I went job hunting online on a local classifieds site

@oindy54 (3446)
India
July 12, 2012 12:37pm CST
Hi everyone, I went on a spree today, hunting for online jobs. I looked up a classifieds website that is quite popular in my country and made a list of the ones I thought I would apply to. They were all jobs which claimed: Earn such and such amount from home for a few hours of work, easy work etc. The contact numbers was there. I contacted the first number and sure enough the person replied back asking for my email address. When I replied he asked me to check my email. His email had a lot of promising talk and directed me to a website. When I saw it the website claimed that they give out freelancing jobs to everyone for only a small sum of INR 250, a one time only payment! That was the end of my hopes. Paying to get work? I wonder who would fall prey to their trickery?!! Now the person keeps emailing me asking whether I checked out the website! Certainly I will not reply! I did not try any of the other ads I had shortlisted. I have got the idea of how some people are using these classifieds sites to get desperate people to invest their money to get what they call work! I have learned a lesson and am definitely not going back again to look for any more jobs. Any similar experiences friends? Do share.
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9 responses
• United States
13 Jul 12
I've personally never had this kind of experience, but sites like this one you mentioned do exist here in the United States as well. I've already heard that if you have to pay anything to a site to be hired, it's most likely a scam. It's great that you done your research well and allowed yourself not to be scammed. Best wishes to you always oindy54 :)
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
14 Jul 12
Hi my friend, You are lucky to never have faced this kind of thing. I am thankful that I have been doing things online for so many years which is why I did not agree to give the investment to get work. I always know that we should never pay any money to get work. Any site that is legit for that matter needs to be free to join. Thanks for your response.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
12 Jul 12
Sorry to disappoint you, Oindy, but it's probably just a computer program that keeps emailing you asking whether you checked out their website. But I'm sure the program is breaking its poor little virtual heart because you don't reply.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
16 Jul 12
Intermediaries do deserve to get paid for their work, but not in advance. In my country private employment agencies exist that take a fee from the employer once an employee has been appointed (often in the form of a percentage of the salary for a time), or, possibly, from the employee, but here such contracts are enforceable by law in practice. Is this the same in India?
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
16 Jul 12
Yes my friend. I have come across some such private agencies of late who keep our resume and then find matching jobs. They would send us for the interview and if someone is selected and joins a company or an office, they take a percentage of the first month's salary. There are also registration fees to enroll one's name in these agencies. But nothing is enforced by law here which is why a lot of deceitful people are getting their way.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
16 Jul 12
If the registration fee reflects the effort the agency makes in making one enrolment and it is impossible to find jobs that pay well enough for the agreed salary deduction to pay the cost of administering all the failed candidates, that may be fair; but it's probably well-nigh impossible for the punter to distinguish a genuine agency from the fly-by-nighters. Here we have consumer magazines who will record messages from satisfied customers, but I suppose in India even the consumer magazines, if they exist, are manipulated ...
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@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
12 Jul 12
I think your a victim of a bad person wanting to scam at the middle of the conversation. Paying before going to qualify for online is a kind of scheme. Better you research online to know more about online jobs program. It's really many online earning opportunities online but only 10 percent to 11 percent is good.
@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
14 Jul 12
Your welcome, my friend it's my pleasure. I hope you can find a good jobs online or even offline jobs. Because online is not that easy to find a real one that give us better earnings
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
14 Jul 12
I shall definitely try for an offline job. That would be my career. I am studying for that. I thought of doing part time tasks online but as you said, it is definitely not easy!
@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
14 Jul 12
Yup! Much better my friend, if you finished a course. You can do online in your free time.
@Hapugas (10)
• Sri Lanka
15 Jul 12
You are not alone when it comes to this type of experience with online work. I have been on the Net for several years now. I am yet to see a very genuine website where such work is offered free -- I mean absolutely free. Majority of them ask for some money to register the clients. Never pay anything. Just go through their websites. They have loads of propaganda and you will have to scroll down a mile until you see the request for payment to get registered. So better start from the bottom. That way you will save a lot of precious time for other things on the net. If somebody happens to know of a very genuine site where we can find online work, I would be most grateful. It is really disappointing to to see to what levels people have come down when it comes to bleed fellow humans.
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
16 Jul 12
I rewrite all articles manually without using any software. It is time-consuming too. I was not aware that some are using software to churn out articles. This is just so unethical. You have not had good experience I understand. I completely agree with the last sentence you have written. Honest people are ignored here. I have personally faced this a lot online.
• United States
30 Aug 12
For me this has become an obvious encounter because these sites are all over the internet. I have come across so many of these sites that i can even tell it by just their welcome notice. All i would say is that anyone who come across such sites should not waste their precious time on the kind of nonsense. There are a whole lot of genuine and free to join sites one can earn. However, you have to be determined and prepared to work hard.
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
30 Aug 12
Yeah, this is true. Such sites are indeed abounding now and day by day the number of such scams is increasing sadly. You are right my friend, we should not waste any time on these but devote it to the sites that are really paying. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. Have a nice day ahead.
@z1234y (29)
• China
14 Jul 12
very thanks you for me getting a lesson.
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
14 Jul 12
You are welcome my friend. Hope you would earn from genuine places always. Good luck.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
13 Jul 12
Be very careful of sites that needs a fee before you can get started. Most are scams and offer wages/cash that is absurdly high. Unfortunately, the legitimate ones are harder to find from all of these scam sites.
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
14 Jul 12
I agree my friend. We are all so fed up of scams. An offline job is much safer. Thanks for sharing your point of view.
@jaderamirez (1031)
• Philippines
13 Jul 12
I need a freelance jobs too, but I am careful to some scam websites that are asking for money, who are they fooling? We need money and they are asking for money. I hope no one fall into their trap. A site is legit if they would not get any money from their members and better if they give upfront payment.
• United States
12 Jul 12
It's good that you recognize the red flag. Investing money to be employed? It's all very deceitful. If I were you, I'd block that person, from emailing you in the future. Good luck in finding a "real" employment opportunity.