Steps to Avoiding Online Job Scams

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The first rule of thumb when considering online jobs is to determine whether or not the offer seems too good to be true. If a company is listed online and does not have a physical address, does not have a working or valid phone number, asks for a small “processing fee,” and then says that they will pay you $30,000 month to participate in some type of marketing forecast production product, IT IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE.

It is very frustrating for law enforcement when they are contacted by jilted consumers complaining that they were scammed or did not receive what they were promised when the claim seems outrageous to the most trusting person. If something really that good was out there, it would be all over FaceBook, MySpace, and Twitter within seconds. The whole world would know about it. So what does one do to determine the good guys from the bad? Here are some tips how.

The number one top priority should be contact information. Yes we all prefer to be contacted via e-mail, text, or message boards, however you should never do business with a company that does not provide a phone number and an opportunity to speak with a real live human being.

Contact the Better Business Bureau or websites such as Scam Busters. Many times you can not only determine whether or not a company is legitimate, but also find out if they have many negative claims against them. Scam Busters may confirm that the organization is a legitimate company, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do business with them. The Better Business Bureau can offer invaluable information that could save you a lot of time and money. In addition, doing a simple Google search with the company or contact person’s name may yield results from news outlets or media organizations that reflect either positive or negative comments.

Do they ask for a small “administration fee” to get your new hire paperwork processed? Most companies that are legitimate will not require payment in the form of fees for you to work for them. However, there are professional memberships and online companies that offer true goods and services which do not require a fee, but you are offered more opportunities if you pay. This is where is can get very shady and it is suggested you research them.