Are You In A Rush To Make Money From Home? Spot 7 Work At Home Scams

Joshua Lockhart 22-08-2013

Wealth, speed, ethics — when it comes to money, you can only pick two. When it comes to working from home, it’s very likely that you won’t get a chance to even pick one of them. That’s because most opportunities to make money from home are simply scams.


While there are some ways to make money from home, there are more ways to get scammed Taking the Battle to Craigslist Scammers: How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system... Read More than there are authentic opportunities for profit. Below are seven work at home scams that are quite popular but not always easy to spot. We’ve done the hard work for you, so check them out.

A Personal E-Store!


Quite a few scams involve you paying your future “employer” a certain sum of money only to find out… well… your employer has pocketed that money and you’ll never hear from him again. A certain variation of this scam incorporates you paying to create an “e-store” – supposedly to cover domain and website construction fees. Pretty dumb, right?

Hypothetically, you can cash in from a percentage of the products sold from this site, so your job is to simply promote the site as much as possible. Realistically, you aren’t going to make anything off this, and naturally, you shouldn’t ever pay for yourself to make money.

Your Favorite Nigerian Prince…



Nigeria, oh, Nigeria Do Nigerian Scam Emails Hide A Terrible Secret? [Opinion] Another day, another spam email drops into my inbox, somehow working its way around the Windows Live spam filter that does such a good job of protecting my eyes from all of the other unsolicited... Read More . You probably know the scam, already. A Nigerian prince/widow/businessman/orphan/king writes to you saying he must deposit a vast amount of money in the U.S. while he deals with political issues, and he would like to use your account to do so. He’ll even pay you a nice sum to make it happen!

Except he needs a deposit from you to make sure he knows you are legit. And something bad is going to eventually happen, requiring more money from you than just the original deposit. Oh, and you’ll never see this money again. Basically, if it’s from Nigeria, don’t even answer the email. There are plenty of variations of the old scam to go around.

An Advance On Your Paycheck


Everybody likes money. Everybody likes money without having to work right away, too. So let’s say that your e-employer says he’ll pay you an advance on your paycheck. Cool, right? You get the check, deposit it, and there’s no problem. Until your employer says he needs the money back because something didn’t go quite right. So you send him the money, expecting the advance payment fairly soon.


However, the issue with this is that the initial payment was a fake check. Your bank wouldn’t know right away, so it may seem like a proper deposit for a day or two. When you send the money back to the scammer, well… All he has to do is cash it at his local grocery store, and you’re the one left answering to your bank.

Call 1-900-XXX-XXXX For More Info!


It’s time for the phone interview — your new employer just wants you to call in, though. A 1-900 number? You’ve probably never heard of one. There’s a good reason for that. 1-900 numbers aren’t toll-free. Much like any pay-to-talk phone line (think of something along the lines of those “singles chat lines” you see on late night TV), 1-900 numbers charge you for however long you stay on them.

Scammers use these numbers to have unwitting victims call in while they cash in. Of course, some of the fees go to your phone company, but a big chunk of it ends up in the scammer’s pockets, too.


Here, Deposit This Check…


Much like receiving an advance on your first paycheck, some scammers will hire you as a “financial manager” to cash checks and then wire the money abroad (or wherever they may be). Unfortunately, the checks are completely worthless, but your bank 6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren't Already [Opinion] How do you usually do your banking? Do you drive to your bank? Do you wait in long lines, just to deposit one check? Do you receive monthly paper statements? Do you file away those... Read More won’t know that until it’s too late. To make matters worse, your name will be the one tied to things, and unfortunately, you’ll be responsible for everything.

With that said, just ignore anything that requires you to use your personal bank account for anything. Don’t do it. Just don’t.

You’ll Need To Pay A Registration Fee First



The classic “pay to start” scam comes in yet another form. This time around, you have to pay a non-refundable registration fee. It’s quite simple, really. Pay a small amount (say, $50?) to apply, turn in your application, and wait to hear back from the head honcho.

However, you may hear from the head honcho, and you may not hear from the head honcho. Either way, though, you’re not getting the job. You’ll either just not receive a response or you will get one saying you didn’t get the job. Bummer, man.

Just Pay For The Supplies!


Again, there’s another scam that involves paying to get started. With this, you are required to pay for the supplies required to make simple products such as dolls, toy cars, or other similar items. You can then sell these items. Kind of seems authentic, but let’s be honest: it isn’t.

