Work from Home Opportunities: Illegal in South Africa

This is a public service announcement on Work-from-Home opportunities.

So what exactly are work-from-home opportunities?

“Work-from-home” opportunities relate to the offer of opportunities to consumers such as typing, filling in and addressing envelopes, gathering of names and addresses and the compilation of data from a consumer’s home in exchange for a monetary consideration.

Did you know work-from-home opportunities are illegal?

The regulations to regulate “Work-from-home” opportunities were set by the department of Trade and Industry in 2007. They were welcomed by advertising watchdog body the Advertising Standards Authority. A large number of complaints about these adverts had been received by the ASA. Most of the time, people didn’t get paid what they’ve were promised in the adverts for these opportunities. The regulations were introduced to police this activity.

Promoters of these scams targeted people seeking extra income. Instead of helping people make money, the fraudsters used various tricks to take the victims’ money and left them with nothing of value. Consumers were issued with information on how to make money instead of actual employment. An advertisement would request consumers to start a business from home, and, upon responding to an advertisement, consumers were directed by promoters to deposit a sum of money into the promoter’s account, instead of being offered a job.

Some schemes sold information of no value (these are the worse kind of work-from-home scams). Some pretended to provide skills, which turned out to be unmarketable, and other schemes relied on recruiting or luring others into joining the scheme, which they supposedly offer. It was found that most promoters of “work-from-home” opportunities did not truthfully identify themselves, their firms or their products in their advertisements.

According to South African law work-from-home opportunities promotes unfair business practice and is hence illegal and may not appear in in newspapers, magazines, other print and electronic media, and any other advertising method.

Illegal Work-from-home opportunities include:

* Typing work
* Addressing envelopes of any kind whatsoever and/or
* Addressing (typing or writing) labels of any kind whatsoever and/or
* Filling of envelopes of any kind whatsoever and/or
* Administrative opportunities
* Compiling data
* Direct sellers of consumer goods that do not truthfully identify themselves, the firm and their products in any advertisements.

Legal Work from home opportunities include:

* Typing work requested by the purchaser of such a service, such as the typing of assignments required by the learners and students.
* The direct selling of consumer goods in which a sales person either:
* Demonstrates the product or represents a product catalogue in homes, the workplace or in similar places away from shops;
* Collects an order;
* Subsequently delivers the goods personally or arranges delivery;
* Collects payment for goods or arranges for payment or credit transactions;
* Applies person-to-person selling party plan selling multilevel marketing and network marketing.

This is provided that direct sellers truthfully identify themselves the firm and their products in advertisements.

Contravention of the minister’s order is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine not exceeding R200,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or both a fine and imprisonment.

Should you require any additional information or clarification you can contact Faith Mashikinya on 012 394 1308 or Narain Kuljeeth on 012 394 1515

So how do you identify a work-from-home scam?

– A common characteristic of most work-from-home opportunities is that promoters of these opportunities either directly or indirectly received or demanded a so-called registration or administration fee or any other upfront fee for the offer of an employment/ business opportunity. These employment /business opportunities are usually portrayed as a lucrative work-from-home businesses. Participating consumers, more often than not, enriched promoters of these schemes whilst consumers themselves received no tangible benefits. In short consumers are ripped off.

– Several promoters of these schemes through their advertisements, including brochures and fliers were engaging in unfair business practices as defined in the Consumer Affairs (Unfair Business Practices Act, No 71 of 1988, which is not in the public interest. However, not every “work-from-home” opportunity was undesirable or an unfair business practice or against the public interest.

We hope this article assisted you in understanding why work-from-home are illegal and how to identify a work-from-home scam.

Please read the below blog posts for other scam warnings:

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Channel Co-ordinator / Blogger at Job Mail

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126 Responses

  1. Neville Gubb says:

    I have been the recipient of many ‘Work-from-home’ opportunities. I fortunately have not subscribed to any, as I just did not have the cash, even though some opportuntities asked for as little as R100.00. I am gratefull that you folks have published this post and I will be sharing it on Facebook.

