Remote jobs are having a popularity surge, as many people are reconsidering their previous careers and switching to employers that allow them to work from home. The good news is that remote work is easier to find than ever. The bad news is that scammers now have a new way to wreak havoc via fake job listings and remote work scams.
A work from home scam is a fraudulent job opportunity posted by someone looking to steal information or money from applicants to a fake listing. Here are some clues that the job listing you’re looking at is too good to be true:
- You haven’t heard of the company before applying and can’t find good information on them.
- The ad claims no skills or experience are required.
- You find warnings about the job listing online.
- The employer is way too eager to hire you.
- You must pay to work. This is a common practice of pyramid schemes. Your work should pay you, not the other way around.
- It sounds too good to be true. Sadly, if the job offer is unbelievable good, it’s probably fake. Trust your intuition on this one.
When it comes to remote work scams, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Search for the company online, check employment websites that post employee reviews, and if ever in doubt, ask us for help. No job is worth compromising your sensitive information.