Don't Pay To Work From Home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/02

Don't Pay To Work From Home

If a work at home opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Barry Goggin is with the Better Business Bureau. He says, "The lure is so attractive. You can earn $1,000 to $5,000 a month in your spare time." Most work at home ads promise unlimited income with limited effort. " Goggin says "These kind of ads don't generate the income producing opportunity the respondents are looking for."

Michael Vernon thought he had found a golden opportunity. Vernon says, " I lost my job and I was looking for a different way to make income." Vernon spent $500 to get his start with an internet company called I-Wealth. The company sold him products with the promise of helping him sell them on the web. But Vernon, says the company never helped him sell anything. He says, "They don't walk you through step by step, showing you exactly how to advertise your website. Basically they just wasted my time."

Work at home ads appeal to people like Vernon who are unemployed. They also target stay at home moms, senior citizens and anyone who wants to put their talents to use. Goggin called one of those work at home ads and got this recording, "If you can glue, sew, put things together or make wood items, we have companies that can use your talents." Goggin says, "These guys are selling you an information kit for $39.95. This information kit supposedly contains a list of companies that supposedly hire people to work at home."

Goggin warns most companies can not guarantee you'll get work, let alone a weekly paycheck. As in Vernon's case, the "I-Wealth" company says Vernon may have been misled about how much money he could make. He did however, get a refund. The bottom line is-you shouldn't have to pay anyone to work.

For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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