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Chasing After Money in a Black Hole

Money often escapes the grasp of some who pursue it, but then there are those who have it within their grasp but are unable to spend it.

In this humorous video find out how one man's pursuit of money leaves him unable to go shopping! 🙃

Work at Home Scams to Avoid

An Example of Money Laundering Hiding Behind a Work from Home Mask!

Warning signs that may reveal work from home scams:

They request money to send information about the position.
⚑ They request money for a training manual.
⚑ The pay is from a percentage of 'processed funds'.
⚑ Pay is too high compared to a legitimate work from home offer.

From the flagged list above, several of those are actually traits of money laundering techniques! Much can be learned by studying examples of money laundering!

The recipient of an actual work from home scam received an offer after posting her resume to a well-known, legitimate career job search site. In my opinion, it's a good reason to not post a resume online!
Work from Home
Masks Money Laundering

One way you can research a scam vs a legit opportunity, would be to look on the site for the bbb work from home jobs reports. That is, the Better Business Bureau.

You can always go to their site to determine if there are complaints filed regarding a specific company, or not. Keep in mind they may not have any information regarding a scam business!

Money laundering can easily hide behind the mask of purporting to be a work from home opportunity!

However, money laundering is not often recognized for what it really is!

This is the actual money laundering scheme posing as a work from home opportunity, which the woman received after posting her resume online:
We found your resume on (name of job search web site was removed).
We would like to suggest you a position at our company - the Transfer Manager.
The task of the Transfer Manager is to process payments between our clients and our company via bank accounts, checks, PayPal.
The job is related to remote Internet operations.
Every payment order will be accompanied with detailed instructions.
It's a commission based position. You will get about 8% of each processed payment.
General requirements:
  • Ability to create good administrative reporting.
  • Work from home, take responsibility, achieve goals.
  • Prior customer service experience is a good benefit, but not a must.
  • Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations.
  • Effective interaction with customers.
  • Familiarity to working online, internet and email skills. 
  • 3-5 hours per week
Salary: $600-$1200 per week
This job will allow you to:
  • Work efficiently from home
  • Increase available personal time
  • Achieve financial independence in half the time
  • Develop high self-respect and esteem
  • Become able to share time and money with others less fortunate than you
Again, the above example was an actual offer a woman received in an email, after she posted her resume online, and worst of all it was money laundering!

Be cautious as you seek legitimate work from home opportunities!

For more information about money laundering, consider reading our related article:

The related money laundering article will provide this information:

What are the three steps of money laundering?

Another example of money laundering!

Be sure to read the related article, which is right here on Money Illusions:

What is money laundering?

Money Smart Educational Solution

Money Smart educational solution is a great resource, plus it's free!

This personal finance educational resource may provide a greater defense to build a healthier financial future. And, it can serve well to educate your young adult children about money matters. But wait, it isn't just for kids!

Have you stopped by the FDIC's site to learn all you can about money from their computer-based training? It's a great resource for personal education, and again it's free!
Free Financial Education

Their program can increase a person's knowledge about banking, acquiring a home mortgage etc. They are free to use and can be accessed from the Internet at any time.

The description of their program as stated from the FDIC:
Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction provides financial education for Adults and Young Adults. The training covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals, and how to use banking products effectively.
Stop on over and run through their Money Smart program.

Phishing Trip Cancelled!

Did you receive a spoof email for a work from home scam?

Unfortunately, most do! It's important to recognize the traits of a spoof!

One day after receiving one myself, I snooped around their website, and after reading all the details of the work from home job description, I determined it was not that at all. No surprise! 
Phishing

What was their phishing email advertising?


A work from home opportunity scam, which was actually a front for a money laundering operation!

When I had more time the following morning, I decided to look again at their website. 👀


My plan was to gather more information and report it, but the site had already been taken down! Someone else must have reported their site.

The money con artists phishing trip had been cancelled! 😎