Beware of Job and eWork at Home Scams

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Pandemics can be quite stressful. There are millions of people out of work, and there we really don’t know when the economy will truly bounce back. Those who are out of work are seeking other jobs, at least temporarily, and many are looking for jobs that they can do from home…right from Google.

Since people have been losing their jobs, searches for terms like “laid off,” “unemployment benefits,” and “unemployed” have skyrocketed. Though some people are finding legitimate search results, others are falling for sites that are scams, and Google is allowing these sites to stay.

We have often used Google search data to determine what type of economic anxiety people are feeling, and this is certainly true right now.

Google makes its money through advertising, so it’s not totally surprising that these sites are allowed to stay on. When people are searching for information on unemployment, advertisers are seeing this, and are able to determine where they should market. This includes those working for predatory companies, who are targeting people who are unemployed.

One such example is “” This is a site that seems, at first, like it might be a good resource for someone who is unemployed. While there are some legitimate links there, in general, the site is trying to get people to sign up for “site profiles” and other things. It also urges people to sign up for access to your credit score…for a fee, and it absolutely sells all of the data it gets to other organizations.

When you look at the privacy policy of this website, you can see that it is owned by OnPoint Global, a conglomerate, which claims it has around 11 million people filling out unemployment surveys each month. However, what people doing this don’t realize is that the information the site is collecting is likely being complied into a package for advertisers, which also includes any other public information they can find about the person filling out the survey.

Keep in mind that it is not just the pages for people looking for information on unemployment that we are talking about. It can really be anything similar, like “unemployment insurance.” Some of these searches can even lead you to sites that can hijack your browser. Other sites simply collect as much data as they can, and then sell the information to marketers.

Everyone who is out there scared and unemployed are still considered to be consumers to these companies, and they still are seen as people who have money to spend. So, Google is still pushing sites like these to the top of search results, and still making a pretty penny from clicks. So, do yourself a favor and start being aware of the ads you are clicking, and better yet…don’t click them at all.

ROBERT SICILIANO CSP, is a #1 Best Selling Amazon author, CEO of, the architect of the CSI Protection certification; a Cyber Social and Identity and Personal Protection security awareness training program.


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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing great info!

Since people have been losing their jobs, searches for terms like “laid off,” “unemployment benefits,” and “unemployed” have skyrocketed. Though some people are finding legitimate search results, others are falling for sites that are scams, and Google is allowing these sites to stay

Jul 08, 2020 06:05 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Robert - I certainly think that although these have always been there that they are now becoming very agressive.

Jul 08, 2020 08:32 AM #2
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Email and Internet scams abound. So do phishng calls. Our phone service is out today, and while that is annoying, at least I'm not listening to my phone ring over and over with those calls!

Jul 10, 2020 12:26 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Robert- whenever there's an opportunity, these people (and I hesitate to call them that) come out of the woodwork. We need to keep hearing your words so that we don't let our guard down. 

Jul 11, 2020 05:04 PM #4
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Because we have freedom to choose, we also have the freedom to err and unfortunately, many are not educated or experienced enough to determine fake from real opportunities. Yet, it's not only on the Internet, it's in the MSM and everywhere, so, if you're not sure about the opportunity or information, simply quit and move to another resource.

You can be fearless when you know your options and outcomes, so, be smart and do some research about your resources. If an ad fails to provide their company name, address and phone number, why would you ever want to do business with them? They are called blind ads because they attract blind consumers, so, don't be blind!

Jul 12, 2020 09:14 AM #5
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

In times such as this is it important to remember that not everything that you see on the Internet is true.

There are always those people who are interested in separating the unsuspecting too-trusting individuals from their money.

Jul 14, 2020 12:12 PM #7
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