6 Clues for Spotting a Job Scam

Do you know what clues to watch out for when spotting a job scam? There are many work at home job ads posted in newspapers and website career sites daily, with many of them being for legitimate jobs. However, there are also ads posted by scammers hoping that you will apply for them so they can capture your personal information for illegal use. In order to protect yourself online and avoid scammers, here are six clues that a job ad in a scam.

Never Pay to Work

There are an abundance of online work at home job scams that ask for money upfront to pay for memberships, special equipment, access to information or fees for background checks or training. This should be a red flag for anyone searching for a work at home job. A legitimate employer will never ask you to pay anything to work for their company.

Processing Payments Scams

This is one of the more recent money laundering scams that criminals use to try and trick people into giving them access to bank accounts. Scammers post job ads or send phishing emails to job seekers asking them to accept payments for them from their offshore accounts in exchange for a certain percentage for cashing the checks at their bank accounts. This is not only illegal, as the checks are fake; it’s dangerous to your freedom as you can be arrested for check cashing fraud.

Accepting Packages for Pay

One of the work at home scams commonly seen is the accepting packages for others at home scheme. A “company” representative contacts you asking you to accept UPS or FedEx packages from them, then you are asked to repackage and ship the items in the boxes to others in exchange for a payment concealed in the boxes. This is completely illegal because the packages come from scammers who steal people’s money online then claim the packages were not received, defrauding the carriers with false insurance claims.

Duplicate Ads on Free Sites

One of the best tip-off’s to job seekers is seeing duplicate copies of a job ad plastered all over free online job posting sites. Often, scammers will pay others to post their ads for them for pennies in every city in the world, hoping to snare more unsuspecting job seekers. If you see the same ad being posted over and over again online, avoid it like the plague as its probably a scam.

Personal Information Requests

Be careful with the kinds of information that you give out to anyone online. That includes when responding to work at home job ads. If you are asked to provide your social security number, personal address or bank account information you are probably dealing with a scammer. Never give out this information unless you are offered a legit job, have spoken with an actual live person and know you are dealing with a real company. You will be asked to fill out a W-4 form if the company is legit.

Sounds Too Good to Be True

Using common sense when applying for work at home jobs can go a long way to protecting you from scammers. The old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” goes for work at home job ads too. If an ad states you can get rich or make thousands each month by working part time, you are most likely reading a job ad placed by a scammer. Avoid being the victim of identity theft or getting scammed by passing on these get rich quick schemes.