Did you know that there are job scams? Job scams can crop up anywhere; not just on Craigslist!  They are very real, and they can cost you a lot of money and time. No one wants to get excited about a new job, stop looking for work, and maybe even invest money only to discover that they have no job and they’ve gotten into financial trouble.

What is a job scam?

Well, some people create advertisements that look like they are for legitimate jobs, when in reality there is no real job. The scammer wants your money or secure information and will provide you with just enough bait to get it.

How do I know if a job is a scam?

There are many things you can do to determine if an advertised job is a scam.

#1. Visit the website

Most job scams will claim to be a legitimate business. Look for their website. If they claim to be a legitimate company, compare the job information on the website with the job ad. There may not be a website at all, because this may just be a made up business. Some people will go far enough to create fake websites. The website may look obviously unprofessional and fishy. They may send you a link to a website that looks very much like the real website of a legitimate company. Check the URL(that string of words in the address bar at the top of your web browser) to see if it contains something odd. Most businesses keep their urls very simple like walmart.com.

#2. Run A Google Search

Search for the company’s name. You may be able to rule them out right away because there are no results or results about being scammed. You can also add the word scam to the company’s name in the search bar to wade past any fake information a smart scammer may flood the search results with.

#3. Consider Time Zones And Languages

Many job scammers live in other countries or states than the location of the business they are posing as. If you think you’re working for a business in Los Angeles and someone calls you at a time that no one in Los Angeles would conduct business or their spelling and grammar makes you suspect that English isn’t their first language, they are probably a scammer.

#4. Keep Your Wallet Closed

Job scammers want your money, social security number, and credit card numbers, and they want to get these things before you get suspicious. Never give them payment information, and read the fine print on any information they give you to make sure they haven’t wormed such tactics in under the radar. The job process is about communication, not conducting a transaction.

#5. Check their email address

Some of these fake employers do not provide email addresses at all. This is fishy, so play it safe and avoid them. Others will provide email addresses from free email accounts like Yahoo!, hotmail, and gmail. Even most very small business owners have business email accounts, and of course all the major companies do, so run away from ads like this.

Any legitimate company will be open to communication, will not ask for money, will be able to be researched online, and their information will add up to what is in the ad. So, always check these things and protect yourself.

The information above was taken from the following websites:

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/qt/howtotellscam.htm
http://careerminer.infomine.com/scammers-are-constantly-on-the-prowl-how-to-spot-a-scam-job-from-a-real-job/
http://mashable.com/2013/10/05/10-signs-a-job-is-a-scam/

 

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