    • Wollie says:

      I do agree to most of the post… I would like to motivate you with this: Not all opportunities are scams. Most people feel they were scamed because they see no return on investments… just because you can’t make it work does not mean it automatically becomes a scam. The easiest way to verify the opportunity to be legit is to do some easy research about the company on the Google machine… as well as ask the company for valid registration documents etc. if the opportunity owner or person in charge is able to provide legit proof of a real company and/or a track record you’ll know that this is a legit idea and can safely proceed….but do not complain about it being a scam if you seem to be lazy and can’t get any results

      • Jason says:

        Yes I agree, do research before you invest. There are flags to watch out for like no contact details except for a gmail or yahoo email. I think a lot of people get angry as the initial promise was misleading, the advert will say you need to input data and fill in forms etc when in actual fact you need to duplicate the process of find other potential candidates that are looking to make some extra money. As good as making money is, ask as many questions as you need, google the company name, google the person that contacted you, ask for testimonials. They will either avoid the question or give you a diverted answer. If there is anybody that knows of and has made money from a “work from home” please do let us know.

    • keziah says:

      I am very sorry to you hear about your bad experience Neville. Times are changing and now working from home is really taking off. There’s no denying that there is an upward trend of work-from-home flexibility today, the search for a better work-life balance, rising property costs, the availability of new technologies and an upsurge in domestic entrepreneurship all contribute to the continuing upward trend in working from home. With increasing numbers of women working from home, and also more lower-skilled process jobs migrating to the home environment.This trend comes with many benefits.
      Benefits of a remote workforce allows employees to spend more time in their comfort zones while productivity increases. Technology today allows for virtual collaboration which allows remote employees with tools to collaborate as if they’re in the same conference room or office.

      I think people should just use common sense. I.e if you are looking for a job that the assumption is that you are looking to get paid not to pay someone to provide you with work or to look for a job for you. If you have to part with money even if it is a cent assume the offer to be scam.

      Also do your homework. Don’t just answer any add posting for work at home opportunity.

      good luck in searching and finding your work perfect work at home job. I am in this business since 2008 started off as freelancer to partnering up and coming entrepreneurs or small business with virtual staff.

      • SHAYLENE says:

        Hi

        Please tell me more about your virtual staffing business- I am interested.

      • Andre Albertyn says:

        Hi Everyone

        I like the feedback on this discussion. I agree that proper due diligence on any work from home or any business for that matter should be your primary aim before throwing money at any idea hoping for quick riches.

        On the other hand, as someone who has burned their fingers with some of these opportunities, I can state some work, some don’t and a lot are fly-by-nights. What most of these companies or opportunities are doing is packaging a product or service into the sleeve of a business opportunity or course and selling it to you at a convenient price. Because we are lazy and greedy, we buy this, fail and blame them. Just smart tactics employed to make a quick buck, I guess.

        However hard work is key to being successful. You can train yourself using all aspects of the inter-web – Google, YouTube, etc to do what they are selling you. I is going to take time and effort and cost some money, not a lot but there are cost involved ie data, computer, etc.

        I am actually doing research and building a business online myself with strict focus on using little to no money at all except for data and so on. Good information out there and tons of crap as well. But we need to sift through the rubble to find the gold. I takes a lot of time and effort and learning but I am seeing results.

        Finally, always remember that if you want it badly enough, and stay committed, success will be yours.

        Hope this puts things in perspective.

  2. khumbulani says:

    I currently found this from my mail but i don’t believe on it because of many bad lairs in this but i interned to try this.I am interested so please inform me with everything i will be glad to be one of you.

    • Neville says:

      There are too many people desperate for work, who fall for these ‘Work-from-home’ opportunites and, who then lose a lot of money. There are ‘Work-from-home’ opportunites that are geniune in their efforts to assist us in some form of income, but why would YOU have to PAY IN money in order to ‘Work-from-home’? Any legitimate employer pays you, not the other way around.

