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How to Avoid Work-from-home Scams

You’ve probably seen the ads on the internet or posted around your town: “Make easy cash working from home, no experience needed.” While it sounds appealing, it’s probably a scam. Most of these “opportunities” are, and they are designed to liberate you from your money. While there are many legitimate work-from-home opportunities, it’s important to look at every opportunity with a degree of skepticism.

First and foremost, any job or opportunity that requires a payment or the purchase of materials should be avoided.

Second, any opportunity to “get rich quick” is a scam.

Third, if the business doesn’t have a physical location, valid contact information or a social media presence, walk away.

Fourth, do a Google search for reviews of the business. If the word “scam” pops up, it most likely is a scam.

Some work-from-home jobs are legitimate. Just be sure to do your due diligence when considering any of the following:

  • Product reseller
  • Mystery shopping
  • Home assembly / envelope stuffing
  • Data entry / call center
  • Taking online surveys

And, it’s best to avoid any of the following:

If you are considering work-from-home opportunities, limit your search to legitimate job search channels, such as job search engines that provide access to a company’s website so you can learn more about the business and the position. Freelance job sites such as UpWork, Working Solutions and FlexJobs offer fully vetted work-at-home job opportunities.

If you’re looking for work, Alpine Bank may have the perfect position for you. Visit our career page for more info.

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Ross Bentzler

Ross Bentzler is Executive VP and Information Security Officer for Alpine Bank. Ross has worked in the information technology field for two decades, focusing on information security for 13 years.

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