When you start thinking about working from home through the Internet for a company (whether you carry out surveys, packaging tasks, market research, virtual secretary, etc.) you will surely find yourself in a dilemma in a very short time: How can you know which companies offer legitimate work at home jobs and which ones are just looking to scam you?
Sometimes it’s impossible to know for sure, especially with companies that are start-ups or just beginning to build a reputation in the Internet world.
Either way, there are a few things you can do when you want to find out if the job offer is legitimate and the first of these will be to investigate what type of company you are going to work for.
To learn how to identify legitimate job offers and not waste time (and money) with fake ones, we give you some signs that a job offer is fraudulent.
6 Clues To Know If A Job Offer Is Legit
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1.Quality, Content, And Focus Of The Company Website
First things first, check their website very thoroughly. Does it have a clean, professional look or does it look thrown together? Are they more focused on selling their product or on the fact that they are hiring home workers?
Are you inundated with testimonials about your products or services or about people who have supposedly worked for you and risen to financial glory?
Whether you have previous experience in this regard or not, common sense will tell you just by looking at the page, if the job offer is real or a scam. If you’ve already seen that their website looks professional and completely credible, don’t get too excited yet, there’s more to investigate.
Take a moment to check who is the owner of the domain of the page, you can look it up on pages like “Whois.com”. This will tell you when the domain was registered and by whom it was registered. If you find that the domain was registered only a month ago or that it had been inactive for a long time, this could be a red flag.
On the company’s website, there must also be a real telephone number for contact and preferably an address with a real street and number. If there is a telephone number it is advisable that you call to obtain information, if a different company, a private house, or a voicemail answers you, be wary.
If there is an address, look it up on google maps, yahoo maps, Mapquest, or some similar map search site.
If the reference points to a non-existent place, or shows a different company, try looking in the yellow section of the directory. Once I was about to accept an offer, I did all the research and it was almost perfect but something didn’t sound right, I looked in the yellow pages and it turned out that the address they gave was that of a funeral home, I called the funeral home to ask and they told me They confirmed that they had been there for years. Some time later I found out that the supposed offer of employment was a very elaborate form of scam.
3.If They Ask You For Money, Just Forget It
This should really be number one on your list of warnings, especially since scammers have gotten smarter and more subtle about asking for money through memberships or until you’ve already applied for a job. If you see that there is a request for money at first glance, just close the page and forget that it exists, you do not need to investigate anything else, it is a scam.
Legitimate employers will not ask you for a single penny, maybe they will make other requests like opening a pay pal account to deposit or something like that, but everything will be aimed at giving you money, not asking for it. It doesn’t matter what they call it, recovery fee, administrative fee, membership, proof that you are a serious applicant, online exam fee, or anything else that means an outlay for you. Just don’t give them your money period.
4.Check The Web Pages Specializing In Scams
There are some web pages where through forums, users report cases of scams of all kinds. You can go to scambusters.org and search for the name of the company or whoever invited you to participate in the alleged business, if you find it here, you know what to do.
If you do not find it here, again, the investigation is not over, you can search on that same page for other information such as the domain name, address, telephone number, the name of the owner, and any information that appears in the emails that have been sent to you. arrive or on the same page as the supposed company.
Be sure to read the comments they post about the company carefully, as some users can post ambiguous or harmful comments about a company to give it a bad reputation without meaning that the job offer is a scam, it may be that the commenter is an employee who he didn’t do his job and got fired, that’s why you should read all the comments about it and decide later.
5.General Internet Search
On the other hand, you can do a general search in the different search engines using the names and data that appear on the page that offers you the job.
To optimize your search, use quotation marks for names so that only results that match perfectly appear, for example, “www.domainname.com” or “contact name” or “company name”, any page, forum, or blog The fact that you mention this data will give you very useful information about the reliability of the offer, much more reliable even if people who already have a job from home participate in the forum.
6.Trust Your Sixth Sense
Your gut usually knows more than your brain. Finally, the most powerful weapon you can have to defend yourself against Internet scams is common sense. If something doesn’t sound right to you, if you feel like it’s not real or have a feeling it’s a scam, just follow your heart and don’t give in to despair and then end up making decisions you may regret.
If your goal is to find a legitimate work-at-home offer, keep looking until you find one that is completely real and you feel good about it. There are many companies hiring remote workers, you just have to be patient and be on the lookout for opportunities.