Lifehacker wrote an excellent post yesterday morning outlining the most common Internet scams online for the less technical savvy. Their advice is straightforward and should be read by anyone using the Internet.
The article does shed some light on work at home jobs, which is why I’ve posted this article. It may be a bit simple, but it is still sound advice to follow. Be sure to read the article in full at the end of this post to learn how to fully protect yourself from a number of Internet scams.
Watch Out for Job Postings That Look Too Good
If you’re out of work or just looking for a way to make some extra cash on the side, you should be very careful about the jobs posted on online sites like Craigslist, because there are scammers lurking there as well. It’s not that Craigslist isn’t a great place to look for jobs, but you have to be careful. Those jobs that say you can “Make $25+ / hour working from home!” or “Mystery Shopper Needed!” and promise tons of money for almost no work—yeah, they are completely fake.
The biggest thing to avoid is anything involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfers, money orders, or dealings with any financial transaction. The scammers will ask you to deposit a check or money order and wire transfer the money back to them—and it’s not until later that you find out it was a forgery. I personally know somebody who was scammed out of $12,000 this way.
It is your duty to pass along the information to any of your gullible/non technical savvy friends or family members. A quick read could save them thousands of dollars and could save you from having to hear about their complaints.