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I get it. The economy worldwide sucks. A ton of people need extra sources of income simply to make ends meet. It isn’t easy, BUT there are ways to do this.

I have made it my mission to check out home-based income opportunities that pop up daily on spam emails I receive, and on paid advertising by Google, Yahoo, and more. Guess what? 99% of those are pure scams. They try and try to convince you that they are indeed different from anything else you will find online, and promise a huge income possibility if you only follow their advice.

They all have a video that explains how they went from rags to riches, they all have a home in some exotic place, and they all drive fancy cars. My question here is: Have you seen Donald Trump, Oprah, Bill Gates, or ANY other tycoon actually SHARES their “success formula???”

Of course not. Serious business people just do their business and they never claim that they jumped on the quick million-making wagon. This alone should make you pause during your quest for extra income. Start thinking, start searching. There are legitimate companies out there that will hire you, either as an independent contractor or an employee, to work for them legally, and to make some money.

What companies do that? Companies that need to expand their customer service and would hire you as a virtual phone operator, companies that need accredited employees to do translations, and companies that work on the “cloud” and can hire you for data entry.

Do not spend your money on promises; do not indulge these scammers who profit from your desperation.

These claims are among some of the usual “red flags” you might see:

1. We will never ask you for money, if you only pay the tiny amount of $10 or $15 for shipping and handling.
2. Our business experts will be there for you along the way to help you succeed. In this case, you will start receiving phone calls and very poorly written emails that try to convince you to go on. If you dig a little further, you’ll see that you land on similar looking web pages, which is proof that they are all selling the same secret to others . . . Now how smart is that? Like a virtual chain letter. Remember those?
3. Our “ironclad 60-day money back guarantee.” Oh I have tried to get my money back several times to no avail. The phone numbers they provide are either non-existent or are always busy so you have to leave a voicemail, they give you an email address that goes nowhere, or they challenge you about why you want your money back.

In a few words, you are MUCH better off trying to get a job at Starbucks serving coffee than actually making money by scamming others. This is really a vicious cycle and will stop only if people stop buying into ethereal promises and dreams.