Work-at-Home Job Scam: Processing Rebates

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Processing rebates is a very common work-at-home "opportunity," and one without the likelihood of being a real home-based job. If an online job is advertised as "processing rebates," you can be pretty sure it is a scam. Yes, processing rebates are technically among the data entry tasks a remote worker might perform. However, it would be straight data entry work if it was legit--not something that would pay incentives as these processing rebates opportunities usually present themselves.

How the Scam Works

The pitch in these work-at-home scams is that you make money just by filling out online forms; everything you need is provided. Of course, these scams require a "fee" as much as $200, but it could be less (in general any fee is a tip-off it's a scam). Perhaps, it's a classic bait-and-switch scam. You send $150-$200 or more for a program that will allow you to "process rebates at home." At best, what you get is information, which could be had for free elsewhere, about setting up an Internet business or some tutorial on affiliate marketing.

Or perhaps at its worst, you are hooked into a work-at-home scam where you use your money to process rebates but are never reimbursed. Never get involved with anything that asks you to pay anything up front and then be reimbursed!

How You Can Tell Processing Rebates Is a Scam

When looking for work-at-home jobs it is important to know the telltale signs of a work-at-home scam. In this particular scheme, some of the clues are it:

  • Is too easy. Offers too much pay. Turn around the old saying 'you get what you pay for.
  • Requires payment. Always a potential sign of a scam.
  • Doesn't make any sense. Why would companies pay $15 per rebate when they could have a data entry clerk do it for pennies?
  • May require you to use your own money. This is a huge red flag.

Similar Legit Work-at-Home Jobs

Affiliate marketing is often what this scam actually turns out to be. And while affiliate marketing by itself is not a scam, the idea that it is easy is. To do affiliate marketing you have to build a website with significant traffic and that is not a quick process.

The other legitimate work at the home opportunity this is similar to is data entry. But data entry is rife with scams, and this is one of many types of data entry scams.


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