  3. rachel says:

    thank you for this notice. I am a victim of this work from home. When I replied, they asked me to deposit R100 into an account for the training material. I did so and they sent me a very long one explaining that I must type ad the same as to the one I had responded to. I ignored it.

  4. nontokozo says:

    i want to do work from home but i have been paying for something that does nt hAVE DIRECTION BECAUSE AT THE END THEY JUST CHANGE THEIR CONTACT DETAILS AFTER YOU HAVE PAID MONEY

  5. Tony says:

    Hi. Found this googling the term “work from home opportunities”.

    I think you need to either re-write, or re-word your article as it is pretty misleading. As a small business person, in South Africa, I need to let you know that there are many opportunities for South Africans to work from home. The opportunities will cost them nothing but a bit of effort – no cash investment. In fact, I took advantage of an opportunity when I was unable to find work 5 years ago.

    Your article is misleading inasmuch you infer that ANY opportunity to work from home is a scam, and/or illegal. I agree, there are many scams out there, but ultimately the person wanting to “invest” needs to do their homework and research, but not base it on articles such as this.

    If you’re not able to fix this article, I’ll gladly help you. Small business in South Africa is one of my passions, and irresponsible journalism such as this leaves a bad taste.

    Working from home is not illegal, contrary to the message your article gives. Business opportunities are not illegal, contrary to the message your article gives.

    • Heinrich van den Worm says:

      Hi Tony, thanks for providing your feedback. Let’s cut to the chase.

      This post will not be re-written or re-worded as this is not just a matter of “irresponsible journalism”. We as company and by law are against work from home job opportunities as many of our users are scammed through this. We are not trying to mislead the community but rather trying to prevent them from loosing money by educating them about these scams.

      There may be a different view on work from home opportunities. Take for instance your business. Working from home as a designer is legal yes. But there are many types of “jobs” that require you to pay to receive your “manual” and users get scammed by falling for this because it all sounds pretty and legitimate. This is also stated in the fourth paragraph from the bottom.

      Here is the actual link that states working from home opportunities are in fact illegal – http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/work-from-home-opportunities-illegal-1.352205#.UCJZAPbibRY

      You are welcome to provide us with more information regarding this issue and then we can have a look at it.

      Regards

      Heinrich van den Worm
      Head of Social Media and Customer Care

      • Tracy says:

        I agree with Tony. My whole business is about the “online work opportunity” which is a very real one! I agree there are a lot of scams out there, but to say that work at home opportunities are illegal…that’s taking it a bit far.

        I have worked from home, online for 4 years now and I wish more people would do the same! It gives so much freedom and anyone can do it.

        This article is very misleading.

        • Alta says:

          Hallo Tracy,

          Please tell me who you work for. I’ve been looking for a legitimate work-from-home opportunity. Due to a chronic illness I won’t be able to work for my current employer for much longer

        • Andy says:

          Well I have been scammed, not once not twice. I would really like you guys who says have found work on line or worked from home to give us those links.

        • Anette says:

          I have read your article or blog. Please can you give me some direction as to where to apply for a online job that is ligit. My daughter would like to work from home to earn an exstra income.

          I will be pleased to receive a reply from you if possible.

        • Helena says:

          Please give more info. I also want to work from home. I am a single mother and need this

        • Maria says:

          Hi Tracy,

          Please forward me the work from home opportunities you have and are working on cause I too have been scammed – thank-you.

          Maria

        • Charmaine says:

          Hi Tracy.

          Please can you send me more information about your online work opportuniy. I have been scamed and am very cautious as i have googled alot of these sites and have received almost the same email from all of them.

