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Signs That Work From Home Job Offer You Found Is A Scam

Working From Home has become very common during COVID Pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs and many are looking for opportunities to work from home. This current situation has given rise to scams that are commonly known as "Work From Home Scams". Most important is knowledge. If you know how these scams work then you are better of avoiding them.

Troubled by job scams

So we will first look at signs that indicate if particular "work from home" offer is a scam.

Sign 1: You find a very enticing job offer listed in an ad on any website or search engine. The job offer just seems way too good to be true, promising you big earnings without clearly mentioning what you are supposed to do in the job. For example: Work at home and become a millionaire!. What you should look for is if the offer is above average. A scammer usually promises you better prospects than the legitimate ones. 

Sign 2: If you are given a link to their website. You should check if the website is professionally designed. Especially look for spelling errors on the website. A legitimate business would never have spelling errors. While the scam site is mostly designed in hurry to scam people. Secondly, check the social links provided. A legitimate company usually has social links where people engage with the content. Scammers usually don't provide social links and if provided, either it will point to fake profiles with high following with no engagement from its customers or it will not work at all. 

You can see the website ranking such as Alexa rank. Most scam sites do not have high ranking and even if it has high ranking then it's better to check about the company's competitors. Take a close look at the about page. If you find the competitor's sites look the same and have similar or copied content then there is a high chance these websites belong to scammers. 

See their email address. If it looks unfamiliar like emails that end with an international domain like ".de" or check if it is commonly used domain such as Gmail. A legitimate company usually use email address corresponding to its business brand and location.

Also, scammers encourage you to open attachments. Never open any unknown attachments. If you have already found the above indicators to tell it is a fake offer. Safeguard yourself against any malware that they may try to get installed on your computer or device.

Never divulge more information anywhere on the website or the resume than required. If any more information is asked such as bank details, identity numbers, or any personal or financial information then please avoid such offers. You may fall into trouble.

Sign 3: If you have already signed on their website thinking it is legitimate. Look out if the company asks you any money. Any trail leading to asking money is a big indicator that job offer is a scam. Please do not send any money to anyone. No legitimate company will ask you a fee or money for giving you a job and they are usually interested in your skills. Scammers are never interested in your skills and just behind your money. At this step, if you feel that the job offer is fake and you have given out too much information than required, please take steps to safeguard your interests.

Sign 4: Monitor how they conduct your interviews. Nowadays it's fairly common to conduct interviews online. But the legitimate companies usually use licensed software or technologies to conduct the interview. Scammers usually avoid face to face interviews and rather conduct a telephonic interview or use emails or instant messaging for this purpose.

Sign 5: If you have already been shortlisted, please make sure you read the terms of employment carefully. Sometimes you are insisted to sign a time-bound contract. If you are not provided the option to leave the job at your will or if you are required to fulfill any condition before leaving the job, then it is better to reject such offers.  

Now let's have look at common scam techniques that you should avoid always or you are definitely up for some trouble.
  • Envelope stuffing or assembling something at home - such as crafts or gift items
  • Direct sales or multilevel marketing schemes
  • Business start-up kits distributed by conducting web seminars
  • Cashing checks/wire transfers
  • Becoming a product re-seller or wholesaler
  • Asking you to take up stock trading or conducting such schemes where you indirectly scam others
  • Directories of telecommuting jobs or businesses
  • Taking online surveys for a surprise gift
  • Mystery shopping for a fee or asking you to deposit cheques to evaluate any money transfer service.
  • Data entry/call centers
  • Some scammer also setup websites revealing the scam techniques and guiding users to legitimate prospects but which are actually fake.

I hope the knowledge provided in this article will help you recognize the "Work from Home Job Scams". If you feel you that you are scammed, please report it immediately. If you have given out any financial information such as credit card number contact your bank to block it and submit Customer Dispute Resolution Form to the bank where the funds have been sent and register a complaint where the scammer has an account. In addition, file a complaint with authorities like state fraud investigation Officer / Adjudicating Officer and the cyber crime cell.

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