If you’ve heard you can make a living by working from home, you haven’t heard wrong. But, if someone’s been telling you that you can make an insane amount of money sitting at home, I hope you are seeing red flags! The following is a list of some of the most obvious ones:
A free lunch or a heavily discounted one
Anyone who offers you a free lunch has an ulterior motive, for people trying to con you, it’s your money. Of course in order to lure you in, they dangle the carrot of hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars per month.
The question that I suggest you ask yourself is, -“Can I justify this amount with my skill set?” If not, you know it’s an offer that you either need to steer clear of or study in greater detail.
A Tangled Web They Weave
Any offer or opportunity that’s not straightforward and transparent reeks of a con. For example, sometime back there was this posting on a popular content writing job-site where the ‘client’ wanted writers, but would only pay them if their articles helped him generate a certain number of clicks. As a content writer, as long as you do your job well, you shouldn’t have to bother about how many clicks you content generates. That’s the client’s outlook. So, the best advice when it comes to opportunities like these is–stay away.
Pay me, before I pay you:
Once you have paid a con, you can kiss your money goodbye. Frankly, that’s what scammers aim for; they want you to shell out cash, before you get the time to really think about the offer. They will create a false sense of urgency, “buy now, or you’ll lose your chance”, “very few open slots left”, etc. etc. In fact this is one of the most common shams in the online work- from-home niche.
I have come across fake content writing a data entry offers, where the applicant is asked to pay a registration fee. Common sense dictates that if you do a job for someone you get paid, not vice versa.
Finally, the one factor that can help you spot a sham when you see one is your instinct. Any opportunity that makes you feel uncomfortable is worth digging deeper into.
The idea of earning money with minimal effort is tempting and often clouds our judgment. Cynical as it may sound, I have realized there is no such thing as ‘easy money’ when you are working from home. There is good money and a comfortable life definitely, but if you start hunting for ‘quick money’ or ‘instant cash’ schemes, you are most likely setting yourself up for being duped.