Common Online Job Scams and How to Avoid Them


Imagine how frustrating it is when you are looking for work to support you or your family, and you fall victim to scammers. While some home-based workers easily spot scams, how can you, a newbie, avoid falling for these online job scams? What are the signs that a scammer is just out to get your money? Read on if you are looking for home-based jobs in the Philippines and want to avoid falling for scammers.

Types of Online Jobs Scams

Many job boards have sprouted over the years, providing home-based workers an avenue where they can choose which job to apply to from the comforts of their own home. Applying to home-based jobs have become more interesting and convenient than office-based jobs. At the same time, scammers have seen this as a way to deceive unknowing people and rob them of their money.

The types of online job scams depend on the purpose of the scammers. Some want to get your cash, some want to get personal details for identity theft, and some want you to pay for goods or services. You will see these fake job postings on job boards and forums such as Craigslist,, Facebook and Upwork, among others. Be smart enough to be aware of which online job scams to avoid. Avoid falling for these work from home online job frauds by making sure to check the legitimacy of the job offer and the person offering the job before applying.

What are the warning signs that a particular job post is a scam? Here are some:

  • You are asked to purchase goods or services before being hired or as a requisite to being hired.
  • You are asked to make a “one-time” payment or fee in exchange for being hired.
  • You are asked to provide personal details that legit clients would never ask from you, such as a photo of your passport, Social Security number, driver’s license number, and credit card information.
  • You are asked to pay for training.
  • You are asked to download a software or to receive money to pay to a third party.
  • You are offered ridiculously big money for a very easy task.

If you see any of these signs in a job listing, do not apply. Be wise when reading job posts and do not send in your application just because the job seems too good to be true. To help you avoid these online job scams, remember to do the following:

1. You are paid to work. Therefore, avoid job postings that offer a ridiculous amount of money in exchange for doing nothing or little work.

2. Do your part and research. If you are not familiar with the company or it sounds fishy, research about it if it’s legit.

3. Look for red flags. These include job postings that have glaring grammatical errors or using a free email address (such as or

While it may seem tempting to send in your application for home-based jobs that offer a high salary, it pays to be wise and to recognize online job scams right away. Be aware of the types of these scams and know how to avoid them so you can find the job that is right for you.


Kristine Joy Aquino is a wife and a mom for 11 years and a writer and editor/proofreader for the past 12 years. She has planted the seed of her career in writing novels and academic papers and ebooks, and that soon branched out to editing manuscripts, which she came to love doing. Her mantra: every day presents a chance to learn new things and skills, no matter how difficult. She prides herself on being a strong woman, able to face life challenges head-on, with a few bruises here and there that would always remind her of all she’s been through. 


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