With the “big quit” comes the excellent job market for new work-from-home opportunities in 2022. But before you answer the call, there are a few things to consider to avoid falling victim to a remote work scam.
Laurie Obermeyer is a freelance graphic designer who lost a lot of work during the pandemic and needed something a little more stable.
When a construction company approached her about some graphic work, they told her she got the job – but first she had to send some money for the equipment, which seemed a bit strange.
“They were going to send me stuff to build a remote desktop, a Mac,” Obermeyer said.
After some research, Obermeyer realized it was all a scam to get his money.
Warning signs of a fake employer offering remote work
Obermeyer is not alone. The Better Business Bureau has issued an alert about similar scams, with so many people looking for work from home jobs that don’t require them to show up at an office.
“If you’re offered a job that involves free shipping of items to other locations, it’s probably a scam because most companies will ship things themselves,” BBB spokeswoman Rebecca said. Phoenix.
Reshipping jobs are just one of the scams the BBB sees.
“We’re also seeing a lot of jobs that involve big checks, and those are being used in a variety of ways,” Phoenix said. “Whether cashing what looks like legitimate checks or simply cashing a check and sending the rest to a secret account is all illegal and could land you in hot water.”
If it is illegal work, the victims of the scam could be held liable by the authorities.
Red flags to watch out for
The BBB says that when looking for a job, it’s essential to remember:
- Employers will never ask for upfront payment for a job, even to buy equipment.
- Beware of job postings that don’t require an interview, even during peak hiring season and with all the labor shortages these days.
- Beware of big bucks for small jobs. Suppose an employer promises excellent salaries for what appear to be simple tasks such as forwarding packages, stuffing envelopes, being a “secret shopper” or answering the phone. In this case, it should be a red flag.
- Beware if they send a check for several thousand dollars before they even start work. The check is almost always fake and you will lose hundreds of dollars.
Finally, employees should never work for a company until they have been officially hired. A legitimate company will not ask potential candidates to complete complex projects before making a formal offer.
So be very careful if you are looking for a work from home job, so you don’t waste your money.
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