Virtual Office Temps Review – VOT

Company: Virtual Office Temps
Website: http://www.virtualassistantjobs.com/
Address: not valid*
Cost: Free to join

*The only address I could found was on the BBB website. It indicates an address in Arkansas. Here’s a quote from the BBB website:

“As of March 2008, the BBB has received an increased number of inquiries about this company that claims to be located at 5921 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204. Mail sent to the business at that address has been returned to the BBB by the U.S. Postal Service. After further investigation, it appears there is no such company at that address.”

Ranking: 0 out of 5

Updated: December 31, 2018


In this Virtual Office Temps Review, I will attempt the impossible by trying to review a company that has little to no public information! This is one of many companies I signed up with a few years ago when I started my work from home quest. Chances are you’ve read a few Virtual Office Temps reviews and are trying to figure out if they are worth joining or not.  Click here to see how I got started making money online.

What Is Virtual Office Temps?

Virtual Office Temps claims to connect employers with potential employees. Employers and qualified potential employees both register with the site and potential employees can apply for jobs within the site. The jobs are varied and are offered within the U.S. as well as outside the U.S. and the registration is free. Sounds good so far, right?

I registered with this company a while back, like I said. I never really completed the registration process because I don’t need to buy a domain name, buy hosting, create a website. I have all that sorted already. Unlike Upwork, VOT redirect you to an outside site builder to create a site. With Upwork, you can do that on your own outside of Upwork and just add your site link into your Upwork profile.

 

VOT Requirements

  • Create an account by registering on VOT
  • You need to have your own website. There is a external link to web.com which is a website builder. 
  • You will be asked to create an account with Monster.com
  • Complete your VOT profile
  • Upload your resume

Sample Job Types 

  • Customer Service
  • Data Entry
  • Medical Transcriptionists
  • Social Media

Application process requires that you post a current copy of your resume online in multiple locations. When I clicked on the “multiple locations” link to see where to upload my resume, I was redirected to monster.com.

This particular job was for a data entry specialist that pays $15/hour and is available anywhere. Some jobs are for the U.S. only.

VOT Support

To contact Virtual Office Temps, you can fill out the contact form here or send an email at this address: info@virtualassistantjobs.com.

Pros:

  • No fees to join
  • Some jobs offer benefits (within the U.S.)
  • Free “Bootcamp:”
    • walks you through how to use the VOT website to find jobs
    • help on creating a profile
    • Advice on what employers are looking for

Cons:

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  • No company information anywhere. No indication as to how long they have been in business, etc.
  • The About page, FAQ page and Who We Are page all redirect to the About page. The only company information on that page says they’ve been in business since 2001.
  • No address or phone number listed anywhere on the website.
  • No response to emails
  • Numerous complaints to the Better Business Bureau. The company has made no real effort to resolve the complaints.
  • The certified training is misleading. It does not certify your VA skills or teach you VA skills. It simply guides you through how to use the website builder and present your skills in the best light for prospective employers.

Important Information Found In VOT Privacy Policy

Many of the complaints I found on the BBB website were from job seekers who didn’t realize that their information was public. Here’s a quote from the Privacy Policy page. Take note of the bold information below.

Public Information
As part of registration, you may set up a Profile describing your experience and qualifications. After becoming a member, in order to apply for some jobs, you must create a Profile, and in order to create a Profile, you will be required to provide some information about your background (such as your resume). If you decide to apply for a job, potential employers may review your Profile to help them decide whether to contact you for an interview. Your resume BECOMES PUBLIC and opened to the Internet. Therefore we advise that you DO NOT POST YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION IN YOUR PUBLIC RESUME IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR INFORMATION TO BE PUBLIC ON THE INTERNET. Information in your Profile is available for any other registered User to access. We will not have any obligation under this Privacy Policy with respect to information in your Profile or information you voluntarily provide to other Users via the Site. We are not responsible for the information that you make public via your profile and resume. All content provided by you is your own responsibility. Virtual Office Temps/Virtual Assistant Jobs is not liable for any actions or instances as the result of the information you post in our public website areas.”

 

Conclusion:

There was a common thread that ran through the complaints I read. The people who signed up were required to buy a web hosting from a particular site in order to use the VOT service.  You can’t simply add a link to your site on your profile. Even after buying the hosting, etc., the registrant never received any response after applying for jobs. Registrants also did not receive any response after emailing VOT. Also, many job seekers were not aware of their information being public on the Internet and wanted their accounts taken down. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t responded to these complaints, according to the BBB site. 

It’s a HUGE red flag to me if a company does not list at least their basic contact information such as real address. So I have to say, this appears to be a company that is more interested in selling hosting than helping people find work from home jobs. I can’t recommend that anyone get involved with this company. I think you would be very disappointed not to mention wasting your time on jobs that probably don’t exist. With that in mind, I have to give this company a zero! There’s just no way to verify anything.

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Have you had any experiences with Virtual Office Temps? I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment below.

To your success!

Alanna

 

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24 thoughts on “Virtual Office Temps Review – VOT”

  1. The first thing we want to know before signing up with any company or program is if it’s legit or not. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there and we can easily be drawn to them especially if they tell you that registration is free. However, once you get in, either you’re left to be on your own or you will be redirected to another website.

