How to Avoid Remote Job Scams

You’ve just started looking for a remote job, joined a bunch of Facebook groups about remote work, and have started searching big remote job boards for that special position you’ve been dreaming of. You get hit with sketchy advertisements on Google, you see countless FB posts getting reported in groups for being scams, and you just don’t know who to trust!

Maybe even some of you reading this have fallen victim to a remote job scam recently? If so, please leave a comment after reading this in its entirety. We’d love to hear from you!

What can you do to protect yourself from online scammers in 2019?

In this blog post I’ll be breaking down the 5 common red flags, resources you can trust, and strategies to determine which opportunities are right for you!


Know the common RED FLAGS of scams that are disguised as online jobs.

Every time that someone asks me to assess a possible job scam situation, I look for these red flags. They are fairly easy to remember and you’ll pick them up right away next time you see them!

Please note that scammers are always evolving, so these are my 5 most common red flags as of 2019.

Unfortunately, these scams can be sent to you through all types of channels. You could read these on job boards that are usually trustworthy, you could get these solicitations through remote candidate profile sites, you could be contacted or view a scam listing on LinkedIn, and really… they could be anywhere!

Even I got tricked once. No one is invincible, so don’t feel ashamed if you’ve been fooled one time. Just don’t let it happen again. Get smarter. Start searching with resources that you can trust 100% of the time.

What Resources Can I Trust?

Most popular remote job boards are trustworthy because they have so many users that if a scam is detected, it will get reported immediately. However, there have been serious lapses of judgement at major job boards like WeWorkRemotely and several others that I usually recommend using for your job search. Like I said, no one is invincible.

So what can you do? Trust expert-vetted opportunities like the Power To Fly approved selections on their massive remote job board, the vetted section of the Remotely Possible newsletter, and my Weekly Roundup that you can get by becoming a member!