Work From Home Jobs:

How to Avoid Scams and Finding Legitimate Job

The pandemic forced many people to work their regular jobs from their homes, and now that offices are opening again, many wish to continue working from home.

For those wanting to continue to work from home or considering work from home for the flexibility it provides, it’s important to find legitimate work-from-home jobs while avoiding ones that are scams.

An offer can often feel too good to be true. If it appears that way, it probably is true. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

– Do not pay money upfront. Legitimate jobs do not cost money to pursue. It is likely a scam if they ask for money ahead of a job opportunity.

– Asking for debit or credit card information. Mystery shopping scams, in particular, have been known to ask for “payment” information to get started.

– An offer occurs after simply filling out a Google form, and/or an interview was only done over chat—no phone call or video chat/interview.

– Be wary of pyramid schemes and multilevel marketing ventures — where earnings are based on recruiting others to join the company. They may be legit, but may also only benefit the entrepreneurs at the very top.

According to Yker Valerio, blogger and HR expert at Bonvivant Caffe, conducting research online can be one of the best ways to avoid falling for a job scam. Many false businesses have been reported, and it’s easy to find reviews of the bad ones. He also cautions to go one step beyond that.

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