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“I was laid off about a week before I was to return from maternity leave and I was heartbroken,” new mom Kelly Garwacki says.

There’s an endless supply of “Work from Home” jobs on the web, but Kelly is skeptical.

“You can type anything you want in, ‘work at home mom,’ ‘work from home dad,’ ‘work at home scams,’ ‘legitimate work from home.’ You still get scams,” Kelly says.

“Several of the larger ones of these have generated hundreds and hundreds of complaints, if not thousands of complaints to the BBB and to other law enforcement agencies,” says Andrew Goode of the Better Business Bureau ( See BBB work at home schemes ), who warns about “work from home” schemes, targeted at stay-at-home moms, and jobs that use big names to lure you in.

The BBB logged more than 1,500 complaints about jobs promising easy cash through Google, but it isn’t Google who is behind these ads.

Things to watch out for are ads that read:

-“Get Paid to Read Emails”
-“Work at Home! Easy money assembling crafts”
-“$500 Weekly, No Experience necessary”

You should also be wary of jobs that ask for money up front.

“Most of them will charge an admission to enter this job, and normally you will keep paying and paying in but you’ll never see money coming out,” Goode says.

The legitimate work-at-home jobs, according to the BBB, would be either starting a home-based business or you’re being hired by a company to perform your job from home.

As a landscape designer, Kelly may look for other work, but leaving her new baby Logan behind, won’t be easy.

“It’s definitely my passion, but he’s also my passion too,” Kelly says.

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