In all truth, you are the one paying for the product. Legal? Completely. Unfortunately, it won’t work out for you. Only pay for supplies if you know you have a market.

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I didn’t feel right publishing this article without telling you the only get-rich-quick scheme that works. Folks, it’s always been out there, but I’m about to tell you the secret right here on MakeUseOf. Best of all, you won’t have to pay me! I’m giving it to you for free!*

The only get-rich-scheme that works is… having people pay you to help them get rich quick. As you can tell, all of these scams above involve some form of investment, and while unethical, it certainly is profitable. Do it if you want, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to sleep well at night.

What other make-money-from-home scams do you know about? Have you ever fallen victim to such scam? Tell us all about them!

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  1. Ashley
    February 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Juice Plus
    I was roped in and told to sell the products, then I was told to make any worthwhile money, I would have to sign up loads of people
    A big con and there's nothing special about the ingredients, compare them to vitamins that are a lot cheaper and you'll see they're the same

  2. Srikaanth
    January 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Unfortunately, many people still get scammed even after coming across countless stories of people getting scammed. The moment they get such get rich quick offers, they seem to all of a sudden loose their rational thinking capability.

    The only way to get online is by doing what you love. And if you are good at something, don't do it for free ;D
    Blogging was my passion and I eventually started to monetize it.

    I make money online by being an affiliate, selling products from Amazon, Clickbank etc.
    Selling products online is one of the most lucrative and legit business that anyone with an Internet connection can start.

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  3. Eugene
    September 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    There is no wealth without work.

    a man once said that "I would rather have one hour of a hundred men than to work a hundred hours myself" and Zig Ziglar said "You can have everything you want if you help enough people get what they want" therefore the bottom line is, if you want wealth you have to find 100+ people and help them get what they want.

    There are very good work from home opportunities but they are like the Cullinan diamond, hard to find and when you find one check if they offer the above.

    The power of MLM is you get the hours of a hundred+ people. Many opportunities fail because they don't offer a mentor or coach who can teach them to help other people succeed and many quit when the money is little and slow.

  4. Anonymous
    September 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Don't mind the idiot who does not know what to write again.
    He believed he can impress others by demeaning a particular nation. Search him and his relatives, you will know that some of them were embittered as they were 'hit' by the scammers as they were trying to reap where they did not sow. Bunch of idiots!
    As for scammers, I have no support for them and I wish they are all arrested and prosecuted; but for someone to be so dumb to the extent of associating a particular crime to a particular nation, I believed is a stupid way of expressing his ignorance.
    If you get to the roots of all the scams, you will definitely find out that people from other race are their godfathers.
    Please, in case of next time, apply wisdom and express great understanding of your subject matter while writing anything for the public, especially on the Internet.

  5. Anonymous
    September 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    You are a big fool to mention Nigeria. Is it not your forefathers that thought them how to do the scam. Tell me where does the word scam comes from. It is an English word. My believe is that anything the English has a name for, they know about it. You and your people are the highest set of fraudulent people. Why would you want someone to deposit money in your account if you are not a thief.
    Stop mentioning a country when it comes to a particular crime, you, others in your country are also committing the same crime, in your own ways.

  6. email kudi
    September 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    ebay !!! the new scammers Meccah !!. Just took an iphone box picture or some sort, offers to sell it cheap before auction ends ( exclusively just 4 U ) OR continue the auction process but never send the item to buyer !!! thats the best scam ever as nobody ( not ebay or police can help U - the victims ) !!!.

  7. Benedict Anyanwu
    September 6, 2013 at 2:06 am

    It is ridiculous and demeaning to have to read all these from some of you. Are you in any way better than the Nigeria who are making waves and making it happen even in your country. None the less, I see you have been taken over by bitterness and as such the integrity of my Country Nigeria goes without question is not in doubt. I have also lost several moneys to your fraudsters and most times I refuse to go for the options of refund because of how far your hungry citizens can go in demanding money from us in the name of having a coach and setting up websites and driving untold traffic. Any way I indulge you Joshua Lockhart and many others here to refrain from such unwholesome comment about Nigeria or any such country. Make your observations but don't attack a people you know nothing about. Okay

  8. Samra S
    September 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

    True true .. And those email about winning some money, prizes but first you must call some number .. how many people fall on that trick ,,

  9. Julianne Fleit
    August 27, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Somebody's gotten into my email contact list. I've been getting emails from some of my "contacts" inducing me to sign up for new web services, buy web products and last, but not least, mugged in Manila on an impromptu trip and needing just under $2,500 to pay hotel bills, etc. to get home. Not even remotely likely to be true, but more than likely to considering receiving more of from others off my contact list. Is this a new one?

