"Work at Home" Scams During the Holidays

Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Janna Kiehl, Better Business Bureau
Janna Kiehl, Better Business Bureau

More area residents are falling prey to "work at home scams" by trying to earn easy cash for the holidays or as a financial buffer in this economic uncertainty.

Jim Hall owns his own business but needs a second job to pay his bills and save for college.

"You didn't have to work that many hours, you didn't have to go drive around and waste your gas.....easy money."

And because he had never applied for a work at home job hall says the simplicity of the ad convinced him it was legitimate.

"Next thing I know I get this thing from DHL with a couple of money orders blank and a letter telling me to send it off to Dubai.

The Better Business Bureau's Janna Kiehl says consumers of all ages are falling prey to work at home scams this time of year.

"Very few times if any can anyone make alot of money, the money that they allege like say 2,000 a week by putting out very little effort."

The most common work at home scams include stuffing envelopes, assembling products, and doing medical billing.

If you are interested in working at home make sure the company you apply to will answer your questions in person and has a physical building to call "home base."