Working at home sounds very appealing.  Years ago, stuffing envelopes was a common work at home scam. The range of work at home scams is constantly changing and evolving, but the result is always the same – rarely are these work at home schemes legitimate nor do they provide any income except for the scammers who operate them.  Often the advertisements for these work at home scams appear in legitimate media that have not checked out the legitimacy of the advertisements they run.  In the case of Bob Robinson, LLC which operated under names such as Work At Home EDU, Work At Home Program, Work At Home Ecademy, Work At Home University, Work At Home Revenue and Work at Home Institute, “native” advertising was used to deceive victims of the scam into believing they could as represented in the advertisements, make “hundreds of dollars per hour from home, without any special skills or experience.”  Native advertising is advertising that is disguised to appear as if it is a legitimate news story.  The ads were filed with false representations.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)recently settled the lawsuit it brought against Bob Robinson LLC and is refunding 1.1 million dollars to the victims of the scam.  If you were a victim of the scam, click on the section of the www.scamicide.com website which reads “FTC Scam Refunds” for information about claiming your refund.

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As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  Check out work at home scams with the big three – your local attorney general, the Better Business Bureau and the FTC.  You  also can Google the name of the particular company offering you the work at home program with the word “scam” next to it and see what turns up.

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