Work From Home Job Offers – Can You Trust Them?

By consistently reviewing the most up to date marketing information and online business tips available today you can protect yourself against work from home scams and fraudsters out to rob you of your money. I was spring cleaning my personal e-mail box the other day a another Work From Home Scam Job Offer which prompted me to write a discussion on this topic as I have seen a few of these around lately.

A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from an Australian Job site called CareerOne. This e-mail was a “work from home job offer” which entailed using one of my bank accounts to move extremely large sums of money, from one account to another, and offered me a large commission of funds.

Now, the alarm bells went off and I immediately reported it, I knew this was a work from home scam but how many people out there new to the Internet would recognise this as a work from home scam? It would be very tempting for someone who is genuinely seeking a legitimate Internet Business Income to innocently jump at such an apparent opportunity. Unfortunately without realising, they unintentionally end up breaking many laws.

Work from home scams are often conducted through spam e-mails, ads in classified sites and on noticeboards or forums. Most are not legitimate work from home job offers. In fact, many of them are a front for money laundering scams, an upfront payment scam or a pyramid scheme. You may receive an e-mail offering a job where you use your bank account to receive and pass on payments for a foreign company, just as I did. They promise to pay you commission for each payment you pass on. The money you are transferring could be part of a money laundering ring and you could end up in serious trouble for being a part of this. Sometimes they are just after your bank account details, cleaning you out after you hand over your details.

You could also be offered a ‘work from home job’ for doing something like stuffing envelopes or typing ads. You are required to pay for a starter kit or administration/joining fee before you can get started. However, once the money is paid, you may receive nothing at all, or simply a set of instructions on how to con other people into joining the same scheme. They proliferate the Net. I actually saw one of these typing work from home ads in my local Messenger just the other day. They wanted a $199 start up fee.

KNOW THIS

Legitimate Online Job Sites will never send you unsolicited e-mail offering you jobs. Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money here are the scammers. Be highly suspicious of products or schemes that claim to have guaranteed income or winnings. Be highly suspicious of work from home job offers that require you to pay an upfront fee. You should not have to pay for a work from home job. Money laundering is a criminal offence: NEVER under any circumstances agree to transfer money for someone else. NEVER send money, or give credit card or online account details to any company or person that cannot be verified. Do not open suspicious or unsolicited e-mails (spam): delete them.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Before responding to a work from home job, try to find out if the company is reputable and well known. If the work from home job offer involves transferring money for someone else, ask yourself if you really want to get involved in something that could be money-laundering and likely to attract police attention. If you are concerned that they are using a legitimate company as a front ask for a direct phone number to the company they are representing and check it out. Check the website address they have given matches the company name and telephone number. There are a number of ways for you to verify their identity. If they cannot provide you with this information, avoid them like the plague.

If you think you may have received a work from home offer that you think is a scam, or if you have responded to a job advertisement that you now realise is a work from home scam, report it to the SCAMwatch website. If you have received an unsolicited e-mail from a well known Job Site, report it to them. This will help others from falling victim themselves.

In summary, remember: be suspicious of unsolicited e-mails, do a background check, and never pay for a work from home job. If you are looking to start an Internet Based Business Opportunity; that is different to a work from home job. Legitimate Internet Business Income Opportunities have start up costs but these are usually for items like website hosting, marketing tools, and advertising costs. Take the time to look around and think through any decision to sign up to a program or Internet Business Income Opportunity before taking the plunge. In doing so, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and heartache.