6 Ways to Spot Freelancing Scams Online

6 Ways to Spot Freelancing Scams Online

The freelancing market brought opportunities to Filipinos like never before. Right now, you can earn a decent (or even higher) income while staying at home (or wherever you want). You currently have more time and location flexibility for things that matter the most.  It even has career growth.

Who doesn’t want that, right?

But then, some unscrupulous people prey on the hopes of others. Instead of being a productive citizen, they scam aspiring freelancers who are looking for remote work. And when we are scammed, it’s hard to get back the time and the money taken from us.

We should be vigilant and guard ourselves against possible deceit. Here are 6 ways to spot freelancing scams online.

 

Research about the Company and Your Contact Person

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Research about the Company and Your Contact Person

When you are applying, or someone approached you, it’s your job to check the legitimacy of the company. Research about the possible business you are working for. Check their website. Google their company name for scams or scandals they have been into. 

Also, check your contact person. Try googling his name or asking for social media accounts like a LinkedIn profile to check if he really represents the company he is hiring for.

 

Check the Project Scope

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Check the Project Scope

Some scammers give out a very vague project scope so that they can milk you more when you start working.

Ask them what exactly they need from you. For example, you are doing digital marketing for them. What are the social media platforms they would be using? What marketing collaterals do they need for the project? 

The last thing you want is you would be overwork above your pay because they relayed very vague project details.

 

Is the Offer to Good to be True_

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Is the Offer to Good to be True?

A lot of offers out there may sound easy, but it’s a scam. One example is money laundering in Paypal.

Did you get a job offer where they will send you money, and then you will send it back to them through your personal Paypal to another Paypal account? For every cash transfer, you will get a $5 commission for such an easy task. Remote working is such an easy thing!

NO! You, my friend, just became a money laundering mule. I mean. Why do they have to send it to your account when they can send it directly to the person themselves? It’s because they want you to take the fall. Paypal will target you for investigation. 

If the offer is too good to be true, like $5000 for a simple encoding task, most probably is a scam.

 

You Need to Pay Them Before Getting Hired

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You Need to Pay Them Before Getting Hired

Another scam is asking you to pay them before you get hired. As an example, one client is asking you to pay for a “software or hardware” that you need for the job. They will send it to you after you wire-transferred your payment.

It is a common scam.

With remote working, you just need a laptop/computer and a reliable internet connection. Don’t part ways with your hard-earned money because you weren’t aware.

 

Do They Need Speculative Work_

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Do They Need Speculative Work?

Before hiring, some clients may need to test your work if you are a fit for the role. It is fine, but some crooks take advantage of it.

They “hire” you to do some tasks ( let’s say for two weeks or more) without pay. And after, they tell you don’t qualify for the role. But all your output was used for their marketing campaigns, etc. You were actually producing quality output for them.

I tell you most trial work is with pay. Unless you really trust your soon-to-be client, better stay away from free speculative work.

 

Revenue Sharing Schemes

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Revenue Sharing Schemes

We all want our clients to reach success. After all, if they succeed, we also possibly get more projects from them.

But then, you need to be wary. Some clients may offer “revenue sharing schemes” in exchange for your services. They promise a share in the future profits because of the potential exponential growth of the company. 

It might be true in the future. But can you gamble your livelihood? And how can you be sure that they will uphold their promise?

There are a lot of opportunities out there. Better spend your time wisely.

 

Conclusion

There you have it! Freelancing is a lucrative career you can venture on. But it might be scary to look for jobs when scammers loom around. With this guide, I hope you can pursue your remote working journey with added safeguards. Good luck with your career!

 

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