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5 Signs Your Dream Job is Actually a Scam

One of the great things about technology is that you have the opportunity to make money in new and different ways. You can even find work at home jobs [3] that pay reasonably well. At the very least, you can start a home business as a freelancer, or doing some other type of work.

Since the dream of working from home is so strong, you need to watch out for scams [4]. Whenever something seems very attractive to a wide swath of the population, there are scammers out there trying to take advantage. If you’re not careful, you might find that the dream job advertised online at places like Craig’s List is actually scam. Here are 5 signs your dream job is probably a scam:

1.  Good Pay for Easy Jobs

When I was in college, and looking for a way to earn a little extra money, I answered an ad for envelope stuffing. I could earn $1 for every envelope I stuffed! That’s easily $50 an hour, I thought. Probably more. I actually sent in for a “kit.” Once I saw the “kit,” I realized that the envelope stuffing I would do involved getting other suckers to send in money for a similar “business kit.”

Watch out for jobs that seem like you’re getting paid a good deal of money to do very easy work. It’s probably a scam.

2. Up Front Payments

While MLM companies [5] aren’t illegal, and most aren’t scams per se, you do need to watch out. When an “employer” requires you to make some sort of up front payment, you could be moving into scam territory. MLM companies that encourage you to max out credit cards to buy products are trouble. Another red flag is when you are told to go to a specific web site and pay for a “background check” or “credit check.” Also, watch out for “opportunities” that require you to buy an expensive kit in order to get started. It’s one thing to buy a legitimate course or information product, it’s another to buy something as a condition of employment.

3. Poor Grammar

Does the job listing feature poor grammar and lol-speak? If so, it’s probably not legit. Reputable companies follow the rules of professional communication. They don’t abbreviate items, and they don’t substitute “$$$” for “money.” Nor do they use the sort of terminology you are likely to see if you look at a text message from a teenager.

4. It’s Hard to Get Information on the Company

Does the “business” have a vague or generic name? Is the email address given a Gmail or Yahoo! account? Is it difficult to find a web site? If so, you could be dealing with a scam. Most legitimate companies have email addresses originating from the business domain name, not from MSN/Hotmail or Mail.com. Additionally, a poorly designed web site, or not web site at all, should also send up red flags. You should be able to find information on a potential company.

5. Pressure to Move Now

Most jobs aren’t going to require you to make a decision immediately. There’s a whole process involved. Additionally, watch out for “limited time opportunities.” Most legitimate job listings don’t feature this type of language. Plus, with a reputable job, it’s not about getting in on something quickly. It’s about being the right fit.

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