Avoid the virtual call center companies that require you to pay a fee just for applying for a job.
As a rule, a person does not have to pay any money to get employed with a genuine employer. Employers are the ones who pay the people working for them and not the other way around. On online websites and offers charging people money is one of the first signs of a work-at-home scam. While all these rules apply to applying for a virtual call center job as well, it is a common practice for genuine employers charge for certain amount of fee for a credit and background check. The credit and background check is a normal procedure followed by almost all legitimate employers.
This fee can usually be up to the tune of $50 and lease usually charged once the job is confirmed and offered pending the credit and the background check of course.
The caution that one must exercise care of course is that no employer or company should try to charge some fee from the customer on the pretext of training, buying additional software and equipment etc. as these are the basic signs of a work-at-home scam.
If the home-based transcription company charges you a fee on the following pretext then you should be careful:
Specialized equipment and software
Any reoccurring fee