Don’t be an Online Job Scam Victim in Pakistan

creativeWriter KausarbilalThese days, the notion of ‘online jobs’ and ‘home based work’ is getting very popular not only in Pakistan but around the world, and of course, there are many legitimate business companies offering it. But unfortunately, there is a lot of scam that comes around with the real work that may rob you off from your money, use your personal information for their own purpose, or make you work for them for free through not paying you at the end of your work assignment. So, whenever there is an online work opportunity, first you have to find out whether it is genuine and legitimate or a fraud; scam.

There are some indicators and ways that can help you sort out legitimate work from online spam. Let’s figure out scam:

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Someone offers you too big salary for small or too easy work, it’s like too good. For example, “Spend 4 hours a day and earn upto Rs.50,000-Rs.1,00000 monthly for date entry projects.”

 Never trust them because no one has extra money to give others without any real reason.

In the same way, you might get trapped by emails in your inbox by the authentic companies like Google that you have won a prize for your frequent email usage, or Celebrities like Michael Carrol wants to donate some of their lottary money to you or you have won the lottery along with the lottery ticket number that you have never applied for, or they ask you to transfer money from one bank to the other while keeping your share minimum as Rs.10,000, these all are various shapes of spam. Likewise, they might tell you, a telecom company has decided to give you a prize due to your frequent use of their network, and, now you are supposed to buy their phone cards for like Rs. 3000. These are common fraud happening everywhere in the world including Pakistan.

kausar bilal Creative WriterSimilarly, if a job is open for anyone, anytime, and is offered without any job criterion, (like no specific qualification, no job experience and/or skills are required), it is not worth pursuing.

If they pursue you aggressively to hire you through their frequent emails or calls, never consider them as genuine.

Paid Trainings

Someone may ask you to pay for the job registration or job trainings, it’s simply a scam, no matter they ask you to come online for an interview or so. It’s just a professional attire to rob you off. There are so many on-campus companies as well who play the same games with people.

Similarly, if they ask you to buy software or any product with money back guarantee, never trust it. Refund is out of your hands.

Moreover, Pyramid schemes, internet surveys, online instruction of selling a product are quite common in Pakistan.

Bottom line is demanding payments regarding job at any level makes the entire deal 100% fishy.

Inquiry of Personal Information

There are many online companies who will ask for your personal information so that they can pay you as YOUR NAME, AGE, GENDER, ADDRESS, CREDIT CARD NUMBER, BANK ACCOUNT NO, OCCUPATION, MARITAL STATUS, DOB. This is all scam, as payments don’t need that much information, rather they can be safely made by pay cheques. Even to process a job application, they need only your name, work experience and contact info. That’s it.

However, if you send this personal information of yours due to your unawareness, they will ask you to pay for service charges so that they can send you your salary, won prizes or lottery. It is a smart way of looting you as they will never send you anything.

KausarBilalWork In Advance

There are many companies who will lure you by huge salary package promises for a certain type of work, like data entry, writing projects, advertising, etc. Once the assignment is done and delivered, you will ask for money. At this point, they will just get disappeared.

Sometimes, their payment terms and conditions are vague. It should be very clear that how much they will pay monthly, weekly, hourly or per project. Also, you should know how much work they expect from you in a certain amount of time period. If it is not mentioned clearly, inquire about it until you are completely satisfied; otherwise, it’s like landing in a danger-land.

images (4)Don’t be Fooled by Online Earning Stories

Never get trapped by the stories of others that they earn so big through their online work. Always ensure the authenticity and reliability of a company. Always remember there is a lot of scam along some real and legitimate work. How to check the credibility of a company is a challenge, but there are some ways.

images (3)Fight Job Scam

First Google the company name, if you don’t find any or enough information, add two more phrases separately, i.e. scam and rip off. For example, a company name is XYZ. You will type ‘XYZ scam’ in the Google search bar. If you want to know more, you may type in ‘XYZ rip off’. You will come to know about its market repute.

images (1)Study Company Website

Whenever you come across a business company, first visit its website. It should be made very professionally where you get clear about what products, services or skills they offer. They must contain clear and easy contact info, a permanent campus and location, and correct name spellings, in case it is a known company. Many times, people use familiar company names with unnoticeable spelling difference to deceive people.

