Tell Tale Signs of Telecommute Job Scams

One of the most daunting things to consider when looking for a telecommute job, is avoiding scams. In fact, this has placed a gray veil over work from home jobs because of the amount of fake jobs or envelope stuffing jobs out there. By the same token, there’s plenty of real and legitimate work from home or telecommute jobs. So the question arises, how do you find these jobs? And better yet, what are the tell tale signs of true telecommute job scams? We will consider three signs.

  1. Upfront Costs
  2. Crazy insane pay
  3. Sketchy contact info

1. Upfront Costs
So you’re job searching, and find one that you think you’re cut out for. You start reading the description, you see that it is a telecommute job, and perhaps it’s something like data entry. But then you continue reading and continue down your mental checklist of if it’s a fit for you, and you’re slapped in the face with “get started today for only”. And from there it starts to sound more like a sales pitch than a job opening. As simple as this may seem, so many get hooked with this very scam. As awesome as the job might sound, just know that for the most part, no legitimate telecommute job will charge you or ask you for cost that aren’t reasonably explained. Some examples are if you’re working as a telemarketer, you might be required to provide your own headset or desk phone. In this case, you can reasonably see how this upfront cost would make sense to the job. But if you encounter a job and they’re asking for a startup fee, steer clear my friend!

2. Crazy Insane Pay
Okay, while it’s true we’re all different, one thing that most of us have in common is that we would want to work little, but for mucho grande pay! Some even look at telecommute jobs as a way to achieve this. And while it is true that legitimate telecommute jobs exist that pay very well, those jobs generally are in specialized fields, and require the appropriate amount of experience and qualifications. We’ve all seen ads while looking for jobs that claim to pay you 10,000/mo just for doing something minuscule. Some even go a step further and show testimonies from other so called employees of theirs. Even after all of this, we must remember that our common sense should kick in. Remember the old adage our grandparents, or even parents use to say: If it’s too good to be true, chances are it is.

3. Sketchy Contact Info
I’ve found in recent years, that this mainly applies to places such as craigslist, or any other site that list multiple types of items for sale or for any other purpose. Don’t get me wrong, craigslist does have plenty of real job listings. However, at times when looking at contact information, we might see a personal email address, or even lack of contact info. This can be for multiple reasons mind you. And only you can make that final choice, unless you see others posting about their application experience with the job. In totality though, when job searching, allow common sense to prevail over your need for a job. If other items don’t appear right while looking at the job ad/description, chances are it’s a scam. But the contact info usually will be a tell tale sign.

Final thoughts:
Keep in mind that many job boards exist that have real work from home jobs. However, due diligence is needed to make sure that you’re not being taken for a ride. We’ve outlined three areas to watch out for. Bare in mind that new work from home jobs are always coming available as employers embrace the idea and benefits. Continue to visit our job board for new remote jobs. In fact, if you are interested in partial remote jobs that allow work from home/office balance, check out our sister site @

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