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How to Tell If a Job Is a Scam


As more and more people are looking for work, unfortunately, there are more and more scams that promise work and deliver nothing, especially when it comes to working from home. Not only do these scams not lead to work but they bilk people out of their hard earned money. The following will outline tell-tale ways you can tell if a job is a scam – before you spend any money.

Never Pay for Information

One of the signs that a job is a scam is when the ad asks for money for information. Even if the information is touted to be “secret,” rest assured you can get the information for free. One popular scam targets those who want to work for the federal government. Ads appear online and in newspapers promising federal postal jobs and other federal jobs. However, you can get this information for free and the scammers have nothing to do with the federal government.

Never Pay to Work

One of the biggest red flags job seekers should notice is any company that has you pay an upfront fee to work. It may be called a processing charge or it may have a different name but the results are the same. You should be paid for your work from day one. Anytime someone asks you to pay in order to work, it is most likely a scam. Some scams involve sending money to a company for supplies so that you can earn money at home stuffing envelopes or processing rebates. Most people never even hear back from companies that run scams like this and those who do simply get information they could have gotten for free.

Don’t Fall for Overinflated Promises

Another red flag that is relatively easy to spot is when a company or ad promises astronomical earnings. If an ad for a work at home job promises you can earn $300 per day or $1,000 per week, you have to stop and ask yourself why everyone else isn’t working for that company. A simple rule of thumb applies here: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Never Give Out Your Financial Information

Companies that have genuine job opportunities don’t ask for your bank account number. Even if you are purchasing an information packet for the low, low price of $1, never give your financial information to a company that you don’t know. Sure, you may pay $1 right now for the information but then you may notice a much larger chunk missing out of your bank account next month. Real job opportunities don’t need your bank account number or credit card number.

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