We all have that fear of being scammed; the truth is that there are so many scams out there. One of the main tasks is to identify the scam from what’s real or what is legitimate.
As much as this may be an uphill task, work from home is possible, and one can build a career and earn from it.
Knowledge of how to spot and avoid work from home scams is vital while trying to build a work from home career.
Here are some pointers to help you identify some of the red flags.
Work from home doesn’t mean less work; sometimes you may have to work extra or twice as much. If you get a deal where you need to work very little for too much money or the work you put into is not worth the money you’ll understand then that’s an outright scam.
Work from home is NOT a get-rich scheme but actually means working hard and getting paid for your efforts. If it is a get-rich program, everyone would be a stay and work at home person. If it’s too easy, it is more likely to be a scam.
A genuine employer will not avoid video calls and voice calls but a scammer will. A scammer will want to communicate through Facebook messenger and send you very sketchy messages that will not disclose a lot about them or the Company.
A legitimate Company will have a clear communication podium through your mail or calls giving clear information and giving you room to ask questions and raise any issue that you feel is a concern.
A genuine company will not ask you to send or wire money for any services or to set up an account; neither will they ask you to pay to be considered for a position. So keep your money intact. If someone comes to you and asks you to wire money that’s a huge red flag.
The only time you may have to send, or wire money is if you are paying for an online course to help you launch your work at home career.
Too much of unnecessary pressure is what the scammer will give. Sending you very many messages checking on whether you are doing or acting on what you lastly agreed constantly reminding the urgency of the job or payment.
It is important to do your homework and find out where people who make money from the stay at home jobs find work from. Avoid relying heavily on the popup messages that will continuously appear on your device while you are online instead of doing your research correctly and find legitimate companies or boards.
Scammers mainly find their victims through playing with their emotions. They smell desperation and naivity, and they hook you. Use your common sense and keep your feelings tacked away completely while looking to build a stay at home career.
Scammers will want your banks and credit cards details, log-ins, usernames, and personal data. For example, an identity thief will ask for your bank and credit cards and your identification. Avoid as much as possible to disclose such info to stay away from identity thieves.
Always ask for recommendations for their list of former employees where you feel you need to. A legitimate Company will not hesitate to disclose this information.
You can alternatively ask for their website address where you can look up into the legitimacy of their existence and job listings and examine the site properly to be sure you are on the real Company’s website and not on a phony one. Scammers do also set up a fake website to make sure you are very keen on the URL.
Although it’s not a complete guarantee that there won’t be scammers hanging around on these sites looking for someone to scam, the higher percentage of these jobs are genuine with good pay and permanent positions that you may earn from time to time.
Sites like Upwork.com, Flexjobs, Working Solutions, Rat race rebellion, and several others are the places to look up work if you are starting out or if you have been scammed and you are wondering if it is possible to work from home and earn.
You should always report a scam to the necessary authority. Don’t be embarrassed if you are a victim of a scam, go online and report, because it gives us a lot more data so we can prevent it from happening to other people.
If you already have given out your bank or credit card information report it immediately to the empowered bodies like your bank or credit card company.
As much as there are many scams out there, there are also excellent jobs that you can do from your home you need to master the skills of identifying the genuine ones. Take your time to examine every opportunity, don’t make hasty decisions and you will start earning in due time.
John has been a freelance writer for the past 3 years. He worked for 4 years as a Mortgage Consultant and a Financial Advisor. He also worked for 2 years as a Loan Manager for a medium sized company that handled bad credit loans, car loans and personal loans. We are excited to have John in our team!
John writes about Finance, Philosophy, Money Saving Tips and much more. He is a proud Member of Financial Advisers Australia (AFA) and has Cert IV in Financial Services.