In the current economic climate, many individuals are falling in the trap of employment scams that offer them opportunities to build a career in the fast-track lane. With the unemployment rates at all-time high, job seekers are seeking desperate measures to secure employment – and many are being victims of job scams. The following are some tips on how to spot a job scam and avoid issues such as identity theft and credit card fraud:
- Too good to be true: When reading a job description, it is imperative to have a realistic approach towards the requirements as well as the responsibilities of the job position. If the job is at entry level or for graduates, offering of a 6 figure salary should be a red flag for a potential job scam. Most job scams have a list of benefits of the job position rather than the actual requirements.
- Work from home: Job titles that have “Work from Home” are considered to be potential scams as this information is not regarded to be an actual job title. The advantage of the job position is advertised within the job title of the job in order to attract maximum applicants; therefore job seekers should be skeptical before applying for such posts.
- Emails are unprofessional: If you are receiving random and unprofessional emails that contain many spelling and grammatical errors, it is more than likely that it is a scam. Avoid clicking on the links as they could potentially lead to viruses and phishing scams into your computer. Spam emails are the most common method of targeting unsuspecting victims of a job scam.
- Spend money to make money: Job positions that require the individual to spend money buying equipment and paying for membership are usually one’s that should be considered to carefully before making the payment. No legal and professional employer will ask applicants to make an advance payment to be hired. These scams usually require the job seeker to transfer funds in an offshore bank account, which is not a legal requirement for securing a job.
- Research the company: It is important to watch out for yourself. Job seekers that come across a unreliable or suspicious job post are advised to carefully research the company – usually a simple google search should help you obtain necessary information – before they start the job application procedure. Be proactive in your job search to avoid being victimized by any of the job scams advertised through the internet.