Learn how to spot a virtual scam and how to avoid them
People will take advantage of people. The virtual world has a lot of them since it is difficult to regulate it. Getting a homebased job is no different. There are a lot of job postings online, but not all are real. If you don’t know how to judge them, you’re putting yourself in danger of being targeted by scam.
In this article, we will be talking about no-good employers looking for remote Filipino workers, only to scam them afterwards. Of course, there are also employees who will take advantage of their employers. Their ways will be saved for future readings.
The dangers of project-based work
When looking for online work, be wary of project-based or short-term ones. These are projects that have deadlines for completion. Example are data entry jobs, data mining, website development, article writing, and graphic designs. Halimbawa, may job posting na need nyang i-transfer ang 50,000 customer leads / contact details from a database to an excel sheet (no export method available other than manual typing). That’s actually a relatively easy job to take on and it is enticing, di ba? However, once you finish the job, the employer can definitely run away with your work without paying you.
To avoid these, don’t agree on getting paid after you give them the full work. Be firm and make negotiations beforehand that you will hand him 50% of the work and get paid for it. Then, hand him the remaining half and get paid for it. Kung takbuhan ka man nya sa last half, at least you were paid, which is better than not being paid at all.
Long-term work are also vulnerable
Awa ng Diyos, di ko pa naman nararanasan ma-scam by virtual work. But, it didn’t go well with a friend of mine who is an accountant. She was working as a bookkeeper for an Australian-based company for 2 months before she transferred to my company. I asked why she left her company and she told me that the company haven’t paid her salary. It’s not just her. It includes 4 of her Filipino co-workers as well. There are also similar horror stories from other virtual workers. It’s real, inevitable, but avoidable.
Remote jobs require TRUST, trust among everyone on your company. That includes you and your boss. To avoid this scam, make it clear to you the payment method and schedule of your employer. Before you even start working, raise these questions if it isn’t discuss clearly to you:
- What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)
- Will I be paid a salary, or will my pay be based on commission?
- Who will pay me?
- When will I get my first paycheck?
The most reliable payment schedule is weekly, then bi-monthly. You can easily remind the employer of any salary lapse immediately.
What to Do When You Get Scammed
There is no governing body that ensures the security of every individual worker online. If you got scammed, one way to get back is to give the employer a negative rating on the system you were hired, if necessary. You can also post in various forums, like in our Pinoy Home Office Forums, to warn other remote workers of these shady scammers.
If you have a US-based employer, you can check and file a complaint to the BBB. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) maintains a national database of companies and complaints received about them. If the BBB rates your prospective employer “unsatisfactory” or says the company has declined to answer requests for information, find another opportunity. However, most startup companies do not register with the BBB.
The best way to prevent these is research and get prior information about your employer. If you’re feeling uneasy and your instinct is unfavorable, trust your gut and run the other way.
We try our best to filter out the employers that are looking for virtual workers to post here in Pinoy Home Office. Thus, you’re in safe hands. However, please exercise these tips regularly for your safety and enjoyment of working at home. We wish you all the best in your job hunting. If you have any experiences, we’d love to hear from you!