Everybody knows the Internet is full of scams. There are hundreds of cons and rip-offs online and anyone spending any time online needs to understand the risks.
Of course some areas are particularly prone to online scams and one of these is the work from home niche.
There are thousands of people who would like to work from home and who go online searching for work from home jobs or other ideas which would allow them to work at home to earn a living online.
However the reality is that whilst they may find dozens of so-called “work from home opportunities” the vast majority of these will be a scam, con or rip-off.
Of course it’s not just the work from home niche, there are many others which are filled with various scams, however most of them involve money in some way. Whether it be online gambling, dating or just about any other online niche involving money there are also bound to be scams.
So how do you know if you are being scammed?
If you’re someone who is looking for a great opportunity to work at home you need to investigate the so-called “opportunity” thoroughly to decide whether or not it is genuine, because commonly it isn’t.
For instance you can investigate the company offering the opportunity. Do a Google search to see whether or not the company is genuine or not. The Better Business Bureau, for example, will be a good place to start.
Take a look for genuine contact details and a business address. Does the company really have genuine business premises? Do they have a real address? If they do then jump onto Google Street View and take a look to see whether you can actually see the business premises at the address where they advertise?
Do they have a phone number? If so then give them a ring and have a chat about any opportunities they may have for you to work at home.
Look for reviews of the company online. See what other people are saying about them. For instance if they are offering an opportunity to work as a freelance writer what are other people, who are already working as a freelance writer for the company, saying about the opportunity?
Find forums where these people will gather online to discuss their work. If possible join the forum and join in the conversation. Ask questions to investigate little more. For instance ask people who are already working for the company what their payment history is like. How do they pay? How often do they pay? Do they do as they advertise they will?
And never ever pay a company for a job or an interview.
It’s a sad fact that there are thousands of people getting ripped off by work from home scams every day. But there are genuine opportunities to allow people to work at home, either self-employed, for example by working as a freelance writer, all working at a genuine paid job, simply doing the work at home.
However the field is so rife with scams and rip-offs that anyone looking for an opportunity to earn money from home must be extremely careful, and perform some very significant background checks on any company before signing anything.
It pays to be careful on the Internet.