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How to Avoid Online Job Scams

Ask Savvy: Are There Any Online Jobs That Aren't Scams?

This question was submitted by reader AUKDH. If you have an issue you need support with, send me a Private Message, or blog it in the Ask Savvy group.

I am a recent graduate and I am expecting a 6-9 month wait for job placement.  The hitch is that the student loans will be due in about a month and I would rather not defer the payments.  I am doing some volunteer work, for exposure to others in my market and to get some experience, as well as tutoring in the afternoons for a few days a week.  The tutoring will not cover the loan payments so I would like to do something flexible from home to supplement my income until I find my full-time job.

Everything I have come across turns out to be a scam after I investigate or involves me participating in some activities I am not comfortable with (who knew there was an acronym for "phone sex operator"?).

If you know of any reputable companies or have a suggestion please pass it along!  Thank you.

To see what Savvy advises, read more.

As if looking for a job isn't stressful enough! I know how draining the whole job hunting process can be, and unfortunately online job scams are an additional hurdle that job seekers have to face. Whenever you're unsure of the situation, Google everything about the company and search for more information on the employees on LinkedIn. Be very careful about sharing personal information and make a note to watch out for grammar mistakes on the website or posting as a potential sign of a scam. To learn more on how to spot a fraudulent job posting, read these great tips by

It will also help if you stick to more legit job websites rather than random Googling —  here is a giant list of freelancing job sites provided by A personal favorite of mine on the list is Just set a "freelance" or "work from home" alert on Indeed, and you'll have all the latest listings conveniently emailed to you. Remember, there is no guarantee that these recommended websites are able to filter out every single scam. Also, if you have a clear idea of what you want to do, going to specialized sites will help lessen the risk of internet job frauds. For example, if you want to make crafts, Etsy is a good place to start.

Happy (and safe) job hunting!

Ask anything career or budget-related — well almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and readers and I will weigh in to support you.


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