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Avoiding Work at Home Scams

How to Differentiate Work at Home Jobs from Scams


Tips for Avoiding Work From Home Scams:

There are more work from home job scams than there are real work from job listings, so, job seekers need to be really careful when searching for and evaluating work at home job listings. Presume that the position is a scam, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. Take the time to research the position, the company including talking to other people who work there. That way, you wont be scammed and you will be using your best efforts and best judgment to find a legitimate work from home job.


  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • Evaluate every listing you look at very carefully. Find out if there's a salary or if you're paid on commission. Ask how often are you paid. Ask what equipment (hardware/software) you need to provide. Find out what support the company provides.
  • If you get an unsolicited email telling you that a company that you have never heard of wants to hire you for a job where you don't need experience or skills and can make a lot of money, trash it. There's lots of scams out there, some of which are personalized and sound quite legitimate.
  • Be careful of listings that guarantee you wealth or financial success or that will help you get rich fast from home. They will probably do none of the above.
  • Do not send money! Legitimate employers don't charge you to get started or for anything else.
  • Also, don't send money for work at home directories or start-up kits. Free information and job listings are available online.
  • Ask for references - request a list of other employees or contractors to see how this has worked for them.

Work at Home Suggestions:

  • Be flexible - consider freelance work or projects as well as full-time employment. At least it will get you started.
  • Employed now? Ask your employer about the possibility of working some hours from home.
  • Be patient and be prepared to spend a lot of time weeding through scams and junk listings to get to legitimate openings.

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