Today I Learned...
t's easy to get scammed, and remote work is a popular scammer's target. But there are red flags that should tip you off if you're dealing with someone who is trying to take advantage of your desire to work from home. If you know what those red flags look like, then you won't fall victim to these scams.
It's easy to get scammed.
The most common scams happen at the interview stage, so you need to be careful about the company's legitimacy and reputation. If you're not careful, you could waste a lot of time on a remote work opportunity that doesn't pan out.
The most common scams happen at the interview stage.
The most common scams happen at the interview stage, when scammers try to get you to pay them before they hire you. They may say they need money to cover expenses like background checks or transportation costs, but these are often just a way to get workers' bank accounts and personal information. If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, it probably is—and it's definitely a scam!
There are red flags before you get scammed.
There are several indications that can help you decide whether or not a remote job is legitimate.Some scams have commonalities; others may be unique. Here are some types of scams you should watch out for when applying for jobs:
- Being asked for money upfront - This is the most obvious sign that a job is a scam. If you're asked to pay money before starting a new job or getting paid for it then something's clearly not right.
- Inexperience - Many scammers will pose as newbies who want your help learning how to do their job better and faster so they can get started earning money sooner rather than later (and so they don't have much experience with what they're trying to sell). Don't fall for this trick!
- Unprofessionalism - There's no reason why someone would ask you about your personal life unless they were trying to distract from something shady going on behind the scenes (like them being fake). A company should never ask these kinds of questions until after hiring someone because it's just plain unprofessional!
The most important thing to remember is that remote work scams are everywhere, but you can avoid them.
As long as you're aware of the signs and red flags, you can make sure not to get scammed into working for free or being overworked. The biggest red flag is asking for money upfront before an employer has proven themselves trustworthy by doing something like sending an invoice with a bank account number on it so that they pay their employees directly (not a third party). It's also easy to avoid because there are plenty of legitimate companies looking for remote workers like yourself who don't ask anything upfront!