Telecommuting job posts are not always what they seem

Lately I’ve been stumbling across leads on legit job sites and my newspaper’s classified ad that are not always jobs.  Business opportunities are occasionally posted under employment instead of biz ops.  I personally think this is a little sneaky, but it’s not unethical as long as the one placing the ad explains that it is a business opportunity once contact is made.

Scam artists are also posting “jobs” in various places, but these tend to show up online on free classified sites or social networks.  These ads describe call center, data entry, or virtual assistant positions with hourly salary ranges from $10-15 or higher.  People respond and receive a message telling them to send payment for training materials “to prove that they’re serious.”

Again, no legitimate company offering a job will require payment for training materials.  Business opportunities usually do charge a fee of some kind, but that detail is made known from the beginning.

One of the scams I checked into required applicants to ‘sign a nondisclosure agreement.’  Guess what?  If the person is doing something that is illegal, then they cannot try to hold anyone to a legally binding agreement.

When I run across anything fraudulent I will share.  If you run across something and are not sure if it’s a scam or not, run a search.  Google the “company name scam” or “position title scam” and view the results.   Search the telecommuting moms board on wahm.com, too.  Members there have no problem calling out scammers and that’s one of the reasons I love it there.

Good luck in your search and be careful!  The start of summer vacation, beginning of the school year, and the holidays are scammer hunting seasons.  They’re hunting for us and we need to send them home with empty pockets.

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Long time between posts

Things get a little crazy when WAHM life has to take sort of a backseat to life in general.  Family, school, work, and a home search have limited my free time.  It’s not easy to put in a regular work day when your son decides that he doesn’t need to drink water when it’s hot out and faints.  Or your dogs decide to destroy a pillow, blanket, r/c car, football, etc.  Throwing in a househunt, packing, and reorganizing make life fun, too.

A side bonuse is that I’m getting more sleep.  Sometimes.

I’ll keep you posted on the move and settling into the new routine.  I’ll have more scam alerts soon, too.

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Remember EFU Limited’s Application Processing Scam? They’re back!

This time they’re using the names VSD Virtual Services Data and Newman & Miller Associates.

I saw an ad on Cragislist that smelled wrong, so I requested more info.  Less than 24 hours later, Lori J. Stevenson responded with her scam offer.  I wrote about her and her company back in May – remember EFU Limited?

Basically they post ads, then when applicants respond, they hit them with the ‘pay us $24.95 (or whatever) for processing fees.’

This line of bull kills me –

This is just a small processing fee, protecting
from those who are not serious about doing this work. No business can
cover administrative cost, wasted time or provide costly materials to
everyone who inquires about this position. If this is not acceptable
for you, or you cannot afford this small cost, please disregard this email.

The ‘costly materials’ she refers to?  An email telling the applicant how to scam people the same way she is.  Wait, not ‘scam,’ but explanation of your work duties.

If you’d like to read the entire email, drop me a line and I’ll forward you a copy.  Remember, this is a scam, not a job.

As long as I can, I will nail these scamming beotches to the wall.  I’ll shout from the rooftoops about who they are, how they scam, and how to avoid them.

Be safe out there!