Business WomanThere are a lot of people searching through the Internet for jobs and scammers take advantage of this by offering what appear to be jobs but are really scams.  Do not apply for anything at all dodgy.


It has been reported that on average 59 out of 60 advertised work at home jobs are scams.

Here are some examples:-

1.     A Part Time Job Laundering Money

The email is titled “Application for Part-Time Work” and appears to be from a software company.

It explains that they are a new business  in financial analysis software.

They have a problem in taking payments for their software from overseas. And the resolution of the problem is to appoint local agents in each country to accept the payments and send them on to the company.

The local agent gets 10% of each contract for their efforts.

This whole setup is fake of course. Any business that has problems taking payment for their product wouldn’t survive in business.

The process of taking payments and passing them on sounds very easy – it is. The problem is that it’s called money laundering and is distinctly illegal.

2.     Fake Mystery Shopper Jobs

The email is titled “Mystery Shop your local Asda store”.

And claims to be from ASDA but is in fact from or a similar operation.

It offers a mystery shopping jobs – get paid for simply shopping at your local stores and writing short reviews.

But you have to pay to register with them.

There is no job if you’re paying to give them a review.

Mystery shopper is one of those work from home jobs that a huge number of people would love to have. But there are very few such jobs so scammers use the attraction of these jobs to lure people. In this case they just want you to fil in their survey as that’s what they get paid for.  They don’t have any mystery shopper jobs – it’s just a con by a marketing agency.

3.     Work at Home Data Entry Jobs

An email arrived titled ‘Typing Jobs – Highest Paid in LA’

The email talks about how easy it is make Facebook posts and claims people are being paid up to $500 per day for such tasks while working from home.

The email quotes Jenny Lewis of the Home Trust Network as its expert on these work at home jobs.

But Jenny Lewis is just a seller of these kinds of ‘opportunities’ so it’s questionable whether she’s the person to trust.

The email also quotes various US government reports showing how some typists earn huge salaries.

To be realistic, there are some jobs keying in data of some kind – whether it’s to make Facebook posts or keying data into a database or writing tweets or articles etc.

But, by their nature most of these tasks are very dull and repetitive and don’t pay highly because there’s any number of temp agencies happy to provide people to do these tasks quickly and efficiently.

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4.     Work From Home Scams

There are large numbers of people who work at home as writers, consultants, Marketing, IT, sales, translators etc. but there is also a big demand for part time jobs that can be done at home without needing such specialised skills and knowledge.

These can include work such as article writing, cold calling, proof-reading, Internet research,  customer service, data entry, social media and SEO, dog walking and thousands of other opportunities.

But, the problem is the spam messages that are so abundant offering amazing work at home opportunities.

Figures suggest that 95% of such emails offering work from home are scams.

Often there is little detail on what’s involved and no way to contact the ‘seller’ – just a signup process.

The spam messages usually have the following characteristics:-

·         Little or no description of what the work actually is

·         A video clip of the ‘seller’ describing their wonderful lifestyle of Caribbean islands, fast cars and top hotels etc.

·         Something such as a time limit to get you to act before you have time to think.

·         Local based. i.e. the message is tailored to list the opportunities as being based somewhere close to where you live (this is easy to fake as most websites can now identify your location)

·         Incredible testimonials from people who were in a bad financial situation and now have the jet-set lifestyle thanks to this ‘opportunity’

·         No company name for you to check out – just a brand name. No company address etc.

Check as much as you can before signing up – once they have your card details you’re in their hands.     

Beware fake jobs.