There are many signs that say, “This job is a scam!” When I refer to job, I mean the one that has an employer. Here’s a list of what to look for to avoid the work at home scam.
1. If it looks to good to be true, then it usually is. Always go with your gut instincts. If you’re questioning it because something looks fishy or just doesn’t seem right, then most likely it’s a scam. Ask around the various work at home forums or type in your favourite search engine the company’s name+scam.
2. Earn tons of money in a short amount of time. You will see $300-$500+ in just 2-3 hours per day or something more outrageous than that. Doesn’t ask for resume or job skills or experience. Um…NOT! Seriously, if you can make that kind of money, why aren’t we all doing it?
3. Loud, colourful, screaming websites. A lot of hype and not much else. Websites that are the colours of the rainbow, have highlighted words, bold and huge fonts cannot possibly be taken seriously.
4. Training materials or registration fees. This is a sure sign it’s a scam. Legitimate employers do not ask for fees! There are exceptions to this rule such as background checks and equipment required for the job.
5. Free email address. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a scam. Many legitimate employers use a free email address to avoid clogging up their company’s email address.
6. Free webhosting. Many scammers will use free webhosting. I know of only one company who is very legit and for some reason or another uses a free webhosting. With that said, it’s only one I know and the rest well…it does scream scam because if they can’t pay for webhosting, how are they suppose pay you?
7. No contact information. There should be at least an email address, a phone (or toll-free) number or physical address.
8. Poorly written English. This is tip off. Sure sign it’s a scam.
9. Money processing. No. No. No. No. Never accept any jobs that require you to accept payment into your account for transfer later to another bank account.
10. Stuffing envelopes. Again, no such thing.
These are just a few of the signs to avoid. Always do your due diligence, never be desperate because that is when you will fall prey to scams.