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How Work at Home Scams Work and What You Can Do

Internet has many work-at-home opportunities and you can find it by simply typing it in your Google search or Yahoo search. Sadly, only few are legitimate and if you don't take extra precautions you can be scammed. Do you know how to recognize work at home scams? What are the things you should be aware of before you finally decide to work with them? It's a must to know the answer to these questions if you don't want to waste your time and money.

Internet has many work-at-home opportunities and you can find it by simply typing it in your Google search or Yahoo search. Sadly, only few are legitimate and if you don't take extra precautions you can be scammed. Do you know how to recognize work at home scams? What are the things you should be aware of before you finally decide to work with them? It's a must to know the answer to these questions if you don't want to waste your time and money. 

What Work at Home Scams Promise 

In order to attract members they usually promise huge income like thousands of dollars each month and some are saying that you could earn $1,000 a day, be your own boss and achieve your financial freedom in a very short period of time. They are claiming to offer you a very simple job like online searching, promoting, processing of simple tasks like data entry jobs and similar easy jobs like these. 

What They Ask From You

Scam sites will always say that there is no cost of joining but at the end of the page or after a long sales talk, there is a button payment asking you a one-time registration fee to use their site. They will even make you believe that it's their current special offer and the discount will only last for some minutes or a day. They will try to convince you to take action as soon as possible to avail the discounted value.  

What You Should Do to Avoid Being Scammed

  • Research the web before you join and see what other people are saying about the site. Type the website name in your Google search engine and you can read a lot of reviews from different websites. Often there are good and bad reviews. Don’t' easily believe the good reviews you can get as there are scam sites which employ some promoter to testify falsely and to say that they really pay.
  • Check the domain age of the website by typing the website name at who.is. You can see a lot of information you need about the site like when the domain was created, its expiry date, its IP address and the like. Often the older the domain age and the longer its expiry date always indicate that it's a legitimate site. The shorter means you should suspect more that it's a fake site as scam site normally vanish in just a couple of months or prefer to buy the shorter term which is normally one year.
  • Check the Alexa rank of the site. Go to Alexa.com and type the website name to reveal the details. They give information about the audience of the site, its ranking per country, reviews from its users and many more details which you need to know. Google, Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo are among the top 4 lists in Alexa rank. Legitimate sites are popular, they shouldn't necessarily rank as high as those popular sites but they should have many sites linking too and a good rank from Alexa as well.
  • Check if the business is hosted by a free website. If they are in a free hosting site, chances are they are scams. Legitimate sites have their own paid domain website.
  • Check the FAQ or frequently asked questions, terms of service and privacy terms of the company. It should be clearly stated what you will do and most importantly, how they will pay you. 
  • Don't be swayed by sites promising very huge income which is too good to be true. Stay away from these sites asking you money before you get the job. They are only interested in your money and time as they are not here to help you but to scam many people like you online.

It is a great mistake to think that work at home jobs requires little effort from you. Just like offline work, working online or at home needs a lot of hard work. Since work at home scams are everywhere online be sure to follow the guides above to recognize if the site is a scam or legitimate.

 

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