Tips to Avoid Job Scams
It is important to exercise common
sense and caution when looking for a job online. Many scams start out with big
promises and offering unrealistically good deals.
Below are some tips on recognizing and avoiding job scams. How do you know if a
job is probably fraudulent?
Look for the following warning signs…
- The promise of a large salary for very little work.
Especially those that promise thousands of dollars of income per month
with little or no experience.
- Positions that ask for credit card or bank account
information, social security number, driver’s license number or copies of
- Jobs that ask you to send payment by wire service or
- Positions in which you are offered a large payment or
reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often for
depositing checks or transferring money.
- You receive an unexpected large check.
- Multiple misspellings and bad grammar in the job
- You are requested to send a photo copy of your ID,
i.e., driver's license to "verify identity".
- Job posting doesn't mention the job responsibilities;
instead it focuses on the amount of money you will make.
- You are asked to pay for, or complete a background
check before you can be considered for a position.
- The posting appears to come from a legitimate company
or organization, but the contact's e-mail address doesn't match the
company's website domain (i.e., email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org).