Leave it to WAHMTalkRadio.com's Kelly McCausey to step up and stand up for Work at Home Mom's. This is a great article warning Moms about Work at home scams.
Deceiving and being
I have been online for eight years and I have
seen it all! I have zero tolerance for a scam artist.
A few years ago some friends of mine at church
were taken in by an internet scam. A well dressed, fast
talking fella shared an "internet mall" (A bundle of affiliate
programs) with them that would only cost $400 to get into! He
told them their income potential was sky high AND they could
share the opportunity with others and earn "bonuses" for
everyone who signed up.
The moment I heard of it I knew it was a thinly
vieled pyramid scheme and I said so. But my non-internet savvy
friends were convinced that they were buying an expensive web
presense that would earn them lots of money and they wanted to
share it with everyone. And they did. At least 20 families
close to me signed up. Of course the first few made a lot of
money. And of course, the last few to sign up lost their $400
and never saw a penny of return.
That is what breaks my heart. There are always
so many people hurt by these scams. They see the previous few
at the top of the scam making money and they jump in expecting
the same results but soon realize there is noone else left to
share it with and the whole thing collapses. The folks who
made money at it walk away cheerfully looking for the next
great idea to come along while the losers on the bottom feel
nothing but used and abused.
Since that time I have watched so many other
scams come and go. Nowadays, the scammers have gotten sneakier
and more deceptive than ever.
The latest scams have aimed lower - at people
will less money. Instead of requiring hundreds to join, they
only require $69.95, $29.95 or even $8! They tell you it's for
software so you can do a job at home or that you'll receive an
ebook with priceless information. But what you end up with is
careful instructions about how you can deceive someone else
into sending you some money.
I don't care how good it sounds or how
legitimate it appears, if someone asks you to give them money
in order to get a job - it's a scam.
Typing ads for pay is just another pyramid
scheme scam. And it burns my bottom that it is aimed at stay
at home Moms who cannot afford to lose a precious $69.95 from
their household budget.
Another scam to watch out for: Services that
promise you tons of targeted traffic for your website. If you
don't understand how it works - it probably doesn't work. I
have read that many of these traffic services send artificial
hits on our domains, making it look like we received visitors
but in fact we did not.
If you are a stay at home Mom and you want to
develop something to do at home, please do not fall for a
scam. Don't send anyone any money for anything unless you have
verified that there is a tangible product or service involved.
Becoming a Direct Sales Representative - It is
perfect normal and reasonable for a new representative to pay
for a start up kit. Still use common sense, don't send
hundreds of dollars to someone you don't know. Check them out
completely. Most opportunities will require less than $100 to
get started. But don't even do that unless you are passionate
about the product and willing to promote it with your time and
Genuine eBooks - There are many genuine eBook
that are worth a few bucks to gain the information they
contain. A responsible eBook author/seller will be clear about
what the book is about and give you a sampling before
receiving any money.
Costs of Doing Business - Obviously if you are
going to do business on the internet you will need to have a
website and that will cost money. You will need a designer
and/or a graphic artist to help you get it set up unless you
are comfortable creating your own site. Again, use common
sense. If you are a work at home mom selling a homemade
product, please don't pay someone a fortune for a website!
Neither will you want to let your cousin Susie build it if she
doesn't know what she is doing. There are many other work at
home Moms who offer web design services for very reasonable
Remember - Don't abandon real life common
sense just because you are online. If it sounds too good to be
Kelly McCausey is a single Mom in beautiful
northern Michigan. She is a freelance graphics and web
designer as well as owning the USAWAHM family
of Work at Home websites. She enjoys hosting her internet talk radio program and promoting Work at Home Moms!
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