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List of signs showing if a company is legitimate or not

Maybe you have now decided to work online from home or are already doing so.


A sad fact of Internet life is that you would come across scams. This post is to help you recognize and avoid them.

Need a little more detail? Check Summarily list of signs showing if a company is legitimate or not

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Christine Durst, cofounder of and consultant to the FBI on internet scam issues said, “There is currently a 61-to-1 scam ratio among work-at-home job leads on the internet.”

That is, for every legitimate company, there are 61 scams! Discouraging, isn’t it?

So it pays to be vigilant at all times when purchasing products or services from companies using your personal details.

You should do as much research as you can about the trader and their business.

This piece is to help you do so.

Fortunately, the following 8 indications are very powerful in throwing up red flags. Use some or all of them to protect yourself from falling victim to a SCAM.

Check the Company’s Registration Status


Federal Employer Identification Number

Companies House

Australia Business Number Australian Securities and Investments Commission  (ASIC).

Organisations and Business Names register

National Names Index


For all other countries, Google for their national company registration processes for more details.


The UK FCA register: FCA register

FCA Website

Membership of Associations

Membership of Regulatory bodies


Permits, Certifications or Licences

ISO status:

UKAS website 

Buyer’s guide

Government departments and agencies responsible for business and consumer affairs

Authority Websites

For US/Canada – The Better Business Bureau

For UK Company’s House Website    Companies House website

Company’s House – Organizations

Get information about a company

For Australia – A.B.N. (Australian business number)

A.B.N. Index

Australian Tax Office

Australian Government website

ABN Lookup function. ABN Lookup

The following websites might also have information about a trader registered in Australia:

Click here for issue warnings

For IndiaMinistry of Corporate Affairs

For all other countries, Google to find out the authority website.

Check the Company’s Contact Details

Landline number

Physical address


Check the Company’s Website

For registration details

For new or about to expire domain WHOIS lookup service

For discrepancies and lack of professionalism

Web Check service

For refund and exchange policy

For same business page for another city

For the legal Web Pages

Terms and Conditions

Privacy policy

About Us

Contact page


Disclaimer & Disclosures, etc.,

For the configuration of the payment gateway

Check the Company’s Payment Methods

Consider how the company accepts payments


Maestro Card



SolidTrustPay, etc.

Seek Feedback about the Company

Check in the search engines

Ask your network


Seek a referral

Check testimonials

Check in the community

Check customer reviews on review platforms

Verify endorsements


Check credit reports


Check Trading Standards: (UK) Trading Standards



1. Visit the Company’s Office



2. Trust your Sixth Sense



3. More Pieces of Advice


N.B.: The information here is from


Wikihow: Check if a company is genuine Fraud 



a. Tips

  • When you look up reviews, be smart about whose reviews you trust.

· A from home business, or a really small company, may not have business listings or long-lasting domains.

· Keeping the information of the domain owner private does not necessarily mean it is a scam.

  • If you’re unable to find sufficient information on a company, ask around. (try business rating sites or related and post on their forums about the company)
  • If they have a phone number, call.
  • Try and stick with popular, proven on-line businesses.
  • If the merchant has a brick-and-mortar store, it is more likely to be legit. If possible, visit the store once.

b. Warnings

  • Be careful with your information. If it sounds too good to be true, assume that it is.
  • Some tools may not be available for things outside of America.
  • People have been scammed out of millions. Be careful.
  • Research any company before you invest money or purchase goods from them.
  • Watch out for instant money schemes.
  1. c. More ideas

· Only deal with people in your area.

· Don’t wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.).

· Beware of fake cashier’s checks and money orders.

· Beware of identity theft. Don’t share your private info.

· Use caution when accepting relay calls from the hearing and speech impaired.

· Avoid shipping and escrow.

· Avoid deals that are too good to be true.


N.B.: This information is




Not all traders are genuine

  • Authorisation to operate does not guarantee honesty.
  • Business cards, registration numbers, etc. do not necessarily prove a business legitimate.
  • If you are in any doubt, do some research and verify any information.

Do you know of any other signs which show that a company is legitimate or not? Or, do you have any other comments to make?

Just scroll down to the comment box and let’s hear from you. Thanks.


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