        • Laurette says:

          I have just been scam with a work from home scam.
          The advertisement was for data-capturing and the only data capture was to catch people with the same scam. I had to pay R200 The money is lost but what is more sad is I was so excited to have found a way to make an income cause I have a baby on the way so please if anyone know about a legal real work from home let me know lazuliblue3@gmail.com

          • Laurette says:

            Its me again. If you were a victim of a work from home please report it to the internet crime prevention and also leave a message at the work website were you find the name for the person who try to scam you. Just to leave it will let them get away with it and make it easy for others to follow in there footsteps. You will never get the money back but will help other people not to fall for their scam. If you have office experience you can always open your own web site and advertise what you can do many company’s looking for virtual office assistance. Working solutions and virtual office is good places to start. Please don’t email me I cant help you I can only give you this tips I have learn.
            Good luck

        • Esmeralda says:

          Hi Tracy

          I am looking for work for from home due to an accident I cannot drive or stand for long periods. All the work from home has cost me money but I got no income to show for it. Can you please assist me.

          Regards
          Esmeralda

        • johan says:

          I am looking for a genuine opportunity, please contact me

        • zola says:

          Hey Tracey, please provide with the legitimate work from home jobs I also want to do them, I’m sceptical of all the links I have followed beacause they want the money upfront

        • Tivo says:

          Hi Tracy, I’m replying on a very old mail, but hope you can be of some assistance. Times are tough and my wife Angie, need to get something to do from home to assist our income. We stay in the country (Villiersdorp, Western Cape) so working from home is her only option. If there is anything you can do in assisting us finding Angie a job to do from home it would be highly appreciated.

          Best regards
          Tivo
          angdtu@gmail.com, 0765247674

        • Ranine says:

          Hi Tracy can you please enlighten me regarding the work at home opportunity as I really need to become a stay at home mom for my daughter but having an income at the same time

        • Lee says:

          Hi Tracey,

          Please send me info as well?

        • Gerda Botha says:

          Hi Tracy. Please send me info for work at home opportunities?

          Thanks

        • catherine says:

          Hi Tracy, i am looking to work from home and received this invitation requesting me to fill some few minutes form and pay 315.00. I am skeptical of that cause the company name that reflects on account name is not on google. If you know of a real company where i can register to work from home please contact me 0834571335. Thanks

    • Meiley David says:

      Hi Tony I have been looking to work from home for a while but have been afraid to end up a victim of scams.

      What is this work that you have found five years ago. I am interested and if you could contact new I’d appreciate it. Meiley.David.k@gmail.com

    • Esmeralda says:

      Hi Tony

      Can you assist me with work from home as I have been caught by a few fraudster where I paid money and have nothing to show for it. Please can you help

    • Rochelle Williams says:

      I whole heartedly agree with u dear. I work from home and I am getting paid. It’s articles such as these that leave our country uneducated about taking risks and leading a prosperous lifestyle. It’s this kind of thinking that has our countries people stuck n poverty. Please do more research and have confirmation for what you say are facts. Prove it cause I am proof that not all info out there is a scam. Unfortunately it does take time to sift through the info and some trial and error to get to the point of actually making money cause there are unfortunately idiots out there who do scam people and make honest people like myself look bad.

    • Chris says:

      Tony, you need to read the article. Work from home scams are illegal and are to be distinguished from legitimate “work from home”job offers. Unfortunately there are thousands of scams for every legitimate offer.
      Heinrich’s article is spot on the mark.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Tony,

      Can you send me info on what you did?

  6. zolile says:

    Can you send me a brochure or pamphlet? That would be fine. I want more info about the company.

  7. Tammy says:

    I am a sucker for this “work from home”scheme… I recently deposited R200 into a “womans” bank account by the name of Jacky.. I was keen on working from home… So i paid in the money, and what is required from me is to steal money from people as she did from me.. I wish that all these types of ad’s gets banned or removed from actual job searching websites. I don’t know why jobmail, pnet and such sites allows these posts to be advertised. Please be careful, no of these work from home schemes are legit.

    • job-admin says:

      Hi Tammy – We don’t allow Work from Home opportunities. Thanks for your feedback. Please forward this person’s details to our consultant Rose so we can investigate. You can reach her via rosep@jobmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2620.

