One fear most people have about online work is encountering scam jobs and employers. We know this is rampant and we know most online workers have experienced this at least once or know someone who have been scammed.
Many have fallen victim to this but there are ways to avoid scam jobs. You’ll know a certain job isn’t legitimate when:
- You have to pay to work. This means that company isn’t earning from your work but they’re earning from the fees they got from workers like you. It works a lot like a pyramid scam. So if they’re asking you to pay to get a job, it would be better to turn down that job and try something else.
- You have to recruit people to earn. We’re not talking about HR jobs. We’re talking about those jobs there that require you to recruit and have a “downline” in order to earn a commission from clicking on ads or websites. And your earnings would depend on how many you recruit or how big your downline is. Yes, there is some money to be made in this venture but it’s not a lot and it’s not a stable.
- They don’t require you to have ANY skills to work. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There are jobs that welcome fresh graduates but rarely do we find legitimate jobs that say they’re willing to hire anyone even if you have absolutely no skills. If it’s a real job, your employer will want you to have at least one skill to get the job done.
- They’re not clear about how they can pay you. Early on,you should ask how they’re going to pay you for your work and when you can expect your salary. If they can’t answer those question, you should be wary and try applying elsewhere.
What You Can Do To Avoid Scam Employers
We understand that there are plenty of jobs out there that look legitimate posted by employers who scam workers to get free work. So what can you do to avoid these employers?
Look for jobs from reputable websites.
Online jobs are posted everywhere. But the best places to find legitimate jobs from legitimate employers is to find jobs with reputable websites like Onlinejobs.ph, Freelancer, Upwork. Websites like us have been around for several years and we’re continuously making changes in ensure that both jobseeker and employers are protected from scams.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references or ask questions if you’re not sure.
One of the best tips I got on how to avoid scam employers was to ask the employer if he has other Filipino workers. If he does, ask if you could contact them. A legitimate employer wouldn’t have a problem offering references. And it is reassuring to know when an employer has other Filipino workers that can confirm that he’s a legitimate business owner.
What We’re Doing To Stop This From Happening
We at Onlinejobs.ph are aware of this problem and we have placed safeguards to minimize this within our site. Just some of the measures we have implemented are:
- Employers Pay To Access Jobseeker Database. Unlike most job sites, we don’t charge commission from jobseekers, instead we charge employers. Why? We’ve noticed most legitimate employers are willing to pay for information to get good workers while scam employers avoid spending as much as they can.
- You can verify an employer. Did an employer contact you, claiming to have found your profile on Onlinejobs.ph, but you’re not sure he’s legitimate. You can check out if he’s a real employer on our database with employer search.
- Reporting system for scam employers. We have a system in place where you can report employers in the event that they don’t fulfill the terms of your contract. To file an official complaint, all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org, explain to them the situation, and include in the email any information that can support your complaint (contracts, emails, chat history, etc). Once a complaint is filed, we will launch an investigation and talk to your employer on your behalf to help settle the dispute.
- Blacklisting scam employers. We regularly receive reports from jobseekers about scam employers, even those that are not on our database. Once we’re able to confirm this, we blacklist them from our database.
- We have virtual assistants that manually check our database for scam jobs. We have virtual assistants who manually check our jobs database to flag scammy job posts and remove them as soon as we can.
Hope these tips help you avoid online scams and help you find the online job of your dreams. Learn more about what jobs are available online and what skills you would to be a online worker need by checking out our blog.
About Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana
Julia has been working for OnlineJobs.ph since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao CIty
She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.