I hate scams. That's it. I(Frankie) hate scams. I hate promises of money and recognition that amount to nothing more than someone taking your money and running. I hate being taken advantage of by scams and I hate seeing my fellow humans being taken advantage of by them. These scams are on the lowest rung of the totem pole to me. Even beneath those letters in the mail saying you're pre-approved for a $50,000 loan with zero percent interest! They take advantage of people who are trying to make a living and that's not cool. It's my pet peeve and one I'm very passionate about.
When I first started trying to get into working from home it was because I had three kids that I was working really hard to raise and I felt like I needed to be home more with them while also being able to provide what they needed. You know - a roof over their heads, food on the table. Yeah, that stuff. I was ripe for the picking and was taken advantage of lots of times and lost a lot of money before finally catching on. The really bad thing is it turned me off from working from home. It would be another 12 years before I would start working with Andrea and that was just dumb luck, or divine intervention if you believe in that, and I do. :)
The scams that got me were the ones that wanted me to pay money to gain access to a site that had work from home jobs listed. I had no idea that you could find these sites for free and they had legit work from home opportunities. So, I'd pay some money and then I'd get a list in my email of companies that were supposedly hiring work from home workers. They weren't. I'd call the number and it wouldn’t be a working number. I'd send an email to the email address provided and it would come back undelivered. I gave up.
You need to protect yourself from this as well as the many other scams that are floating around out there. Here are three tips you must remember when searching the internet for work at home jobs.
You Do Not Need to Pay for a Job
The biggest mistake people make is thinking that if they pay someone, they’re going to get a job. No. It’s not how it works. If someone tells you that all you need to do is pay them money and they’ll give you access to all kinds of great leads that no one else has, run away fast. In the “real world” of recruiting, the hiring company pays the recruiter to find you. You don’t pay the recruiter to be found.
If it’s Too Good to Be True
C’mon - you know the rest- it probably is. If they’re promising you that you can make $1000 a week sending just a couple of emails, then I have some oceanfront property to sell you in Iowa.
Be Smart. Do Research
If you find an opportunity, dig in and do some research. You’re already on your computer. Search the company. Do they have an address? Search the address. Is it a real business? A PO Box? Someone’s apartment? Check with the Better Business Bureau. Look for reviews. The best way to protect yourself is through knowledge.
There are tons of job sites out there for people looking for work from home opportunities that are totally free and legit. I can't stand to think that someone is going to get sucked into a scam. The thing is, if I almost fell for it, how easy will it be for others to fall for it? Maybe people that haven't dealt with scams like I have will see this on the their homepage, and because that's a pretty legit place to be, they'll fall for it. That's what almost got me.
Watch yourselves. Don't let the scammers get you. And if you find a scam, leave us a comment so we can warn others. We have to stick together.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.