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Bogus Work-at-Home Jobs: How to Avoid Getting Scammed

The advent of the Internet has made it possible for quite a number of work-at-home jobs to exist.  With the convenience and other advantages that work-at-home jobs have to offer, many seek to work in the comfort of their homes.  However, there some unscrupulous people who see this as an opportunity to make a fast buck by luring people with their bogus offers and empty promises.  If you do not want to be a victim of these scammers, here are some tips that you can follow:

1) DO YOUR RESEARCH - Quite a number of work-at-home jobs promise you the moon and the stars, but when payday comes, you find yourself falling head first from the sky. Some companies promise ridiculously high rates for the most menial online jobs like data entry.  Before applying for a job, try to find out the benchmark of the pay that professionals in your field receive.  Other companies will promise you that the jobs are easy, but once you work for them, you will find yourself losing a lot of sleep.  Always remember this often-mentioned adage: "If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is." You would not want to feel like kicking your behind, so do your homework first.

2) CHECK THE COMPANY'S REPUTATION - The Better Business Bureau website is the best site to go to find out whether you are dealing with a reputable company or not. Oftentimes, companies with shady reputations do not keep their promises to their employees and subcontractors.  At the BBB website, you can check the company's records or if there are any disputes or complaints about the company.

3) DO NOT PAY TO GET HIRED - Legitimate companies do not require their employees to pay so they could give them work. Some companies that need employees even spend money to find people who can get jobs done.  They need you as much as you need them.  If you are asked to pay for a job, do not do so. There are many job opportunities on the Web that do not require you to pay a single cent.

To sum up, before applying for any job, be familiar with the known scams so that you will not fall prey to them, check the company's reputation at the Better Business Bureau Web site and steer clear of job offers that require you to pay. Follow these tips and you will never be counted among the gullible job seekers that scammers take advantage of.



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  1. Thanks for this helpful info/warning for all of us bloggers.GOD BLESS,Tremendously.

  2. You're welcome, Jia. It always pays to be careful. God bless you, too. Take care. :)

  3. By the way, Jia, thank you for stopping by! :)

  4. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful advice, I highly appreciate your posting!