There are tons of people who fall prey to fake internet telecommute jobs (a.k.a work from home) and if you're not careful you can be one of the victims. The mode of deception varies but these con artists share one common interest - to rob you of your money. The most difficult part of these kinds of deceptions is that you don't know who you're dealing with. Most of them operate online. You can't even see the person who hires you for the job. How would you be able to determine whether this is a con or the real thing?
This is the reason why before you even attempt to apply online, you need to be cautious whether the company you are sending your resume for is indeed a real company and not a bogus one! At least you will avoid becoming a victim of a con.
Recently, I fell prey to one of the oldest ones in the book. Had I been a bit more alert, I could have avoided this internet robbery. In an effort to help others, I've put together these five quick tips that can help avoid others from getting robbed.
Tip 1: First and foremost, make sure the Company is accredited and a member of the BBB. If this is a real company, they will post their credentials.
Tip 2: Make sure the company that hires you provides contact information, including website, physical address and working phone lines with a person on the other end answering.
Tip 3: Make sure all correspondence has legitimate company contact information that you can check on. If there is a website, click on the link to make sure it is active. If there is a phone number call it and make sure you talk to a person.
Tip 4: Enlist the help of banking professionals. Advise your bank branch of your new found employment. This will alert them immediately if anything comes in for deposit that looks suspicious.
Tip 5: Always wait at least 5 to 7 business days before withdrawing funds from monies received from your new employer to make sure the funds have cleared, in the event bank officials miss a catching a counterfeit note, you are not left covering the tab from your account.
This kind of job opportunity deception is like an art. Those who perfect the art of the con will succeed in ripping people off from their hard earned money. These five tips will help you spot the phonies and avoid getting robbed. Be alert, be wise and be safe!
Maria Berry is a full time marketing and social media producer, with a BFA from the University of Arizona and has been a K12 Home School Learning Coach for almost a decade. She was born in Gary, Indiana and has a child that is an honor role student at the top of her class. For more information visit her website at: http://www.mayrsmediamagic.com.