      • Belinda says:

        Hi i got a admin job oppertunity to do from home and they only communicate via email no phone or nothing this woman said that we need to pay a fee of R200 to register then she will send me the training details.

        i am very scared of this what shall i do as i did email saying that this feels like a scam and it is illegal for them to charge for this.

        how can i report this.

        • Henno Kruger says:

          Don’t pay this person money. You can report them to our consultant Rose via rosep@jobmail.co.za to make sure that they don’t use Job Mail. Alternatively report them to the SAPS.

          • Leilani says:

            Same as Belinda, I was also the victim of such a scam, and it cost me R450.
            Can I really report this to SAPS, and will these people be stopped.

    • Carika says:

      Hi Tammy your experience sounds similar to mine – looked for a job replied to a data capturing clerk job – recieved email from a woman with the name Esme to fill in a application form then needed to pay R200.00 for training manual after recieving this reliased that I must do the same place a add send out a application form but with my bankdetails requesting R200.00 for the manual would like to know was yours the same.

      • Malebo says:

        I also had the same experience as yours clarika, luckily for me I ddnt pay but I managed to convince the woman to send me the material and I just felt like they’re scamming people really and it didn’t sit right with me to do that to people,fortunately for me I got a good business opportunity,so if you are still unemployed let me know maybe I can help you out

        • Sibo says:

          Hi Malebo, you offered to help, can you still help

        • Thandi says:

          Malebo u seem to have been lucky can you help

        • Verna says:

          Hi Malebo

          Thank you very much for your feedback on this scam. I would like to find out if you are willing to share your good business opportunity with me please? You can email me, and I will be very thankful.

        • Charl Oosthuizen (smilliejoe) says:

          Hi Malebo, you offered to help, can you still help?. Contact me

          Regards

        • Nicky says:

          Good day

          I have been retrenched and would like to work from home. Any suggestions?

          I have access to internet and a computer.

          Please please assist.

          Kind Regards
          Nicky
          nickyjordaan1961@gmail.com

          • Henno Kruger says:

            Thanks for your feedback. If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail yet, then follow this link http://bit.ly/XYlihL. Then look for Jobs that you need at http://bit.ly/YN2hz9 (on your cell phone) or http://bit.ly/ZaJZra (on your PC) and apply for them. You can search for “Gardener”, “Cashier” “Driver”, “Internship”, “Learnership” (or any other keyword) to find relevant jobs on Job Mail. Hope you find the job that you need soon!

        • khaya says:

          Hi Malebo i’m looking for work at home opportunity hence i’m replying to your email can u send me some legit information at the above gien email address.

          regards

          khaya

          • Lesego says:

            Hi Malebo, please help im a housewife who needs to make extra cash,anything admin to project admin

          • Henno Kruger says:

            Hi Lesego – Thanks for your feedback. If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail yet, then follow this link http://bit.ly/XYlihL. Then look for Jobs that you need at http://bit.ly/YN2hz9 (on your cell phone) or http://bit.ly/ZaJZra (on your PC) and apply for them. You can search for “Gardener”, “Cashier” “Driver”, “Internship”, “Learnership” (or any other keyword) to find relevant jobs on Job Mail. Hope you find the job that you need soon!

        • Nosi says:

          hey Lebo will you help me i am in need of extra income

        • Aslin says:

          Hi malebo

          Please help.

          • Henno Kruger says:

            Thanks for your feedback. If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail yet, then follow this link http://bit.ly/XYlihL. Then look for Jobs that you need at http://bit.ly/YN2hz9 (on your cell phone) or http://bit.ly/ZaJZra (on your PC) and apply for them. You can search for “Gardener”, “Cashier” “Driver”, “Internship”, “Learnership” (or any other keyword) to find relevant jobs on Job Mail. Hope you find the job that you need soon!

        • nthabiseng says:

          Saw your feedback on the jobmail blog you mentioned that you could assist anyone who needs a legit work from home opportunity can you assist me with some info

        • catherine says:

          Malebo, thanks for the info, I was just about to be caught up and thought I must check the company on google and there is no such. I am currently unemployed and a\I am looking for a similar job type. Are you able to help me?