  10. Rama M
    August 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I am in India , my brother often get the SMS like these

    "" Congratulations , you Phone number just won 76,000,000 Euros . to claim this e-mail your Phone number , name and residential address to , you ll receive a mail about our bank details . Just pay 10 Lakhs Rupees and we ll send you the prize within one day ""

    I ve just played with them for a days , then reported to nearby police station , and dont know whether they took action or not .! However , its a good fun .. we can show all our angry on them !

  11. Nghe Lam
    August 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Great article. I have also some ways to make money online. It's really good.
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  12. francis
    August 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

    any genuine ones maybe?

  13. Akilah
    August 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I don't think two of these qualify as "work at home"...just scams..and obvious ones to boot. Not to nit pick, I just wish someone could direct me to a legit work at home site. Not get rich quick... just help a girl maintain basic necessities! I moved in with the parental, to take care of her...left job house car broke down. Can't work physical job anymore and mom is in a nursing home now. I have her bills and mine. Sorry bout the rant but in a year of procrastinating because every single dollar is PRECIOUS...i'm down to the wire. SOMEONE PLEASE DO AN ARTICLE ON LEGIT SITES, (AND NO SNARKY "GOOGLE AROUND" because I HAVE FOR AT LEAST 9-10 MONTHS) and not legit "types of internet jobs" i know i can blog or vlog or be an affiliate (but with my run on sentences...HA!)..that's for later when i have other sources. ONCE AGAIN my apologies for the diatribe.

    • Jiranz
      August 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      One of my sons who lives in NZ wanted to sell his JDM imported sports car so he advertised it on the local Trademe website. He got a response from a person claiming to be from the USA saying he wanted to buy that particular rare model and he would pay all shipping costs etc to the US. My son was keen to trade but then we learned in the Press that someone else in NZ had agreed to the same deal and had received a large sum paid into their bank account which they could use to ship the vehicle except it was grossly overpaid due to an oversight on the part of the payer and a refund was requested of the overpaid amount. When the refund was paid, the original payment was cancelled.

      All these variant scams involve you receiving a large sum of money into your account which appears genuine and above board. Once it is in your account you have a problem because if you spend it or even do nothing you will be paying the bank when it gets cancelled.

      The lesson is not to give out your personal banking details to strangers wanting to give you money..

    • Cooper
      September 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Akilah ..... need to know your specialities. Elance and oDesk are two freelancing sites. You market yourself among workers from many different countries. So typical administrative jobs can go as low as $3/hr. More specialized training will get you more $$ and you can work from home. Even acemyhomework has potential depending on your strengths.Hope that helps.

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  15. Love It
    August 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Favorite scam of all time: If you've ever lost money in the Nigerian prince scam, we'll get your money back for you. It'll only cost you a few hundred dollars. :-)

  16. Walter A
    August 24, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Good article, very true. I've looked into almost all of them, luckily I didn't send any money. Are here any real work from home income sources?

  17. Alan B
    August 24, 2013 at 3:01 am

    The scams I see a lot are the ones who pose as a business that you may indeed use ... your Visa, Bank, utility company, paypal etc.. The scam alert is on when the email address it was sent from is not a true company issued address.

    Or, and I love these ones, they supposedly came from a serious business, but they have very poor grammar, or can't spell. A major business would do some type of proofreading.

  18. Godel
    August 24, 2013 at 2:17 am

    There's the money laundering job. Take this real money that we deposit in your account, deduct 5% for yourself, then wire-on the remainder to another overseas account.

    The job is real but also illegal. It's you the feds will come visit.

  19. Karen
    August 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Amway is one of those who works on the JUST BUY THE SUPPLIES scam. They also work by forcing you to recruit other people into their scheme - a classic PYRAMID SCHEME. Only the people at the top - Jay and his friends - ever make any money. They bankrupted my mom, then had the nerve to sue her for supplies she never ordered.

    They have a good products. Too bad the products are sold through a scam.

