According to the Federal Trade Commission, people tricked by work-at-home ads have lost thousands of dollars, not to mention their time and energy. Stay current on common work-at-home scams.
Being self-employed can be a very rewarding experience, but it’s important to watch out for scams and common mistakes as you explore your options and once you get under way.
Avoiding Work From Home Scams
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Scams can take many forms. You can be “hired” and never get paid. You can be asked for an up-front fee and receive nothing in return. You can be scammed for your information and become the victim of identity theft. You can even unwittingly become part of illegal activities.
What’s particularly worrying about these offers is that they can appear on typical and popular job search websites. Many people fall victim to these scams every day. However, you can protect yourself by being aware of common warning signs:
- The job claims that no skills are required
- The job offers high pay for little/no work
- The job advertises job search sites (most legitimate work-at-home opportunities are done through referrals)
- The job requires you to pay money up front
The best way to identify a legitimate work-from-home opportunity is to research the company you are looking at. If you think anything about it sounds suspicious, walk away. Many companies offer valid work-from-home opportunities; you just need to exercise caution when identifying them.