Avoiding the Scams

The web is a wonderful and dangerous place, here are a few tips to avoid being scammed when searching for work at home.  Job leads are available here: http://howtoworkfromhome-demi.blogspot.com/

Be wary of unsolicited emails, the less harmless ones just bombard you with spam, the really bad ones are fraudulent and will attempt to get a small investment for a membership or some other services. Or they will attempt to steal your personal information.

Steer clear of the old “envelope stuffing” scheme. These are illegal pyramid schemes. All you get for your investment is a “how to guide” on placing ads just like the one you responded to, asking people to send you money for information about this opportunity. You won’t make any money, and you could be prosecuted for fraud.

Be aware of businesses requesting you recruit other people. Legitimate businesses have a product or service.

Stay away from jobs asking that you receive money. This is an old scam, you receive money, deposit into your account, write a check or wire transfer the funds less your fee. The check(s) you deposit are fraudulent and since it takes time for these check to clear, you’re left responsible for the bounced check and again, you could be prosecuted for fraud.

Be cautious before investing money in a business. Many new businesses require an investment. Ask yourself what am I getting for my investment? Is it inventory? Marketing materials? Training? Then ask yourself is there a market for this product/service? What is their refund policy? Do I have a contract? Get references and contact them.

If it’s a job requesting money, once again ask yourself what am I getting for my investment? Equipment, training? The legitimate companies that require an investment in equipment usually deduct it from your paycheck, they will not ask for it up front. Some work from home companies have started requesting fees for background checks. Personally, I don’t believe in paying for a job, but if you do decide to this, investigate the company first. You should be making your payment to an outside verifiable criminal investigation firm.

Just because it says “as seen on TV or New York Times,…………..” doesn’t mean it’s true. Verify it yourself.

Christian business opportunities, once again, just because it says Christian, doesn’t mean it’s trustworthy. People have been selling potions and cures under the guise of religion since the beginning of time. Is the business or job targeting one set of people (disabled, senior citizens, stay at home moms), does the advertisement play on someone’s emotions?  A legitimate company will not need to play on your emotions, they have a job to offer you.

Be cautious of companies requesting too much personal information at the beginning of the hiring process. Most companies only ask for your social security number, date of birth and other pertinent information after they hire you, not before.

Be cautious of companies with incomplete or unusual contact information. If the web site only offers only an email address, be wary, even e-businesses still have a physical address.

Research the company fully with the Better Business Bureau, state licensing boards, http://www.ripoffreport.com/  , http://www.scambusters.org/  , and http://www.whois.com/  to check domain registration. Web of Trust is another good source, http://www.mywot.com/ , you do not need to register, just search and see what you find.  You can also ask questions here, on my favorite wah forums or Google “company name + scam” and see what results you find. To find my favorite wah forums, go to the right hand margin and scroll down.

Craig's list will tell you that the majority of their postings are legit, but a few are scams. In recent months I have noticed more legit companies publishing openings on Craig's list versus other local options. When I see something that looks interesting I send an email of interest highlighting my pertinent experience and skills, while requesting more information about their job. Only after I have received a reply and can verify company, etc. will I submit a resume. Another alternative is to prepare a resume leaving off your personal contact information, and substituting generic description for previous employers names.  I still prefer the email of interest approach. In today's world, the less information someone has about me the happier I am.

Look for other red flags such as higher than normal salary or over-inflated returns on your investment. No experience necessary is another one. Remember if it’s too good to be true, it is, plain and simple.  Don't be discouraged there are many legitimate and good companies out there, you just have to be careful.  Surfing is wonderful, you just have to be wary of sharks.  For more tips visit:  http://howtoworkfromhome-demi.blogspot.com/p/tips-for-working-at-home.html


Anonymous said...

thankyou soo much for the tips demi,it really helped me, i was interseted in this job for stuffing mail but i became suspicious when they asked for money and saying that they werent a sheme ,so i wanted to research and im very greatful for your helpful information!!

Demi said...

I am glad I could help. Plenty of legit jobs out there, keep searching and you will find something. Best wishes.