How can I Spot the Fake Online Jobs ?

How can I Spot the Fake Online Jobs ?
How can I Spot the Fake Online Jobs ?

How Can I Spot the Fake Online Jobs ?

There is always a concern among many people about being scammed when it comes to finding an online job. 
In fact, there are approximately 60-70 job scams for every one legitimate online job. 
That’s why, it can be difficult to distinguish genuine job positions from scams when there are so many opportunities available.

When it comes to fake online jobs, there are basically two parts to the problem, fake websites and fake jobs.
Here, I am sharing some signs that scammers use to promote these fake online jobs. Review these signs to determine if a job is fake.

  • Fake online jobs do not mention specific qualifications or skills that must be possessed by the candidate. All they want is a large number of people to apply.
  • Scammers often demand money or claim that you need to invest some in order to get started. That’s the big warning sign and you need to work out in such situations.
  • Most fake online jobs make offers that are too good to be true. High salary, High flexibility, incredible facilities for little work are some signs that you need to watch out for before applying.
  • Most fake online jobs have not so well written job descriptions. Real job descriptions include detailed information about the job and its requirements. However, the details and requirements of fake job offers can be vague.
  • Scammers who impersonate employers or recruiters regularly contact you or contact you first stating how they found you. You’ll also be asked for personal financial information on this process.
  • The email addresses used by scammers are often personal and not associated with any business.  


    When the job website asks for :

    1. Payment of money under any head viz., registration, fees for processing application, bribes to be paid to company officials etc.
    2. Some scam sites also issue fake appointment letters in the name of company while collecting money.
    3. Some promise money for work done and even pay small amounts to gain confidence. Later, they persuade one to take franchise and earn continuously.
    4. They will depute you to work in fake organizations that looks great and collect money. Later, the fake company will terminate your services citing false reasons or even accuse of unethical practices.
    5. Show jobs in fake organizations and collect money in the name of training. The training given will be useless and later terminate the candidate citing non performance.
    6. Sponsor to fake companies who will ask the candidate to execute service agreement. Later, they create problems for the candidate forcing them to resign and then cough up the penalty for breaking service agreement. Some collect original educational certificates and demand money when you quit to return the certificates.

    Research the Job and the Company

    Visit the company's website and if they don't have one or it doesn't fit with how they describe the company, consider that a red flag. How professional is it? Is there contact information? Are jobs and career information posted on the site ?


    Use Google


    Use Google to research the company. Search by the company name  to see what information you can find. Take it one step further and search by "company name scam" to see if you can find information about reported scams.


    The Job Details


    If it isn't listed in the job posting, try to find out if there's a salary or if you're paid on commission. Ask how much you're paid, how often are you paid, and how you are paid. If the company doesn't pay an hourly rate or a salary, carefully investigate the details.


    Check Scam Lists


    Check with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if the company has been reported as a scammer.


    Do Not Pay


    Do not pay money - for anything. Legitimate employers don't charge to hire you. Don't send money for work at home directories, advice on getting hired, company information or for anything else related to a job.


    Check the Company's References


    References work both ways. You are as entitled to check a company's references as they are to check you out. Ask for references if you're not sure if the company is legitimate. Request a list of other employees or contractors. Then, contact the references to ask how this is working out.


    Forget Getting Rich Quick


    Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or that will help you get rich fast. Stay clear of listings that offer you high income for part-time hours. They will do none of the above.


    You Should Never Pay for Online Surveys
          Be very cautious, do not fall into their trap and lose money.


    Does Online Jobs are Fake ?

    No doubt, online jobs are real but some are scams. To ensure that you pick up a genuine online job.

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