While the internet and online job boards have revolutionized the job search process for millions of job seekers and employers, it's important to exercise common sense and caution when looking for a job online. Many job scams start out with big promises and offering unrealistically good deals. 

So how do you recognize a job scam, and what signs should you look out for?



  • 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. For example: instead of
Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!

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