Scammers, spammers, and other unsavory types love to prey on people who want to work from home. They’ll try and sell you “secrets,” make you pay beaucoup bucks for “hidden” job leads you can find online for free, and have you do a lot of work for little or no money.
While we all agree telecommuting is an ideal situation, it’s not worth losing money or sleep over. That’s why it’s so important to understand exactly what you’re getting into before applying for any job.
Here are a few sure signs a job is too good to be true.
Exclamation points, all caps, and dollar signs
People who are hiring for legitimate jobs won’t try and oversell the job. It’s easy enough to spot a “perfect” job from the job description itself and not from a hard sell from the client or employer. Multiple exclamation points and dollar signs are a sure sign of a work from home scam.
Promises of huge sums of money
Do you really think you can make $20K a month from the comfort of your own home, with no experience? I mean, yeah, we’d all love to earn that much but if it was that easy don’t you think we’d all be doing it?
Making you pay for training
Job training is normal and every job has some sort of orientation period. However, any training costs come out of the employer’s pocket. There is never an acceptable time when an employee has to pay for his or her own training in order to work. Moreover, you should never pay for (or undergo) training for a job before you’re even accepted. A good rule of thumb is that any “job” requiring you to put money down in order to work from home is a scam.
Vague job description
Have you ever seen a job ad promising the world but offering very little in the way of information? You should know exactly what a job entails and what’s expected of you upon reading a job ad. You should know what kind of job you’re applying for, what kind of position you’re applying for, and the experience level. If you read a job through and still can’t figure out what you’d be doing and who you’d be doing it for, beware.
Vague company details and murky information
You should always know who you’ll be working with. If a potential client or employer doesn’t want to give you details about the company name, location, or type of business, and if you’re dealing with anonymous, generic email addresses, it’s best you walk away. Quickly.
You’re asked for your credit card or bank account details before you’re even hired
There’s never any reason to give an employer credit card or bank deposit information during the application period. If a potential employer is more interested in receiving your bank details over your resume, he probably has only one thing in mind — and it’s not hiring you.
You’re hired immediately
There is never any reason for someone to hire you without an interview. No one would ever hire anyone to represent his or her brand without knowing that person is the best candidate for the job. If you’re hired from the get-go, you’re about to get scammed. Beware.
Poor reviews online
Before agreeing to work for anyone online, give them a Google. See if you can find out what past employees are saying. Check the Better Business Bureau, Rip Off Report, and others to make sure there are no black marks against them.
No skills necessary
I don’t know about you, but if I’m hiring for an important, high paying, work from home job with lots of exclamation points, I want to be sure I’m hiring someone who knows what s/he’s doing. If an ad promises all this wonderful stuff, but no experience is needed, walk away. What they’re really saying is “We’re looking for gullible people to scam.”
Interview is handled via email or IM
Businesses want to hire the best possible people to represent their brand. You can’t find “the best” with a few email or IM questions. Job seekers also need to know who they’re working with. You can’t determine anything about a business or employee from a few email questions. If someone refuses to talk on the phone or meet face to face, ask yourself why.
Don’t let your desire to work from home cloud over your ability to smell a rat. If a job seems too good to be true, it’s because it is.