The stress of finding a job in this economy that matches our skills and salary expectations is hard enough. But job hunters are now facing another problem – JOB SCAMS or FAKE JOB OFFERS! Sadly, scammers are on the increase, with more and more fake jobs appearing on job boards, and large number of job seekers are conned or becoming victims.
What is a job scam? A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job. Once the money has been paid over the scammer disappears, and the job seeker is left with no job, and out of pocket.
The problem now is, these scammers are being more and more tricky in the way they work, and so it’s getting more difficult to differentiate between a scam and a legitimate job opening.
Here are some sure pointers that a job post could possibly be a scam.
Never part with your money
Any job offer that says, you pay a fee in advance, is probably a scam. Most reputed companies will absorb these costs themselves. Another sign is if the recruiter offers to train you for the job, in return for money. Never pay money across ever. No legitimate company or recruiter will ask for money upfront. Not for anything.
Free email accounts
Any recruiter that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail can be a scammer. Legitimate job offering emails will most probably come from corporate email accounts. Eg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers without interviews
Obviously, any reputed company will never offer you a job without interviewing you in person. Never ever accept this kind of job offer that came through via email, when you have never had a conversation or face-to-face interview.
Work from home
If this is the job title, then the chances of scam is very high. Many job seekers revert back to these emails and because of this, it is a favourite with scammers. A very attractive salary figure is used by scammers to lure candidates in such cases.
Receiving offers for jobs you did not apply for
If you receive an offer via email for a job you have not even applied for, it can be a scam.
Paying high salaries than industry standards
If a company offers you a salary that is completely out of your range and that too without even knowing you, without interviewing you, you are probably in the process of being conned.
Bogus job descriptions
If the role states that there is no specific skill necessary for the job, then also you are probably about to be scammed. The majority of jobs will require at least some set of qualification and skills.
No job contact information
A quality job post will tell you, whom to email or will provide a valid company website or address.
Some tips on how to avoid being scammed by fake job offers.
Send a generic inquiry first
Don’t send your resume right away. Do not waste your time for cover letter or reformatting your resume. Inform them that you are interested in job but need to know more about company and the location.
Check website address they give you
Double check the company website. Also check the location and email id provided in that. Does the website seem legitimate? Nowadays it is easy to find out if a company is genuine or not by checking their social media presence. A genuine company will have authentic address, contact numbers, photos and would be liked or followed by genuine users on social media websites.
Never pay money for anything
Never give your credit card number or bank account information. Never open a bank account for a foreign company.
DO verify before you trust! Before falling prey to these scammers, do your homework and checks very carefully.
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