Most people would love the benefits that come from working from home. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous organizations know this and try to make money by peddling work-from-home scams.
These scams can often be difficult to recognize at first, and many actually look legitimate. These warning signs will help you steer clear of work from home scams:
They require you to make a purchase upfront.
No legitimate job will ask you to pay for anything; you’re working for them for money, not the other way around. If any job asks you to pay for training materials or items to sell, avoid it. It’s most likely a scam.
They promise very high pay for little work.
In this case, the old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” applies. Any job that promises you can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars a week doing a few hours of work is not a legitimate job.
They rely on high pressure tactics.
Another sure sign of a scam is one that pressures you to act quickly. Promises to the first people who apply or claims that the employment opportunity is only good for the next 24 hours are often scams.
They have poor online reviews.
Do a quick Internet search of the company. If you can’t find the company online at all, if many people complain about the company, or if they have a bad rating from the Better Business Bureau, it’s best to avoid the company altogether.
They have vague or no information.
A company that promises you can make money from a work from home opportunity but doesn’t tell you anything about the opportunity is another sign of a scam. As with any job, a legitimate opportunity will be very specific about what they do and the type of employee they are looking for.
While there are many clues that a work-from-home opportunity isn’t legitimate, these are some of the most common and obvious indicators. When looking for opportunities to work from home, remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Trustee in Bankruptcy, David Smith, is Co-Founder of Personal Bankruptcy Canada and is dedicated to helping people resolve their debt problems and achieve financial health.
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