Avoiding the scammers

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As the price of gas increases, at least here in the United States, more and more employees are looking for opportunities to work from home. Telecommuting is a trend that has been growing steadily for some time now and seems unlikely to stop.

But sadly, there are plenty of operations that are trying to scam people instead of providing them with real work-from-home opportunities.

Some of these are discussed by John Rossheim over at Monster.comin an article called "Avoid Work-at-Home Job Scams."

The first thing to keep in mind is that you should probably explore any work-from –home opportunities within the company you are already working for. You may want to ask your manager, for example, if there are opportunities for that.

If that's not an option, you should explore telecommuting jobs within existing, legit companies instead of answering e-mails that show up in your inbox promising you great work-from-home chances.

For example, anything promising that if you stuff envelopes you will make a lot of money is probably a scam. It is a business model that makes little sense as most real companies could afford to have people in-house stuff envelopes. At the same time, any assemble-products-at-home jobs are likely not legit either.

You can check places like the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission for information about companies offering you work-at-home opportunities to ensure their legitimate nature. It also pays to ask potential employers lots of questions before accepting any kind of position. If you do things right and carefully, you could end up saving lots of money on gas and renew your energy for your job.

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