5 Signs a Work-at-Home Job is a Scam

November 14th, 2013


You’re looking for a good work-at-home job.

You’ve heard a lot about how various online jobs can bring in some pretty good income. It sounds great, and you want to try it out.

So you excitedly search the web and click on some advertised work-at-home jobs. One of them looks promising: full-time work, a very high salary, and no experience required! Sounds like a dream!

But as you read closer, something doesn’t seem to add up. The job is tempting, so tempting that you’re even willing to pay to get it. And guess what, you find out that you have to pay for it!


Unfortunately, a lot of people are disillusioned by work-at-home jobs because of this kind of scenario. So it’ll serve you well to know a few signs an advertised work-at-home job is a scam.

1. The ads are all over the web, including your email.

Most scammers use sponsored links and other paid online ads to advertise their “work-at-home” opportunities. You’ll usually see  these on the very top of your web search or on the right-hand side. The ads make big promises and low work expectations.

And if you once made the mistake of giving them your email address,  you get incessant emails asking you to sign up, not stopping until you reply. Their websites are poorly done and are filled with other blinking or colorful banners bearing the same false promises.

Remember: Although there are legitimate companies and employers who use paid ads to spread the word about job opportunities, many prefer using more targeted methods such as established and reputable job sites. Companies also actively promote job openings on their own websites.

2. It requires a hefty payment before you can get a job.

If an advertised work-at-home job asks you to pay for a “startup” or “training” fee or give a downpayment for a training kit, beware. Websites of work-at-home job scams make it easy for job seekers to give away their money. You look all over the website that the ad links back to but aside from the easily visible form for your credit card information, you can’t find any solid contact details.

Remember: This should ring a lot of warning bells, especially since the Federal Trade Commission makes it clear that no one should be forced to pay to get a job. Most legitimate job websites often work the other way around, asking employers to pay to post legit jobs on their websites while job seekers are given free access to job listings.

3. The “dream job” promises unbelievable rewards.

Scammers like to hype up their job opportunities, promising job seekers that they’ll earn hundreds of dollars per hour or thousands per week. They also like to use big names, claiming that they were featured in big newspaper websites like the New York Times or USA Today or that they’re work-at-home employees are used by big companies.

Remember: Always remember this adage when looking for a work-at-home job: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Research reviews about the company offering the job first.

4. The job ad uses emotional and pressure pitches.

Scam jobs often use aggressive pitches. They “sell to” instead of “invite” job seekers. They go for the emotional approach wherein their ads target a person’s emotional vulnerability, saying things like, “Get the life you deserve,” or “A better lifestyle awaits you.” They also use pressure pitches, requiring you to decide right away. If a job ad involves a countdown timer, a “limited positions” or “last chance” warning, keep your distance.

Remember: Most of these “time-sensitive” opportunities are often advertise for months and months at a time. You’d think with all the great rewards they claim to give, they’d find enough people to fill in their positions.

5. The job description doesn’t require experience.

Since scam jobs aren’t really looking for real workers (and just want to rip you off), they actually boast about their “no experience required” policy. The ads they use aren’t targeted. Anyone from everywhere can apply, get a job, and earn big bucks… as long as you pay them first.

Remember: Legit opportunities, on the other hand, require you to give sensible information, have skills, and list two or three references. There’s also an interview, either online or through phone. In short, there’s a screening process which serves to make sure that you are who you say you are and that you’re qualified for the job

There are legitimate work-at-home jobs out there!

There are legitimate jobs out there that can earn you extra money or even a full-time income. But applying for a work-at-home job online exposes you to some risks, so you have to be careful and picky about the jobs you consider. Learn to protect yourself by knowing when to seriously consider or stay away from a work-at-home job ad by remembering these warning signs.

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