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How to Tell if a Job Listing is a SCAM

Posted by Jessica Holbrook | Posted in Articles


I see people asking this all of the time. They post links to job postings on work at home forums and ask whether it’s a scam or if it’s a real job. To help clear up some confusion, I am going to show you a real Craigslist job posting and show you why I believe it is a scam. I have numbered the items I will be talking about on this image to help clarify what I’m talking about.


1. First of all, this listing is a picture embedded into the webpage. That throws up a red flag because that means they are probably trying to get around Craigslist’s rule about posting in multiple categories or multiple areas. When using an embedded image, Craigslist can’t tell if it has been posted before.

2. This ad talks about daily pay. To me, this screams scam. I cannot think of any non-telecommuting jobs that pay daily other than under the table things such as babysitting or mowing lawns. By paying daily, it would seem that they are trying to hide something, perhaps hide from the government how much money they are making. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to work for a job that lies to the government because that says they’ll lie to me too.

3. The pay seems to be highly overstated. $50-$450 is a huge difference and it does not seem likely that a commission-only job will pay $450 in a day. When I see these kinds of statements about how much you can make, I look at it as a business opportunity rather than a job. The fact that they are trying to promote it as a job merits calling it a scam. Also, if it is a business opportunity, they will likely charge you a fee for “training materials” or “membership fees”. Never ever pay for a job.

4. Again, grossly overstated pay throws up a red flag. This is likely a business opportunity rather than a job.

5. Try going to 747HFN.com. Yep, that’s right, it redirects to helpingfamiliesworldwide.com/mikeneff. That pretty much confirms that this is a business opportunity that someone (probably named Mike) is trying to pass off as a real job.

6. No resumes. Hmm, when have you ever applied for a job that didn’t require any information about your background? Never? Well, that’s because all real jobs want to know if you will actually be able to do the job. No request for a resume or application tells me that it’s like a scam or a business opportunity.

7. This is just an odd formatting error. Typically when I see these, I view the post as unprofessional and hastily posted. Most companies looking for an employee would not overlook a formatting error like that. This kind of thing throws up a red flag that this is likely a scam.

As you can see, there are many issues with this Craigslist job posting that cause me to believe it’s a scam or a business opportunity. Hopefully this post will help you determine if a job posting is scam, a business opportunity or a real job. Of course, I’m always open to doing some research on companies so if you find one that is particularly tough to decide whether it’s a scam, feel free to contact me. You can click on the Contact Me tab at the top of this page or go to http://jessicaholbrook.net/WAH/contact-me/

Great info! Thanks bunches :)

Excellent, well explained difference between a real job, and or scam.
For a real job you do not ever pay a fee.
For a Business Opportunity, some will ask you for an upfront fee, but you need to research the company that is offering this business venture, you need to see the compensation plan, bonuses and override, the products they’ve got to offer and see if this is what you will most likely do, to gain a income.
Research, look for the complaints they receive and how they handle those complaints. A good site to research complaint is http://www.ripoffreport.com/,
just type the company name and get all the complaint this company has.

Hope this helps!!

Thank you for the comment. Yes, RipOffReport.com is an EXCELLENT resource. It’s similar to the Better Business Bureau.

Thank you for your insight. I already knew that this ad is to good to be true. It is good to have people like you doing all this research. I also will like to work from home. If i find a REAL opportunity I will share it with you. Thanks, again, Gladys

Thank for information. This truly very useful information because too many ads out there which is more spam than actual real online job. Again thank you.

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