How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Jobs from Home

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Jobs at Home ScamIt’s hard enough for many people to make ends meet in the world today without the criminal element trying to get a few bucks for themselves. Fraudulent activities happen all over the Internet and you need to be mindful of how to protect yourself when looking for jobs from home. Although there are several legitimate opportunities scattered about cyber-space, there are many more frauds that are looking to steal your money and/or personal information.

How to Tell if a Site is Legitimate for Jobs at Home?

Like the adage goes, “Everything that glitters isn’t always gold.” When something looks too good to be true, many times it is. In a world where people can easily steal your identity or empty your bank accounts, you need to be conscientious about the information you’re providing. How can you keep yourself protected from the criminal element when looking for jobs that you can do from home?

  • Never pay to be employed
  • Never buy starting packages or materials
  • Never use Bank ACH transfers for pay
  • Google Search companies before submitting your information
  • Don’t trust “testimonials”

Never Pay to Be Employed
Many sites on the Internet will insist that you pay a subscription fee to use their services. While some of these sites are in the grey area of being legitimate, I’ve never had respect for companies that charge people looking for work. You may pay the fee, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll find that work-at-home job. This also includes paying for “money making secrets” and the like. Legitimate companies will not ask you for a single dime.

Work at Home ScamsNever Buy Starting Packages
A common scheme is the use of allowing you to buy a starting package or materials in order to begin working. This was common more than a decade ago with envelope stuffing. While some of these companies were legitimate, the criminal element found it easy to defraud individuals by ripping them off with these starting materials. The only tools you should need to work from home is your computer and perhaps specific software such as Photoshop for graphic designers and similar products depending on your skills.

Never Use Bank ACH Transfers for Payment
Providing someone with your bank’s routing number, account number and the name on the account allows them to use that information for fraudulent purchases. This is one of the driving forces that has allowed sites such as PayPal to be widely accepted as a method of payment. With sites such as PayPal, all that is needed is the email address linked to the account. You don’t even need to provide your real name to the client.

Google Search Companies Before Submitting Your Info
If you run a search regarding a company in Google, you can discover quite a bit of information about the organization. This is especially true if you add the term “fraud,” “scam” or “review.” The Internet provides everyone with a voice and if he or she has been ripped off by a company, the person will gladly blast it on the world wide web…especially on social forums and sites.

Don’t Trust “Testimonials”
I’ve never put stock in testimonials. Anyone can use a stock photo of a person and add any text he or she wants in order to make a product look and feel legitimate. In fact, many reviews on the Internet are becoming less reliable as companies will pay writers to fake a few facts in order to improve the organization’s reputation. While may seem like a testimonial for TextBroker most of the time, all I can say is that everything here is based on personal experience. All you can really do is trust my word or not. But that is beside the point.

It may take a bit of digging in order to find legitimate jobs to do from home. Don’t get too excited when you come across a “golden” opportunity for you may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Too many people are looking for a way to make a quick buck by ripping others off. Do what you can to protect yourself and your bank accounts.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 6,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel.

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