More than a million people are victims of work at home scams each year. Some, I'm sorry to say, had it coming. They went in with their hearts instead of their heads. Others however could not have dodged the bullet even if they tried the work at home scam was just too sophisticated for the average searcher.
These days con artists do not just create work at home scams, they create systems that will damage the lives of their victims long after they have dropped out of the scam. Below are some ways con artists take advantage of you.
1. The "send in your resume" scam. This is a difficult scam to detect because it appears to be legitimate. After all, the company is asking for prospects to email them a resume and cover letter. This is something all legit companies do. However, it's your email address they want.
Once you email them with your resume or to ask for more information, they will attach a malware to their email. This allows the con artist to gain access to the job seekers computer including passwords and personal email.
Because many people who work online have PayPal accounts hackers can gain access to these accounts and drain them. They also gain access to the victims address book, thus sending the scam to their friends and family or in sever cases death threats.
Another clever tactic used in this "send in your resume" scam is to ask for a lot of personal information such as full name, address, sex, telephone-cell-fax, bank account number, copy of Driver's License or Passport, and occasionally a Social Security Number.
Once the con artist has obtained this information it is sold to an identity theft ring.
2. The "I love you scam." This scam does not start out as a work at home scam but is designed as such. It starts with someone, usually in a singles chat room, approaching you to chat. These con artists form bonds with their victims and deceive them into thinking that they love them.
They then pitch a home business idea or tell them that they are already in business and need their help. Because the victim feels as though they are in love they can not or do not say no.
The con artist then requests money to for the business or the victim is made into third party receiver of funds or packages. The packages are always stolen or were bought with fake credit cards. Because the victim "loves" the con artist they continue to send money or packages without asking why they're not seeing a dime.
In the case of receiving funds, their bank accounts are drained. Victims are always left heavily in dept and because you are handling stolen goods this scam can get you prospected.
New age work at home scams are far more sophisticated than purchasing a box of junk. They leave heavily the victim in dept; destroy their credit rating as well as your reputation. Fortunately there are more resources today for victims of work at home scams, for example, http://www.fraud.org is an excellent resource for someone dealing with a work at home scam.