Safety 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 personal documents.
  • Jobs that ask you to send payment by wire service or courier.
  • 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 notice.
  • 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., johndoe@gmail.com instead of johndoe@thecompanyname.com).


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