We all have heard about people who work from home. This brings many appealing images about working without having to leave the bedroom and complete a full-day's work with ease and free of stress.
If you get a job offer to work from home, how can you know it is not a scam that instead of making your dreams come true, you would get into a nightmare very hard to get out of?
There are a few things you should do in order to protect yourself. Look for red flags that warn you about dangers you may find ahead.
Red Flag Number 1: You Have to Pay Upfront
If you receive a job offer to work from home and one of the first steps is to send some money, your chances of begin scammed are high. They may say it is to cover the cost of setting up an account, or to pay for the mailing of paperwork. Whatever it is, you are running the risk of never seeing that money or job again.
Red Flag Number 2: You Have to Buy Materials
There other proposals where you have to buy raw materials from them, build or assemble a product and they promise to buy the end-product back from you, but these articles may be rejected for not meeting the quality or deadline expected. There are many other excuses they can use to reject the job you performed leaving you without reimbursing your initial investment.
Red Flag Number 3: Too Much Information from You
One of the most valuable things we own these days is our identity. People who steal them and then sell them know that the one form that contains everything they need is the Employment Application Form. If you receive an Employment Application Form asking for too much information, you should beware of the danger; especially when it comes from a company you don’t know.
Red Flag Number 4: The Clerk Scam
I have received several e-mails from companies that claim to be located outside the US and need somebody to help them cash the checks. The job consists in depositing the checks into my personal account and then send this money via wire transfer to a bank account abroad. So this company abroad will get their money on the same day I send it and a week later the bank might let me know that the check was rejected, or didn’t have funds, therefore it will be deducted from my account.
Red Flag Number 5: Too Good to Be True
Many offers t work at home seem to be too good to be true and often are. Don’t send money in order to get a job. Be vigilant and research every company you want to work with.