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Protecting Seniors from Work-at-Home Schemes

By Janet Crozier

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But seniors can defend themselves against work-at-home scams. Start by staying alert and using common sense. If a promotion seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Fraudulent promoters of work-at-home schemes leave many unanswered questions. Caution seniors you know not to send any money until they get clear and complete answers – in writing – to all these questions:

  • What exactly do I need to do to earn money? 

  • What will I receive for my money? 

  • Do I have to purchase anything? 

  • What are the total costs to get in on the deal? 

  • What quality standards must I meet for the products I produce? 

  • Will I receive a salary? Or, do I work on commission? 

  • Who pays me? 

  • Do I have to sell anything or market the product or information? 

  • Do I need to recruit others to the program? 

  • How do I get my money back if I am not satisfied?

If the answers they receive don’t satisfy all their concerns, encourage them to walk away from the promotion. Chances are good that the promotion is really a scam.

If you know any seniors that have been taken in by a work-at-home scam, file a written complaint with the company in question and make sure to keep a dated copy. Some companies may refund their money.

For more information on work-at-home scams, contact: 

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The Postal Service advises that you report work-at-home scams to your local postmaster or nearest postal inspector.


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