Legitimate Work From Home Jobs

April 14, 2014

Working from homeLegitimate work from home jobs may be very appealing however workers must be wary not to be trapped in a scam.  The idea of working from the comfort of your home and earning as much as you can is delightful. Thanks to technological advancement, there are many work from home jobs that pay very well. However, scammers have also found a way to reap from this very lucrative sector. As such identifying a legitimate work from home job from a fake one is an uphill task. It is therefore important that before you take up a job you ascertain its legitimacy. Below are tips to help you know whether a job is genuine or fake.

 

7 signs that a work from home job is a scam

 

1. Promises of huge payments for very minor tasks

Ideally there is a normal rate at which someone should get paid for doing a given portion of work. Most fake work at home job offers will promise to pay you even ten times the normal rate. Scammers are very intelligent and they also know that people are constantly in search of green pastures. For instance, a fake article writing website will promise to pay you over $100 more than the normal rate for performing the same task.

 

2. Demand for upfront payments

Most fake jobs would demand something like an entry or processing fee. Most times you are asked to pay with the promise of getting more in no time. Beware of such offers because the reason you are job searching is to get money. A genuine employer will focus more on your skills and not the money. Before you give out money research a lot on the background of the organization or website, and if it is a business ensure you have as much information as possible.

 

 3. So much pressure on you to act immediately

This is another very important warning sign. Most illegitimate work from home jobs especially internet based ones always have the act now button. Alternatively they might tell you that the job offer has a limited time period and after that you will never get it. Take some time before you wire money to such people. Once they receive your money, you will realize it was all a lie.

 

 4. No clear job descriptions

Scammers know the weakest point of job seekers and they hit it hard. A genuine academic writing site will emphasize more on writing skills and educational qualification. On the contrary, a fake one will have very vague job requirements things that are actually common sense. For instance they will talk about age, internet connection and citizenship. A genuine site will also mention these but will rank them second to your required qualifications and skills.

 

 5. Unprofessional emails

Emails play a big role in identifying the legitimacy of a company. Most scammers use personal email addresses, which do not at all represent any organization. In addition, most of their emails are normally received in the spam folder and are not well structured. Be on the lookout for such mails.

 

 6. Request for an online interview via messenger

Most scammers will request to have an interview via a social message tool, such as Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM). Also be cautious of this since most scammers like scheduling online interviews via YIM. Ideally, a genuine employer should interview you via phone or schedule a one on one interview. Most sites prefer you answering relevant questions online through a custom made application form.

 

 7. Request for personal and confidential information

Even if you agree to the interview, never give out your personal details like PayPal passwords, social security number and Bank Account PINs. For example a fake work at home job site would claim that payment is done through PayPal. As usual your PayPal email address will be required, and below that they will state you key in your PayPal password. Do not ever fall for giving any passwords that they want to steal from you.

 

The bottom line is to be very careful before you commit yourself to a work from home job offer. Search for the company online and if the search results do not add up, just don’t attempt it. Also read reviews, a genuine employer should have hundreds of positive reviews. Just be wary of paying anyone to employ you, it may not be a legitimate work from home.

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