Learn to Spot Work-At-Home Job Scams

work at home scamsIt’s extremely easy to become a work-at-home scam victim. All you have to do is believe everything. Although honest-to-goodness money can be made from home, there are also plenty of traps online that could get you in trouble. Want to learn how to spot work at home scams? Here are ways how:

The work-at-home job provider has no real job or real products.
Be wary of providers who want you to believe that you don’t have to lift a finger in order to earn money. They will also fail to provide you with a real job. Stuffing envelopes? What for? Making products they won’t buy back from you anyway? Forget it.

In order for a work-at-home job to become a real opportunity, you have to have real work. Or if products are involved, you should be able to offer real products with real value to a real market.

The work-at-home job offer is vague and the provider dodgy.
You hear or read more hype than information about the job. If you have questions, the provider over-embellishes, avoids the issues and is generally evasive.

Worse, they might even try to entice you with a ridiculous amount of money to be made within a short period of time. But they will not have clear answers to your questions.

The job is a no-brainer.
You’ll find ads that make the job sound so easy and effortless. Got no experience? No problem . You can earn $1,000 a week doing some ambiguous job. If you encounter an offer like this, be extremely wary. It could be a work-at-home job scam.

  • There are so many people trying to take other peoples money.
    They will do whatever it takes to do it.
    These kind of posts help a lot,
    because some people don’t know what scams are out there.

  • Actually most of people know about scams but they take a risk with hope that being early they would be able to earn handsome before the providers elopes.

  • lol..I bought this medical billing software once for $500…total scam

  • Nice article! Just to add (based on experiences of my fellow virtual assistants):

    Several work-at-home job offers require some payment upfront. They represent this as processing fees or membership fees to keep you in their roster for RFQs (request for proposals). Be wary of such schemes, they may be stringing you into paying for inclusion to their group in the hopes of acquiring non-existent jobs.

    Several work-at-home jobs require you to submit confidential information such as your Paypal, credit cards or bank accounts. They will state it such that these are filed with their records to ensure that you are a real person or a legit entity. This type of scheme should raise a red flag for you. You can verify these entities using the BBB website (www.bbb.org), or try Googling their company name for reviews and/or feedbacks.

    Several work-at-home jobs require you to transfer funds from one account to the other. This has been popping up lately within the virtual assistant and freelancer circles, and most of these scams originate from the UK. They will usually state that the job offer requires you to facilitate bank or fund transfers on their behalf or of their clients, and will ask you to use your own account in some instances. Best advise is to avoid these scams like the plaque. Better to be safe than sorry. :)

  • If it was so easy to make money with these, the advertiser would just do it himself and forget about struggling to recruit.

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  • I hate scammers. May they rot in hell. But how come scams work so well.

    Greed and Laziness. None of us would agree that we were greedy or lazy. Yet most of us get hooked I I know I have) by offers of lots of money for little effort.

    If it sounds to good to be true. It probably is.


  • Robert

    I think the old saying “If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is!” holds true when it comes to work-from-home Internet jobs.

    There certainly are legitimate employers out their who want and need a broad demographic of employees that can conveniently work from home, however the risk is quite high.

    To source the best jobs, it is best to use a reputable job listing website. In the UK and US there are lots of these sites that at least help to sift out any shady job opportunities so that you can apply with more confidence.

    If you are looking for uk jobs try Careers & Jobs, there are other good services such as Reed etc, which all take the hassle out of scam-type jobs which generally won’t slip through their systems.

    It is very important to try and get some early contact with a potential employer. An informal chat can give you a lot of valuable information about the employer and the company you will are seeking employment with.

  • Yeah its becoming more and more important to understand the different scams before urself fall in some trap

  • You need to be a live wire to spot scams. Be Alert always

  • Siu Balnis, “Carpal Tunnel Doc”

    Interesting video on this post! I never saw it before. Thanks for including it here for us to view!