BOGUS homeworking scams are on the rise in the borough, and Solihull Council is warning residents to be on their guard.
Rogue traders advertise in newspapers, magazines, shops, on the inter-net and via email offering money for jobs that can be done from home.
They attract interest with the promise of good wages and flexible working.
However, a registration fee or an up-front payment is often required so that potential employees can receive a starter pack.
In some cases, the payments disappear without a trace and the company cannot be contacted.
Solihull Council recommends that anyone interested in home working thoroughly checks the adverts they read.
They advise visiting the premises before signing up, asking friends and family for advice, and avoiding advertisements that ask for money.
Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhood said: "It's unfortunate that such scams are taking place in our borough.
"A good way to tell a legitimate scheme from a scam is if you are asked to make an advance payment. If you are, alarm bells should ring."
If anybody has any concerns they should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/