How To Report A Work At Home Scam

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Have you ever been scammed? Know anyone who has been scammed? Work at home (or WAH) jobs provide employees with the freedom of working on their own schedule. Employees have no dress code and do not have to work under a manager or supervisor. However, working from home can bring some risk factors along with it. Scammers fill the internet waiting for people to fall for their tricks; there is always someone trying to outsmart you. If you have been scammed, know someone who is a victim of a scam, or come across a suspicious looking email or website, you should report it. This can prevent the scammers from getting to any other victims.

Internet Crime Complaints

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (or IC3) is a place where you can submit complaints about scams. The FBI is a part of the IC3, however, you do not need to be a citizen of the United States to file a complaint with them.
Go to the IC3 website to file a complaint with them. Be sure you have all evidence such as credit card bills or receipts. From there you can submit a complaint with them. Remember, you must have your evidence because the IC3 will ask.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another way to file a complaint about a particular company. You should remember that the BBB is not a law enforcement agency so they can only take complaints and try to resolve them. This agency cannot force a company to do anything; however, they do post all their complaints on their website.
To file a complaint with the BBB, you can go onto their website or into a BBB office. BBB offices are spread throughout Canada and the United States. You must give your contact information along with your complaint. The BBB does not accept any complaints from anonymous sources.
Once you send the complaint in, you will receive an email letting you know that they are processing your complaint.

When looking for WAH work, it is difficult to know who you can really trust, so be sure to do your research and if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

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6 thoughts on “How To Report A Work At Home Scam

  • Profile photo of Pippa
    October 26, 2016 at 10:11 am
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    I’ve never heard of IC3 before. I’m glad that they have something like this in place for people who fall victim to these terrible situations. Do you know if you can also search this site? I was hoping that maybe there is something on there that will tell you which companies to stay away from.

  • Profile photo of Sharina
    October 16, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    What an informational article. It’s good to know that there are places you can go to report these scams. I have been scammed before and I felt so angry that I was taken advantage of and I wanted other people to know about this problem so that they wouldn’t fall victim either. Next time I will know where to go to report these issues.

  • September 2, 2015 at 8:08 am
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    More people should be made aware of this. Thankfully, I have never been scammed in my life, but I know a lot of people who have.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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    This is great. There are so many places online that just prey for those who want to work from home. Some of the ads you see on places like Craigslist just make me cringe. I am happy to know that there is a place to report these people.

  • August 16, 2015 at 6:09 am
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    Thanks for posting this. I haven’t been scammed myself but I know someone who lost cash after pursuing a fake job opportunity she saw online. It’s about time that proper protection is available to WAH folk, and I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for suspicious ads.

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