Military spouses may not always have an easy time finding or keeping a job in the frequently changing military lifestyle. A need for flexibility and high chance of relocation may leave some spouses without many options and result in a peaked interest for work-at-home offers.
Unfortunately, if a spouse decides to take this route, they must be very cautious. According to LAPD financial crime detective Robert Rebhan, approximately 98 percent of work-at-home pitches are scams.
Here are 3 scam signs to prevent you from falling victim:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
A person can tell a lot about a company simply by the way in which they initiate and conduct communication.
Email Address: Be wary of a company that uses a generic free web email address such as Gmail, Yahoo!, AIM or Hotmail. Not every company that uses these is a scam, but because of how easily accessible these addresses are, scammers can create and cancel multiple accounts that cannot be tracked.
Copy: If the wording of an email or any documents sent contains misspellings or poor grammar, you are probably not dealing with a legitimate company.
Interview: A company is sketchy if you’re able to “start working” without any face-to-face contact for an interview.
Ad Placement: Learning about a work-from-home job from craigslist.com can be a very risky idea. Many companies will use more reputable job sites if they choose to post online. Also, many scams place work-from-home ads on Google’s search engine ad placements.
The Sales Pitch
Work-from-home scams often make bold claims to high-paying opportunities, but Rebecca Herrera of the Better Business Bureau says that in the 25 years her office has been in existence, they have not seen a work-at-home offer that has made the profits it boasts.
Another thing to take notice of is a job that does not require any experience yet promises high income with little effort.
The Company Itself
Here are a few red flag characteristics of a company scam:
The company cannot be verified on any credible site
A company is located overseas
A company asks for personal banking information so the employee can use their own account to do business
A fee is required to prove “serious commitment” to the offer
Advanced payments are required for software to conduct the job
The nature of the job follows typical scams such as envelop stuffing or rebate processing
Adrienne May is a military spouse. Her husband is an Army soldier and now is serving in the Army National Guard. Together they have three children from preschool to pre-teen. Adrienne is actively involved in family readiness and disaster preparedness on the state level and advocating for military family programs, homecoming transition programs and adequate veterans benefits.
Military Spouse Central aims to be a resource for military spouses as they deal with overseas deployment, sudden PCS orders and everything else that comes with marrying a member of the Armed Forces.
Adrienne May maintains Military Spouse Central for Veterans United Home Loans, the nation's leading VA-approved lender. Adrienne is wife to a National Guard solider and has built up a massive library of resources, tips, articles and contributors for military spouses from all branches!