How to avoid common work-at-home scams

14th Aug 2017
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Work-from-home is a dream everyone wants to live. Imagine working in your pyjamas according to your schedule and not having a boss hover over your head at all times. If you scour the internet for work-from-home jobs, you're sure to come across several job listings. However, you need to be able to tell apart the legitimate listings from the scams or you'll get duped faster than you think. One of the easiest ways to avoid getting entangled in a fraud is by studying the listings properly to spot a pattern of deception.

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For example, if a company is willing to pay you too much for too little work, how are they benefitting? When you first question the logic behind the listing from the other side, you understand how feasible the offer is for the company. Here are a few ways to avoid common work-from-home scams.

Use your common sense

If a listing sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The best scammers know how to play on people's emotions. If you show someone how badly you want something, they will take advantage of your desperation and get you to make illogical decisions. No matter how good an offer sounds, always keep a clear head and be patient. If the offer sounds just as good after you've clearly examined it, then you're in for a treat.

Do your research

If a company asks you to transfer a huge sum of money in exchange for a bigger sum of money that they promise to pay you later on, you should do your research before jumping on the offer. Try to search the name of the company with the words ‘scam’ or ‘review’. You might not find anything, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Also, try to find out where the company is physically based and reach it via phone. If a company is legitimate, you'll find its presence in the real world with ease.

Find work the traditional way

While hunting for work-from-home jobs through job websites and newspapers is a traditional method, it is less likely that the leads found in these places will turn out to be scams. On the other hand, the offers found in internet ads or sent to you via email are more likely to be a sham. It is therefore best to rely on traditional methods while searching for work-from-home job opportunities.

Never pay for opportunities

Employers don't charge employees to work for them. It usually happens the other way around. Therefore, if a company asks money from you on the pretext of startup costs, run in the opposite direction. No matter how desperately you need a job, paying your way in will always do you more harm than good.

Genuine job opportunities don't try to force you to make a quick decision. If a work-from-home listing meets any of the above criteria, understand that it is a bogus opportunity and run.

Also read: Guidelines you should set before creating a work from home policy

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