Work-from-home scams

Far from dying out, work-from-home scams are more dangerous than ever.
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03.How to protect yourself

The main warning sign of any scam is the claim that you can make a lot of money with little effort and no qualifications. You should:

  • Never disclose personal details such as your credit card or account number to anyone, especially if they contact you by email or phone.
  • Ask for the offer in writing and get advice before signing a contract. Check contact details such as phone numbers with an independent directory.
  • Beware of job offers requiring you to pay an upfront fee.
  • Be especially wary of offers from overseas companies.
  • Check with your local fair trading office for information to help you decide whether the offer is legitimate.
  • Do a simple online search. Other people may have commented on the offer in web forums.



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