AARP Scam Alert: Work-From-Home Scams

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By Tom Lacock

The COVID pandemic brought countless things into our lives that we were just fine without. However, a few things – like working from home – actually made life a little easier for many.

However, with more businesses returning to in-person activities, some workers are looking for new jobs with work-from-home options. That’s something scammers are looking to take advantage of with fake job offers. 

Work-from-home scams can promise jobs with medical billing, data entry or starting an online business, but they all require paying something up front. 

Once you start paying, the requests for more money for training or supplies never stop and in return you get a lot of useless information or requests to recruit more people into the scheme.

There are genuine work-from-home jobs out there. The trick is knowing how to spot the real opportunities in a sea of empty — and costly — promises.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for all. Learn how to proactively spot scams or get guidance if you’ve been targeted.

Visit www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call our dedicated helpline to speak to a fraud specialist at 1-877-908-3360.

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