You want to be sure a position is legitimate when looking for a new job. Occasionally you’ll come across job openings that might be fake with intentions of stealing your personal information. Having the skills in differentiating a real job opening and a fake one will save your personal data and time. This is why we want to share the different types of scams you may run into and how to avoid running into them at all.
What is a job scam?
Job scams are posted work opportunities that are deceptive and can be fraudulent towards someone seeking genuine job opportunities. False jobs can be found all over the place whether it’s on a job searching website or it’s an email you’ve received with an “offer”.
What scams can you look for?
False job listing
Job scammers will make their websites and pop-ups attractive to draw in applicants. They don’t just stop there, they create fake interviews, listings and programs that require an enrollment fee.
Imposters pretend to be connected to an agency or a hiring firm. They get their money by requesting a screening fee through bank transfer or gift cards.
Scammers request money from candidates and promise certain information. These materials usually include essential resources when getting prepared for an opening. You can avoid this by going to the company’s website for you should find all the information you need.
Money laundering is most commonly done by posting a fake job listing. Scammers might try to trick you into giving your account information by saying they are out of country and it’s “easier” that way. They will transfer money to your account to send to another account and then steal your bank account information.
Credit report scamming happens when a false employer requests a credit report form you as part of their hiring process. Along with that, they suggest a service free of charge, however, you end up paying for that with all the other fees they send your way. Not only are they stealing your money, they can also steal your identity.
How can you prevent being job scammed?
Do research on the company and make sure it is legit before applying. You can use social media or search engines to find information to compare to these job listings. You may also find employees to contact regarding more information on the company.
One of the biggest ways to stay away from fake jobs is confirming the websites legitimacy. To make sur5e it is a secure web address, it should have “https:// in the website URL. It should not have “http://.” Checking this will authenticate the website and verify its security measures. You can also find tons of other information like when the website was created, who it belongs to.
Trust your gut
If the website is off putting or still seems like the job listing might not be real, trust your instinct. Move on to other websites that you know are authenticate because it’s better safe than sorry.
Do not share your personal information
Stay cautious when handing out your social security number, bank account information and other personal details. If an employer asks for this upfront it is a red flag because they usually don’t request that until hired.
There are review sections on most job listing websites. This allows you to research the person that might be your employer. It is a big warning sign if you come across complaints or any negative comments regarding the employer.