    The thing that bugs me with VOT is the company’s location. How can you trust a company that couldn’t be found anywhere else and no contact number? It’s definitely a red flag to me too.

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    • Hi Alice! Providing company information such as an address, phone number, email address, etc. should be the first thing any legitimate company puts on their website. But I can also see how easy it is if you are just someone looking for a job to do at home. Many people wouldn’t even notice that the information is missing until they need to contact the company but by then it’s too late! Thanks for stopping by! Alanna

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  2. Hi, Alanna.
    Reviewing websites/online money making opportunities including work from home jobs myself, the company that you reviewed in your excellent article, VOT has red-flags all over it. Something definitely to be avoided.

    Right from the beginning of the article in providing the basic info for this online company, you stated Alanna that the physical address could not be located, other than one found on the BBB site. Also the website lacked a lot of fundamental info that a legit program WOULD include.

    Right off, that tells me that this company is 100% bogus.

    It’s a shame that programs such as this one, that supposedly provides online jobs for individuals sometimes desperate to make money anyway that they can simply seeks to deviously take advantage of those people through false hope.

    The only positive thing that I could find is that the opportunity to join this program through the registration process would be free. Then again, I’ve always believed that one should never, ever pay a fee to some online company with the promise of receiving a job. Would a person be expected to fork over money to a human resource individual at a physical establishment when going in to do an interview? And with no guarantee that he/she would land the job?

    Other than the free “join fee” everything else, including the bogus training program taught by VOT is just a mirage when it comes to landing an individual an actual paying online job working from home.

    Jeff

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    • You are so right, Jeff! And even though it’s “free” to join, it seems that you must buy their hosting in order to put your resume on the site. You should be able to simply add a link to your own website wherever it is hosted. Yes, unfortunately, this has red flags all over it! Thanks for stopping by. Alanna

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  3. Hello Alanna

    Some time this year I bumped on this site in my quest to find legitimate online work.
    I created a profile and I have been receiving emails from them every fortnight supposedly for new work at home jobs.I avoided buying their domain because I have been working on crafting my own VA website, too bad the catch here is that I must buy their domain.
    I have literally scrawled the net to find a single person who got a job through VOT Temps
    but found none. This is a carefully crafted scam, appearing to help job seekers “without paying any fees”I will just market and promote my site on my own to get clients.

    Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

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    • Hi Jared. Thank you so much for chiming in. I have tried to unsubscribe to VOT and I cannot seem to do it. I can’t find an unsubscribe button anywhere! Another part of the scam, I suspect. As long as you have a profile on their site, whether it’s active or not, you will continue to get emails for jobs that probably don’t exist. There are many reasons not to buy a domain with a site like VOT. If you buy a domain, you should have complete control over it. So buying a hosting package with a hosting company will give you that control. Here’s a link to an article I wrote on how to find a web hosting company. This article outlines the many things you should consider when buying a hosting package. I wish you all the best with your VA website. If I can provide any other guidance, drop me a note. I’m happy to help. (I’m also a part-time VA as well!)

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  4. I just signed up with http://www.virtualassistantjobs.com and was directed to set up my own VA site thru http://www.web.com. I did this and had to pay $1.95 for the website builder, however, they do not tell it is only for 4 weeks. After that it is renewed monthly at a cost of $22.95 per month which is extremely high. In addition, the one year domain renewal is $37.99. I believe this is where they make their money. I published my website immediately and it states the site was published, however, it is not published on the internet – just on web.com website. Since http://www.virtualassistantjobs.com specifically refers VA’s to web.com (even with a link to the site), I wonder if there is some connection between the two businesses. I am an expert credentialer and have 27 years in background investigation. I will investigate further to determine if there is a connection between these 2 businesses.

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    • Hi Brenda. I am of the opinion that the Virtual Office Temps site is more interested in having you buy a domain and create a site with them. If this was any normal hosting arrangement, you should be able to see your site on the internet. $22.95 per month is definitely high when you factor in that your site isn’t even visible outside of web.com. The domain renewal is also very high. You can buy your own domain name through Namecheap for about $12.99 a year! In fact, they are running a sale right now where you can buy your own domain name for $8.88! I’m a strong believer in owning your own domain name. That way, if hosting gets too expensive, you can always transfer to another hosting company and simply point your domain name to the new hosting company. Unfortunately, VOT now own your domain name.

      I’m very interested to learn more about your experience. Please check back in and let us know if there’s a connection between the two. I’m going to do some digging myself! Thank you for your comment! Alanna

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      • You could try to contact them directly by sending a mail to: info@virtualassistantjobs.com. If that doesn’t work, try calling your credit card company and explaining that you do not authorize any further payment to them. Hopefully, or both of these methods should work. Please let us know how you get on with this. Thank you for stopping by! Alanna

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  5. Beware of this site. I have had two job scam attempts and the approach was directed to my email address, so they are not adhering to their privacy policy. Also, I sent them an email reporting this and got no response.

