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Avoiding Scams
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:37:22 AM »
I have been doing an online job hunt for a few months now and although I haven't landed at any good paying jobs, I have learned a few things from site postings and stuff. Scams are pretty much rampant in every part of the world both online and offline. So I'm starting this thread so people can share their tips on how to detect and avoid scams. Here are a few that I learned:

1. If the pay is high and the job is easy be wary. I found that there are a lot of jobs posted on online job sites like oDesk or Freelancer that have amazing pays for what sounds like an easy job. Although jobs with this description are probably not all scams, it can't hurt to be a bit careful does it?

2. If the employer asks for any sort of money before you begin your job. That's bad news. Among all the jobs that I've tried to apply for there were a few that asked for requirements such as government IDs, Identification card, working permit, etc. and sometimes for some of us this is just too much work to get together. Scammers are well aware of that fact and would sometimes offer to overlook the requirements for a certain fee. If you come across anything like this then it's definitely a scam.

3. Asking for credit cards. There are also some "Employers" who would ask for your credit card for "verification" or "Identification" purposes. Stir clear of these. There is never any need for an employer to ask you for a credit card number.

4. People who don't pay. This personally happened to me. I took a job at a freelancer site and finished it but then after submitting my work my employer just disappeared without ever paying me. Check your employer's background paying record before you take any job so that you can be confident that they will pay you for your hard work.

5. Scam sites. Sites that offer to pay per surveys, now obviously not all of them but there are sites which give you surveys to answer but then they start lessening the amount of surveys you get as soon as you get close to the withdrawal amount until you just completely stop getting any survey at all and you never get to credit anything from your surveys.

These are from my personal experience. Feel free to share your own experiences and tips on how to avoid scams.  ;D

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 05:27:33 PM »
I have been almost scammed many times, but always do research before I invest in anything online, I never give money unless I am sure, most reputable services and companies who pay you to do tasks for them don't ask for money, surveys for example, or someone wanting work done.

Number 4 has happened to me once unfortunately, I had to write articles for a website for about 100 USD but ended up with 10USD which I felt insulted and the owner never replied, I just took saw saw the 5 star rating and took that as reliable (silly I know) it was only after I read the reviews and they were not good, the user has gone now, hopefully karma will get him  ;D

You need to be careful nowadays, there are lot of strange people out there wanting a piece of your $$

There are now many rubbish on YouTube now, they film people that look like your average honest man or woman on the street but are paid to lie and make stories on how they made 1000 dollars doing nothing, surprised why Google allow them to be there.

The saying goes- "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 05:27:33 PM »
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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 02:59:43 PM »
Kindly read and re-read site's reviews and make a bold and wise decision. Then again if its too good to be true, then probably it is, follow your gut feeling, you'll never go wrong on that. Check it out at BBB, {Better Business Bureau}, and if they have terms and conditions, privacy policy, just do a thorough background check-up before joining that way you save yourself endless heartache, your pocket is safe and intact and your sanity is at ease!

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 11:30:09 PM »
Just run any site you plan to sign up with through google and see the comments there, or if it's asking you for credit card info then that's a big red flag.


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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 09:37:41 AM »
I agree with @dianethare - review, review, review. Another great place to check is glassdoor . com. You can read actual employee reviews about companies, WAH and regular, and get an idea as to the average pay. I like to look at the last year's worth of reviews to see if the company looks like it is getting better, or sinking fast.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 10:52:48 AM »
Good post Oogles, you cover pretty much everything. From my experience I have to say to be suspicious from those sites that have withdraw limits that are too high. Also, look online for references, reddit or other similar communities for sure have something to say about the particular site you're trying to figure out.

And of course, don't pay anything upfront, you are there to work and receive, not to pay!

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 01:40:07 PM »
Also, when in doubt, look up scam-finding websites.

For example, RipoffReport.com scamXposer.com etc etc etc. This does require a bit of reading, because sometimes expected easy money and were surprised when there was actual work involved so they reported it as a scam. Never take all your information from one source.

Whenever you find a scam, make sure you blog about it Nonstop so that other work-at-homies don't have to deal with the struggle. Be safe, never give anyone important info, and never pay for your job.

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2014, 12:37:33 AM »
If I ever want to determine if something is a scam, I use forums like this one and also just google "name of website" scam and I see what comes up. I'm always cautious about using untested sites.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2014, 10:26:10 AM »
Yep, that is really a good idea, look for online communities where there are people who have tried that place and in that way you can benefit from their experience and don't lose your time.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2014, 12:49:03 AM »
Great post and good tips!!! Two more scam warnings...

1. Asking for your bank account information. This happened to my cousin. She was offered a job to open a home office for an online company. Once she accepted, they asked for her bank information so that they could deposit money for supplies and stuff. Because she never met them in person and got the job online, I told her: beware. A legit company should have a separate business account for supplies n stuff.

2. If the job's website looks like they are advertising the job. In this awful economy, there are more job hunters than jobs. So, no company should need to sell a job unless they are running some sort of scam or are paying you way below than what you deserve for the work you are doing.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2014, 07:09:08 AM »
Ouch, a huge red flag if a company is asking for your bank details for the company activity. What did your cousin answer SpringBreeze? Yeah, good second tip too, you are looking for the job, so be careful for these "offers" that just might scam you.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2014, 12:13:21 PM »
If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.  Given the instant availability of information through search engines, one would be a fool to not do a search about any sort of online employment.  Never give out credit or debit card information, you will be sorry!

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2014, 10:44:54 AM »
There are some freelance jobs for design on craigslist. Always do a mock design. Never send them the true file before they pay. And, you have to be aware that people can reverse there payment with paypal.  :-[

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2014, 12:59:35 PM »
I do believe you can avoid scams out there by simply using some common sense a doing a little research on the opportunity. In most cases if an opportunity is a scam there will be evidence of that somewhere online and a lot of it.

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Re: Avoiding Scams
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2014, 09:44:05 AM »
I normally read through the company's profiles before joining them.I read a lot of online reviews and sometimes even those are not necessary.We can figure out which of them is a scam just by taking a peek at their pay rates,their forums and our common sense obviously.Most cases even the layout will suggest.If they have some cheap scripts put up we can easily find out if its scam or not.

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