Online jobs and the inevitable scams

Are you looking for a way to make money by working online at home?

Are you looking for a way to make money by working online at home?”, begins an article on WorkEarnSaveMoney. A number of people would respond to this question with a strong “Yes.”

Right from the time the Covid Pandemic hit key employment sectors where some of the businesses closed and many were forced to reduce the number of workers, the number of the unemployed greatly increased as though in competition with the Covid 19 cases.

Lockdown saw a number of youths come back home, the majority of whom looked for what to do and earn some money albeit in vain. However, a ray of hope appeared to most unemployed people who possessed a laptop or smartphone plus access to internet data – online jobs.

It is not like the coming of the pandemic created online jobs, it accelerated the need and pursuit of them. Just like sanitizers and face-masks became much sought after due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, for those venturing into online jobs, a number of obstacles had to be overcome. First and foremost, where to access the online jobs from though the obvious answer is “Online”. Secondly, how legit these jobs were.

It is surprising how certain people go online and type “Online jobs in Uganda” and forget to search about how legit that company or website is. This applies too to the numerous Survey paying apps/websites out there that promise an extra side income to be earned from your home’s comfort.

Trust Pilot is one of those sites one can use to check how legit a company or website is. Founded in 2007, Trust Pilot describes themselves as “We’re a digital platform that brings businesses and consumers together to foster trust and inspire collaboration.”

Brie Weiler Reynolds, Career Development Manager at Flex Jobs writes in his article “Unfortunately, as efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 continue, more and more people may find themselves without a job. Remote work offers legitimate job opportunities for workers in nearly every field. But it is also an area that’s ripe for scams. Be smart and search safely, and familiarize yourself with the common career fields that frequently allow workers to earn an income from home.”

There have been numerous stories of how people were made to work online like as chat moderators, typing jobs and surveys plus watching ads only to end up with nothing. This calls for critical caution in steps taken to look for online jobs. Scammers are real and are waiting for more people to take advantage of.

 

Mayende Collins Israel

Contributor, The Postdale Daily

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