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JOB SEARCH / JUL. 24, 2013
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How to Recognize a Fake Job Offer Letter

When seeking employment, especially overseas, it is imperative to closely consider the job offer letter and its implications. This is the letter that an employer sends their employees outlining the main factors of their employment contract. By viewing the job offer letter and carefully considering the clauses outlined, individuals are able to ensure that they do not fall victim to any sort of employment scam.

The following are some tips to recognize a fake job offer letter:

No job interview: Most employers only offer a job offer letter to those individuals who they have interviewed and assessed. In the event that you are offered a job without an interview, it is advised to carefully consider the legitimacy and authenticity of this offer before accepting.

High salary, no experience: If the job offers extremely high salaries, numerous benefits and flexibility in return for no experience and working from home; it is likely to be a scam job post. Many individuals receive job offer letters that detail “too good to be true” criteria, which is often the case as these are sent by unscrupulous agents who are scamming unsuspecting job seekers.

Generic email address: Most scamming agents use generic email service providers such as hotmail or yahoo! It is important to recognize the fake company through their email address. For example, an email from FindEmployment will be from a @findemployment.com email address rather than a @yahoo.com email address.

Spelling mistakes and grammar errors: All emails received from the company that is offering you the job should be composed in a professional and formal manner. The email with the offer letter should follow appropriate email etiquette. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are a red flag that indicate unprofessionalism as well as lack of knowledge. This includes exclamation marks within the offer letter as well as random capitalization of words.

Company research: When you receive an offer letter from a company, one of the first things to do is conduct research on the company. This includes obtaining information about the company’s mission, services and presence in the industry. In the event that you find no information, it is likely to be a fake scam created by nefarious individuals who wish to con job seekers.

Money Transfer Required: The easiest method of spotting a job offer letter is by spotting a money transfer clause. An employer who requires the individual to transfer a certain amount of money into the company’s account is a definite sign of a job scam. If you see this in your job offer letter, it is important to report the job and ensure that others do not fall victim to the same scam. 

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