Opportunity or Scam?


While working from home helps to flatten the curve, let's face it- it also flattens our wallet. During this time when more people are looking to find additional sources of income by working remotely, what are the red flags to identify real opportunities vs. online scams?

I have published a 3 min. article on my personal experience here and would love to hear your thoughts as well.

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Minji Co
42 months ago

8 answers


Thanks for sharing, Minji! I think those are great tips, especially checking the email addresses. Google recently launched a new course online to teach children about scams like these, and how to detect "fake news" headlines...really interesting stuff. I wish this existed when I was a kid! https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=be_internet_awesome&utm_term=googlebeinternetawesome&gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw7GuRarkxkrJOgOd-8tuVUToKa_M0X14pl3nkyjRN6Urj-LybWw9eRoCSpwQAvD_BwE

Olivia Poglianich
42 months ago
This is a good resource for parents Olivia. Thanks for sharing and linking. Looking for tips for adults and the workforce in particular, in case you come across other useful articles. :) - Minji 42 months ago

Hi Minji,
Great tips! and I do think the risks of remote working/work from home was always been there.
It remains a challenge to understand how the scamsters' mode of work is. I just wanted to add another tip from my personal experience. Sometimes the companies seem legitimate but during the interview ask for bank details or consent on if it is okay to use personal bank accounts for company work and I have heard people have had a very bad experience because of that not just by some people losing money from the bank account but by some receiving money without a credible source.

Pramela Nair Panthallor - PhD
42 months ago
Pramela, this is an excellent tip and hopefully it doesn't go that far during the scam operation otherwise an individual's financial details may be compromised. - Minji 42 months ago
Thanks, I hope so too.. - Pramela Nair 42 months ago

Great tips Minji! Thanks for posting. Personally I've received a number of messages that look legit in most cases until there are some subtle grammar or spelling errors. It's important to recognize these early.

~ Brett

Brett Gardner, MBA, CP-FS
42 months ago
Agree Brett Gardner, MBA, CP-FS the spelling errors, capitalization, use of punctuation are all visible cues and looking more into the company through an online search will save a lot of time and headache later on. - Minji 42 months ago

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