Make Money Online Without Being Caught By One Of These Scams

by WorkFromHome on June 18, 2011

The Internet has made it possible for both professionals and stay at home parents to make money while working from home. Unfortunately, with the growth of interest in the many opportunities for at home workers has come an increase in scam artists that hope to take advantage of people looking for work on the Internet. The Internet’s anonymous nature has made it easy for these unethical villains to set traps, but if you use some common sense and keep your eyes out for the common online scams discussed below, then you should be able to find your dream at home job or start your new business from home, without losing money to one of these scam artists.

Be Wary Of Out Of The Country Job Listings

Most of the scams that have been documented by home based workers on forums and discussion boards across the Internet have been run out of other countries. This is because these countries may not have as strict laws regarding fraud and other online crimes as in Australia and other English speaking countries, such as the United States or Great Britain.

While a potential employer may not tell you that he or she is located outside of Australia, you should be on your guard if English is not his or her first language based upon the job listing. If an advertisement is poorly worded or uses incorrect grammar, then these are signs that you could be dealing with a potential scam artist.

Read The Fine Print

Before you sign on with a potential employer or sign up with a company to work with them as an independent contractor, you need to be certain that you understand all of the fine print involved. This means asking questions of your new employer or business partner so that you understand what type of work he or she is expecting you to do, when he or she is expecting you to deliver it, as well as other details.

If someone is unable to give you specific details or provides only vague answers, then this is a red flag that he or she may be after your identifying information or banking information rather than a potential professional relationship with you. Similarly, if a potential employer or client asks you for unusual or unnecessary information, such as your banking account data, then you should stop to think about whether this is a legitimate opportunity. Today’s online banking systems are sophisticated enough so that you do not have to provide sensitive information to someone that you do not know. This limits your exposure to fraudulent activity by scam artists and a professional working with remote employees should know this.

Your Work Is Worth Money, So Do Not Give It Away For Free

While the most popular scams run by scam artists online typically involve attempts at gleaning your personal data in order to steal money from your banking accounts or to impersonate you to obtain credit, some scam artists may try to get you to do work for them for free. Remember, even if you are new to a field, that as a professional, your work is worth monetary compensation.

This means that even if someone claims to be only asking for a freelance article as a trial, or something else similar that is attached to a promise of more work, you should be very wary. If you send off your article or your beautifully designed website, you could never hear from your so-called new employer or client again. While you would not have lost your identifying information or put your credit rating at risk, if you are scammed by someone in this manner, then you will still have spent the time and effort on work that you will not be paid for. This is certainly not the profitable or satisfying experience that you are hoping for!

Check Their References Too

While your potential new employer is looking over your resume or application, make sure that you are comfortable with your potential new employer or client’s reputation as a business and employer. This means checking out business bureau listings online to see if your potential new employer has had any complaints filed against them in the past. Another great place to look is at online forums focused on at home workers in your niche area. Connecting up with your colleagues remotely means being able to learn from their experiences, both positive and negative.

Be wary of black marks for poor behaviour like failure to pay vendors’ bills on time or providing clients with low quality service or merchandise. Even though these are not directly related to their dealings with their clients or independent contractors, this type of behaviour is a strong indicator that this may not be the type of business that will stick to the terms of your employment in the future. This can mean failing to pay you for your services on time or even failing to pay you for your hard work at all!

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