If you’re looking for a job, be aware of scams that may make you believe you are applying to a legitimate company when you are not. Scams aren’t always obvious and easy to avoid, and the best way to protect yourself is by keeping up with the latest techniques that scammers are using.
The Work-From-Home Offer
FlexJobs, a subscriber-based online job search service, conducted a survey that revealed that of 2,600 job seekers, 1 in 5 respondents had fallen victim to a job scam at least once. CEO and founder of the company, Sara Sutton Fell, said for every legitimate work-from-home job, there are 60 to 70 scams for one. The Federal Trade Commission warns that while most scams involve work-from-home positions, the scams apply to a variety of different job positions.
The Online Interview
Be aware of online interviews with a “real company.” Scammers will pose as a recruiter from a company you know or that can be found on the web. After you send your résumé, you will be invited to an online interview in which you are told to download programs to answer their questions. You are then told that you’re hired and the scammers steal your money and personal information by requesting your Social Security Number and personal information.
The Faux Federal Job
Online and print ads are being created by scammers in which they offer to help people find and apply for federal or post office positions and charge a fee. The scammers make you believe that they have access to hidden jobs that only they know about. They may offer to send you study materials for the postal exams and offer you money-back guarantees if you do not pass.
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim
- Contact the real company to ensure it is a legitimate job posting
- Be skeptical and do your research, especially if you find phone numbers online that are different from what the recruiters give you
- Be careful of where you post your résumé online and keep in mind that legitimate jobs do not require application fees
- Don’t give out your personal banking information if you are still a job candidate
- Pay attention to bad grammar and typos that are within communications and postings by scammers.