  20. ALDO
    August 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm


  21. Linda
    August 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    From time to time, I did mystery shopper assignments. Several years ago I received an email with a request to do a bank study from Pinecone, a company I have worked for many times. A check came in the mail for over $3,500. with instructions to cash it at my bank, go to Wal-Mart and buy 2 Western Union money grams and send them to 2 addresses in the Philippines. Names and addresses were provided. I was to keep $100. for myself.

    I thought this was not cool so I called Pinecone and they had no idea what I was talking about. I went to the police station in my town with all the materials and they said they would forward all the stuff to the Post Office for investigation but probably nothing would come of it. That was the last I heard of it. I definitely dodged that bullet but someone else may not have been as leery.

    Bad people are doing bad stuff to innocent people. You must always be careful!!

  22. adetunjiadegbite
    August 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for this beautiful post. I feel so bad anytime i get to read about stuff like this because these scammers from my country (Nigeria) has really given us a bad image and it is affecting everybody such that most times when i introduce myself as a nigerian, many would build up a 'not so good impression' about me. I hope all will be well in a time not so long. We just all have to be careful as has been said in the other comments. I would however like to add that there are also very good people from Nigeria, in fact a lot of them. :)

    • Akilah
      August 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Just as I told the other Nigerian's all good. All Germans aren't hitler are they? That one is just soooo long lasting and persistent , it gets brought up alot. ( I wish I knew where my linage lay..I've been told by multiple African friends that I look Nigerian and lol have the "temperment" and ummmm..."mouth" of Nigerians.) :)

      • Anthony
        August 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

        You sure look (if this is your pix) and talk like a Naija babe.
        It just feels wrong to always associate Nigeria with scammers. Not every Muslim is a terrorist. Imagine how the Muslims will feel if such a reference is made. Non specific examples are better in public discuss like this. NOT TAKING IT PERSONAL. Hahaha.

    • Rob H
      August 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      It's unfortunate that Nigeria has gained such a close association with scams. The "Nigerian 419 scam" dates back to before the internet when it was propogated by FAX and postal mail. The 419 actually references the clause in Nigerial criminal law which this scam violates. While it's true that some scams originate from Nigeria the same scam methodology is used by fraudsters all over the world, I guess there are few places from which fraudsters do not operate - Antarctica perhaps!

      One might hope that the government of Nigeria might be so keen to lose this negatiive impact on the country's reputation that they would make every effort to so aggressively prosecute all such activity as to be able to demonstrate that the connection is no longer appropriate. But I know nothing about the Nigerian government.

      These days it's probably best to regard the term "Nigerian scam" rather like "Hoover" is used to mean any brand of vacuum cleaner or "To google something" means "do an internet search" probably, but not necessarily, using Google.

  23. Ronny
    August 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    When looking for work online - scam artists lodge fake job advertisements with the website. You the jobseeker apply for the perfectly normal legitimate looking job. You may get an apology email from the website if they've worked out there was something wrong and pulled the advertisement, but by then the scammers have your details. Next thing you're getting a 'job offer' because they saw your resume and it's oh so wonderful and amazing. Would you like to work as their financial advisor in your area? (cue money laundering scheme). Used to really piss me off when I was out of work.

    • mel
      August 24, 2013 at 11:24 am


      That is a good point. Not best thing to use your main e-address on job sites.

    • paul
      September 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Sorry but those scammers are noobs, to get unemployed people from a special area, or single moms from a area or widowers from a area...
      You use facebook and other open availible data, thats a every day job you get from advertising companies planning to send targeted ads (temporary employment ads, dating stuff, and loan ads etc. (completly legit offers)), you can easily apply the exact same methods to filter highly probable scam vicitms and you have the big benefit of slower discovery...

  24. Rob
    August 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Suggesting ponzi scheme as the only sure fire way to make money with the only drawback of not being able to sleeping at night.. suddenly all my respect for this page has gone. Unsubscribing and unliking the facebook page. With one paragraph promoting illegal activity, your entire site has lost all appeal

    • mel
      August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

      I do agree, it is much more than sleeping 30 minutes at most. And actually, blogging and selling to stockphoto websites are very legitimate at home jobs, and can be quite honorable; unless of course you sell and blog wrong things.

