More folks are looking for a job or online business they can do from home. And in a quest to start bringing in money fast before bill collectors start calling, some people are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to whatever job comes their way.
Scammers take advantage of this by posting job listings that sound like a dream come true. The ad looks legitimate and the money is good. People start to think maybe just maybe they hit the jack pot.
How do I know this?
My first so-called “work-from-home” job was typing ads and yep it was a scam. Thank goodness I was only scammed out of $5 but imagine how many people replied to their ad and sent in the $5 as well?
And most recently my friend Angela McCall had a job opportunity to work from home. After she called me about the details and I shared the red flags that jumped out at me. She continued to do research and ask questions when she realized the job was scam. She tells us all about it at her blog today. Here’s her vlog about it:
Warning Signs of a Work-from-Home Scam
Scammers are savvy and create ads that can really make anyone believe they’ve hit the mother-load of all work from home opportunities. Here are some warning signs that the job listing you’re reading might be a scam.
- Jobs or online business opportunities exaggerating pay rate. A typical ad would go something like this: “Make $500 a day typing from home.” “Earn $1,000 a week working in your PJs.” “I earn $25,000 a month! Let me show you my secret to success.”
- There’s no contact information available only an email address. If the email address is with a Gmail or Hotmail account I would stay away from those. A legitimate company or representative of that company will have an email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There’s no physical address. Even if the recruiter wants to meet at a coffee shop for an interview ask where they’re office is and get an address. If you happen to be located in the same city, take a drive and see what you find. For a company overseas check out this website called RBA Information Services to do research on international companies.
- No phone number. Ask for call back information such as the name of the person contacting you about the job and a publicly listed phone number.
What You Can Do
You can avoid being scammed by doing four things:
- Do your research. If it’s a company you’ve never heard of do your homework and find out about them. You can also check out consumer sites like Ripoff Report to learn about any scams out there.
- Ask questions. Ask how long they’ve been in business. Ask for registration numbers. Ask for contact information like an address. Get all the information you want. If they’re legitimate they won’t hesitate to answer.
- Take notes. Write down who you talked to and what was said. Save any emails too.
- Go with your gut. If it seems too good to be true then it is.
There You Have It
I hope this post will help you recognize a work-from-home scam. Next week I’ll go over the most common work-from-home scams online. If you have any questions about a work-from-home job you found contact me and we’ll look at it together!
For more work-from-home tips and resources pick up a copy of my eBook Beginner’s Guide To A Work-from-Home Career.
Over To You
Have you come across a work from home opportunity only to find out it was a scam? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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