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Working from home – 9 signs of fraud

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You have found the perfect job from home. Great salary, flexible working hours – exactly what you were looking for. But be careful not to spot any of these signs of fraud before you send your personal information.

1. Pressure to apply immediately

If the job advertisement asks you to apply for a job as soon as possible, including texts such as “ONLY OPEN 3 POSITIONS”, then just ignore it. Also, do not click on the link, as there is often malware behind these pages.

2. You have been contacted by an employer you have not contacted

We often hear that out of the blue people get business offers to work from home and ask on the internet if these offers are legitimate! No, they are not!

Someone found your CV on a job search site and contacted you. They often appear on social networks. People who are desperately looking for a job are the most likely victims of this “scam”. If you receive a phone call or email from an “employer” with whom you have not connected before, it is certainly a scam.

3. Sun, beach, money and cars

Fraudsters know that the unemployed are desperate for work. That’s why they’ve set up a fortune trap in their ads. If the ad for a home office job includes villas, beaches and money, be careful!

4. The job offer contains “program” or “system”

Business is business and it is not a “system”. The employer needs you for a specific task. There is no “program” or “system”, no membership fee or package. If someone offers you a “system” for working from home, it is not a job!

5. The employer does not use a company e-mail address

This is not a golden rule, as many new or small businesses still use Gmail or Hotmail as their official email addresses. However, when we look at the big picture, legitimate employers have their own company email address. If you’re contacted from an email address outside the company, be a bit more careful than usual.

6. High salary for entry-level jobs

This often happens with data entry jobs. If the “employer” offers large hourly rates for basic administrative work, especially if he writes “No previous knowledge”, you can be 100% sure that it is a scam. Many unemployed people are looking for simpler jobs, so employers don’t have to pay high salaries.

7. You cannot find much information about the “employer” on the internet

Larger companies make sure that their website looks good. If the “employer’s” website looks bad (or worse, doesn’t exist), if the presentation on social networks is bad or outdated, then it’s certainly a scam.

8. Lack of a legitimate application process

If your employer only contacts you by message or e-mail, he is trying to hide his identity and this is where your alarms should be triggered. A legitimate application process involves a video call and the person interviewing you must introduce themselves and be easy to find online, whether through personal accounts in social media or business accounts on corporate sites.

9. Spelling and grammar errors in the ad

A legitimate employer prepares his job advertisement for work from home. Usually without mistakes. The ad goes through at least two instances in the company before publication, which results in almost no spelling or grammar errors. For a legitimate job from home, check the current ads on our website. Good luck finding an online job.

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