      But anyway, a juice shop would be more fun(and a bit more costly to start). :)

      In Christ,

    • Rob H
      August 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Well the guy who posted this says he's unsubscribed so won't get to see any responses. It's a good thing he's gone, if people can't identify a tongue in cheek comment as being just that then they aren't going to add any value to discussions on Make Use Of.
      And it's true that the only people who make money from these schemes are the ones that set them up and since they do target people who are probably short of cash I do hope they do suffer sleepless nights. However scammers don't necessarily see themselves as the criminal parasites they are. I read one attempting to justify his activities by claiming he was serving a useful purpose by educating people to be more careful and in any case if they didn't fall for his scam they'd lose their money some other way.

      I regard "legitimate" lotteries and gambling much the same. The only real winners are the scheme organisers. The ways to get rich are a combination of things like skill, hard work, innovation, creativity, luck, publicity in various combinations. It's very rare for one of those alone to be enough.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 26, 2013 at 3:26 am

      Wasn't serious, Rob. Completely tongue-in-cheek.

  25. Paul G. W
    August 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I got caught up in a mystery shopper scam. Two people sent me checks,one a money order for over three hundred and another a bank check for over three thousand from Navy Federal Bank,they both asked me to cash the checks,keep a certain amount,and send them the majority of the money back. Needless to say I got suspious and did some checking, I called the money order company to verifiy the check,they could not. I tried to get confirmation of the check ,but could not. So I tracked the zip code and federal express office, check was sent from and found out it was sent from a Holiday Inn in Texas. I still have the checks and follow up emails,just in case something comes back to me.Live and Learn!

  26. Anthony
    August 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Hi, the article makes sense but I feel the special reference to Nigeria is not right. Such mails come from anywhere in the world. Anyone falling for such scam is the big fool.
    There are actually great things coming out of Nigeria. We have won the Nobel prize and other such awards. A good number or government and academic staff in the western world are from Nigeria. Also, you may want ask the western companies whi have hooked thier fangs into the market and wont let go for any reason. Do your research and be convinced.
    The most populous black nation is bound to have a few bad eggs. Anyone generalizing is making a big mistake.
    I am proud to be a Niaja man.

    • Akilah
      August 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      dont take it's just been going on (proven) for at least a decade hun! Anyone with sense knows that EVERY COUNTRY AND GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. If you aren't a scammer, then it doesn't apply. In forums, life and any debate...#1 NEVER TAKE IT PERSONALLY, KEEP EMOTIONS OUT OF IT!
      ****proud African Amercian adhd bi polar agnostic sapiosexual Chicagoan South side raised Leo INTJ Manic :) Va Jay Jay owning Whovian loving Vamp!

    • Lisa O
      August 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      MUO has written an article about it before. Must be hard hearing these things, as people all over the world has used Nigeria's name to conduct bad things. I respect you for that pride.

  27. Tracy
    August 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I was approached into selling Arbonne products from a 'so called' friend on Facebook. As soon as someone rattles on about how much money they make for little effort I tend shut off. I remember my mum doing the Herbalife stuff years ago. She only ended up selling to a few friends and made little money from it.

    She was easily coaxed into it by a representative who had the gift of the gab, she was also coaxed into buying a timeshare, twice. Many years have passed and she is still 'not rich' and doesn't own a timeshare anymore having been fooled both times. Don't always believe what you see or what you are being told!

  28. Lee
    August 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I was working for the FCO in New York and my Nigerian counterpart called one day saying he had a friend who needed to deposit money in a US bank account...I promptly told him to 'go forth and multiply' and never spoke to him again. By the way he was a serving soldier in the Nigerian Army and tried this, so just proves the whole country is corrupt.

    • Shogun
      September 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      I am disappointed that you feel that way. I understand how things may seen but you must understand the old age that we tend to adopt as human beings but is far from the truth. One bad apple does not spoil the bunch. Black folks feel a certain about white folks but don't believe you all are bad.. Nigeria and nearby countries are in a state of poverty in some instances and the stories I here tears me apart. However, their are beautiful ppl everywhere and your heart must be open to understand that.

    • Shogun
      September 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Leaders/politicians over there in Nigeria like here in the USA.. and which is predominantly spreading all around the world are all becoming corrupt. Don't you realize the lies, theft and deception is happening in our face with the use of fear to control us? Ask the question, what mind set or perspective will give ppl to idea or provision to attempt such a feat... Well, as I understand the simple approach to an unknown environment, tread carefully..

