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How to Tell if a Job is a Scam

One of the most frequent questions asked concerning scams is how to tell if a job is a scam. Nowadays there are so many job scams especially online. As more and more people get laid off and are seeking alternative ways to make money, there are more and more scams set up to trap these unsuspecting and desperate people.

It is important that you search thoroughly before you commit yourself to a job because that job that may promise just what you need to hear may be a scam that will cost you alot more than you can afford. Below are some of the ways of how to tell if a job is a scam.

Ways to tell if a job is a scam

The most obvious way to tell if a job is a scam is whether you have to pay money upfront to start the job. By definition, when you get a job, you get paid for the work that you do. You should not be paying anyone to be able to do a job. If you are required to pay an upfront cost, then either that job is not a job or the job is a scam. Do not confuse a job with a license to start your home based business. For example, when you start a franchise or join an MLM, you usually have to pay a fee. These are not jobs but are businesses that you are starting which is something very different from a job.

The sad fact is that most of the scammers have gotten very good at convincing people and justifying to them why they have to pay the usually one time upfront fee. Since most of the people applying for these jobs are desperate, they often end up paying. Remember that a legitimate job pays you, a scam makes you pay them.

Another red flag to tell that a job is a scam is if the physical location of the job. A scam is usually online because it is easy. If a company has a physical location, check into that location to see how long that business has been in operation. You can also check with the BBB to see if anyone has filed a complaint against that business.

If you are starting a job as an employee, one good way to tell if that job is a scam is to check into the business license of your employer. The IRS requires that most employers register with them and have an employer ID. This will help you do your research to see if that employer really exists and is in good standing with the state or the IRS.