FTC mailing thousands of checks to victims of telemarketing scheme

  The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday its mailing 7,583 checks totaling more than $2.2 million to people who lost money to a telemarketing scheme offering business coaching services. According to FTC’s complaint, Professional Learning Institute, who operated by several names, falsely promised consumers they would earn substantial income from home-based Internet businesses if they used their…

Con-Artists Tricking Victims into Helping Them Steal

Imagine making money in the comfort of your home.  Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.  Many times work-at-home jobs are a scam. But con-artists are now using this type of fraud to fool victims into helping them steal money. In this new scheme, scammers are tricking the public into providing their personal information so that…

FTC shuts down mystery shopper scam, bans defendants from selling work-at-home opportunities

Work-at-home opportunities are tempting, but unfortunately, the industry can be a risky one for consumers. BBB has warned about the work-at-home industry in the past. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained settlements from several businesses and individuals, shutting down a business opportunity scam that tricked consumers into making recurring monthly payments for “mystery shopper”…

Work-at-home still a scary proposition — even if it’s ‘temporary’

BBB has warned before about the dangers of taking on work-at-home opportunities–there are so many opportunities to get ripped off. But con artists are pretty crafty. That’s their business. What if they convinced you it wasn’t really a work-at-home job? A consumer from Mexia, Texas recently got taken by that ruse. She says she never…

Job hunters: Don’t become an unwitting partner in crime

BBB recently got a report of a work-at-home scam that impersonated an accredited business in the Austin area. The business got constant phone calls from people asking, “Am I working for you?” They weren’t. Luckily for the business, the scammers seem to have moved on. The phone calls quit coming. A bunch of people who…

Online money-wiring scheme impersonates SA tax business

BBB advises consumers to be cautious about work-at-home opportunities Better Business Bureau commonly receives reports about suspicious work-at-home offers that involve wiring money overseas. These offers put the potential employee at risk of identity theft and of helping criminals launder money. Scammers sometimes steal the identity of legitimate companies to appear more convincing. BBB recently…

Do your homework before signing up for work-at-home

BBB advises consumers to be cautious about work-at-home opportunities The ability to work from home is an attractive proposition, especially when a company promises high income for little effort. But Better Business Bureau advises consumers to be careful about accepting these offers. BBB received over 1,800 complaints about work-at-home businesses in 2012. The majority of…

Victims of work-at-home scams to receive checks

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that the victims of several work-at-home scams the agency took action against in 2010 will finally receive their portion of a $685,000 settlement. One of the companies named in the action was Abili-Staff, Ltd., based out of San Antonio. According to the FTC: Billing itself as a “scam free”…