How to Avoid Work from Home Scams
Finding a job online is an easy task, but landing on a legit deal can be challenging. While you may view a specific online job as an opportunity to add an income stream, it may be a chance for an unscrupulous individual/company to scam you. So, should you give up on your dream of finding a reliable online job? Definitely no; instead, read this guide as it contains all the pointers and advice you need to avoid scams when searching for a job online.
Strategies you can use to spot or detect a scam job online
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned freelancer, Google is the most effective tool you can use to know the company’s intentions in posting job vacancies online.
The easiest way to learn about a company is by searching the company’s name with the keyword ‘review.’ The results for this highly effective search will mainly show you the experience of past employees had with the company.
Reviews can be positive or negative, so you need to evaluate them and gauge whether the company is worth giving a shot or not.
Expert tip: Go beyond the first Google results page as most negative reviews are hidden in the subsequent pages.
What do scammer companies depict on Google?
- Too many negative reviews from people who’ve worked for them in the past
- Rude responses when asked questions pertaining to their brand
- Failure to respond to questions at all
- Too little or lack of any information on Google
- Fake promises in the job descriptions
Follow your intuition…
After Google, your intuition will always be right about the legitimacy of a company posting for jobs online. The general rule here is- never settle for a deal you’re uncomfortable getting into and never think twice about walking away.
Note that a legitimate employer will not force you to take a quick decision about accepting the job. They’ll also not try hard to convince you that their job posting is authentic.
Before making a decision, check how the company deals with the job posting and only accept what your intuition guides you to.
In addition to the above two strategies, ask yourself the following questions to know if an online job posting is legit or not.
Is the company making exaggerated claims?
Such claims include:
- High pay rates for an entry-level worker
- Get-rich-fast promises
- Claims that the job is only active for a short period
- Job posts that do not need any experience
If you observe these claims in the job posting, you must proceed with caution not to fall victim to a scam.
Is the company publicly visible?
Never trust a company you find hard to get their contact information, past and present activities online. Any company with fake, hidden, or contradicting information online should be avoided at all costs.
How is their social media?
Nowadays, no serious company would overlook the power of social media and hence it’s an effective tool to determine whether the company in question is legit or not.
Start by evaluating if they have real social media accounts, then check how active they are and how they respond to questions. Only strike a deal with a company that has a standard social media presence and behaviour.
Social media is also a great place to read testimonials and reviews of past employees. You can even contact some of the employees who’ve commented to know more about the kind of experience they had with the company.
Finally, a company that has been featured on major social media platforms will make a post of it online to build its credibility. Such companies are definitely worth a try.
Evaluate a company’s authenticity on the following websites…
1. Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Most unauthentic businesses lie about being BBB members and may even post a fake BBB logo on their website. Copy the website’s URL and do a manual check on the BBB site to know if it’s really registered.
Looking to join a direct sales company? DSA.org is a reliable site to check it out. Although not all direct sales entities are DSA.org members, the registered ones have an assurance of legitimacy since they’re expected to follow specific ethical rules.
Glassdoor.com not only allows you to search for jobs online but also read reviews about various companies. Just search the name of the company and evaluate the reviews of the past employees. You can also check how they’re rated on the platform.
If you are focused on building on your career with an online job, Indeed is a great platform to search for vacancies. Here you’re allowed to post your resume and attract clients that think you meet their criteria. If anyone contacts you, do a background search (using the above methods) to know if they’re a scammer or not.
This is a community of freelancers and a go-to platform for anyone looking to post when they’ve been conned online. If you are looking for information about a specific company, WAHM.com is a platform you can trust.
Don’t be a desperate freelancer- there’re always legit opportunities that you can invest your time and effort into. Just search jobs online with caution and always stay on the safe side. If something looks suspicious, drop it and search for another deal rather than risking your time and money. Leverage the above tips and you’