Most people know that when a lucrative job offer lands in your inbox unannounced, it’s more than likely to be a job scam. Although you may think this is easier said than done, be warned, job scams come in many guises and learning how to spot them is fundamental if you are to avoid wasting your time and losing your money.
Impromptu Microsoft job offers
The latest in internet scams inadvertently comes from Microsoft. Scammers posing as Microsoft are promoting seemingly lucrative employment opportunities from Microsoft, including countless work-from-home opportunities on a part time or full time basis.
Job seekers are being contacted randomly via email with an ‘opportunity’ to join the ever growing Microsoft team. Scammers are fooling job seekers into believing that they are being contacted due to their unique skill set and qualifications, when in fact, they are amongst thousands of unsuspecting job seekers being sent the same email.
The email stipulates that job seekers can earn around $5000 to $7500 per month on a work-from-home basis, receiving and processing payments sent electronically by Microsoft’s customers. Opportunities to make commission are also on offer, and all that’s needed from the job seeker is their bank details – in order for customer payments to be posted in the individual’s bank account and transferred to wherever Microsoft will need them.
Sound too good to be true?
It is astonishing to learn that thousands of innocent job seekers have fallen victims to scams such as the Microsoft Job Scam. Scammers are appealing to young and vulnerable job seekers, particularly those that are desperately trying to find employment in a stagnant, post-education environment.
Avoid becoming a victim
- Use your common sense – would a legitimate company such as Microsoft contact you out of the blue?
- Ask for a contact telephone number, email address and physical address and thoroughly research them
- Analyze the email you have received – what’s the address source? Are there any spelling or grammatical errors?
- Never supply your personal or financial information across the internet
- Never agree to a wire transfer
- Don’t allow testimonials to sway you