5 Dishonest Work at Home Job Descriptions on Craigslist
Updated on: by Miranda Grimm
Craigslist can be an amazing resource for people who are looking for work from home jobs. Many legitimate companies use the free resource. Unfortunately, it is also a hub filled with many scams and schemes. The following are the top five, most dishonest job titles on Craigslist.
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Easy Work at Home – Get Paid Cash Daily
This job description is always followed up with some promise that you will make hundreds of dollars a week. Every one of these “Get paid daily” jobs are not really jobs. They are either scams, or some survey-like company where you can earn pennies on the hour and hope to some day be able to cash out.
The second part of this awful job description is the word “easy”. Which means their number one target is someone looking to make easy money, they are the ones to most likely fall for scams.
The next time you see a job ad with Easy and Paid Cash Daily in the description, keep on scrolling!
Perfect for Moms
This one really gets most of us moms. We are desperately looking for a way to make money online while raising our kids. So when someone piques our interest by claiming the job is great to do as a stay at home mom, we think we found the perfect thing!
But guess what.
They are scams- playing with your emotions. These are often the type of jobs that will get you into trouble, filling out trial offers that result in years of calls, emails and possibly charges to your credit cards.
Unfortunately, these people simply don’t pay their victims what was promised either. They change their name and post another craiglist ad.
Other times you will see these “perfect for moms” ads and their pitch is all about flexibility and freedom. Those are usually direct sales. If you want to invest into a natural cleaning agent company or sell makeup to your friends, then go ahead and respond. If you want a real way to make money, keep scrolling!
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Just keep scrolling. These are never legit. End of story.
Work from Home and earn money by reading a script
I can promise you one thing right off the bat based on this job description title. You will hate whatever job this is. Working in a call center, answering a phone and reading a script can be made to sound very simple. But believe me, it is not.
Any company who markets the role as simply reading a script, is incredibly demeaning the position. That means, you will not be respected.
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There are plenty of virtual call centers hiring, all the time. Find one that takes the role serious.
Free, Legitimate Work-At-Home-Jobs – Paid-Surveys
Paid surveys are never jobs! I repeat. Taking surveys is not a job.
People posting these craigslist ads will say anything to get you to sign up and register for as many survey companies as they link.
Wonder what they get out of it? A referral fee.
These people are being paid $2-5 and sometimes more, for each person who signs up with their referral link.
They will literally tell you whatever you want to hear so you will register. No, you cannot make hundreds of dollars a week or month taking surveys! It is NOT a job.
In fact, unless you simply enjoy them, paid surveys are rarely EVER worth your time!
Signs of a Legit Work at Home Job posting on Craigslist?
Craigslist may be full of people trying to make a buck off of other people’s ignorance. But there are also some very real work at home jobs posted all the time. How can you find these jobs?
For one, use your brain and look for a JOB not quick and easy money.
Job descriptions are often to the point. “CSR Position Needed: Can Work From Home”, “Appointment Setters Needed – Work From Home”, “Inbound Call Center Rep – No Cold Calling – Work from Home”, or “Freelance Writers and Editors Needed”.
As you can see, from examples I gave, they post the actual job in the description, not selling you with hot words like “legit, free, easy”.
Another tip, often-times (not always), legit work at home jobs on craigslist will post a link to their site to learn more about the company or their business name. Most of the time, they don’t have a need to hide behind an anonymous craigslist posting. While it is not true in every case, it is a good rule to live by if you are worried you may get scammed online.
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July 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm
I work from home and I know craigs list is very particular about posting. I try not to post an ad that would spammy but professional. Thanks for sharing!
July 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm
OMG. i recently got caught in a scam on a freelancing website. It was so many red flags. The main that standed out was the many company names being used by the person that was trying to “hire” me. These scams are getting more advanced and out of control. thank you for the post on this matter and keeping us alert.
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July 15, 2015 at 11:09 am
I hate work at home and I don’t believe that it`s a good way to earn money. As for me, only writers can do it, I tried to write my essay to estimate my chances to become a writer, but I found that not everyone can write. Unfortunately. Anyways, I wish good luck to all who ignore critics and try.
September 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm
I work from home as a subcontractor. Subcontracting customer service work. I have been doing this for many years. It has been a great experience. Just have to be sure you are subcontracting work from legit companies.
July 20, 2015 at 6:29 am
Great information Miranda, definitely going to include these examples in my next ebook (which I think is going to be basically a revision of my first one).
July 22, 2015 at 10:10 am
I have been looking for a real work from home opportunity for quite some time. CraigsList I occasionally check out but it is always in the back of my head that it is the website where kidnappers, rapists and murderers find their victims, prostitutes are recruited, Nigerian identity thieves lurk and numerous scammers and con artists frequent. I prefer to visit blogs and forums and to interact with like minded people. There are still some scammers, but they tend to be easy to identify after a couple of communications.
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July 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm
Thanks for sharing this! I was almost a victim of a work at home scam, then they asked me to pay for something, that was the big tip off! I have found that anything that claims to be a “quick” way to earn money is usually a scam, there is no way to get rich quick online, simple as that.
August 1, 2015 at 10:31 pm
First I would like to say this was a great list.
Second I don’t think companies are allowed to target just moms so their PR managers will attempt to avoid such an ad so that’t another reason to skip right over looking for moms ads.
Third there’s a newer scam that claims to pay people just to read the news. You don’t have to pay them anything, but its still a scam. The owners of this scam sign up to legit news sources as pay per view ads, then promise people to pay them a huge some of money if they read the news for x amount of time. They even pretend to have a referral program so you even get your friends reading it as well. The min payout is usually high and once every 14 days so you will have read a ton before you realized you will never get paid.
Now I don’t mind reading the news, but I don’t think these people should make commission off of you reading from their affiliate links. Its a clever scam because you never lose money, but you lose your time which is more important than money.
August 1, 2015 at 10:42 pm
Thanks for bringing that one up. That type of scam has been going on for years actually. I fell victim to it myself. People dont seem to get into much of an uproar about it since they didnt lose money, but it’s just as much a scam. There are survey companies that do the same thing.
April 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm
Hi Miranda, When something arouses your interest, the word is piques, not peaks. It’s a common and easy error to make because it’s an uncommon word. I hope you don’t mind me pointing it out. I just discovered your website today and I really like it. Lots of good information here.
April 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm
I had no idea! I have used the word incorrectly for a very long time now! Thank you so much for letting me know!!! I really do appreciate you taking a moment to comment and sharing that tid-bit with me, especially in a very helpful and friendly way. I am off to go fix it now.
I am so going to find a way to fit “piques” into my next article so I can use it correctly and FEEL more intelligent than yesterday! haha. You are awesome. Thanks again.
November 21, 2018 at 11:05 pm
I do Swagbucks surveys and other activities and earn $75 to $100 a month. It’s not promoted as a get rich quick scheme. It’s fun & gives me some pocket change.
February 21, 2021 at 1:40 pm
and you can voice your stupid libtard remarks to let those know how truly naive you are