Work-from-home scams are a constant problem and always have been since the internet was first invented.
Online jobs are real and you can make money working at home, but the challenge is finding a genuine employer or website. Spotting one is not a simple task and before you realize it, you may already have been ripped off.
Whether you are looking for a full-time or part-time job, here is how you can avoid work-from-home scams on the internet:
♦ Avoid online jobs that don’t require any specific skills or service. The truth is every paying job requires some skills, even if they are limited. Therefore, when you come across work-from-home offers that claim you can start working immediately without any expertise in that field, it is likely to be a scam.
♦ Be wary of jobs that seem to offer too much money for too little work. If the job is as simple and as lucrative as they make it out to be, then everyone would be doing it. The bottom line here is that real jobs pay for real work.
♦ Never spend money to work. This is one of the biggest red flags when it comes to work at home scams. Companies or websites that ask you to pay a fee before you join their program are almost always a scam. If you spot such an offer, avoid it because real job opportunities don’t require you to spend money.
♦ Do your research. Contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if a work at home job is legit or not. This is a very important step if you want to avoid work-from-home scams. Find out as much information as you can about the company looking to employ you, including their contact information. A genuine company will not hide their identity. Therefore, if the company doesn’t provide such information, they are most likely running a scam. Companies like these continue to thrive on the internet and unsuspecting people fall into their trap every day.
♦ Don’t give out personal information to an unknown or suspicious company or website. Many work-from-home scammers are actually trying to gather your personal information so they can steal your identity. Find out if the website or company is legitimate or not before giving out any personal information.
♦ Ask your potential employer lots of questions. Legitimate businesses will have legitimate answers to your questions. If the company gives you vague or confusing answers instead or refuses to answer at all, stay away!
♦ If you come across a website whose promises appear too good to be true, it is probably is. Stay away from work at home offers promising to make you rich or job offers that are overly vague. They are usually hiding something and will pique your interest yet keep you in the dark in an attempt to lure you in.
♦ Never reply to spam. Most work-from-home scams arrive in the form of spam in your email folder. They are usually job offers that you have never heard of by a company you have never heard, or one that isn’t even mentioned, and yet it is delivered directly to your email address despite the fact that you never requested it or signed up for it. This is a clear indication it is a scam and should be avoided at all costs. Either delete it or mark it as “spam” so that it never shows up in your inbox again.
♦ Ignore “limited time” offers. If a potential employer or website tries to convince you to accept a job or offer quickly before time runs out, tell them no. High pressure is a sure sign that it is a scam. These offers are often an attempt to get you to buy something or pay a fee for a job opportunity. Once you pay the money, you’ll quickly find out no such offer or opportunity exists. These scammers pressure you into accepting quickly because they know if you think about it long enough, you’ll sense something is wrong.
♦ Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong or seems off, it usually is. Your subconscious mind may be picking up on some clues that you don’t notice outright. So if that little voice in your head tells you something is wrong, listen to it.
♦ When in doubt, ask your parents or an adult. Your parents are older and wiser than you and have been around the block a few times. Scams never change, even if they have gone virtual, so if you find a job offer that seems suspicious, ask your parents what they think of it. If it is a scam, they’ve most likely seen it before, in some shape of form, and can advise you steer clear of it or not.