4 New Work at Home Job Scams You Shouldn’t Fall For

4 New Work at Home Job Scams You Shouldn’t Fall ForBy Kimberly Back

The Internet has made searching for jobs easy – all you have to do is click your mouse. Unfortunately, the ease of applying for jobs online makes online job scams even more prevalent. This disturbing trend is compounded by crafty scam artists who have traded in their fake envelope stuffing and craft assembly ads for more deviously sophisticated cons. Don’t get fooled by “too good to be true” job offers.

Protect your personal data and your dignity by avoiding these new work-from-home job scams.

1. Click “Like” to Apply:

The Con: Simply “Like” a Facebook page to apply for a job.

The Truth: There is no job. Slick marketers create fake job ads to increase their social media presence and Facebook page rank. Once you click “like”, you are asked to share your ideas on how you would improve their marketing strategy instead of the job application you were promised. Don’t give your expertise away for free! If a company is legitimately interested in you, they will ask to see your resume and portfolio.

2. Fake Employment Agency Robo-Calls:

The Con: A pleasant agent from a recruiting firm calls you in response to job inquiries you supposedly made online.

The Truth: The voice on the other end of the line originates from a pre-recorded message from a fraudulent employment agency. This scam counts on you taking a phone survey, which will allegedly lead you to job opportunities. In reality, the scammer is phishing for personal information.

3. Job Interview Travel Discount:

The Con: Some work-at-home jobs require travel to attend an onsite interview or training period before the remote work begins. A human resources manager will call you to request an onsite job interview for a well-known company. To offset your travel expenses, the HR manager wants to give you access to the employer’s discounted travel program.

The Truth: After providing your credit card information to book your airline reservation, you never hear from the company again. The scammer falsely represented himself as an employee of a renowned company only to make the travel discount and job interview offer appear legitimate.

4. Get Paid to Comment on Facebook: 

The Con: Earn a double-digit hourly wage for posting comments on Facebook.

The Truth: Before signing up for the pledged $25 per hour, you are asked pay a small fee, usually $1- $5, for a three-day training class. The scammers then use your payment information to charge you for a monthly subscription to a website that hosts listings for social media jobs. If that weren’t enough, the astronomical Facebook comment quota – often set at 3,000 comments per hour – is impossible to meet.

Protecting Yourself from Job Scams:

Despite the cleverness of job scammers, you can thwart their attempts to steal your money and personal information by determining to SCAM them first.

  • Search online for the company name, website, and job listing to verify authenticity.
  • Caution! If a job application or call from a would-be employer requests sensitive information like your social security number, vehicle registration, or bank account information, walk away.
  • Avoid ads filled with spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors.
  • Move on to another ad if a job listing features phrases like “Start immediately!” or “No experience necessary.”

If you have been the victim of a job scam or if you believe a current job offer is not legitimate, visit the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Stopper website to report a scam. You may want to make it a point to frequently review the BBB’s Scam List for news and updates on the most current employment scams.

Kimberly Back is the Social Media Strategist and Senior Writer for Virtual Vocations, an online job compilation service that helps job-seekers find legitimate telecommute opportunities while also providing useful and educational resources for remote workers. Connect with Virtual Vocations on Facebook.

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