Should you apply for jobs working from home packing cards?

Jobs working from home packing cards may seem like the ideal solution to your money problems - they allow you to work in your own time, in the comfort of your own home. This means that you can fit them around your current work, study or family commitments.

However, like many things that seem too good to be true, there is a catch. There's been a recent upsurge in the number of work from home scams posted online. You may have even seen some of these positions advertised - the scams are usually the ones that promise huge financial returns in exchange for very little work (e.g. pack cards for £5 each, earn £35 per hour packing cards from home...).

Even if a job advertisement looks genuine, we urge you to exercise extreme caution if you choose to apply. Never pay an upfront fee for a job, no matter how it is described (start up costs, training fee etc.). A real job will pay you - you shouldn't have to shell out anything for the privilege of working.

Before you apply for the position, be sure to conduct thorough internet research. Review sites and forums for people who work from home may have comments about the company and its reputation. Comments from current or past employees are a particularly useful way of gauging a company's reputation.

Finally, remember never to discloses sensitive information like your home address, bank details or national insurance number unless you are 100% sure that the employer is trustworthy.


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