Posted: 01 Oct 2010

Modeling, Talent Scams Cost a Pretty Penny

Whether your friends tell you you ought to be a model or in the movies because you're tall, shapely, handsome, funny, etc., or whether your appearance is less than that of an Adonis or Aphrodite and you've never acted in anything more impressive than your high school play, you don't have to look far for confir­mation that modeling or acting might be for you.

Posted: 15 Sep 2015

Multi-Level Marketing

Multi-level marketing is a system of retailing in which consumer products are sold by independent businessmen and women (distributors), usually in customers' homes. Although sometimes labeled "network marketing," rather than multi-level marketing, and touted as "new," "innovative," and "taught at a leading business school," the definition remains the same.

Posted: 31 Jul 2014

Work-At-Home Schemes

These kinds of work-at-home offers can be found on the Internet, in email solicitations, or in the help wanted sections of newspapers and other publications. They are often listed under headings like "Help Wanted," "Money-Making Opportunities," "Business Opportunities" and "Business Personals". They tell readers that they can earn a large amount of money with as little time invested as they choose with offers to stuff envelopes, assemble products, or invest in business opportunities. Most never deliver on those promises of high earnings with little work.

Posted: 01 Apr 1993

Employment Agencies, Executive Search Firms, Career Counseling

Employment agencies offer placement services to employers and jobseekers. Such agencies may charge a fee for their services, often a percentage of the salary of the job being offered. If the fee is to be paid by the jobseeker, the law requires that a written contract be executed before the agency collects the fee or a deposit.

Posted: 17 Nov 2014

Mystery Shoppers

Mystery shopping or secret shopping can be a great way to earn extra money. Many retailers, restaurants, or other businesses use mystery shoppers to check on how the business performs. Although there are legitimate mystery shopping offers, unfortunately, there are just as many, if not more, mystery shopping scams. Here are some tips if you are considering a mystery shopping assignment.

Posted: 11 Sep 2014

Payday Loans

Payday loans are commonly advertised as a quick fix to help with emergency situations such as unexpected auto repairs or to pay bills. Unfortunately these high rate, short-term loans can be very costly. Counting the cost before applying for a payday advance can help you avoid becoming entangled in a cycle of debt.

Posted: 01 Aug 2014

Tax Preparers

If you've never used a tax preparer before (or even if you have), you may feel you need a course in how to choose one. How can you tell one tax preparer from another, and how do you know which one you need? What else should you know about tax preparers?

Posted: 26 Feb 2015

Avoiding Resale Scams

If you are approached with a business opportunity to resell designer items, it is probably best to reconsider taking up this work-at-home offer. What may appear to be an ideal way to make extra money can end up costing. Scammers are on the prowl for unsuspecting consumers to take the bait.

Posted: 02 Feb 2017

Money Transfer Services

Many people use money transfer services as a convenient way to get funds to someone you know. Scammers know that money transfers are a quick way for them to get money without detection. Find out some common scams crooks use money transfer services for and how to avoid them.