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Consumer Alert: Beware of work-from-home scams

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It was the promise of making big money from home that lured in 65,000 people. Total losses added up to $1 million.

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"Most were stay-at-home moms who were looking to make extra income. They read about the opportunity to work at home from a parenting magazine or other magazines catered toward homemakers," said US Postal Inspector Christopher Cizin.

The site asked participants to pay a fee of $29, $39, or $49, depending on which opportunity they were interested in.

After getting several complaints, postal inspectors went undercover, posing as someone seeking a work-from-home job. That led them to the con-men running the scheme.

Postal inspectors offered advice for anyone considering a work-from-home job "opportunity."

"Be suspect, if you have to pay in. It may be a scam," Cizin said.

Always check out the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General. And never give out personal information to a person or company you do not know.

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