Internet fraud in the online employment community is at an epidemic level. The people who perpetrate these scams are extremely intelligent and prey on people looking for online employment.
Signs an Online job is a scam:
#1. It seems too good to be true:
These low life’s prey on desperate people. They make the job pay some incredible wage for a small amount of work. If you are getting $50 dollars an hour for typing or coding you can be assured it is a fake.
Expect to put a lot of work into an online business with maybe no pay for several months. If you are starting your own business online expect to be putting in a lot of time that maybe uncompensated.
There are few jobs that you can do online where if you don’t have the required education or degree that you are going to get the job. Expect the same salary you would be making or less if you were going to a regular job. If you make minimum wage on the outside don’t expect to get paid 100, 000 plus online with with no experience. REMEMBER IF IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBALLY IS!!!
#2. Is The Prospective Employer Asking for Personal Information:
It should be an automatic red flag if your future online employer is asking for your personal information. When you are inquiring about an online job your employer should not be asking for you bank account numbers, social security number, personal phone number, family income… If this happens this is a huge red flag.
What could be happening is your putting yourself at risk for identify theft, having your finances ruined and having your personal information sold to a third party. Be careful out there!!!
#3. What is the Employment You are Applying for:
If you are not an engineer and you are applying for engineering work and they say they will train you , you know something is wrong. Be careful if the employer is not specific in what they are looking for. For example, must be a citizen, 18 years old and can type. Well that is most everyone looking for job.
The employer should be specific and detailed in what they expect of you. For Example “Looking for Registered Nurse with 10 years ICU experience to consult on medical legal briefs for Law Firm…”.
#4. Do all your own research:
Who is this company? Look on the internet for possible scams with this company. Don’t be afraid to ask people who you trust for advice. Check with the BBB, and authorities in your area. If you think an employment company is a scam or does not feel right report it to the federal trade commission. Go with your gut feeling if it does not feel right, it probably isn’t.
#5. You should not be paying any money upfront to anyone:
If online employer is asking for money to get a job. Stay away!!! You should stay as far away as you can. Never pay to get employment!!! The chances of it being a scam are almost 100%. You can kiss that money good bye!!!
#6 Interview is done on IM:
Even though we live in a computerized society most interviews are done in person or by some media such as Skype. If the interview is done by instant messaging this should be a huge red flag. This is saying they are totally a scam or they do not think you are important enough to spend the time to interview.
#7 You are Automatically Hired:
Online job interviews should not be much different than in person interviews. An interview should be a way for both you and the employer to feel each other out. There are probably numerous candidates and you should expect the employer to get back to you not hire you on the spot. If you are hired on the spot this is a huge red flag and should make you question the legitimacy of the job.
#8. You get overpaid for your Work:
If you get overpaid for the work you do you can almost bet it is a scam. The employer overpays you then you send money back. Then you find out that the check you were overpaid with is not good. This is a common scam that is found online. Once again you will never see that money again!!!
#9. Does not Appear Professional:
If the posting for the job does not appear professional this could indicate that the job is a scam.
#10. If it’s from Overseas and Online Stay Away:
There are so many oversea scams with online employment. If you are interested in an overseas job online I would research it online. Check every possible source available regarding the company. Look for every angle of a scam. Use the above information as a guide. Then decide if you feel comfortable with it. Personally I would not work in a job from overseas online!!!
#11 SOMETHING JUST DOES NOT SEEM RIGHT:
As human we have an innate ability to feel when something is not right. Go with that gut instinct. If it does not feel right just stay away from it. No matter how good it sounds. IF IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBALLY IS!!!
I hope the above information was useful. If you have been scammed online please contact the authorities. Can you also share with everyone here who scammed you and how, so we can let everyone know. Also if you have an excellent online job also share that.
Remember be safe out there!!! Happy job hunting!!!