According to the average American, remote work is an essential part of their perfect life scheme, which gives them more time for friends and family, as well as independence from dress-codes and freedom from public transport in the peak hours. Unfortunately, the number of legitimate job positions which make it possible to work from home is quite low compared to the demand for them. For instance, Flexjobs, a website for remote and flexible work, shows that for every real telecommuting job, there are 60–70 scam postings designed to steal money, identity or even involve candidates in criminal activities. To find out more about spotting typical ‘job from home’ scam schemes, as well as how to find real job opportunities with flexible hours, keep reading this page.
Fake remote job opportunities often promise victims to get rich easy, fast, and explain that anyone can do it. Postings that include 100% guarantees of easy money, or highlight making a lot of money in only a few hours of work are likely scams. You can spot a fraud if it involves you sending money up front, as no legitimate employer will charge you any fees before giving a job. Other suspicious features include a lack of specific job responsibilities in the job description, generic qualifications for candidates and an interview that is conducted only via online chat, with no calls or in-person meetings.
Work from home scams that are attempting to steal your identity can be a bit trickier to detect, as it’s common for employers to ask new and potential employees for personal information. Many companies like to run background checks on prospective hires, and they need your social security number to report your wages to the government. However, it’s unusual for a lawful company to ask for your social security number as part of your job application, or immediately after you get hired before any paperwork is presented or signed. You should only give your social security number to a company after you have accepted an offer, signed new hire paperwork and begun some kind of onboarding process. If you’re still suspicious, you can try to verify a company’s legitimacy by asking for its official IRS employer identification number, or EIN, and researching it. You should be wary of any companies that ask for more information than necessary, such as your driver’s license number or credit card number, as well as those that hire you immediately after inquiry without much of an interview process.
While work from home scams can take many forms, most scammers like to stick with the same handful of tricks because they reliably fool people. These are some of the most common kinds of work from home scams you might encounter.
Even with all the scams lurking out there, it’s still possible to find real jobs that let you work from home or work according to your own schedule, but many of them require specialized skills or training. Accountants, web developers and IT specialists all have a high capacity for finding remote work, those jobs require degrees, certifications or extensive self-motivated training to attain. Virtual assistant, virtual call center and translation jobs are easier to get, though they require expertise in administration, customer service and fluency in multiple languages, respectively. While you can sometimes find these jobs using social media or Craigslist, you have a much better chance of finding legitimate opportunities if you research established companies that hire workers and contract them out, such as American High Tech Transcription and Reporting Incorporated for transcribers and translators. As noted above, if you’re interested in being a secret shopper, you can contact the MSPA to find legitimate mystery shopping companies and networking conferences.
Ultimately, it comes down to trusting your gut and checking the info about the company online. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be afraid to do your research and take time to think through a decision, and avoid any potential employer that puts pressure on you to make an instant decision. If working from home is your goal, stay sharp and don’t let scammers take advantage of your dream.
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