If you were looking for work from home jobs, you would have come across these scams. Home-based business and work-at-home opportunity scams rank very high on the list of the top types of Internet fraud. There are indeed lots of scammy websites which promise you to earn a ridiculous amount of money. Engineers are not exempted from these fictitious jobs. If you are not careful, you could face very unpleasant consequences in the loss of your identity, loss of your money and a ruined credit rating.
What are these scams?
This a get-rich-quick scam wherein a victim is attracted by a proposal to be employed at home, very often doing some simple task in a minimal amount of time with a large amount of income that far exceeds the market rate for the type of work. The real purpose of such a proposition is for the culprit to extort money from the victim, either by charging a fee to join the scheme, or requiring the victim to invest in products whose resale value is misrepresented.
The biggest reason scammers target this Work from home niche is that working from home is something which most of us really want to do.
"It's very hard to distinguish legitimate work-at-home programs from people who are just out to get your money."
With that caution in mind, you must know the 4 scam signals to navigate around the threats of finding work-at-home job. Knowing common specific scams is a start. If you notice one of these four features in an offer, you’re probably looking at scam bait:
4 SCAM SIGNALS
- Overseas Company. How can you work for a company that holds an ambiguous address or doesn’t even have a phone number to call?
- Absurd Offers. Is it too good to be true? Absolutely. It’s always too good to be true. The more absurd the offer, the higher are the odds that it’s a work from home scam.
- Vague Payment Structure. The payment plans with these get rich quick plans are typically poorly defined. You need to completely understand how you’ll be paid.
- Upfront Financial Investment. You have to invest thousands of money for an income-generating opportunity. A couple of hundred dollars upfront or a long-term commitment to an ambiguous work from home business on the Internet is always a poor choice.
If you think you might have recognized a legitimate work-at-home job, it's time to do some detective work. Legitimate work-at-home employers should be willing and able to answer a variety of questions about their programs.
Here are some questions to ask:
What tasks will I have to perform?
Will I be paid a salary, or will my pay be based on commission?
Who will pay me?
When will I get my first paycheck?
If the work-at-home employer answered convincingly all these questions but you still feel uneasy about the job offer, trust your instinct and run the other way.
There are legitimate ways to make money from home especially for the skilled engineers, but most of them will entail lots of tough effort. You basically won’t be able to make $1,000 per day doing them. I’m very sure that no one will offer you tons of money without you having to put in a lot of time and effort.
Don’t learn the hard way. Before being victimized by unscrupulous scammers, do your homework and checks very carefully.
Have you come across any scams in your journey of working from home?
Share your warnings and cautionary tales in the comments below, it will definitely help other engineers to stay away.
I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.
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