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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Work at Home Online Scam

Posted by at 5:24 PM Read our previous post
Girl in front of a computer in her pajamas
There are a lot of different kinds of scams online. One of the most common is the Work at Home scam. It promises you a boss-free job and you're working from the comforts of your home. Who wouldn't find it tempting? For me, if it is Too Good To Be True I would definitely be doubtful. I think it is just okay to doubt and ask what's the catch? It shouldn't be that good without you giving something great in return.

Although, there are a lot legit job sites that offer legit home based jobs, Scammers still find their way through the job site's security. What you need to do is educated yourself before deciding to apply to a certain job post or even before signing up on a job site.

If they are asking you for money when signing up, it is a clear warning signal that it can only be an online scam. Most legit job sites I know and tried don't ask for any of your money. Also, one important thing you need to know that I have found from an article I've read although I revised it a little, is that legitimate home-based job promoters should let you know what's involved in the program they're selling.

What you should know before you commit:
  • your tasks
  • your salary (especially if it's fixed price or commission-based)
  • who's going to pay you
  • when will you get your first pay check
  • how much will you have to invest for the job (this is not just about the supplies or the equipment you're going to use but also your skill and effort)

What you should do before you commit:
  • verify the information you get with the employer's current workers.
  • type the company's or the promoter's name into a search engine with a word like review, complaint, or scam.
  • check out the company or the promoter with your local consumer protection agency to see if other people reported on their experiences.

With these tips in mind, I hope you'll be able to distinguish a scam from a legitimate job opportunity. I also believe in using your gut-feel, if it doesn't feel right, don't do it. If you're now ready to look for a home-based job, I would recommend you oDesk if you're looking for something part-time and Staff.com if you're looking for a full time job.


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