It seems there’s no shortage of work-from-home jobs these days, but unfortunately the same can be said about work-at-home job search scams.
If you’re in the job market, you definitely need to be on the lookout for these kinds of schemes. Flexible jobs site FlexJobs.com recently rounded some of the most common work-at-home job search scams that criminals are using to trick people.
9 Common Work-at-Home Job Search Scams
To help you see how these scams look, FlexJobs has included actual postings from scam jobs, which we’ve included for your awareness. Here are 10 work-at-home job search scams to be aware of:
1. Data Entry Scams
Actual job posting of data entry scam: “Numerous companies are looking for workers to submit information into online forms and they will pay you nicely in return. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme but a legitimate way to earn money from home. For Full Details please read the attached .html file.”
2. Pyramid Marketing
Actual job posting of pyramid marketing scam: “My name is Michael. I’ve made it my job to help people succeed online. I’m constantly on the lookout for the best ways and means to make your job simpler, and I pass the good stuff on to you. I have developed the eBay Cash Machine – it allows everyone to make a great income on eBay 99% automatically. It only takes a few minutes to set up and once that is done you will have your own eBay Businesses that literally run on auto-pilot! You just wait for the money to come in!”
3. Stuffing Envelopes
Actual job posting of stuffing envelope scam: “$550 to $3,000 weekly. Ten dollars for each circular you mail…Free postage…Free circulars…No newspaper ads…No magazine ads…No bulletin board ads! Paychecks mailed to you every week! Advance paycheck forms included in your package!”
4. Wire Transfers
Actual job posting of wire transfer scam: “We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas outside my country. We have won various small exports contract at one time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply financial programs for market analyzing, management project software in USA which was successfully done. We do not have so much time to accept wire transfers and can’t accept cashiers checks and money orders as well. So we need your help to accept this payments in your country faster. If you are looking to make additional profit we will accept you as our representative in your country. You will keep 10% of each deal we conduct.”
5. Unsolicited Job Offers
Actual job posting of unsolicited job offer scam: “Our Worldwide Corporation is looking for new employees on various vacancies. We are already for a long time in the market and now we employ employees to work from home. Our supreme desire now is to enlarge our business level to more countries, so we are advertising here in hope of cooperating with you all. We highly appreciate honest and creative employers. You do not need to invest any sum of money and we do not ask you to give us with your bank account requisites! We are engaged in totally officially authorized activity and working in our corporation you can reach career growth at a permanent job.”
6. Online Reshipping
Actual job posting of online reshipping scam: “Honest workers needed for a package processing company located in NY, but any location in US are welcome! We have customers worldwide and started that position to suit they needs. We offer you 40$ for each processed package. The payment shall be made twice a month. The Company shall also bear all shipping expenses. Your salary is totaly depends on your ability to work fast and handy.”
7. Rebate Processor
Actual job posting of rebate processor scam: “Make money simply by filling out online forms – Enter the data into the forms that we provide you, click submit, sit back and collect the money. You’ll earn $15 per rebate processed. Opportunities like this do not come by every day – act now!”
8. Assembling Crafts/Products
Actual job posting of craft/product assembly scam: “The first thing that you’ll be receiving is a portfolio of all of our companies, their pay scales and the things you can assemble. That’s so you can pick out your job because there are about 85 different jobs for you to choose from and you are guaranteed any of those jobs. We do have a one-time, lifetime enrollment fee of only $38.95. Now, that enrollment fee is backed with a 90-day Satisfaction Guarantee. All we ask is that you participate in the program for 60 days.”
9. Career Advancement Grants
Actual job posting of career advancement scam: “Hi, hope you are doing well. We were notified that you may be eligible for the new Career Advancement grant. If you have not taken advantage of this program, the deadline is approaching soon. $5,730 can be direct deposited into your account, should you qualify for the grant. Last week 71 members took advantage of this Career Advancement grant. This is a grant from the government and does not have to be paid back.”
Can You Spot a Fake Work-From-Home Job Posting?
“Work-from-home jobs offer a lot of flexibility, but the remote job market is also full of scams,” says Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs.com.
So how do you know which jobs are phony? Here are some ways to tell if a job posting is a scam.
Because criminals seem to be getting smarter, you need to be aware of the latest scams so that you don’t fall victim to one.
Remember to always use reputable sites in your job search. If you notice a lot of scams on a particular career site, you should think about using other resources to find jobs.