The victims of several work-at-home scams may finally receive a portion of a $685,000 settlement, the Federal Trade Commission says Feb. 27.
One of the companies the FTC took action against in 2010, Abili-Staff, Ltd., based out of San Antonio, will be forced to repay subscribers of its service. According to the FTC, the company was billing itself as a “scam free” and “legitimate” job search service.
Abili-Staff sold supposedly pre-screened lists of jobs, telling consumers they could access the lists after paying a fee ranging from $29.98 to $89.99, according to news sources.
BBB worked with the FTC to end this company’s poor practices and continues to monitor the marketplace for similar scams.
Before signing up for any work-at-home opportunity, BBB advises job hunters to:
- Check the company’s BBB Business Review to see its letter grade, history of complaints and government actions at bbb.org.
- Beware of any offer that guarantees a lot of money for little effort and no experience.
- Thoroughly read the website’s terms and conditions, keeping in mind that a free trial could cost you in the end.
- Be wary of work-at-home offers that use logos from Google, Twitter or other prominent online businesses. Just because Google is in the name doesn’t mean the business is affiliated with Google.
- Research the website with Whois.net or a similar site for determining domain name ownership. Be cautious if the site is anonymous or individually registered.
Courtesy of watchyourbuck