If you spend much time on the internet, you’ve probably seen those ads with promises of immense wealth, all as a result of working from home. Perhaps you’ve even been tempted to read more and clicked through, or maybe you received an email with a job offer, promising you a high income for a fairly simple job like stuffing envelopes. So what are these jobs really about? Are they legitimate? Are you missing out on getting rich just by sitting at home in your pajamas?
Thankfully the answer is no, you’re not missing out on anything, but a whole lot of trouble. The odds are that these are not real job offers, most are in fact a front for money laundering scams or pyramid schemes. In case you fall for a money laundering scam, the job you might actually be taking on is that of a money mule, in which case, you may become an important link in a criminal offence.
There are plenty of individuals that work from home, legitimately, so how can you tell what could be an above board job opportunity and what could be a rip-off?
Safe tips to avoid work-from-home scams:
- Fee Upfront. If you’re required to make any kind of payment upfront, in order to get the job or gain access to more information on the job, it’s a fake.
- Money Transfers. Stay away from any job that requires you to transfer money for someone else. Money laundering is a criminal offence.
- Guarantees. Beware of schemes that guarantee a certain income.
Unfortunately, there are no get-rich-quick schemes in this world. If and when you do come across what looks like an enticing job opportunity, do your research. Is the company well-known? Do they have an address, that isn’t a P.O. Box? If they are legitimate, there will be a paper trail, and there will be information about them online. Also, if such a job offer lands in your inbox, it’s best you have a proactive Spamfilter, like BullGuard's, to spot it and trash it before you even get the option to potentially read it.
As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So watch out!