Have You Heard?: Work-at-home scams

Published: Mar. 12, 2015 at 2:49 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2015 at 2:49 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Wouldn't it be nice to work from home?

The trick is picking out the real job from the scam offers, and there are tons of scams out there you need to beware of.

This is a pretty shocking number, jobseekers. There are 60 to 70 scams for every one real work-from-home job. Those scams are getting slicker every day.

“There are some scams that are very savvy,” said FlexJobs CEO Sarah Sutton Fell.

Fell's job is to help job seekers find needle in a hay stack jobs: real, legitimate jobs for working men and women who want flexible and alternative schedules.

With so many scams, if you are looking for a job you have to be skeptical because scammers are also looking for you. She said if you get unsolicited emails and messages asking you about your resume or LinkdIn account or a job opening you did not apply for, the warning alarms should go off.

Another red flag to look for is if they want to conduct an interview over instant messenger. Even if it starts out ok.

“The rest of it seems legitimate,” Fell said. “They are conducting a regular dialogue, the questions are professional and they are doing a regular dialogue for an interview.

This scam usually ends in one way and here is the catch: they will then want to send you a laptop with pre-installed software and ask for your bank information and for you to wire $400 through Western Union. They then promise they will pay you back in your first paycheck.

“Obviously anytime you are asked for an upfront payment and it's significant in order to get the job or to do the job, that is a big red flag,” Fell said.

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