One of the worst horror stories I’ve heard about a work from home scam is all too common. A secret shopping job can be an incredibly risky endeavor. (There are legit ones, but you need to be extremely careful with your review before you “sign on the dotted line”). Just about every “corporation” requires payment for your services, and then reimburses the money you spend at the store or business you’re assigned to. The common complaint is that they take out their fee every month, but send you on assignments all over your state, paying you just enough to cover the cost of your monthly fee, travel expenses like gas and food, and any shopping you’ll need to do.
So, how can you avoid scams when finding work at home jobs? My advice to you is to look for repeated comments or complaints about the company online. Always do a search adding the keyword “scam” or “scams”. As mentioned in another article, focus on the results on the left of the search result screen, as the right side are ads for jobs being sold.
Don’t jump to conclusions. Do the research. If you do a scam search and there are four positive reviews and one negative, continue doing research, searching the name of the company, the word scam, and a keyword taken from the complaint. If the former employee mentions that the company refused to pay, use the keyword “payment” or “compensation”.
Look for consistent patterns in the search results. Naturally, if there is a common complaint or comment, it’s probably a typical action by the company. In other words, if there are ten complaints that the work from home job doesn’t pay on time, the company probably doesn’t consistently pay with regularity. Use your best judgment.
Also, use other search engines before finalizing a decision. Two of the best I’ve found are Alta Vista, and a lesser known engine called “Dog pile”. By using various engines to look for common comments on employers, you can see common patterns of the company’s code of ethics, and complaints from former employees. I’ve found that if there are more than three or four common comments or complaints, it’s probably best to avoid working for them.
The best way to find out if a work at home company has legitimate work is to look at the requirements. Does the company require experience or education? If the site advertises jobs with “no experience needed”, it’s a big red flag. Working a repetitive job where doing the same task over and over will be barely tolerable for just about anyone.
What is the pay, and are there any conditions for being paid? If the job pays you through PayPal, chances are it’s on the up and up. Be very wary of ANY job that requires your bank account information.
Always be careful. As mentioned above, don’t make any assumptions or jump to conclusions before doing all the necessary research. Once you do, you’ll be assured to find work at home jobs that are a perfect fit!