How To Recognize Online Job Scams – Easily Tell

how to recognize online job scams

You could be minding your own business on social media when all of a sudden, some advertisement pops out at you claiming easy money.

Or you could be going through your email inbox…

Chances are if you’ve spent some time online, rather you were searching for a job or not, you’ve encountered a job, opportunity, or online course that may have sounded good, but you were not quite sure about.

We’re going to help you learn how to easily recognize an online job scams, saving you potential waste of time or money in the future.

How To Recognize Online Job Scams

Unfortunately their are online job scams where the only people who are getting paid for their efforts, is the people behind the scams.

We’ve reviewed tons of online business opportunities and work from home jobs in the past and have become pretty keen to their tactics.

Here’s what to look out for.

Unrealistic Promises

Not everything that you come across which claims to teach making money online is a scam.

There are some safe, legitimate jobs and even online business courses available on the internet.

On the other hand, you can’t believe every single website or individual ‘shouting’ easy money.

Places promising you unrealistic numbers, say ($4000-10,000/mo) and all of this will take place within your first month of joining tends to be low-quality products, in most cases.

There’s also sales videos that tell you they will GIVE you money just for tuning in and watching the video in its entirety. They then pitch their system or software and tell you how they can get rid of all of your financial problems.

This too tends to be a tactic used by scams/scammers and is false 99% of the time, and as expected, the money promised for watching the video never comes.

It’s not unusual for an online job opportunity making unrealistic promises to also claim that all the work will be done for you.

It’s All Done For You

If all the work is already done, what do you need me for?

Believe it or not, their are many places that love to feed people the idea of quick and easy money.

example of a website claiming easy way to make money online website

Scams will commonly tell you that “everything has been automated”, “all the work will be done for you”, or even imply that you can begin earning at the “push of a button”.

If that were the case, I wouldn’t be spending my time writing, researching, designing, and doing the other things necessary to make money through my online business.

I would simply push a button. Hell, we all would.

Social media is no better.

a post regarding make money online from facebook

another example of social media post regarding make money online

Obviously, legitimate online jobs or opportunities, don’t work this way and require actual work.

If you plan on finding some magical job or system that’s going to put actual money in your bank account month after month – good luck.

Do I Have To Pay For An Online Job?

This is where things can get a bit complicated, but I’ll do my best to explain.

image of a keyboard with highlighted 'jobs' button

Some places require that you DO pay in order to access their job search service. This service may help you organize a resume, cater suitable jobs directly to your email or text message, etc.

Likewise, some business opportunities WILL charge you in order to access their courses or training. It’s only fair that business owners get paid for putting their work together, wouldn’t you agree?

When it comes to a job that you are applying to, you shouldn’t be spending money in order to hire on. (Unless for items you may need for the job: internet, headset, home telephone, etc).

Business training and some job search engines usually require a fee for their training and services.

If you are being hired on by a company or individual, their shouldn’t be any fee attached. You wouldn’t pay for a job or career in real life, would you?

So why do it online?

Our last tip – be wary of purchasing anything before any instruction or products are provided to you.

As a customer, you have a right to ask questions beforehand. If no one is available to answer these questions, it’s best to move on.

Is It A Jack-In-The-Box?

Yes, we are referring to the toy that springs up at you and can easily catch you off guard.

The same things go on with a lot of these low-quality products as you have no clue as to what it is that you are buying until you make an actual purchase.

Then, surprise!

Another thing is to look out for when it comes to online jobs or opportunities are places that leave you completely in the dark.

It may be a lack of a job description, title, or a work from home opportunity which focuses on how “great life will be” if you just buy, rather than focusing on the product and how it can help you.

Were you able to preview the product/system or see it in ‘action’?

Is their a members’ area? Were you able to view it?

Did they offer a free trial?

Did they boast of a dream lifestyle the entire time as opposed to giving you the specifics of how their program/product work?

If not, this is usually a sign of a scam.

You should know or have a pretty good idea of what it is that you are buying beforehand.


Testimonies are everywhere and a great way to show how a product is benefiting actual members’.

Unfortunately, this gets often abused by scam products.

Instead of gathering actual testimonies from satisfied customers (which is obviously unlikely to happen), they take the route of hiring paid “actors” to vouch for their product(s).

I’ll give an example from a product that we reviewed in the past.

man giving testimony on get the discovery website

same man found on offering promotional and spokesperson services

The guy on the left and right are the same person.

Yet, on the left, he shares how much money he is making using this system, while on the right you see him offering a service “I will record a spokesperson or promotional video”.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that all testimonies are untrue. There are many reputable companies who regularly gather positive testimonies from a happy customer.

Integrity Still Exists

Some time ago I read that for about every 1 legitimate opportunity that exists online, their are 60 scams.

This 1:60 ratio can be downright depressing for someone interested in learning how to make money online or looking for a job, but I can assure you, their are still some legitimate, worth-while opportunities out their.

Take our #1 recommendation for example.

Real online jobs or work from home opportunities are upfront with potential customers, make communication easy, and focus on how their service can help you rather than selling a dream to you.

I think by now, you have a better idea of how to identify a safe place to search for jobs and other work from home opportunities.

Dealing With A Bad Company?

If you feel that you have been scammed online, here’s what to do.

Head over to, and begin the process for filing a consumer complaint.

(If using the link above, find the ‘File A Complaint About Online Purchases and find an option that best fits your situation).

If you need further help or would like my opinion on something, feel free to reach out to me in the comments section below!

Best Work From Home Jobs That Are Not Scams

Since we pointed out what to look for for when it comes to potentially harmful online jobs or work from home opportunities, we only think it’s right we share legitimate online jobs with you.

You can find the Top 10 Work From Home Companies here to see if they are hiring in your area.

Likewise, we share 17 Good Ways To Make Money Online From Home including where to search for jobs online.



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