        • Lavender says:

          Hi Malebo, may you please help me!! I am looking for a legit online job. I’ve been jobless for about 5yrs now and I’ve been scammed a few times on online job opportunities. May you please help, I would very much appreciate it!!

        • Lavender says:

          Hi Malebo, please do help me. I need a work at home online job. My e-mail address is afriqueentat@gmail.com. I would greatly appreciate your assiastance

  8. wellie says:

    you said some are legal, need a work from home job, can you send me the contacts of genuine ones thank you for your help

    • job-admin says:

      Hi Wellie – Unfortunately we don’t have contact details of legal ones. You’ll have to check the Job Mail website. There are not many that are legal though.

  9. Gail says:

    Hi
    Thanks for ur insight into work from home.
    I see this one on a daily basis-do you know if it’s legitimate? See’s far fetched????

    • job-admin says:

      Hi Gail – This looks like it might be a scam, so tread lightly. We don’t have a listing for this person, so we’re unsure if this is legitimate or not

  10. sheila tomlinson says:

    Hi there, i am reading with a lot of interest, all the scams out there. I to have deposited R200 into bank accounts, then when they get back to me with so called training programmes, its the same then i am putting advertisments in, or putting websites up., asking them to deposit R200 into my bank account. Does anybody know of a decent work from home job that is not a scam. Please let me know. Look forward to a reply. Thanks for bringing this out into the open. Its suprising when you start emailing the people who put the advertisment in, and ask if its a scam they never get back to you.

  11. Johan says:

    Hi. I work for a multi-level marketing company from home,we are not allowed to place any ad in newspapers and use the company name because of all the scams out there.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Johan – Unfortunately that is the law in South Africa

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Johan,

      Please let me know if your company is ever looking for work from home people.

      Thanks

      Kind Regards
      Melissa

    • Lavender says:

      Hello Johan, may you please help me get a job with your company. I really need a work at home job and I would greatly appreciate your assistance.
      Kind Regards

  12. michelle says:

    hi. i have been looking for work from home jobs now for over a month but not finding anything legit. it either want you to pay them or if its free you need to do something else before you can start, this is only a few that i looked in to. can someone advise whether they are scams or not?
    TISSA
    Be Motivated
    Datahub
    Next Job At Home
    Home Cash Package
    Profit Clicking
    these are just a few that i can remember. please let me know if anyone knows anything about them?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Investigate this thoroughly Michelle. We are not familiar with these schemes, but you should note that the majority of “Work From Home” Jobs are either scams. The majority of them are also illegal in South Africa.

    • Nkosikhona Gumede says:

      TISSA – Scam! They show you how to find more scamming adverts that will ask for more money.
      Datahub – Managed by TISSA. The copy and paste thing is copying an advert paragraph into website getting more people to invest in the same scam.
      Profit Clicking – Scam!

      Don’t know about other ones.

  13. Bill Hawes says:

    Very interested in the article as I am desperate for working from home work. Can anyone guide me in the right direction

  14. Bill Hawes says:

    I can be contacted at bill.hawes@yahoo.co.uk

  15. siphamandla twala says:

    It is such a pity that most of these work from home opportunities are scams,whilst others are legit but only a few of them,I too have been searching only to fall into the same pattern everyone has followed.If anyone knows of some legit ones may you please email me at siphamandlatwala@yahoo.com

  16. shaun says:

    hey i found this site. want to know if its a scam or legit?. they have they physical address n email only no phone number.

    the web is http://www.employmentimmeditely.co.za. please investigate this and get back to me thanx

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Shaun – We have received any complaints about this site, but it might be a scam. Most “Work From Home” opportunities are illegal in South Africa.

