How to Avoid Scams When Searching for Legitimate Work From Home Jobs

How to Avoid Scams When Searching for Legitimate Work From Home Jobs

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Finding a legitimate work from home job can seem nearly impossible. For every authentic work from home job, there are five scams. If you do not know or understand where and how to find these jobs, you can be searching for years with no success. This article will explain where to find a legitimate work from home job and how to avoid the millions of scams and false jobs.

Misrepresentations vs. Scams
The major drawback of major job sites is that they do not check every job and are susceptible to posting a lot of business opportunities and misrepresentations. Although misrepresented jobs are not scams, they often describe the job in an incorrect or misleading way. For example, there are thousands of work-at-home positions that claim they are data entry, but when you learn what the person has to do for the job – you realize it does not fit the job description. Many of these jobs are just sales or commission jobs where the person has to sell something in order to get paid. Scams are more sneaky because they make the job seeker believe it’s an actual position and request a fee for processing and then take your money and run.

Never Pay For Anything
No job requires a fee to start working. A job may ask you to purchase software or equipment to perform the job, but a real company will never request a fee for processing to get started. Most remote job seekers already have the software and equipment needed for a job because they read the job description and made sure they have what is necessary before they apply. Never send anyone money for any reason, the employer is supposed to pay YOU not the other way around.

Do not give out your bank account information or pay for work
Do not give out your bank account information or pay for work

Keep Your Personal Information Private
Another way job seekers get swindled is giving scammers personal information such as bank details. There are hundreds of stories of unsuspecting people giving someone their bank account numbers and having the account emptied or cashing checks and being on the line for thousands of dollars. Accept payments from safe sources such as PayPal where your email address is the only thing needed or the old-fashioned way by bank check.

Research Your Employer
The most overlooked thing most job seekers forget to do is research the company they are going to work for in the future. Employers will need to get your social security number for tax purposes so you must make sure the company is legitimate with no red flags or complaints from employees. Checking out a company is easier than ever with the Internet, all you need to do is put the company’s name in the search box and you can begin your query.

Research your employer thoroughly before accepting the position
Research your employer thoroughly before accepting the position

Search Only Major Job Sites
Major job sites like Indeed and specific sites for work-at-home jobs such HEA-Employment.com are great sources for legitimate work from home job opportunities. Indeed has millions of regular and remote jobs and HEA-Employment.com has thousands of work-at-home positions that have been verified and authenticated.

Most of these warnings are common sense for basic protection, but as scams become more creative and inventive – job seekers and people, in general, have to be vigilant to stay one step ahead of the scam artists to be safe and sound.

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