12 On Your Side: Beware of online 'work-at-home' job offers

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's around that time of year when people begin to look for a way to make a little extra cash for the holidays.

"If you have surfed the net for a job, then you've probably seen the "work-at-home ads."

The Federal Trade Commission warns that many of the work-at-home postings are just schemes to take your money.

Work-at-home schemes have been circulating around for years and, yet, people are still getting ripped off. The FTC says some of the companies are misleading and require you to pay money to make money. They say that paying to get a job is a red flag for consumers.

Here is the FTC's list of popular work-at-home schemes to avoid:
-Assembly or craft work
-Rebate processing
-Online searches
-Medical billing

Not all of these offers are a scam, but the FTC reminds consumers to do their research before signing up for an offer.

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