  17. Latticia says:

    Thank you so much for the info you have given us, but so far I have not seen anyone posting a legit one for other people to try, I’m referring to those who were lucky enough to get the ones that are legit. Please help us, we need the legit ones, it’s because people are desperate for jobs that they fall for the scams.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      There are more than 69,000 employers / recruiters registered on Job Mail. If you find one of them that is attempting to scam job seekers, please e-mail our consultant Rose via rosep@jobmail.co.za or phone her on 012-3423840 x2620.

  18. sisanda says:

    Hi eveyone

    I am looking for a legal work from home opportunity, please help

  19. Jeannaz says:

    I work from home anywhere I want in the world (currently in South africa). The positive side of being an entrepreneur

  20. Mpumie says:

    There is a website odesk.com where employers post a job(usually temp) they want done and potential employees(or freelancers) place a bid. I’ve seen South African employers posting a job and emloyees(freelancers) there but I was wondering if this is legal in our country since this site is an american site & how do these people(freelancers pay income tax).

  21. Johann says:

    I keep to not signing up for anything where I have to pay before I get an income. If there is really money to make the guy sining me up can have his cut from the money I make.

  22. Aslin says:

    Please help me with legitamate “work from home” websites.

  23. Themba says:

    Interesting thread. I came across this one, The Income Solution SA (TISSA) Apparently registered with the DTI and they have a business registration number and everything! Was thinking of going for it but now I’m having second thoughts after reading this thread.

  24. Julia says:

    South Africa has a very bad reputation regarding scams. Even if a legitimate oppertunity arose somewhere, it will always nag at the back of my mind “is this a scam?”
    all the adverts I found regarding work from home oppertunities were scams. Some even demanded admin fees up to R400. I have not been a victim of those scams, probably because I’m a student and generally can’t afford to feed myself, let alone give money for a scam.
    What there scammers do is shameful. They prey on the desperate (and let’s face it, jobs are scarce in this country and they pay a pittance) taking what little they have.
    So even though this article is taking an extreme view, the intention behind it is quite noble and I commend the author for taking a stand.
    I guess there are people out there who have never experienced the level of desperation as the South Africans who are unemployed with poor future prospects. We live in a very selfish country, people are mostly engaged with self enrichment schemes to line their own pockets while 80% of South Africans worry where their next meal will come from.

  25. mark boonzaier says:

    Hi Henno!Any update on TISSA? Paid R390.00 in November and struggled to get going(complex).Every time I asked for help,just got a runnaround till today!Have actually accused them of running a scam out of frustration.Only joined because they had a face book acc.which they have now semi-closed!Thanx.

  26. mark boonzaier says:

    Thanks, can’t wait to hear.

  27. Malehu says:

    There is a lady by the name of Sasha Lee Vijoen also running work from home business and requires R200 from me to start as a home typist. Is this legitimate?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Malehu – We are not aware of this person, but investigate properly before you pay her money. Ideally you should NOT be paying someone to get a job.

  28. job seeker says:

    Hi Malebo. It is very difficult to get a legit job, even some 9 to 5 jobs are a rip off. Please forward me any info about work from home opportunities to mokgawat@gmail.com

  29. Ncebakazi says:

    I would also like to apply for work at home job.

  30. Ronald says:

    i totally agree with the alerts. this work from home scams that i have tried are all wanting money upfront. they say the reason for the money is because they want only serious people and if you dont pay they will waste time and money sending you material. i asked that they email me a sample copy of the work and contacts of people doing this……and guess what no reply from them. so tony my friend if there is legal scams out there post it here. regards

  31. Emile says:

    I have also been scammed. I have the scammers absa banking details. Can I use this is some way?

  32. Mark says:

    I like the way the people here that say there are legitimate work from home opportunities don’t share any information when asked. Could this be because they are involved in this and are trying to mislead people? Cmon, if it’s that easy and legal, share the info. YEAH RIGHT!!!

