Work From Home Scams
An enticing interview request arrives from what appears to be a prestigious company, but it originates from a basic email address.
You're asked to disclose personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, and bank account details during the hiring process.
The recruiter attempts to persuade you to pay an application or job training fee with charm and persuasion.
They remain hesitant to reveal the company's name and compensation details until you provide your personal information.
A job offer comes swiftly, without any prior in-person meetings or office visits.
All communication occurs solely through social media channels.
Their website appears hastily constructed, containing grammatical errors, a vague job description, and lacking direct contact information for the organization.
- Starting your own internet business
- Envelope stuffing
- Assembly or craft work
- Rebate processing
- Medical billing
- Mystery shopping
- Online representative position
- Job postings appear on job board websites, but not on the company website.
- Recruiters/managers do not have profiles on the job board, or the profiles do not seem to fit their roles.
- Interviews are conducted via secure video call, no option for an in-person interview.
- Interviews are conducted via applications that use email addresses instead of phone numbers.
- Potential employers contact you through non-company emails.
- Potential employers require you to purchase start-up equipment or request funds/credit card information before you are officially hired.
- If it is too good to be true - it generally is. This can apply to salary amounts, benefits, etc.
- Companies/lawyers are not going to request for you to send funds to someone else.
- Research the hiring company using the company name only. Multiple websites with the same or similar names may be indicative of a fraudulent job listing (example: target.com, targetcompany.com, targetllc.com).
- Search for the company name followed by the word “scam” or “reviews”. Read what others have to say.
- Legitimate companies will ask for Personal Identify Information (such as direct deposit information) AFTER hiring employees. They will not request this information during the initial interview or interview process.
- Never send funds to someone you meet online, especially via wire.
- Never provide credit card information or bank account information to employers without verifying their identity.
- Always verify the web address of legitimate websites by manually typing them into your browser.
- Do not click links that are provided in emails in which you do not recognize the sender.
- Question who will pay you and when you will be paid (specific date, not speaking in general terms).
- Check for misspellings. Any correspondence with the local, state, or federal government will end in -.gov, not-.com.
- Frequently visit the Federal Trade Commission website to view ongoing and active scams.