Have you received a telephone inquiry about a work-at-home opportunity?

Some in Lincoln County have. Some all around the nation have. It’s a scam though, an attempt by those using the good name of Amazon to promote their scam.

You might have been asked if you are interested in supplementing your income and told that Amazon can help you do that to the tune of several hundred dollars a month.

The scammer then will likely launch into a hyped-up pitch about how much money you can make. They then will ask for your credit card number for a startup fee, and this is when they get you. Amazon has nothing to do with this fraudulent opportunity; these are just crooks using the company’s name. The same thing has happened with Google.

To be sure, Amazon is a legitimate company that offers individuals a lot of different ways to make money from home, but this not one of them.

Some of the warning flags you should be aware of if you get a telephone call from a person making such a claim include:

– Vague job descriptions.

– Lack of contact information.

– High payouts with little or no work.

– Poor ratings on the Better Business Bureau website.

– Deceptive marketing and advertising practices.

– Boasting fake affiliations and partnerships.

– Negative reviews.

– Too good to be true offers.

– Having to pay a fee upfront.

– Giving personal information over the phone, such as social security number, bank account info or credit card information.

If you’re sincerely looking for a way to supplement your monthly income with a work-at-home job, one suggestion would be to check out FlexJobs.

Every single job listed on the website is hand-screened for legitimacy. So when you apply, you can rest assured that you’re not going to fall prey to a work-at-home scam. Not only does FlexJobs have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, but it also offers a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.

If you do receive a call, you are also asked to report it to the Lincoln County Telephone office.