Don’t Be Scammed Out of the Rat Race

by Stephen Mills on February 13, 2009

Running the Rat Race

Running the Rat Race

A daunting 42-to-1 “scam ratio” in online work-at-home job leads is costing Americans millions of dollars annually and turning the online environment into a “job hunting minefield,” reports home-based career experts Staffcentrix. Moreover, the ratio is growing at an estimated 50% per year.

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Do You Dave Ramsey? February 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

Good article with very practical advice. People are most likely to be scammed when they are afriad or when they are greedy. Those chasing the “work from home” dream are exposed to both of these elements – especially in today’s society. A couple mantra’s out grandparents taught us ring more and more true each day – “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is”


Stephen - Rat Race Trap February 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

Thanks Dave! There truly is no free lunch. A crappy work-at-home-not-get-rich job isn’t my idea of an escape from the rat race.


tom February 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I personally have turned to completely ignore ads that say make 4000/month working from home, from affiliates, etc.

It’s simple, if everyone was making it you would not need to advertise it and say it’s “easy”. Load of crap but hey people do get greedy and fall for this.

Also, the important thing is are you signing up for these programs for the money or because you have a passion for that field?


Stephen - Rat Race Trap February 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Good point Tom. I don’t think anyone ever dreamed about selling other people’s products through affiliate marketing when they were a kid. 🙂


tom February 13, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Exactly, people i think started to think these are quick fixes, but in reality when you compare these programs, they are fairly similar and still require the hard work.
Most give up because like I said, lack of passion or they are in it for the wrong reason or they thought it was something else.

Speaking of scams, it amazes me how many people will pay the supposed fees for a lottery they won. Because yes someone in Europe will sent over a million dollars, for a lottery you never played or heard of.

If they did, we would all be rich.


Ryan Eisenhower July 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Escaping the rat race is no easy task and I agree for every solution, it seems like there’s 1000 scams. One of the best ways to finding the good through the bad is building your compound education. It is going to take some failure before you learn how to find what works for you, and just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for another.
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Danielle Charles June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

There are definitely soooo many scams out here, but what allows people to escape the rat race is 1. Beefing up their education and doing their own homework on what’s legit and what isn’t. 2. Being open-minded to the many ways in which they can generate more income that will allow them to eventually (not get rich quickly!) to quit their jobs. We are in the information era and it is constantly increasing, so it’s inevitable that either you will be replaced by a machine or you better learn how to make money virtually!


Info December 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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