration fee is eaten up. From a distances it’s very hard to see how anyone could fall for this type of scheme but some of them are cleverly masked and as previously mentioned they can be found on legitimate jobs boards making them appear genuine.

How to protect yourself against WAHM scams

Protecting yourself from these kind of schemes will give you the chance to pick up the kind of work you deserve and become self-employed in a legitimate and legal way.

Say NO to fees

Don’t pay for anything. You shouldn’t have to pay to get a job, it simply doesn’t make sense. Don’t pay registration fees don’t pay for tempting access to directories of home working opportunities as all you’re paying for is access to more companies who’ll ask for more registration cash, leaving you with nothing.

Say NO to Money Back Guarantees

Many of these scams come with the guarantee of your money back very quickly, this is simply a ploy to get you tapping in your bank details. Don’t do it. The conditions of the ‘job’ make it absolutely impossible for you to ever get your money back.

Say NO to big names

As we’ve said these adverts may appear in reputable sources from magazines to recommended job boards. This is absolutely no guarantee of anything.

Always check them out

If something doesn’t feel right about a scheme then check it out. You can get in contact with Trading Standard who should be able to provide you with more information specifically about the company in question and they should have general advice on working from home too.

Ask Around

Although it’s unlikely you’ll find someone already working for one of these schemes you may find people who have been stung. There are plenty of online discussion forums where people are upset and hurt by these schemes and are trying to warn other people away. Similarly, networks like WAHMWeb are committed to legitimate businesses only so getting to know the other self-employed mums and dads on the forums here can be a real benefit.

Getting involved with a scam can really knock your confidence but it doesn’t mean you haven’t got the capacity to find work from home. Always keep these tips in mind when looking for opportunities in the future.

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