Eat, Pray, Scam

Fast and easy money is great
Especially when you’re in a bind

Someone offers you riches
With a very convincing line

But beware the ponzi, the scheme
Or you’ll end up poor and mad

The easier the earn-money pitch
The greater the chance you’ll be had.

So don’t walk the path of a sucker
Cause you’re stuck in a money jam

The emails promising wealth
Are nothing but bonafide scams.

This week in my MSNBC column, I delve into the work-at-home scams that are sweeping the nation.

I get tons of emails from stay-at-home moms and dads, disabled individuals, and people desperate to make some extra cash in the tough economy, wondering how they can get a work-at-home gig that pays them enough money to make ends meet. They wonder if the unreal offers they get via email, or read about on job boards, or in magazines or the local paper, are really real.

I hate to say it folks, but according to the experts such as Christine Durst, founder of one out of 48 work-at-home opportunities are legitimate.

And the Better Business Bureau has a whole list of scams that are out there, scams that were popular years ago but have resurfaced in this Internet age.

Lots of people ask me where they can find legitimate work-at-home opportunities but as a journalist I can’t suggest particular companies. But I can say, finding a work-at-home gig is just like finding any other job. Companies looking to hire folks don’t send unsolicited emails to people looking to give them a job. You should be looking for companies you’ve heard about, or at least someone you know has heard about.

And never, never, never pay money upfront to get a job. Employers pay you, not the other way around.

So print out my poem and keep it with you when that unbelievable offer comes your way. And say “no” to becoming a sucker.

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