Telltale Signs of Work From Home Scams

One of the most daunting things to consider when looking for a work from home job involves avoiding scams. In fact, this has placed a gray veil over work from home jobs because of the amount of fake listings or envelope stuffing jobs out there.

By the same token, there’s plenty of real and legitimate work from home or remote jobs. So the question arises, how do you find these? And better yet, what are the telltale signs of work from home job scams? We will consider three signs.

  1. Upfront Costs
  2. Crazy insane pay
  3. Sketchy contact info

1. Upfront Costs

So you’re job searching, and find one that you think you’re cut out for. You start reading the description, you see that it is a remote job, and perhaps it’s something like data entry. But then you continue reading to gauge whether it’s a fit for you, until you’re suddenly slapped in the face with “get started today for only…”

From there it starts to sound more like a sales pitch than a job opening, which is a common freelance scam practiced by many shady individuals. As simple as this may seem, so many get hooked with this very scam. As awesome as the job might sound, just know that for the most part, no real work from home job will charge you or ask for fees that aren’t reasonably explained.

If you’re working as a telemarketer, for example, you might be required to provide your own headset or desk phone. In this case, you can reasonably see how this upfront cost would make sense to the job. But if you encounter a job and they’re asking for a startup fee without reason, steer clear, my friend!

2. Crazy Insane Pay

Okay, while it’s true we’re all different, one thing most of us have in common is that we would want to work little, but for mucho grande pay! Some even look at work from home jobs as a way to achieve this.

And while it is true that legitimate work from home jobs exist that pay very well, those jobs generally are in specialized fields and require the appropriate amount of experience and qualifications.

We’ve all seen ads while looking for jobs that claim to pay you 10,000/mo just for doing something minuscule. Some even go a step further and show testimonies from other so-called employees of theirs.

Even after all of this, we must remember that our common sense should kick in. Remember the old adage our grandparents, or even parents used to say: If it’s too good to be true, chances are it is.

3. Sketchy Contact Info

I’ve found in recent years that this mainly applies to places such as Craigslist or any other site that lists multiple types of items for sale or for any other purpose.

Don’t get me wrong, Craigslist does have plenty of real job listings. However, at times we might see a personal email address or even a complete lack of contact info. This can be for multiple reasons, mind you. And only you can make that final choice, unless you see others posting about their application experience with the job.

In totality, though, allow common sense to prevail over your need for a job while searching. If other items don’t appear right while looking at the job ad/description, chances are it’s a scam. But the contact info usually will be a telltale sign.

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