Questions to Ask
These programs often require you to invest hundreds of
dollars in equipment or supplies. Or they require you to
spend many hours producing goods for a company that has
promised to buy them. For example, you might have to buy
a sewing or sign-making machine from the company, or
materials to make items like aprons, baby shoes or
plastic signs. However, after you've purchased the
supplies or equipment and performed the work, fraudulent
operators don't pay you. In fact, many consumers have
had companies refuse to pay for their work because it
didn't meet "quality standards."
Unfortunately, no work is ever "up to standard," leaving
workers with relatively expensive equipment and supplies
- and no income. To sell their goods, these workers must
find their own customers
Legitimate work-at-home program sponsors should tell you - in writing - what's involved in the program they are selling. Here are some questions you might ask a promoter:
The answers to these questions may help you determine whether a work-at-home program is appropriate for your circumstances, and whether it is legitimate.
- What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)
- Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
- Who will pay me?
- When will I get my first paycheck?
- What is the total cost of the work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees? What will I get for my money?
You also might want to check out the company with your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau, not only where the company is located, but also where you live. These organizations can tell you whether they have received complaints about the work-at-home program that interests you. But be wary: the absence of complaints doesn't necessarily mean the company is legitimate. Unscrupulous companies may settle complaints, change their names or move to avoid detection
Where to Complain
If you have spent money and time on a work-at-home program and now believe the program may not be legitimate, contact the company and ask for a refund. Let company representatives know that you plan to notify officials about your experience. If you can't resolve the dispute with the company, file a complaint with these organizations:
- The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or log on to www.ftc.gov.
- The Attorney General's office in your state or the state where the company is located. The office will be able to tell you whether you're protected by any state law that may regulate work-at-home programs.
- Your local consumer protection offices.
- Your local Better Business Bureau.
- Your local postmaster. The U.S. Postal Service investigates fraudulent mail practices.
- The advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad. The manager may be interested to learn about the problems you've had with the company
Launched in 1998, the SFI
Marketing Group has become the world's
largest Internet affiliate program. SFI has shown
millions of men and women from over 190 countries
worldwide how to cash in on the Internet. Our system is
so successful that OVER 4000 people join SFI every week!
Sign Up Free
$29,541 EVERY MONTH sound?
Impossible? Not if you follow the
same proven system that dozens of top marketers
use every day. We're the ones who taught the big boys
how to do it. Bypass the middleman and find out how at
For a very LIMITED TIME,
you may register for FREE with the world's next
big Internet giant.
Internet Warriors: You
get everything you need to run a home-based business
in one incredible package. Your own domain, pre-made
sales letters, tracking accounts, never before revealed
ideas and instant friends
Taking Online Surveys:
Our Paid Surveys
Online Database provides access to hundred's of
active, paying market research companies that offer
surveys for cash and other rewards
Make Money on eBay:
As many as
150,000 people just like you have given up their
jobs to create their own businesses
selling from their own website or on eBay and other
online auctions. Will you be next
Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.