Avoid These 5 Misleading Work from Home Job Scams


In our society today, there seems to be more scamming and fraud than ever before. This is largely due to the scarcity of jobs and the reality that landing a well-paying job is getting more difficult and competitive. This situation is being exploited by scam artists whose work-from-home scams fool thousands each year.

With the advent of the internet, this situation is getting a lot worse. Lots of money-making opportunities are being advertised online, but scammers are stepping in to infiltrate the system by offering their own less-than-stellar opportunities. This article is aimed at letting you know about scams so you can avoid being exploited by these people.

Ad Posting for Cash

The Con

Earn money by posting ads on sites like Facebook, YouTube, Craiglist and other blogs.

The Catch

When you register, you are provided with an ad to post on various platforms. This registration usually requires a one-time fee. You’re promised to earn lots of money for little or no work, but instead, your initial registration fee disappears and it can be extremely difficult to recoup this initial investment.

Mystery Shopping

The Con:

This simply refers to shopping to earn. You’re asked to visit a shop, whether offline or online, and make a purchase. Then, you’ll be asked to evaluate the experience of shopping there. At the end of the exercise, you’re paid to cover your experience and extra for the work done.

The Catch:

The whole story starts with being contacted by a retail outlet or agency to shop for them. If you agree, you’ll be given a check with the claim that it covers the cost of paying for the products and a left over for your trouble. However, the check itself is fake, and you’ll never be paid, so any money that you spend will be your own. Stay away!

Data Entry

The Con:

You can earn money by helping big companies enter data into spreadsheets.

The Catch:

This scam usually involves paying a fee for access to lists of employers and a paid training course on how to get clients for your “new data entry business”. Another way of extorting money from you is through providing exams or testing, and administrative costs. Some of these opportunities may be legitimate, but the majority are scams.

Envelope Stuffing:


This scam has to do with being asked to stuff envelopes and paid for it. This simply means putting letters in envelopes and taking them to the post office. They usually provide you with all you need.

The Catch:

Stuffing envelopes requires kits, and they cost quite some amount of money to get started. It is not as simple as they will make you believe. For every person that sign ups for their offer, you are paid a measly amount of money. This amount is nothing compared to what they make at the end of the day. You may end up spending your own cash on kits and licking a ton of stamps for little or no money.

How to Avoid Online Jobs Scams

With the above, it is easy to spot these con artists and their scams. If you know what to watch for, you’ll detect one of the many clear signs that a scam is taking place before you find yourself in any hot water.


Do a thorough check on the URL of the company. Find out more about the company by doing your own research. Find out if there’s really a job listing, and if it’s the same with the one sent to you.

Direct Solicitation

This is something to watch out for. Avoid attending to messages of job offerings that you never applied for. Most of times, they are not genuine, and they may be phishing scams designed to trick you into giving away your personal information to criminals that do identity theft.

Chat-based Interviews

Any employer who only chooses to communicate by chat only should be treated as highly suspicious. Another thing to be mindful of is requests for personal information, especially requests that are normally prohibited by HR departments.

There are many work-from-home jobs that are legitimate. However, it is important to be very careful when deciding which ones to apply for or get started with. With the above information, it should be easy to detect the most obvious scams and stay out of trouble. Never be in a hurry to land online jobs and make a quick buck, and always spend the time and do research to verify that your employer is legitimate before you give them your time, money, or personal information.