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Unfortunately, many of the stay at home jobs advertise through e-mail and elsewhere are scams. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission said only 1 in 55 opportunities were legitimate in 2009. In order to beat the odds and find stay at home jobs you can trust, it's important to understand what you can do to increase your chances of finding legitimate stay at home jobs.

  • Avoid e-mail job offers. Unless you know who's offering the job, anonymous stay at home jobs offered through e-mail are a sure sign of a scam, according to experts. Stop and think whether you, as CEO of a company, would fill any positions through e-mails to people you know very little about?
  • If it sounds too good . . . From the Better Business Bureau to the Federal Trade Commission, the advice is the same: If the job promise sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Jobs that promise hundreds or thousands of dollars a week for little or no work defy common sense.
  • Don't pay up front. There are virtually no situations, according to job experts, where it is advisable to pay in front for a job opportunity. Would the hardware company in town require you to pay before being granted an interview for a sales position?
  • Research the company. If you're on the fence about whether an opportunity seems legitimate, one thing a job applicant can do is to research the company. A simple Internet search involves entering the company's name into the Google search engine and typing the word 'scam'. Chances are, if someone else has lost money on the scheme offered by your company, they have written about or complained about it on the Internet. Call the Better Business Bureau to check out the company, as well.
  • Talk to someone on the phone. Often, stay at home jobs that are scams start with legitimate sounding ads that may not include the company name. As you get closer to winning the job, you will see the e-mail address of the company employee or company consultant in charge of finding legitimate stay at home workers. That e-mail should provide you with phone numbers and general company contacts, including phone numbers. Scam operations limit contact so that when you realize your money is gone and there is no job to compete for.
  • Ask questions. Ask about pay arrangements and salary. Ask how often you will be paid and see if the company says anything about tax documents. Companies must issue federal pay forms for employees who earn a minimum of $600 in a year. Ask for a contact in the company to talk to so you can confirm the work at home job opportunity is legitimate.

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