I guess work at home scams fit more into "advanced fee fraud" than anything. I was talking today to someone who fell for this:http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/lo ... nNxQA.cspx
The scammers imply you can become a Google employee working at home. In reality they just tell you how Google AdSense works. They also post a Better Business Bureau logo. Since the BBB rates non-member businesses, you could even link to the BBB site and the victims would find no complaints for the first couple days a site was up.
The woman I talked to felt that she was doing her homework. She had bypassed several other work at home schemes, but the Google name and the Better Business Bureau logo took her in. She was fortunately still skeptical enough to insist on getting a postal address and mailing a money order for her $1 processing fee rather than giving them a check or a credit card number, as part of the scam is to start charging the victim recurring fees.
But what really got me was that when I told her she should never trust anything advertised in spam, she replied that she didn't hear about it from spam. When I asked how she did hear about it, she replied, "In email." It turns out her ISP is doing such a good job filtering her spam that she assumed the process was 100% accurate and that anything that bypassed the spam filters must be legitimate.
It's another example where spam filtering actually makes it easier for spammers to deceive people by making it seem that one particular
spam email is not like all the others. I'm sure the 419ers would have a much harder time if people really knew how many Nigerian widows were all trying to give them money.