Working virtually has many perks – you get to work from anywhere in the world, you set your own hours and rates, you’re not tied down to most “traditional” standards. However, there are a few disadvantages – one of these being: Scams.
Scams have been around since the beginning of time, no doubt. With the rise of more home-based workers the number of scams has risen because it is so easy to manipulate via the internet. I’m sure we’ve all encountered a scam or two in our lifetime. Nonetheless, here are some tips and tricks on identifying a scam when you encounter one and how to deal with it.
Identifying a Scam
Some scams are very easy to identify. So easy, in fact, that a third grader would probably tell you “this looks fishy”. However, there are these vindictive and manipulative folks out there who carefully construct scams. Online scams can not only cause someone to feel hesitant or completely turn away from working online but can be very harmful to our financial security and simply: security.
Scam artists do what they do for a number of reasons: Maybe – they’re just bored or maybe they’re an identity thieve. For whatever reason – we as virtual workers need to protect ourselves, our information and our lives. If a scam artist gets their hands on one bit of information – anything could happen, literally.
Here are some tips for identifying an online job scam:
- You’re offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer.
- The “company” asks you to wire money or asks for credit card information.
- The company asks for personal information such as a social security number or driver’s license number.
- High pay is ‘guaranteed’ for little to no work.
- The company asks you to purchase a credit report as part of the “application process”.
- The company says that you have to pay for training.
- You’re asked to cash a check (sometimes, that they will send you) and forward a percentage of the money to a third party.
- The salary details are vague.
If you’re still unsure if you’re fallen into a scam or not; it is highly suggested to check out the company.
Legit and verifiable American and Canadian businesses can be researched at the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) research the company on this website and see if a search comes back with any information. If there is no information trust that the company is fraudulent and the job offering is a scam.
If you’ve encountered a scam – report it on a job scam listing website so you can protect others from being scammed.
Now I want to hear from you – Have you been scammed? If so, tell me you’re story!