Work from home scams target those looking to earn some extra cash

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the last few days we’ve seen a rise in the number of people contacting us in relation to “work from home” scams, and were curious as to whether – as we’ve seen before on Twitter – dubious job opportunities were being promoted via social networking sites.

We certainly found a sizable number of Facebook pages, which appeared to have been created specifically to target mothers of young children, who might want to earn some extra dollars without having to leave their homes. In some cases, the pages include videos of “success stories”, giving case studies of how much money has been made by taking part in the schemes.

Of course, things are rarely that straightforward.

Here’s an exchange on Facebook between a couple of users, one of whom has signed up for a “work at home mom” scheme, and another who is somewhat more wary.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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