Also, check whether it has a Twitter Page, a Facebook Page and/or a Google+ account.

Finally, submit the company’s URL to BBB,FTC and Scam.com to get information on the company’s professional repute.

Cross Out New Business Companies

Furthermore, don’t go for unknown companies and start-ups when it comes to online jobs; rather opt for already well-reputed companies.

Whatever business attracts you, talk about it to your family, friends and acquaintances. Consult your professional network. A credible repute should be ensured before you start your work.

creative writer kausar bilalAsk for Advanced Payments

Rule of the online work is advanced payment. Always ask politely but firmly for advanced payment. Never start work without at least 50% advanced payment. If a company is credible in the market and wants to hire your services, will definitely pay you in advance. So, don’t be a Scam Victim.

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  18. Brilliantly articulate and well composed article, loved reading it, you’ve quite an insight into online money making scam that robs people of their hard earned money, its mostly the greed that lures them into pursuing something that’s too good to be true thereby trapping themselves in the web of lies carefully orchestrated by online scammers to rip them off.

    One needs to be very careful in pursuing such online jobs that offer unrealistic payments, one thing that makes me doubtful about fraudulent online work is their website, if you surf through their site, it seems amateur and very poorly constructed by a webmaster. There is no professionalism and flair in the entire layout that gives the impression of credibility and authenticity to the type of work they’re offering.

    Online scam is growing increasingly in Pakistan and people need to be vigilant and aware to spot fraudulent work thereby saving their time, efforts and hard earned money, your informative and comprehensive article provides much help in this regard for which I am thankful.

  19. I am interested to do real work online off line , i know MS-WORD ,MS-EXCELL typing 50 WPM without mistakes and Graphic Photoshop, Webdesigning, JAVA Flash
    Please any body tell me the genuine way to extra earning on internet.

    i will thankfull if any body guide me and tell me the real way to earn money
    because i am hard working can work long hours in a day 12 hours daily
    give me some work… I WILL BE THANKFULL..

    Thanks
    Abdul Jabbar
    Pakistan, Karachi

    • Bhai Please check the website fiverr.com lots of jobs for data entry and tons of others..

  20. How the state’s law-enforcing agencies are working for the alleviation of public grievances is evident from the fact that genuine complaints against frauds, extortion, financial crimes and fleecing are gone unheard and by the time the complaints are entertained, the culprits are gone underground leaving behind nothing to trace their whereabouts.
    Despite the tall claims of federal interior minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, the performance of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is somehow sluggish. I had lodged a complaint via email to FIA Complaint Cell Islamabad on 15th November 2016 against a fake company “Sunrise Group of Companies” Multan which issued appointment letter offering the post of director coordination for their so-called subsidy “Sunrise Oilfield Services” to a large number of innocent people and during the process of interview the board members fraudulently obtained huge money from the prospective candidates through online banking transactions.
    I have got no response from the FIA. Then I approached the SECP, Help-desk FIA Cyber Crime (PESH-5/17) and sent the case again to FIA Complaint Cell. I also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif for help but of no avail. I have found out that I am not the only victim of this fraud as a score of other law-abiding citizen of KP, Punjab and Sindh have been cheated by this group of swindlers. The website of the company http://www.sunrisemul.com is still hosted posing a potential threat to the innocent people. In the UK and USA, there is a simplified process for fraud cases and the victims are properly guided and supported. The fraud cases are resolved within 36 hours unlike Pakistan where the law-abiding, taxpayers and loyal citizen are running from pillar to post to get their grievances registered with the concerned authorities.

  21. What about pakhouse job is it a scam or legit

    • I have no idea. Just Google: Is Pakhouse a legit job? Or, ‘reviews of Pakhouse’.

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