Scam web sites often have some traits in common, so we have listed some of the less well-known ones below.
The older the site, the less likely it is to be a scam, because scam sites are removed regularly. This test is also not conclusive, because new companies are created each day, but it may help you make up your mind. A further good test is the contact details.
Are there full contact details? Are you able to you check the address? Look it up on Google Earth. How about the email address, do they have their own email address or is it a free one, like a Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo account? Why would a firm not have it’s own email address? If there is a phone number, ring it on . Does it sound correct, or does it go straight to voice mail?
What is the pay? Do they maintain that you could be earning thousands a week? Does it sound realistic? You know the expression: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Does the advert claim that no experience is needed? How can you earn money at a task you know nothing about?
You will need experience whatever you do. So you will have to allow for that. Also, does the advertisement aim at one group of people? Does it say, ‘jobs for stay at home mums’ or ‘work for pensioners’? Why would a company worry about where its staff comes from or how old they are? These are warning signs too.
Be very careful about using your own personal accounts for other companies. For example, a firm selling toys asks you to sell them on eBay or wherever you like. You place the adverts, you collect the money and they ship the items, for which you pay them and keep 10%-20%. The problem is, the firm never sends the toys, so then eBay demands a refund, but you have already sent the majority of of it to the firm.
Does the registration form want to know the ins and outs of your personal life? Why would they want to know whether you are married or not and how many children you’ve got? Why would they want to know whether you own your own home and while the insurance expires? Well, because they are able to sell this knowledge or use it to spam you with individualized offers.
Never give your personal banking details. Instead, open a special account only for receiving earnings in and sweep it clean often or endeavour to be paid via PayPal. There is a fee, but the money is secure and PayPal will chase up or right any illegal actions. Remember that anyone sending you money through PayPal will not require your password, they only require their own! . Enter the name of the company into a search engine with the word ‘scam’ or ‘problem’, then check the same with the name of the web site. Judge for yourself by the results. Any more than two or three complaints is a bad sign, but click the links and see if the concerns were resolved. Obviously a good company would attempt to resolve any concerns.
There are forums for people who would like to work from home. You could register with a couple of these and see which programmes are well-liked and which are condemned. Search on ‘work at home forum’. You should register with a few them otherwise you will not be permitted to pose questions and receive notifications if threads are replied to.
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