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Real Online Jobs: Tips for Avoiding Employment Scams


Unfortunately, there are a lot of work at home scams that have popped up in the form of online jobs over the past couple of years. This is mainly due to how fast the Internet is growing today. Thankfully, there are some tips for avoiding employment scams that you can keep in mind whenever you are looking for a work at home job so that you will not fall victim to one of these scams.

Look for Website Errors

Whenever you see grammatical or spelling errors on a website, this should be a dead give away to you that a scam is at work on this website. This is because any truly legitimate company is not going to have these types of errors in their correspondence. Make sure that you never reply to anyone who cannot spell really common words, such as "American," correctly.

Beware of Requests for Money

There are a lot of emails and printed advertisements circulating today that claim that you can make money by providing information to those who have requested it.  Most of the time these emails and advertisements will ask you to send them money so that you can learn how to get started doing this type of work.  Be careful!  Any time that you are being asked for money up front, it is usually a scam. Of course, some work at home businesses will also require you to pay a fee up front, but these are not jobs.

Check the BBB

You should look at a website to make sure that it has a BBB (Better Business Bureau) logo on it.  If there is no such logo anywhere on the website, then you can rest assured that this company is not who they are claiming to be. You can even take this one step further and check the BBB's website to see what they have to say about the company. If there are many negative things stated, it is a good idea to stay away from the company.

Common Job Scams

Processing rebates and stuffing envelopes are two jobs that have been overrun with scams. While there are some legitimate companies that offer these type of work at home jobs, most of this work is done at the company's headquarters itself.  Therefore, finding these jobs to do at home are going to be far and few between.  For this reason, you need to be extremely careful if you are ever offered such a work at home job. With these positions, you not only have to keep the aforementioned tips in mind, but it is also a good idea to actually call the company that is claiming to offer such a position. 

Now that you know how to tell the real jobs from the phony ones, you will no longer need to fear becoming the next victim to a scam artist.  Most of these clues are actually pretty obvious, so you should feel secure as you look for a work at home job.

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