Warning Signs That Online Job Offer is a Scam
There are many ways to earn money online, from tutoring high school and college students to selling your old sports equipment on eBay. There are also plenty of ways to find employment through the Internet, from major job boards like Monster and Simply Hired to local resources like Craigslist and newspaper classified ads.
Unfortunately, there are also lots of scams out there, and if you are not careful you could end up losing money instead of getting hired or earning an income from home. If you spot any of these red flags, you should proceed with extreme caution.
. The job offer or work-at-home opportunity seems too good to be true or the money seems too high for the work involved. No one is going to pay you thousands of dollars a month to post online reviews or write simple blog posts.
. The company asks for personal information that a real-world employer would not. You would not expect the business down the street to ask for your bank account or credit card information, and you should not offer that information to anyone online either.
. The company requires that you invest money to get hired or find out what the job is all about. Watch out for things like application fees, processing charges and educational expenses.
. The job description is vague and difficult to understand. A legitimate employment opportunity will clearly spell out what is expected of you and what kind of qualifications you need to apply.
Even if none of the above warning signs are present, it is still important to check out the company making the job offer or extending the work-at-home opportunity. Some employment and work-at-home offers are not scams per se, but the companies behind them pay very little or make workers jump through multiple hoops to collect the money they are owed. If the company treats is workers poorly or offers little value, you will probably find lots of negative reviews to warn you off.