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How to Spot a Work at Home Job Scam in 5 Steps

May 17, 2008
One of the pitfalls of working at home is that there are numerous scams out there. In the traditional job market spotting something that is not a real job or that is a bit shady is easy, but in the work at home environment where everything is pretty virtual it can be difficult. That is why when searching for a work at home job a person has to be ready to weed out the scams.

The following are 5 steps to use to spot a work at home scam. Each of the steps gives things to look at when considering a work at home opportunity. To use these 5 steps a person will go through each and see if the company passes or fails the step. A company needs to pass all 5 to be proven legit. By using all 5 steps a person should be able to avoid almost any scam out there without ending up losing money and wasting time on an opportunity that is bogus.

Step 1: The company gives no details. When looking at a company and the job offer there should be details that explain who the company is, what they do and what the job is all about. Working at home is not a secret affair and it should never be. If a company doesnt give up information then it is likely a scam.

Step 2: The company requires payment up front to work with them. Now, this can be a weird area because in some cases up front payment is legit. Many people get caught up on this point. It is okay to pay upfront to get a sales kit in a direct sales situation. It is not okay to pay for an application fee or administrative fee. It is never okay to pay just to get information. If you are not getting actual product samples or sales tools then never pay.

Step 3: The company has no products or service. If a company does not immediate let a person know what they are selling then it is likely selling nothing. A company that is selling nothing is not a place where anyone should be working because it is a scam.

Step 4: The company is not known. It is rare that a work at home company will not have someone who knows about them. If the company is one that nobody has heard of and that no information can be found on then it is likely a scam. A real company will have buzz about it. People will be talking about them.

Step 5: Lastly, a person should always follow their gut instincts. If a business deal doesnt feel right then it is likely not. A person should never go with a company or work at home position if they do not feel very good about it.

These 5 steps are the key to weeding out work at home scams. They can help a person to avoid falling for scams that can be quite costly. Many people who end up involved with a scam end up writing off the whole work at home experience. That is a shame because there really are a lot of good work at home companies out there.
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