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Recently I was offered a position of payroll and other clerical duties from home. However the guy said he would only pay me monthly and I had to go buy envelopes, check paper, and regular white (plain paper). I told him I would need a deposit to start and even consider the position. He said he didn't like paying upfront that was to so this to start the position.

After a week he got back to me and asked if I considered the proposition. I told him I would if he met my 3 request, the Address of where this was taking place, he paid me weekly, and if I got his location. He has yet to respond. 

My question is, how do I stop scams or can I and how many so you all encounter?

 

Jason

Wa. State

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Scammers are getting smarter and smarter nowadays. If your gut says run, RUN! Watch for red flags too. If they don't want to follow your business protocols I'd find a client that will.

As far as reporting/stopping scammers, I wouldn't waste your valuable time. Just do your own due diligence when vetting a new prospective client and hope others do the same. Look out for yourself.

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Thank you,

I've been looking for clients and everyone that comes my way I think I did a good job and then turns out a scam. Kinda gets discouraging.

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I had one scammer contact me for some of my tutoring services. Nothing stood out, but as is my habit, I googled him. Wow! He had scammed other small businesses especially work from home people and there was at least one newspaper article on him. Buh-bye! 

Google may not reveal everything but it's a good start. I also check to see if the person has a legit business license with my state registrar, check their website if they have one, check their personal and any business Facebook. You can learn a lot that way! Telltale signs if they don't have some of the markers of a business, brick and mortar address, some kind of online presence, registered with the state etc. 

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