ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Better Business Bureau is warning us tonight of work-at-home scams that could cost us a lot of money.
The national organization says now is about the time when scammers will take advantage of folks looking for new jobs by offering them a ton of money to stay at home and carry out tasks that normally don't pay that much.
Rockford's Theresa Stanfield says she fell for one of these scams a couple months ago. She says she found one of these opportunities online and ended up getting a check which she cashed and used. Apparently the check was a fraud and now she owes her bank a large amount of money.
"I feel like they need to be locked up or they need to be taught a lesson," said Stanfield, "because there's a lot of people that are really out here and they're struggling and they're looking for work and they're trying to find something just to make it... and then people like this are wasting people's time and sending them fake checks."
A list of some ways the FBI says we can protect ourselves from these scam listed below:
"A few tips:
Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of the company.
Be suspicious when money is required up front for instructions or products.
Don’t provide personal information when first interacting with your prospective employer.
Do your own research into legitimate work-at-home opportunities, using the “Work-at-Home Sourcebook” and other resources that may be available at your local library.
Ask lots of questions of potential employers—legitimate companies will have answers for you!"
For more on what the FBI has to say about work-at-home scams you can visit the website below.