Many people who work from home are targeted by hackers and scammers for the following reasons:
- They are part of the gig economy, often working as freelancers constantly seeking the next job or project. They can be very susceptible to promising-sounding opportunities that turn out to be too good to be true.
- They have limited support. Whether they are freelancers or corporate employees, in their at-home environments, they don't have the resources in terms of personnel or technology to combat clever attacks.
- They are trying to please a client/customer. As potential employees or contractors, they want to appear cooperative and trusting.
Below is a list of different types of work-from-home scams. Criminals are very clever at mixing up their approaches, and sometimes you will find a scheme that combines aspects of several different scams.