  33. baber says:

    It is such a pity that most of these work from home opportunities are scams,.If anyone knows of some legit ones may you please email me at choc0olaty@yahoo.com

  34. phumzile says:

    i have received an email from a friend of mine for an online admin job. so i decided to check out their website and it looked kind of legit but i am still not sure as they require you to deposit R500 for a training kit. they say you make R500 for each admin job you do. on their website they have a lot of people who left comments about how wonderful this opportunity is fr them and they share their stories and they say how much they make i was really intreged by all the stories and i thought immediately that is was the truth. they dont have any contact numbers. they only have an email address, physical address, name of the CEO of the company and fax number. i managed to google search the physical address but another address popped up and google corrected me and said “instead” which is a huge red flag for me. the company name is ” Horizon Recruitment Telecommunication” if someone has heard this is a huge scam please let me know ASAP at my email address ‘ phumymthethwa@outlook.com‘ please guys research more about this company that says its from Durban. im a student struggling to pay my fees and need little extra money to make from legit home work. if anyone knows of real legitimate ones please don hesitate to email me at my email address above. THANKS

  35. Tissa says:

    Goodday all please send me a email to the this email adres I have a legal company that u can work from home thy have allso a have a agent online if u whant more information send me your email adress so I can send u more in formation.Kind Regards Tissa.tissacompanywork1@gmail.com

  36. Belinda says:

    All your comments have been helpful. I am also looking for a work at home jobs. No scams, No payments, just a legal work at home opportunities that I can work for my earnings. Please forward me any legal opportunities. Thanks really appreciate it.

  37. I like it that you also include a list of work from home opportunities that ARE legal – like network marketing, product selling, ultimately being an affiliate and also building a team of more sellers and recruiters.

    I became an affiliate for a 17-year-old worldwide affiliate program nearly four months ago, and am loving it. It’s tons of hard work because I’m trying to do it the no-cost way (there’s no joining fee and one doesn’t have to purchase anything, but things could be sped up a little if one spent some money – on products and/or on growing one’s team of affiliates) but there’s certainly no obligation to – money can still be made, for free, if one puts in enough time and effort.

    I’m passionate about working from home – the easy way to avoid scams is to simply not join anything that requires a start-up-fee, which is sad for genuine opportunities that do require some sort of financial input from members – people will be wary.

    There are many ways to work from home starting for free, and in particular online ways to work from home.

    Another pity is that many will call even a free opportunity a scam, because the opportunity “doesn’t work for them” – but it’s not the opportunity that has to work, it’s the member that has to work: if they don’t market (and there are many free ways to market) what it is they are doing, they can’t hope to be successful with it. Nobody knows about something unless it is marketed.

    People also don’t like to read. They can learn to market.

    People also don’t like to follow instructions. Too many just want to join something and see the money flow in. How would it if they don’t actually do any work?

    With time and effort put in, there are many free ways, mostly online, to work from home, legally.

  38. jolene Mills says:

    Good day

    Please could you send me more detail on the legit work from home

    Thanks

  39. Ismerelda says:

    Heino Kruger please advice,I just ogged on to the Jobmail portal and and there are 4 adverts that match my profile,guess what ?3 of them are using a gmail
    Account I’m confused please help

  40. Tammy says:

    I received an email from vavoom marketing for work from home admin work. They require R300 registration fee. Does anyone know them?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      This might also be a scam, e-mail our Webmaster via jobmaster@jobmail.co.za

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Tammy

      I also received an email from the same place that required R300 registration.
      I nearly filled out the form now and was going to make payment but I thought I would research the place first and I cant find anything on them.

      Rather dont do it, it seems like a scam to me

  41. Teresa says:

    Hi Everyone

    I have just come across this thread and found it very informative.
    I have nearly given into one of these scams, but I am so happy I found this, before I handed the requested R300 over to these people.

    With regards to Tracy, I think you should all give up on her getting back to you, she obviously doesnt want to share or help anyone with her so called legitimate working from home business.

    Good Luck to everyone struggling, I am in the same position.
    Its tough out there, but rather dont give into these scamsters out to take your money.

  42. Does anyone know about Vavoom typing and maketing? I cannot seem to find them on the internet?

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