  29. Andreas Schüttler
    August 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    When I get an email from somebody I don´t know, the person is automatically suspicious to me ;)

  30. Gibby
    August 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Another infamous one is the Nigerians flirting, and wooing divorcees and other lonely women. They continue the email/online romance until they exclaim they are coming to America to meet them! If only - they could send the plane fare to Nigeria, (all of their funds are being transferred over so they can set up playing house).

    We knew of a widower that participated, and literally went to the airport to wait on her new beau. He of course, never showed, offering only excuses! And another plea for money.

    It was all we could to finally convince her it was a scam! She wanted to believe it, so she did.

    • Lisa O
      August 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      That sounds awfully similar to a visual novel parody 'Prince of Nigeria'. Hearing that happening in real life, however, is very sad.

      • Gibby
        September 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        When she got back from the airport, she was trying to find more money in her account - he said there were other problems with the government, and would require more monies. That's when we, and the family stepped in. I pulled up the State Dept website, and showed her how age old this scam was.

        It was a very touchy time - she had only been widowed for about 3-4 months. We had to validate her loneliness without crushing her spirit. You're right Lisa, it was a very sad time.

      • Gibby
        September 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        When she got back from the airport, she was trying to find more money in her account - he said there were other problems with the government, and would require more monies. That's when we, and the family stepped in. I pulled up the State Dept website, and showed her how age old this scam was. It was a very touchy time - she had only been widowed for about 3-4 months. We had to validate her loneliness without crushing her spirit. You're right Lisa, it was a very sad time.

  31. Alex D
    August 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Wait so ALL those Nigeria princes were lying to me? Well now I just feel foolish.

  32. Mark A
    August 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    the paycheck image you use above is a legit bank. i know you don't mean it, but it seems like you are associating the bank with scams.

  33. Don
    August 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Probably the most unscrupulous, are the ones aimed at unemployed people, that make promises that dont happen. Bottom line is, if they want you to pay any deposit, down payment etc. its a scam. Walk away.

  34. Ewebpedia
    August 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Well, nice summarized article. There are lots of scams on the internet when it comes to money making niche. Without hard work and determination, get-rich-quick scheme can never be a sustainable business so far. So, building a specific audiences by delivering more value is the key-factor for the success of every business, either online or offline.
    Some of the legit companies to work with are
    1 Amazon being an affiliate
    2. Clickbank (the most trustworthy of all)
    3. Commission Junction
    4. Shareasale and a lot more are there which indeed pays your hard work like
    Odesk, Elance if you know how to deliver value with your talents. So, always think and do a simple research about the company or product before your invest your dime!!

    • Akilah
      August 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      THANK YOU FOR ACTUALLY GIVING A FEW SITES, MY FRUSTRATION IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH!! btw it's not simple research to someone who doesn't code, or write content, or seo, or adsense, guru, youtube whatever...who learned everything she knows about computers thru jerky husbands cheating then insane black hat jerk boyfriend hacking her pc and phone!! I am proud of what i know and how i have learned it, but at this point my adhd has led me to a ten lane crossroad. damn, i digressed (my bad) I'm an autodidact who has now come full circle and if you don't know WHAT to research, how do you progress...when all internet...hivemind....a holes in their "you're so dumb" text, don't seek to help you, only to try and belittle you wit stupid gifs and fallicies and memes (le sigh...) i'm done...

      • Shalom Crown
        August 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        I feel really frustrated at your frustration. Of course I don't know what it's like to have adhd, but we have a guy where I work who has. He is a superb computer technician, system admin, even does a little programming etc., and even better, is great with the customers. He has very little formal education (hardly even high school), and learned everything on his own (you hint at doing the same).

        I'm sure your IQ and character make up for anything else, you have to use that, and try and keep the frustration down, and take things slowly until you get the hang of them.

    • Rama M
      August 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      you ve missed Digital River

  35. Adam
    August 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

    ACN, Arbonne, Herbalife, etc etc etc. ACN is my favorite though. Don't get me wrong, they are all legitimate businesses. Just very sketchy in the ethics department. You pay for a product or service, and it is delivered. GREAT! So long as you are solely a customer, there is no problem.

    Where they nail you is, after you make a purchase or two, they will approach you saying that you have been selected as a good customer to gain insider privileges - the pitch may differ but it boils down to the same trap. Pay a fee to join their team and get access to all kinds of perks - PLUS become a seller yourself.

