1. One way to recognize a scam is by the wording of the ad. If it's worded incorrectly and asks for a lot of your information without giving out some of theirs, you may want to avoid it.
2. Another is a 'paid only upon approval' type ad, which offers to pay you only if your sample is approved. If there's no legitimate website listed, you'll be unable to verify if they've used your work without paying you for it.
3. A third type is where the ad itself seems very legitimate and a site is given in order for you to browse through it. But the email address of the person in question does not sit quite right. Below is a response I received recently from a craigslist ad I had written to. The language used is questionable as is the email address.
----- Forwarded Message ----
Sent: Sunday, August 2, 2009 4:21:00 PM
Subject: ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE ARTICLE.
How are you doing today?
Thanks for the prompt reply,Midwest Research Institute(MRI),wants you to write an article of 400 words about JOB OFFER.The company will like to offer you $200 for 400 words,the faster you write the better you get more topics of articles from us.
The company will be making payment to you as soon as you agree to make the payment.
We need you to write an article that will contain us offering people jobs,but before you preceed,i will like to tell you more about the company.
About the Company :
MRI was established in 1944 with a mission to supply needed research for industry and to encourage programs using regional resources. Today MRI is an internationally acclaimed center for applied research and technology development. Our accomplishments range from pioneering efforts in environmental and cancer research to cutting-edge work in drug development and high-precision automation technology.
That is little about the job,we want you to incluse that in your article,we will like to know more about you,kindly answer the questions,
Where are you from?
How many hours will it take you to write 400words?
What kind of form of payment do you prefer?
I want a prompt reply,get back Asap.
It's sent by a Dr John Stanley. I googled the company and there was a John Stanley in it, but his email address was different. So I wrote him and this is his response:
Thanks for contacting me. The information that you received is a scam and has no connection with our company. We are aware of this activity which has taken many different forms over the past few months. We are working with the authorities to address the problem. I suggest that you alert your friends and colleagues that this type of activity is occurring.
So the next time you apply for a position or receive a response, always double check to see if it's a legitimate case before parting with any financial information, work samples or personal details.
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