4 Major Red Flags when Seeking Work From Home
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Let’s face it: There are A LOT of make money quick scams out there and if you don’t know what you are looking at and want to work from home bad enough it can be easy to fall victim to these red flags. You see these scams everywhere: All of them seemingly leaping off the pages promising huge results with little to no effort. This is rarely the case. (Though don’t let this deter you from the work from home gems; oftentimes it takes much less effort than you might think!). Today we’ll discuss some major points that will help you sift through the work at home job postings and side step some of the biggest scams.
Here are some major red flags to watch out for and avoid:
- If it’s too good to be true. As mentioned above, beware if a posting or email or application says you’ll be getting a tremendous amount of money for very little or no work and all you need to do is provide your personal information- there are many scams just seeking your personal information. When entering your personal information, it should almost never be via an email and it should never be information like your social security number! It should be done on the company website, on paper or another secure means (like through a job search board for instance).
- If they ask for a fee to apply, to get information or claim they’ll send you money and you must send some back. These are huge red flags and signal that there is something shady going on. The worst part is that in many cases, you’ll not only lose money you’ve invested but you could be on the hook if you cash a check you receive from these scammers as it’s a fraudulent check to begin with (or involves stolen goods)!
- If upon a basic Google search, you can’t find any information about anyone else having worked there or you have a lot of trouble locating an address, phone number, email address or a social media page about the company. A company that has a legitimate product or service will have a website, most will also have a social media page (such as Facebook) and chances are fairly good you’ll also be able to Google to find reviews or some report about working there. If you find nothing about the company anywhere, beware!
- If they have no standards or requirements and aren’t telling you the hiring process. Real potential employers will tell you what they require so you know you’ll be a good fit for the role – if this seems like the kind of job that should require some level of experience but they are not asking for any of that information from you, use caution. They might not be legit!
If you or someone you know believes they may have been the victim of a scam such as this, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks that you file a complaint with them here.
Have you come across other opportunities that you thought might be a scam? What other things concern you when you see them in a job posting?