Work at Home Companies Use Legit Websites to Scam

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Work from home! Make 64 hundred dollars a month! Part time! We've all seen the ads for work at home businesses. In one ad, a Buffalo mom tells a television news station that's exactly what she's done through the Home Income Profit System!

But Patty Feenie is not a Buffalo mom. And she's not making 87 dollars an hour as the company claims, according to the Better Business Bureau. "It is a scam. There is almost no such things as a legitimate work at home offer unless you have the skills a company is looking for." says David Polino, president of BBB.

A video of Feenie appears on a website called "News 7 Special Report." A local viewer alerted Eyewitness News to the scam. She believed this advertisement was endorsed by Channel 7 WKBW, ABC, and CNN because that's what it claims on the advertisement. She signed up, and says she got ripped off.

Many legitimate websites, like ours, feature advertisements for companies that are not monitored or endorsed by the company. Many of the endorsements on these ads aren't legitimate. Polino points out "You could say featured on cnn and story was these guys are crooks."

Work from home ads are on the the Better Business Bureau's top 10 list of complained about scams. In tough times, Polino says, unemployed or under-employed people often hope for a quick fix to financial problems. "It's not just work at home scams. Its credit repair and anything financial.There are people out there more than willing to take money from the people who can't afford it."

As for the Home Income Profit System, you have to pay two dollars 97 cents to sign up. But after 3-days they deduct a payment of about 140 dollars. Then 3 more payments of forty dollars for a total of more than 260 dollars. But you have to read the fine print to find that out. The Better Business Bureau says if a company wants you to pay to work for them - ignore it.

If you fall for one of these scams, don't be embarrassed. The first thing you should do is make as much noise as possible. Scammers will often buy complains to buy time. So they can stay off the radar before authorities crack down. So complain to the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's office.