“Currently there’s a 54-to-1 scam ratio among
work-at-home job leads on the Internet,” said Staffcentrix co-founder,
Christine Durst, who screens up to 5,000 online job offers every week and rates
them on her Web site.

“That means that for every 55 [work-at-home] job leads
that you find on the Internet, 54 of them are going to be outright scams or
downright suspicious,” warns Durst.

Not only is this true for home based job opportunities, it
is true for those home based business opportunities; those claiming you can
make boatloads of money with little, if any effort and simply “with the press
of a button.”

It’s Getting Bigger by the Second
The problem is growing in epic proportions, especially in
light of the current economic situation. Otherwise cautious people are being
sucked into situations that give the promise of financial security. Sadly many
people lose time and money to many of these “too good to be true”
opportunities. Some lose a few dollars while others lose thousands.

This is not to discourage you from pursuing your dream of
working at home. However, it is to encourage you to avoid jumping into a
situation without doing your homework.

Not Everything Is As It Appears
Before believing testimonials, guarantees, amazing earning
potentials, etc., research whatever it is you are thinking of doing.

If you have to send money for a job opportunity – BEWARE! If
you don’t know anything about the company that promises you only have to work a
few hours a week and make thousands upon thouScfamsands of dollars – BEWARE!

ABC News 20/20 had an excellent segment on the reality of the situation. In essence, they also warn avoid the opportunities that make it appear as if you don’t need to do anything and you can rake in the money.

Does this mean there are no legitimate and lucrative
opportunities? Absolutely not. What it does mean is keep a level head about any
offer you find.

Here are a few steps you can take to minimize being taken
advantage of:

  1. Check out the people behind the offer. Dig deep to see if
    there are complaints against the company you are considering working for. A
    Google search can be a first step.
  2. Avoid any opportunities where you cannot easily get in touch
    with someone from the company. Even when you do get in touch, realize there are
    ways to make things appear legit.
  3. If the offer appears too good to be true it likely is.
  4. If there are promises that you need no experience at all and
    you can lay on the beach while raking in the money, avoid this like the plague.
  5. Give yourself a cooling off period. If you have a feeling in
    the pit of your stomach indicating this is not a good choice for you, trust
    that feeling. A feeling like this is likely the best indicator.

For those of us that offer legitimate opportunities, we
welcome inquiries. We also will be the first to say, “Yes, you can make great
money working from home, but you will have to actually work at whatever
business or job you are planning on doing.

Remember this , “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of