Here are some tips to help you spot potential employment scams.
The job will have very few details as to what skills you need. The job requirements might only be that you have to be 18, have an internet connection and a bank account. The job requirements probably won't list things like years of experience needed or what type of education level is required to do the job.
Just think about the details you find for a job listing on a job board like Indeed, Zip Recruiter or CareerBuilder. Compare that to the job description or requirements of the job being described. If they are lacking then odds are there is some sort of scam being worked.
If you receive an unsolicited email with regards to a job opportunity look at the grammar of the email. If the email contains spelling mistakes, poor grammar, capitalization errors and/or punctuation errors chances are it has not been written by someone who does hiring on a professional basis.
Generally, if a company is sending you an email there will be some sort of company contact information in the email. It could be the title of the person sending the email, along with an address or phone number and even the web site address for the company. If you receive an employment email and there is no corporate information with it odds are that the opportunity is not legitimate.
Also, check out the email address. If the email address is from a personal account - Google, Yahoo etc. then it is more than likely a scam. If someone is actually hiring for a real job at a real company they would be using some sort of corporate address.
If in doubt try doing a search of the email address. You can try copying a pasting the address into an internet search engine and type the word scam after it and do a search. If other people have found this to be a scam odds are there is information posted about it online.
It is best to talk to someone who wants to do an interview face to face or over the phone. If the interviewer insists that the interview take place online try and research the company before doing the interview.
If you do agree to the interview have a list of detailed questions ready so you can find out all the things involved with the job opportunity. Don't give the interviewer confidential information such as banking information, credit card numbers or Social Insurance / Social Security Numbers. If pressed by the interviewer to do so end the interview. They want to steal your identity.
Before doing a job interview it is always good to research the company. If the company is real you should be able to find information on it by doing an online search. If you can't find any information online about the company it is a scam. If the scam opportunity has been around for awhile odds are you will find some reference to it by doing an online search.
You might find that the "company" has a web site. Some of these scam employment companies have nice professional looking web sites which are used to trick people into believing the company is real. You might want to do a WHOIS search on the domain name to see when the web site was created. If it is a relatively new site you might want to be cautious.
Identity theft is one of the main reasons employment scams are created. The scammers will ask you for your banking information claiming that they need it to set up direct deposit. Also, if the "job opportunity" is some sort of money transfer business they will need your bank account information in order to send you payment.
Social Insurance numbers, Social Security numbers, birth date and other personal information are things that should raise a red flag if you are asked for them before there is any job offer. Be especially wary if personal information is one of the first things asked about when doing a job interview.
You are offered an opportunity and they say that you need to pay for special training or software for the job. Legitimate companies hire you, train you and provide you with the tools you need to do the job at their expense. If the want your credit card information or money sent by Western Union or Money Gram beware.
For a fee a "company" will review your resume, make it look super professional and submit it to organizations that are looking for candidates like you. Sounds great you pay and they do all the work. The "company" will ask for the money upfront before any "work" is done. This type of scam ends up with people paying sometimes thousands of dollars for a service that doesn't exist. Once again do your research. If the company is legitimate you should be able to easily find it by doing an internet search.
Paying for a credit report or credit check. The job requires that a credit check be done due to the nature of the job and you have to go online or email you information. Sometimes the thieves just want your credit information. Other times they will want a fee to be able to process your credit check. They get money from you and your personal information.
I've encountered this one personally. I was selected because of my qualifications which I have no idea what they were. A cheque for $2500 was enclosed, with instructions to deposit the cheque and send $2000 via Western Union. This was a test run and if I did this well I would get other opportunities to continue doing this "work".
You cash the cheque. You send $2000 via Western Union of possibly Money Gram and think that you have pocketed $500. Easy Money !!! Until the bank contacts you later and tells you that the cheque is fake and now you are out $2000.
Getting paid a good sum to do some easy work is nice but stop and think about. If it is too good to be true it is.
The opportunity offers really good money. They are offering you a job right away without even talking to you or say that you are one of the finalists for the job.
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