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
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.
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.