5 signs of job scams

August 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

5 signs of job scams

signs of a job scam

There are thousands and thousands of stories of job-seekers receiving emails from job scammers after posting their resumes (and contact information) on one or more job boards. While it is certainly every job board’s responsibility to protect the privacy of the people who register their information — and many have not done so well — it is also the responsibility of the job-seeker to remember the adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Certainly home-based jobs and business opportunities are one of the biggest areas in which scammers and con artists operate, but they have also been known to disguise themselves as legitimate businesses (called phishing) offering great job and employment opportunities.

While job scammers have adapted their tactics over time, there are still some hard-and-fast signs that a job is a scam. Here are 5 basic signs of a job scam:

#1 You’re asked for personal financial information—such as your Social Security number, your bank account, your home address and phone number, your date of birth, etc.—early on in the job interview process.

#2 The job pays a lot of money for little work. After all, if it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.

#3 The job posting has glaring grammatical or spelling errors.

#4 The contact email address is personal (e.g., johnsmith38439483@gmail.com) or one that mimics a real company’s email address (e.g., johnsmith@dellcomputercompany.com).

#5 A recruiter offers you the job immediately without verifying your work experience or doesn’t ask for references.

It’s unlikely that job scammers will ever go away, but there are ways to protect yourself from falling prey to a scam. Using reputable job search boards (like FlexJobs) and knowing what to look for can all help you find a real online job—sans job scams.

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