How to avoid work-from-home scams

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MORE AND MORE TRI STATERS ARE FINDING WORK FROM HOME JOBS THAT LEAVE THEM TIME FOR THEIR FAMILYBUT HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THAT OFFER IS LEGIT OR A SCAM? CONSUMER REPORTER JOHN MATARESE IS ON YOUR SIDE WITH ANSWERS

BUT FIRSTA MAGIC DAY TO BUY AIRLINE TICKETS

JOHN? KRISTINWOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF THERE WAS ONE DAY WHEN AIRLINES SLASHED THEIR FARES

SORT OF LIKE A BLACK FRIDAY FOR AIRLINE TICKETS? THERE MIGHT BEACCORDING TO USA TODAY TODAYIN A REPORT CALLED THE MAGIC DAY WHEN AIRFARES FALL, USA TODAY SAYS AUGUST 22ND IS WHEN AIRLINES LOWER THEIR FARES FOR THE FALL SEASONIT SAYS TICKETS CAN BE 20% CHEAPER THAT DAY

AIRFARE WATCHDOG DOT COM DISPUTES THE REPORT, SAYING THE SAVINGS ARE NOT THAT DRAMATIC SO YOU'VE ALWAYS LIKED THOSE RELIABLE KENMORE APPLIANCESBUT YOU DON'T SHOPSSEARS ANYMORE? ANYMORE?SEARS HAS COME UP WITH A SOLUTIONTHE STRUGGLING RETAIL CHAINS WILL START SELLING KENMORE APPLIANCES ON AMAZON, SO YOU CAN BUY THAT MICROWAVE WITHOUT WALKING INTO A SEARS MALL STORE EARLIER IN THE NEWSCAST, AT 5PM, I TOLD YOU ABOUT 9 COMPANIES NOW HIRING PEOPLE FOR WORK FROM HOME JOBSIF YOU MISSED IT, YOU CAN SEE THE LIST ON WCPOCOM

BUT BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR ONEI WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THE WARNING SIGNS OF A WORK FROM HOME SCAM HOPE CATAZARO IS A BUSY MOM TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR HER FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN

IN HER ANDERSON TOWNSHIP HOMESO SHE POSTED HER RESUME — FOR A DATA PROCESSING POSITION — ON SOME JOB HUNTING SITES SITES

"I went ahead and got an invitation for an interview" IT WOULD PAY $25 AN HOUR HOUR

"It also included all benefits, including holidays"TO GET HER STARTED, THE COMPANY FEDEXED HER THIS CHECK FOR $3,800 TO PAY FOR A COMPUTER AND SOFTWARETHE LETTER TOLD HER TO CASH IT, THEN WIRE THE MONEY TO THEIR COMPUTER FIRM FIRM"HOPE SAYS LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER DEPOSITING THAT CHECK, SHE PULLED UP TO THIS DRIVE IN WINDOW AT HER LOCAL BANK BRANCH, TOLD THE TELLER SHE NEEDED $3,000 CASH, AND GOT IT

"————–SO SHE THEN WIRED 3 GRAND FROM A NEARBY WALMARTBUT INSTEAD OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE, SHE GOT SOME VERY BAD NEWS NEWS"So yes, it did bounce, and the bank said I now owe the amount Do you have that? No I don't

"SHE HAD BEEN SCAMMEDATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE WARNS ABOUT RED FLAGS OF A RIPOFF SUCH AS ADS CLAIMING "AS SEEN ON CNN " JOBS INVOLVING CASHING CHECKS

OR JOBS THAT WANT CASH UP FRONT FOR TRAINING TRAINING

"Many times they require you to give them money, for training books etcetera, and then there's no payoff at the end of it' BOTTOM LINE: IF THEY WANT A BUNCH OF MONEY UPFRONTOR THEY SEND YOU A BIG CHECK BEFORE YOU DO ANY WORKIT