Our post, SCAMMERS-3 EASY STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION, was on the phone scammers who con you into giving up personal information over the phone. These work from home scammers are a different type of scam scumbugs like to run.
First and foremost, a legitimate company will NEVER ask for your banking information online or over the phone, including your username and passwords. If they do, they are scammers.
Work From Home Scammers Have Bogus & Unusable Contact Information
Almost all fake companies will not have real links or contact information, or any contact information at all. A real good sign is if they have no physical mailing address. Usually, these fake companies will on have an email address or form to contact them. Scammers are shifty and will do their best to keep their origin and identity secret.
Sponsored Links, Ads or Contact You Through Facebook
Jobs found through paid online ads are rarely legitimate, especially work from home jobs. You can find the sponsored links, ads, and search results in your major search engines like Google, Bing, Ask, and Yahoo. Companies will NEVER reach out to you on Facebook Messenger to extend a job offer.
The Scammers Position Has No Details
As an example, if the website just talks about the benefits of working from home, but has no real details about the position and what will be required, then you should consider it suspect immediately.
Scammers Can’t Provide Proof of Big Claims
Many of these website sites and advertisements will make mention of well known and respected publications that have written about them, but then will not provide links, dates, authors, etc.
Work From Home Scammers Sales Pitches Are Emotional
This tip is almost common sense. When sales pitches try to pull your emotional strings or present flashy cars and other bling, then be very suspicious.
Tactics Are High Pressure
These scammers want you to make a quick decision to give them your money. If you see phrases like “Today Only” or “Positions are filling fast,” you should run away fast! Don’t look back.
“Too Good To Be True”
Work From Home Scammers Will Always Ask For Money or to Buy Something
A Legitimate Company NEVER, NEVER….NEVER asks you to cash a check. If this “company” invites you to set up, pay for an account, or send money, then it is all stop. They are a scam. If they want you to buy gift cards, supplies, or send wire transfers, they are a scam.
Be vigilant, especially during upcoming holidays.
In the graphic below, you will see a simple 5 step process of how the scammers work you out of your money and leave you hanging, owing to your bank the money, plus bounced check fees.
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