Tips on How to Recognize Work at Home Scams

Know About Work At Home Scams

Work At Home scams prey on the unsuspecting. To keep you from getting scammed, we have provided a list of some of the warning signs to help you keep your guard up and identify scams before you fall victim to them.

1) Request For Money

DO NOT SEND MONEY. Any legitimate position will not request that you pay them upfront for the opportunity to work. You are signing up to make money, not spend it! These positions most often request that you send money under the pretext to cover start up costs for assembly or craft kits.

2) Get Rich Quick Claims

If a job sounds too good to be true, then 9 times out of 10 it probably is. While working at home has the potential to make you good money, it usually takes a while to get underway, and you should be wary of claims for fast cash and little to no working hours. These jobs do exist but they are few and far between.

3) Vague Job Descriptions

This is another sure fire way of identifying a scam. If a business proposition is posted online then why isn’t the company giving potential employees enough information to know what sort of job they are getting themselves into? And as a potential employee you should be asking! Job postings that say you can make $10,000 a month working from home and don’t explain the logistics of the job should raise an automatic red flag. In these situations, contact the ad asking for a more thorough description, salary expectations, and the name and contact number of the company. If they are unable to answer these basic, essential questions, STAY AWAY!

4) Time Restraints

If the work at home offer that you are considering puts urgent time constraints on your window of opportunity such as “must act now” or “offer expires” this is almost always an indication of a scam. While many job listings do have a closing date for applications they will not create a false sense of pressure to “apply now before it is too late.”

5) Is The Company Registered?

Any legitimate company should be registered with the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission. If there is no physical addresses for the “company” making the work at home offer, then it is likely an at home scam. Legitimate companies pay taxes and have company contact information.

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