    However, anything you sell, the person who signed you up gets a cut. If you sign up three people, that first person gets a HUGE bonus, you do too, but they get a bigger one. Get those three people you signed up to sign up others and now you can be a big boss too! IT'S CRAP! TOTAL CRAP! Not a pyramid scheme because a true product or service is rendered; and there is an upper limit on the ROI for the number of people signed up under you... so it's more of a TRAPezoid - Note the spelling... coincidence? I think not!

    ACN is my favorite because of what products and services they offer and how you become a seller. They take bundles from other companies, and sell them for them. Telus mobility, Bell XpressVu, Internet, home phone, electric and gas utilities... Basically, they approach a company and say, dont pay for advertising, we'll advertise and bring customers to you, on your behalf. we'll just take a commission off those sales - you still get your full amount as if the person purchased directly from you. THEN, to become part of the team, you have to pay $500 up front and bundle UNDER CONTRACT three or more services with them (ACN that is) They have all these fancy charts about how it will save you money and give you all these benefits. THAT'S CRAP TOO, DONT BUY INTO IT! Then, if you get others to signup as "vendors" as well, the pay you get from them will -magically- pay all your utilities and your cell bill every month. YEAH so long as they stay within their contracts and continue to meet quota and sign up other dupes... Best part is, like the scams above, the $500 entry fee is to help you setup a domain, estore, business cards and all that - They do give you a site as promised, but for what it is - I could do it all from my smartphone for free these days; even the website hosting! Not to mention that every seller has the same exact site with only a small reference number in the top that is different. It is hosted on their server, using their back end systems. All they do is create an account for you and use a unique identifier to let them know which sap is making them rich... Your $500 likely went to recover the 500 your "manager" wasted when they got sucked in - GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

    Sick part is, I know all this because members of my family have "enjoyed" a number of these... My dad sold ACN VOIP video phones. My sister has sold Arbonne products. Finally, another sister just barely broke even of the Herbalife crap before coming to her senses. At least she broke even, many dont get that far!

  36. Sony
    August 23, 2013 at 2:00 am

    One scam (thou legit) is to write a "How to make tons of cash just by byuing my book" e-book. They buy it, it gives them a simple no-brainer "tip" like "work for your money".

    • Akilah
      August 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      lol i got caught up in that one in high school! On the back pages of 17 magizine, they had this address you send in $5 and you got something to help you lose weight. Well 2 months later I got a letter with five tips :( #1 was : EAT LESS!!! lmao omg at the time my family thought it was the most hilarious thing ever, and I was not amused. NOW THOUGH ...genius and I can't even get mad.

    • Lisa O
      August 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Well nowadays the way to get money really quick is to hold a talkshow or write a book about 'making money quick'.

  37. Falah
    August 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

    having people pay you to help them get rich quick. "awesome"

  38. William S
    August 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Very good article, recently been seeing alot of work at home offers on some FB groups, it's sickening. I shared this on my page ( and my profile. I like the last bit about how to succeed at these work from home scams ... that was a joke I assume :) The thing is, on FB groups, it seems it's almost like those old pyramid schemes. I can't see anyone falling for those NIgerian emails/posts, they are so transparent but then a new generation of users wouldn't be familiar with it so thanks for posting. :)

  39. Chris
    August 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

    When I was desperately looking for a job I almost got caught up in one of these. I wont go into details about the scam, long story short they offered me a "job" where i would work from home and they were going write me a check which I would deposit in my account and then use that money to pay for supplies. After a few emails with the person something just didn't seem right. So I found the IP address that the emails were being sent from then just did a simple IP trace and discovered that the emails originated from Nigeria. I decided at that point to have some fun with the person and see how far they were willing to take things. So I started putting things in my email about how I am lazy and how this job will be great because I can stay home and smoke pot all day and basically get paid for it. It was fun messing with the person. Moral of the story, be careful. These people are tricky. Look for red flags and if you are communicating by email learn how to get the IP address and how to track the IP, it is very simple and can go a long way!

    • Rama M
      August 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      how can you get the IP of sender ??

    • Victor M
      September 12, 2013 at 1:40 am

      @Rama, all emails stores a header data with info about the sender and your server that receive the message, on gmail you can use "Show Original" option to look into that info