How to Identify Work At Home Scams

pd_work_home_080311_msIn this economy, with so many layoffs happening, people are more likely to get taken in by false job opportunities – particularly ones which draw people in by advertising that it’s a work at home job. But more often than not, that high paying Work-at-Home opportunity that just landed in your inbox, is a scam aimed at duping you in to giving up your private identity information such as your social security number. But are there legitimate Work-at-Home Opportunities to be found on the internet? Yes. You just have to look before you leap and make careful decisions about where you apply too and what information you give out. Based on 10 years of experience working with a virtual workforce, VIPdesk has come up with 10 very useful tips for honing your senses when it comes to separating the real work at home job opportunities from the shams. (Source)
Top 10 Tips for Identifying Legitimate Work-at-Home Opportunities:

  1. A legitimate work-at-home opportunity won’t ask you for any sort of “affiliation fee”–if you are asked to spend any money, it should be directly attributed to something you receive for the cost (i.e. training, background or credit check, “starter kit” for direct sales).
  2. Do an Internet search on any company that you are speaking with about working at home, and see what is being said about the company in blogs, on twitter, and in the mainstream media.
  3. If the company promises unrealistic salaries (such as $5k/week with no experience!), it is too good to be true.
  4. Most legitimate organizations don’t advertise work-at-home opportunities via infomercials, a sign-taped to a lamp-post, stop sign, or other such venue, or via spam e-mail!
  5. Always check with the Better Business Bureau and other consumer advocacy organizations.
  6. Look for a job with a defined job description and scope of work.
  7. Ensure that the company is a corporate entity with a physical address, phone number, and business history. If there is no headquarters office, be wary.
  8. If the company can’t provide employee or customer names, or you have no direct contact within the company or otherwise can’t speak with a “real person”, stay away!
  9. Utilize resources such as the Telework Coalition, Women For Hire, and Rat Rate Rebellion for honest, unbiased advice.
  10. Always trust your gut. If intuition (and common sense) tells you that the opportunity is too good to be true, it probably is.


“Working from home is a great way that allows hundreds of thousands of people every year to make money, even if they live in an economically depressed area. Telecommuting is also a great way to save money on fuel costs due to a lack of commute,” said Mary Naylor, CEO of VIPdesk. “Working with virtual call centers, doing direct sales, and medical transcription are three areas in which someone can successfully work from home, but it is absolutely imperative that anyone interested in working from home do their due diligence.”

Founded in 1997, VIPdesk is an innovator in the use of a home-based workforce. For more tips on finding legitimate work-at-home opportunities, or for more information on VIPdesk call 703-837-3507.

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