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Online Jobs From Home Now Seem Like Scams Since COVID

Do you realize that online jobs from home are mostly scams? It is believed that approximately 80% of job postings that mention work from home are scams. WOW, that is incredible to me.

In today’s society, some people will stop at nothing to take something from someone. With the unemployment rate increasing how can you tell if the job you are looking for is real?

So what do you think these scammers are after? I can’t say for sure

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but I do know your information is worth a lot of money on the dark web.

So, after being a victim of a scam myself this past year, I have come up with a list of things to look out for while trying to find online work from home today.

Here Are Some Tips on How to Avoid Scams While Looking For Work From Home Jobs

Most of us have been taught at some point or another to be aware of things that seem too good to be true.

In fact, I have had multiple pieces of training annually from the military regarding what to look for when someone is phishing for information.

However, this did not help me when I wanted something so bad that I overlooked the danger signs. This mistake cost me a lot of money and personal information.

With that said, hopefully, these five tips will help you from getting scammed while you are trying to find work with unemployment rising.

Know The Signs

With today’s technology Scammers seem to have the upper hand, But, there are still warning signs that will indicate a scam.

  • Personal Financial Information – If you are early in a job interview and the person interviewing you starts asking for your social security number, your home address, phone number, date of birth, or bank account information, be aware
  • The Pay is Higher Than Expected – If the job you are interviewing for pays a lot of money for very little work it is more than likely a scam.
  • Rags to Riches – Not that it is not possible but if the company is boasting several rags to riches stories or perhaps megabucks in a short time, don’t fall into the glamor. The odds of this happening to you is like the odds of winning the lottery. Read the fine print before you accept the position.
  • Spelling Errors – Although anyone can make a mistake keep in mind most scams come from overseas. So if you see spelling or grammatical errors put up your guard and do your research before giving any information out.
  • Personal Email – Sometimes small businesses will use personal email to conduct business. In fact, I use my personal email for business. However, large companies do not. You can easily check the company email that is used with a simple Google search.
  • Upfront Expenses –  Legit companies will sometimes ask for you to pay for upfront expenses (for example credit checks or background checks). Consequently, If you are being asked to pay a large upfront fee chances are you will never see that money.
  • Immediate Job Offer – If you are offered a job on the spot without any of your work being verified or references called don’t take the job or offer any information.

Research the Company

Keep in mind that anyone with your phone number can call you and say they are a recruiter and would like you to apply for a job.

I highly recommend that your research the company and the recruiter. The better business bureau is a great place to start.

A simple Google search will also help decipher if the job is a scam or not.

Just type in the company name with the word scam in any search engine and see what comes up.

Ask Lots of Questions

Eventually, the truth will always come out. By asking lots of questions often and early you can get a sense of the job, whether it is real or not.

It is important to know the exact details of the job. You should ask questions such as, what are the expectations of you, How are you paid, and how often, does the company offer benefits, and what kind of training will you receive.

In this case, the more questions you ask the better you will feel if you accept the position.

Final Thoughts

So the real question I have is have you ever been scammed looking for online jobs from home? There are several great opportunities online to make a living.

The hard part is figuring out which one is real. A lot of large companies have switched their business model to work from home due to the pandemic.

In fact, I left the workforce prior to the pandemic to work for myself from home. Personally, I would not have it any other way.  I had to weed through all of the BS before I found a platform that I believe in.

I believe that this trend will continue. My thoughts are companies are actually saving money having the workforce at home. What do you think? Do you work from home today because of the pandemic?

Unfortunately, as far as I know, you don’t have much recourse if you do get scammed. You just have to go into repair mode to try and stop the damage.

I recommend if you feel that you have been scammed by someone while looking for an online job working from home change all of your passwords immediately, notify your bank if any information was given out, and possibly cancel all of your credit cards.

It sucks but you need to protect yourself at all costs immediately. If you know of any other way to prevent a scam or how to fix information once the scam has happened feel free to comment.

I hope I left something for you to think about. Most importantly I hope I have shared information that will prevent you from getting scammed personally.

If you would like to know more about my career working from home feel free to comment and I will gladly share.

 

 

Chuck Adkins

8 Comments

  1. Great article you have here and thank you for sharing. The main thing that makes online jobs seem as if they are scams, is due to the increased amount of online scams and frauds. Hence making people have little or no interest at all. Even when an online job or business is genuine.

    • I have found even most large companies post jobs they never intend to fill. They are collecting information. Thanks for reading

  2. Another interesting article. Sadly the amount of online scams is indicative of the current situation the world is in right now and these criminals, because in my opinion that is exactly what they are, know that there are desperate people who can be easily manipulated and duped. I seem to be forever clearing out my email inbox from scam messages. It actually amazes me at the audacity some of these people have to assume the identities of big name companies like PayPal, Amazon or Ebay, but is equally disconcerting that these big companies don’t make more of an effort to go after them. My bs meter is typically triggered when what is being presented to me sounds too good to be true….as it invariably is. 

    • Thank you so much for your comments I could not agree with you more. These criminals need to be brought to justice. However, I feel this will never happen because they are preying on everyday people until real money starts getting scammed nothing will is going to change. All I can say is buyer beware you are on your own.

  3. Thank you so much for this article, I myself have been scammed so many times through the internet mainly when they come with a get rich quick scheme, we should know the signs of a scam and someone who is genuine. And its also good to know that nothing comes free or so fast like we want it. Thanks again

    • Your welcome. Thanks for reading. There is nothing like spending your hard-earned money for someone else to take it from on a promise and hope. Remember if it sounds too good to be true chances are it is.

  4. Hello there, Chuck! Thanks for looking out for fellow newbies to the online marketing business like myself. It’s almost unbelievable how much scams are out there these days. The 7 warning signs of a scam that you mentioned are very on point. The weirdest one is the spelling one when I surf through ads on traffic ad bar. It’s such an easy word and you would think the designers of the advertisement would proof read it before publishing it. I definitely agree with your recommendation for online marketing.

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