JOB SEARCH / AUG. 19, 2013
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Why Fake Jobs Exist

Job scams are widespread and thousands of unsuspecting job seekers fall victim to them every day. Fake job posts reign as one of the most frequently used ‘scams’ and one that fools many job seekers time and time again due to their convincing and legitimate appeal. It is not only fraudulent companies that post fake jobs, some of the most well known organizations also participate in posting fake jobs for a multitude for reasons.

So why are fake jobs so prevalent? Here are some of the most common reasons why even the most reputable companies insist on posting fake jobs.

#1  Gauge current talent pool

Companies post fake job vacancies for positions within their organization to find out what talent is currently out there.

#2  Playing by the rules

We all know that many companies tend to hire internally, but due to industry regulations they are required to advertise the job externally to ensure ‘equal rights’ and other specifications are met. These companies have no intention of taking your application seriously, the job post is simply a ‘front’ to show that they have taken the necessary steps in a fair and equal recruitment strategy.

#3  Backup plan

Many employers want a backup plan in the event that an employee leaves the company, or is requested to leave for a reason. If you feel that your current employee is not performing well, or you suspect that the employee intends to leave their job soon, then posting that exact job will allow you to build up a database of applicable CVs.

#4 Identity theft

Some fake jobs require applicants to submit ‘application forms’ that request a great deal of personal information from the candidates. If the company looks legitimate, then many unsuspecting candidates happily forward on their details in the hope of securing work. Instead, their information is used for fraudulent activities. (Of course it is only the fraudulent companies who participatein this type of job scam.)

#5  Financial fraud

In a similar way to identity theft, financial fraud can occur where a fake job is posted by a scam company in an effort to obtain sensitive financial data from applicants. Promising them training courses, expenses among others, the scam company will request the individual’s bank account information to process payments. This is one way of hacking into a person’s bank account to commit fraud.

#6  Backup plan

Many employers want a backup plan in the event that an employee leaves the company, or is requested to leave for a reason. If you feel that your current employee is not performing well, or you suspect that the employee intends to leave their job soon, then posting that exact job will allow you to build up a database of applicable CVs.

#7  Mailing lists

One of the irritating of fake job scams is the scam where jobs are posted purely with the intention of gathering peoples’ contact information to add them to mailing lists. Mailing lists can be sold for a lot of money, and so are big business for scam companies.

#8 CV plagiarism

One of the most surprising reasons to post a fake job is CV plagiarism. Many individuals who cannot be bothered writing their own CV, or even locating a template online, will past a fake job for a position they want to have, in the hope they receive several CV applications. They will take these CVs and either pass the off as their own, or copy them exactly.

 

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