WORK AT HOME HOAX

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Have You Ever Considered Working Online?

Krishna Karpal from Bombay never thought that she would, until curiosity got the best of her and she filled out a simple online form. Before she knew it, she discovered her secret to beating the recession, and being able to provide for her family while at home with her three children.

I read Krishna’s blog last month and decided to feature her story in our local job report. In our phone interview she told me her amazing story. “I basically make about Rs 387,000-Rs 440,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home.

I asked her about how she started her remarkable journey. “It was pretty easy, I filled out a short form and applied for a work at home kit. There is a small shipping and handling fee, its not really free but it was under Rs 1000. I got the Kit and within a month I was making over Rs 276,700 a month. Its really simple, I am not a computer whiz, but I can use the internet. I fill forms and post links, I don’t even have to sell anything and nobody has to buy anything.”

Sounds too good to be true? Well then there is a 99% probability that it is.
work-at-home scheme is a get-rich-quick scheme in which a victim is lured by an offer to be employed at home, very often doing some simple task in a minimal amount of time with a large amount of income that far exceeds the market rate for the type of work. The true purpose of such an offer is for the perpetrator to extort money from the victim, either by charging a fee to join the scheme, or requiring the victim to invest in products whose resale value is misrepresented.

Signs of a work-at-home scam versus a legitimate job may include:

  • Payment of fee is required prior to starting employment.
  • Pay is too good to be true. Though there may be legitimate jobs in existence in which employees are paid to perform the particular task in question, even from home, in reality, they would be paid a wage that is fair for that type of work and level of education, not the $40 per hour or $3000 per week that is typically offered in a work-at-home scheme.
  • Employer will seemingly hire anyone, with no experience necessary and no qualifications. Legitimate work-at-home employers will only be interested in those who have the proper experience, skills, certification, and other qualifying factors, and will give at least some scrutiny to an applicant seeking employment. But the perpetrator of a work-at-home scheme is only interested in the payment required to join.
  • Company is little known, and does not seemingly have a customer base bringing them revenue from which they can pay employees.
  • Company name is similar to, but not exactly the same as a well known, legitimate company.
  • Company does not appear to have a permanent location. Its address, phone number, and website appear to be centered around recruitment of employees, not customers.
  • Company tries to show unnatural benefits of working in a very short period of time.
  • Keeps on contacting you again and again until and unless you reply.
  • Multiple pop-ups display upon attempting to exit the web site that is advertising the work-at-home opportunity. Legitimate employment sites will not display this level of desperation, especially during a recession.
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