Beware of companies asking you to work from home

EDITORS NOTE: This is part of an ongoing series offering tips and information for businesses, job-seekers and consumers.

While many people have lost their jobs in this recession, scam artists find a way to stay fully employed — and take advantage of people who are down on their luck. The Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants offers this advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. Scam No. 1, "We can repair your credit!" ran in Wednesday's paper; scam No. 2, "We're your new bank!" ran Thursday's paper.

Scam No. 3: You can work from home!

Many people make a living working in their homes, but there also are scam companies that claim you can make thousands of dollars immediately by signing up with them. The dead giveaway is the large up-front payments that many of these scammers demand, usually for materials or equipment that you supposedly will need to do the work. As in all of these cases, if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

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