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Protecting Seniors from Work-at-Home
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
What will I receive for my
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
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
For more information on work-at-home
U.S. Postal Inspection
The Postal Service advises that you report work-at-home
scams to your local postmaster or nearest postal