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    • Hi Geoff. I’m sorry to hear that you had this experience. That’s another red flag to me if they are not keeping their user’s information confidential by adhering to their own privacy policy. I’ll have to add that to my list of cons for these guys. Although, I’m not surprised that you didn’t hear back from them. Afterall, the BBB had no response from them either. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience! Alanna

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  6. Glad I read this article. When I was talking to an unemployment rep yesterday, he asked if I had considered working from home. I told him that theoretically it sounded great but I don’t trust any sites to NOT be a scam. He recommended Virtual Office Temps. Then we went on with our conversation about my unemployment benefits. Today I Googled Virtual Office Temps and saw this thread. Now I know not to go anywhere near this site. Appreciate the efforts prior respondents have put forth here.

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    • Hi Julie. I’m glad you stopped off here first before signing up with VOT. As you have read from this thread, there are plenty of people who have shared their bad experiences with VOT here. You will end up spending more money with them. I don’t know what your situation is but if you would like to start your own online business, I recommend that you start here. I’ve been a member for many years and the skills I learned helped me start my own virtual assistant business as well as making money with online marketing. You can read about my experience here. I hope you find what you are looking for. Please stop back anytime. I’m happy to help! All the best, Alanna

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  7. PLEASE READ!!
    I never finished signing up got VOT and never paid any money but yesterday, I received an email from a VOT/a man named James Sullivan who claimed to be recruiting for a company called Welltok. The interview was conducted by text on Google Hangout (first red flag). He offered a number of positions to choose from, and when I asked for one not on the list, he readily offered it, as well. The pay rate he offered for a customer service representative for Welltok was $20 during training and $37 thereafter (second red flag!). I answered the interview questions he sent so I could find out more information about the position. After an hour, I got a “Congratulations..” message, was told I start tomorrow morning at 7am Central time so I have to have my employment forms filled out and back to him today. During the hour that I waited for that “Congratulations”, I contacted Welltok HR directly and was told that this gutly is a scam artist and that the FBI is after him. I was advised not to provide him any information or to proceed any further in the process with him. I told the HR employee that I knew from the pay rate that something was fishy and had no intention of giving him anything legal. So, take note, everyone! If you are contacted by anyone and anything seems out of the ordinary..listen to your instincts!!

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    • Hi Trisha! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! So many red flags in your comment! I’m glad you had the foresight to smell a scam before you handed over all kinds of personal information. Yes. The scammers are out there! I never finished signing up at VOT either and i STILL get emails about good paying positions on a regular basis. At least once a week. Hope everyone reads your post here! Alanna

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  8. I was also skeptical about VOT so I tried a few random searches using the job descriptions they listed. What I found is that these positions are legit, but they generally are not work from home jobs. So it appears VOT simply does a cut and paste of real opportunities which look legit so they can steer job seekers to web.com to pay the higher than normal hosting plan. Not sure if web.com is aware of the scam or whether VOT is just receiving some sort of referral and/or use fee?

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    • Hi Michelle. I had the same experience with VOT. I also didn’t want to pay to upload my resume and I thought that whole process was misleading. You may be better off at Upwork. You can check out my Upwork review here. Thank you for stopping by and best of luck finding VA work! Alanna

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  9. Thank you so much for this article and all your hard work. I was just about to sign up when I felt the need to vet the information. With your article, I feel greatly that they are still doing the same and will take this time to unsubscribe from the website. Thanks again.

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    • Hi Shannon. You are very welcome. I hear about people being scammed all the time and it’s heartbreaking especially when there’s money involved. I hope you can manage to unsubscribe. I found it impossible. And if you would like to build your own online business check out how I got started. You can sign up for free and stay a free member for as long as you like. Thank you for your comment! Alanna

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  10. Thank you for this! I have been applying for jobs on this site for a while. I NEVER receive a response (I have not paid a dime either). I will steer clear.

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    • Hi Lee. So sorry to hear that you haven’t had a response yet I’m not surprised. Luckily, you are not out of pocket for any money. If you are interested in starting your own business, this is how I got started with my own business. I wish you the best of luck in your job search! Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment! All the best, Alanna

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  11. This site is not only a scam, it’s impossible to get your info off the site if you want to delete it. If you make a profile with resume, it appears in a search engine if you look up your name. I have sent numerous requests to send me info of how to delete my account. No one responds. I tried to get a new password using the address I signed up with and it says there is no match. So I’m locked out of the site and I want my public info removed from search engines. I don’t know if I can do this myself or if you have to be the domain owner to remove a page from search. I filed a complaint today with the Federal Trace Commission. I tracked an IP address to Lansing, Michigan. This is their IP address from their website VirtualAssistantJobs.com. They have two names, Virtual Assistant Jobs and Virtual Office Temps. IP: 96.30.48.228

    Do not sign up for their emails or create a profile. It is a scam and should be reported to the FTC.

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    • Hi Rebekah. I’m so sorry to hear that you got caught up in this and that you cannot get your personal information taken down. Unfortunately, it’s a very common problem with this site! I hope you get some satisfaction from the Federal Trade Commission. If you do manage to get your info taken down, please come back and let us all know. There are plenty of people here who are in the same boat! Thank you for warning us that this is still an issue with this company! All the best, Alanna

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