52 Weeks: Earnings Offline – Work at Home Scams

From the book:

Work at home ads

Somewhere in the help wanted section you will probably see an ad that says, “Home workers desperately needed.” I checked this out years ago. They send you a book of fake employers who supposedly hire piece workers.

I was good at cross-stitch so I applied for a cross-stitch job. The pattern they sent me was obviously wrong and resulted in a hot mess. When I corrected the pattern and made a good piece, they rejected it. For another one, they rejected everything I sent in. The only way to make a profit was to place ads like the one I had answered, selling this bogus book to other hopeful home workers.

  • Real employers’ ads will have an email or snail mail address to which to send your resume.
    • Scammers will have a phone number for you to call.
  • Real employers will state the job tasks and the skills they expect you to have.
    • Scammers will entice you with a dollar amount they say you can earn.
  • Real employers don’t emphasize that the job can be done at home; they emphasize the nature of the job.
  • Real employers don’t ask you to pay to apply for a job.

Unfortunately, real demand for people to work at home is very low. My conclusion is that work at home ads, especially if they ask you for money, are probably scams.

Movie extras

Also, watch out for the one about movie extras wanted. Cliff signed up for it and they tried to charge a monthly fee to his credit card. He got no jobs from it.

If movie extra work appeals to you, go directly to your local film commission to find work. Type your state and the words “local film commission” into an Internet search engine. One of the results will be an official website with contact information.


Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.



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