Have You Seen Ads for This Company? The Feds Say It’s a Work-From-Home Scam

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A federal court just slapped a temporary restraining order on a company that’s allegedly scamming people looking for work-from-home jobs.

According to court documents, the defendants set up a bunch of businesses under different names, including:

  • Work At Home EDU
  • Work At Home Program
  • Work At Home Ecademy
  • Work At Home University
  • Work At Home Revenue
  • Work At Home Institute

The Federal Trade Commission claims the defendants lured people to their websites with cleverly-placed internet advertisements.

“For example, they placed a link to their Work At Home EDU website near an article about working from home on the website Forbes.com,” says the FTC.

The internet is littered with reports that the websites charged high fees and promised to teach people how to earn buckets of money working from home — but they say the sites failed to deliver results.

In one example, Scamxposer investigated Work At Home EDU and discovered it charged people $97 for information people can easily glean for free just by searching the internet. The company then shared registration data with third-party companies that swamped people with sales calls and emails. Even it’s money-back guarantee seemed questionable.

How To Avoid Work-From-Home Scams

It can be difficult to spot websites designed to scam people looking for work-from-home jobs. These seven scams are particularly common, and this one tricks people into committing a crime.

If you think you’ve been scammed, here are five things you should do right now.  

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She thinks scammers are jerks.