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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.
Here at FlexJobs we abhor job search fraud and are genuinely interested in helping job seekers identify and avoid job openings that are too good to be true.
Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs, started FlexJobs in 2007 to fight back against the frustrating – and often harmful – fraudulent scams in the home labor market. For this reason, we hand-check every single job and company before it is published on our website: so that job seekers can stay safe and avoid job search fraud.
Work-at-home jobs have always been a target for scammers. Recently, however, they have become even bigger targets in the COVID-19 crisis.
Unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Finding a new job can be difficult given the fact that many non-essential companies in the United States have had to cut hours and downsize.
Scammers are incredibly attuned to the fact that some job seekers are desperate to make money and they will use this to recruit new skilled workers who may not be used to looking for jobs from home.
Knowing how to distinguish legitimate job opportunities from harmful is the best way to protect yourself when looking for a remote job. And while job fraud can crop up in any profession, we have a list of the most common scam searches you should know about.