There are millions of people interested in career jobs that allow them to work at home. Which is great because telecommuting is on the rise. More and more companies are now offering legitimate work at home jobs. According to a Gallup poll, almost 37% of U.S. workers telecommute.
Unfortunately, this job field is fast becoming filled with telecommuting job scams. As a result, fraudsters have upped their game from unskilled job scams such as:
- Mystery shopping
- Stuffing envelopes
- Work at home data entry
- Rebate and check processing
to more professional occupations.
According to FastCompany, telecommuting job scams are showing up in all career fields. Scam artist often impersonate trusted big name companies like GE, Google, Bank of America and American Express by using well known brand logos on fake websites. This in turn gets unsuspecting job seekers to let their guard down. Making it easier to take advantage of them.
Scammy Signs of Telecommuting Job Scams
If you are in the market for a telecommuting job, here are 12 warning signs you want to be aware of:
- The information about the job is vague, i.e., start date, starting salary, work hours, etc.
- You can never reach anyone by phone, or the phone always goes to voicemail.
- You don’t receive important employment documents before starting work like: employee handbook, policy and procedure manual, W-4, etc.
- Early requests for your personal information such as your date of birth, bank account information, etc.
- Requires that you pay an application fee.
- Requests that you pass and/or pay for a background check even before you interview for the job.
- Unusual requests to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, etc.
- The correspondence from the email is sent to and from a free email account like:Yahoo.com, Hotmail.com, Live.com, etc.
- The officer or senior executive of the company email correspondence doesn’t end with the organization’s domain name.
- Offers advertising “hidden,” “secret” or unadvertised federal jobs.
- Ads that refer you to a toll-free phone number that in turn direct you to other pay-per-call numbers (like 900 numbers) for more information.
- The job offer is made via text message.
These are just a few signs to be aware of. Unfortunately, there are still plenty more work – at – home job scams out there.
To protect yourself and avoid telecommuting job scams:
- Search for work at home opportunities on career sites that are well known like Indeed or Monster.
- If you receive an offer for employment, research the company on Glassdoor.com or do a simple Google search to ensure the offer is legit, i.e., “Company’s name + scam”
If your dream is to find a career job that will allow you to work at home, don’t let the fear of being scammed stop you from making your dream a reality. There are more opportunities than ever before to make a living from home and NOT get scammed. Just keep in mind, if the job offer sounds to good to be true, seems suspicious or things just don’t add up, then it’s probably a telecommuting job scam.
For legitimate work from home opportunities, be sure to check out this post “5 Sites to Find Work at Home Career Opportunities.”