One of the things I get emails and messages about frequently is, “Have you heard about (Fill in name of scam program here) program? I got an email about it and it says I can make tons of money for only $50!” Or something that sounds equally as fishy.
With the economy being so depressed for an extended period of time, the rise in work at home and get rich quick scams is shocking. Those who have a hard time finding a new job are perfect pickings for scammers.
I know that this is a savings blog, but I want to share with you some tips, hints, and information about what to look for if you want to work at home and make money online. I don’t want to see any of you get scammed.
- One of the most popular scams is the Nigerian Scam. Basically an important person in an African country is in jail, if you send them money via wire transfer to help them, once they are out of jail, they will reimburse you plus a handsome fee. Anytime you are emailed by someone who is asking for help and money, run run run. Especially if they ask you to wire them your hard earned money (it can’t be tracked) or if they send you a check, ask you to cash it and either wire them the money or send them a money order. That is a SCAM.
- Work at home scams: If a company asks you to pay them for a list of work at home companies or secret shopper programs, that is most likely a scam. Google the name of the company and the word scam to double check.
- For that matter, if a company promises an insane amount of money in a short amount of time, It’s a scam.
- If a “legit looking” work at home company requests a credit card number or any money at all, It’s a scam.
If you are looking to get rich quick, it’s damn near impossible!
I earn money online doing surveys, clicking links in emails and doing tasks. If you are looking to make money online, here are a few of my favorites:
- Earn Cash with Paid View Point. Surveys are short (less than 5 minutes). Earn cash with each Survey. You get $1.00 when you sign up! The pay out is $15.00, and it takes about a month to earn $15.00. So far in 2015, I’ve earned about $60.00.
- Earn Gift cards with Mypoints. I take surveys, click links in emails, and do all of my online shopping through Mypoints. So far in 2015, I’ve earned about $30.00.
- I also use Swagbucks. I use their search engine toolbar, take a daily poll, watch a video and click a few links each day! So far in 2015, I’ve earned about $60.00. Swagbucks has tons of rewards, you can receive cash via paypal too!
- I do surveys with Pinecone Research. They aren’t always looking for new participants, but check out their website and see if you fit their open demographics. I make about $20/Month doing short surveys (10 minutes or less).
With all of these survey companies, these are surveys I am pre-qualified for. No spending 10-30 minutes only to learn that you aren’t getting paid and they don’t want your opinions (that’s the #1 reason I do not do Swagbucks surveys and I don’t recommend you waste your time doing them either).
I work on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to make extra money that I transfer to my Amazon.com account. I am trying to earn enough to pay for holiday gifts. You sign up and do tasks for small amounts of money, but the money adds up fast. The tasks are quick and simple (transcription, surveys, flagging inappropriate photos). I’ve earned over $50 since February. If you want cold hard cash instead of Amazon.com credit there is an option to have money transferred to a bank account. Mechanical Turk does ask for your SSN when you sign up- you will receive a 1099- MISC at the end of the year., regardless of which option you select.
Volition has a great list of mystery shopper programs that are free. I do a few of these programs, and I have earned money!
I will by no means become a millionaire, but the extra money each month helps out and allows me to save for holiday gifts, and take the Kiddo to do fun stuff that we normally couldn’t afford.
Here are a few insights that can help you determine if somethings a scam:
- Does it seem too good to be true?
- Is there no phone number or address to contact the company?
- Does the website look “off” or give you a weird feeling (trust your spidery senses)?
- Google the company name- What comes up? If it’s not good, run run run!!
- If a website has photos like the one below- it’s probably a SCAM!