People who dream of working for themselves in a home-based business have plenty of business opportunities to choose from. Unfortunately, they also have to sort out the legitimate opportunities from the growing number of scams.

Online scams are being created on a daily basis. They usually promise something that sounds too good to be true. Regardless, consumer advocates say people keep spending money on them without getting any results as promised by the promoters.

The demand for running a home business is also growing exponentially. Everyday entrepreneurs keep searching through Google, Yahoo, and MSN for of ideas, and opportunities.

But how can consumers avoid thef Internet scams? Scam investigators say most people are victims of their own greediness and that's what makes the scam artists successful with selling their information.

There are simple steps consumers can take to protect themselves from being cheated.

• Always do research on the website or business opportunity you want to participate in.

• Do a search on Google for the domain name and include words: scam, review

• Contact the website owner and evaluate the way he handles you as a customer.

Following the steps above should decrease the chance of people being cheated out of their money for worthless home business idea.