Avoiding Work from Home Scams
How to Research Job Authenticity
Before applying at any work from home job advertised, it’s imperative that you understand how to know whether a job is authentic or not. Unfortunately, the words “work at home” or “work from home” are almost synonymous with scams. But, there are many legitimate jobs and freelance gigs that can enable you to work from home. You just need to know how to spot a scam. Here are signs that it is a scam and not a real job:
• High Pay for Low Qualifications – This is one of the fastest ways to spot a scam. If they are offering a really high amount of money and say you need no experience or that you’ll work as a receptionist for 60K a year, it’s a scam.
• They Want You to Pay Money – Keep in mind that you should not have to pay for a job; however, some business opportunities do require some form of investment. If it’s a job, and they want you to pay for information for getting the job, it’s a scam.
• The Offer Came from Nowhere – If you get a job offer for a position you did not apply for, then it’s not a real offer. People don’t just send letters of an offer that you did not apply for.
• Not Enough Information about the Job – If they say the job is so simple anyone can do it and it pays 90K a year for doing something that is very vague and not specific, then it’s a scam.
• Emails with Obvious Mistakes – Many times scam job offers will be very unprofessional, having many language problems with errors in grammar, punctuation, and so forth.
• Interviews via Messenger – Most legitimate job opportunities will want to conduct at least a telephone interview. They’re not going to interview you through chat.
• Email Addresses are Free – Most legitimate businesses are not going to use a Gmail or Yahoo email address. They should have a real business email address for the company.
• Wrong Email Addresses – Always double check a company’s email address. For example, there may be hyphens in the domain name that shouldn’t be there.
• You Can’t Locate Information on the Business – Check the business out by doing a simple Google Search. If you cannot find enough information out about the business, it’s likely not a real business.
• They Ask for Information They Don’t Need – No employer needs your banking information including pin numbers, account numbers, and so forth. While you may need to set up auto deposit for a real job, you never give out your pin numbers.
• They Want You to Western Union Something – Any business that even brings up Western Union is more than likely a scam.
• Pay for Strange Things – You don’t need to pay for computers, software, credit checks, or to improve your resume to get their job. If they want you to, there is no job.
If you have any doubts at all about an offer, then you are probably right. Normally a simple Google Search can alleviate any concerns, or verify them. Don’t hesitate to check up on anything you’re told when trying to find legitimate work-at-home jobs.