Working from home is the goal for many. Whether you have children, have a disability or just want to avoid the office, there’s something appealing about working out of your own home office. Unfortunately, though, many of the opportunities available online are nothing more than scams. Below are a few of these opportunities – and how to avoid them.
The Work from Home Scam
There are a few major work from home scams that tend to float around the internet. The names might change, but the basics tend to stay the same. Four of the most popular scams include:
- Mystery Shopping
- Typing/Data Entry Services
- Envelope Stuffing
- Assembly Jobs
How to Spot a Scam
While these scams all use different language, they can all be spotted with a bit of work. Because all the scams depend on desperation, there’s not a great deal of work put into hiding their nature. Instead of falling for lofty promises, you can do the following:
- Look for unclear language or instruction. Who is going to pay you, and how? Is payment dependent on performance? Is there a schedule? If not, it’s probably fake.
- Be reasonable. No legitimate job is going to pay you six figures a year to stuff envelopes. No legitimate job is going to mail you a thousand check before you start working to buy simple supplies and require you to wire them a portion of the check. If the job can be done easily, why would they pay you so much?
- Do your research. Many scams you can identify by searching them on the internet on Google but the company name, form of contact they reached you with (i.e., email address and/or phone number). If you can’t find positive reviews or any reviews on them, then you may be the target of a scam.
The work from home scam is older than the internet, but it can be defeated. Stop, think, and use your best judgment. If you’re careful, you can avoid the scams.
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