I've done several posts lately on work at home scams and what to watch out for. Today I want to briefly discuss one of the scams than can cost you dearly — in many cases moreso than several of the other things I've mentioned. Scams involving 900 numbers are everywhere and they don't just involve working at home, but many do.
Here's What You'll See
If you are browsing the Internet or a newspaper looking for ways to earn money online or at home, you may come across an ad claiming that you can make a certain amount per week or month doing some job. But for more information, you'll have to call a number. If the number starts with 1-900, you'd be best off not to call because this is likely a scam.
What Will Happen
If you go ahead and call the 1-900 number, you will receive a phone bill for an astronomical amount of money for each minute. Possibly as much as $5 per minute or even more. People have received bills for hundreds of dollars on their phone bills from making the mistake of dialing a 1-900 number just one time. And these companies intentionally drag the duration of the call out.
You most likely won't talk to an actual person about the job. Instead, you'll hear several recordings, long pauses, and messages asking you to hold. These “hold” messages to extend your talk time, which means more money for the scammers.
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Scammers Prey on the Desperate and Needy
It is common knowledge for most people that 1-900 numbers cost money, but the person who desperately needs money and wants to believe that this too-good-to-be-true work from home opportunity is legit may just go ahead and call to see, not realizing how expensive the call will be.
These scammers prey on people who are down on their luck, and I think that there's not much worse than that personally.
Put a Block On Your Phone
Do yourself a favor and go ahead and call your phone provider and ask them to put a block on your phone so that it's not even possible to dial 1-900 numbers. Even if you think it's not something you would do, you can't be sure that someone in your household won't.
Want to Find Non-Scammy Work at Home?
I post work from home job leads every week, and I'm very careful about what goes on that list and hand-select everything. However, I'm not able to guarantee things to be scam-free since humans do make mistakes!
Another great resource for scam-free work at home is FlexJobs. I'm a paying member here and I use and trust it.