Pandemic Horde has an open recruitment policy, so anyone can join. This means that there are players who join simply to ‘awox’ others. However, I have been in Horde off and on for over three years and it’s never happened to me*. The advice is much the same as for any other corporation - be careful, and don’t make yourself a prime target. Awoxers are purged very quickly too.
As a new player, there won’t be much to lose anyway. You’ll be getting killed on operations all the time, no-one cares. You will be given lots of hand out ships and these will be replaced at the new player level. You’ll get a set of skill books and lots of support from the NBI (New Bean Initiative, members chosen to help out the new beans).
If you have stuff to move then there are approved freighter services that will help you do this. There’s also a very decent market in BWF so as a new player, you’ll find most of what you need.
After sixty days, if you have trained some basic doctrines, you will be eligible to join Blessed Beans, which is ESI gated and therefore as safe as any other gated corporation. So Horde is not much different from any of the other newbie corporations of the big alliances.
It wasn’t that long ago that Goonswarm had the reputation of inviting new players into corporation with an application fee and then ripping them off for everything they possessed and chucking them back out again. Some people will still tell you that happens (though they put a stop to it for their new player corporations a long time ago). There’s a lot of propaganda in null sec.
The most important thing to discover is whether the culture of the corporation is a good fit. Geminate (where we live) may be close to Jita but it is also PvP central. Being close to Jita as a reason for joining is not particularly relevant - as I noted, you would be best served at first by getting your kit from the corp, not moving anything. If you like the daily fights, then the odd occasion when you might get your handout Crucifier awoxed doesn’t matter. If you want to mine and do industry, there’s very much a place for you but you might be better off considering Karmafleet in Delve - much safer. Much farther away from Jita, but they will also provide all you need.
- I have been ‘awoxed’ on fleet operations by players who didn’t know what they were doing. (Notably by new logistics pilots who instead of repping set their ‘whore’ drone on me rather than the citadel. )
It happens especially when the fleets are always set up to have a doctrine role for the new beans. Our fleets are also riddled with spies, that doesn’t appear to help the enemy much on most occasions. It’s all good fun.