With so many scam companies polluting the marketplace, it has become even harder to spot the fake jobs from the legitimate ones. This is because the fraudulent companies have begun creating highly sophisticated scams that, to the untrained eye, appear perfectly legitimate.
Graduates and the unemployed are most at risk of falling victim to job scams, and this is largely because they are desperate to secure a job. With competition for graduate positions fierce, many are being conned with too good to be true work from home scams.
Check out the major scams below to steer clear from!
The pre-paid job - If the company is requesting money upfront then avoid it like the plague! A genuine employer or recruitment agency will never ask for your money upfront, and rarely ask for a fee at all!
The free government offer - If you are approached by an agent offering free money or a government grant to set up your own business, without even being asked if you ever wanted to start you own company or whether you have a business plan, this is almost certainly a scam.
Package reship jobs - Any job that requires you to reship a package without opening it or knowing what is in it, is definitely a scam that could cost you your freedom. From drugs to stolen goods, you may be handling packages that are under surveillance by police.
Envelope stuffing scam - Let’s face it, why would any company pay a ridiculously attractive salary for stuffing envelopes? If the offer is too good to be true, then it is probably a fake job.
Craft-assembling jobs - This type of scam usually requires the unsuspecting victim to pay a fee upfront in order to obtain the ‘kit’ or products to assemble. Not only is it highly unlikely that you will be paid for your work, but you may not even receive the kit you originally paid for. Like with all job adverts, if you are required to pay upfront, steer clear!
Nigerian job scam - These scams usually request that you divulge your bank details in order for some African ruler to transfer millions of dollars into your account for ‘safe keeping’, offering you a large commission for the hassle of course! This is never ever going to be a real job offer or ‘get rich quick’ idea. Stay away from an offer or money that comes from a Nigerian based company or individual.
Phishing scam - These fake job offers are usually instigated by companies who try to divulge personal, sensitive or financial data from an individual in order to impersonate them, either to steal their money or to take out loans or credit cards in their name. Any job offer that requires you to give out sensitive information should be avoided at all costs.