You’re reading a job advert and it sounds like a dream! It is everything you could ask for, better money than what you are on now along with flexible working hours and endless perks. But something doesn’t seem quite right and your gut is screaming to run for the hills. There are just as many fraud job adverts out there online than there are real ones. You may have seen the countless ‘work from home’ job adverts posted on career websites and social media, but how can you tell the difference between online job scams and legitimate job openings?
Scammers have several purposes, depending on the scam – to collect confidential information to use for identity theft, to get you to cash fraudulent checks or to send money, and to get you to pay for services or supplies. One word of advice – never pay for a job. Scammers are getting savvier as people are made more aware of the scams and are coming up with new ways to take advantage of job seekers all the time. RedBox Recruitment have come up with a few tips on how to quickly spot a scammer before you go diving in sending your personal information along with your hard earned money to an off shore account.
You’re contacted via strange email addresses or phone numbers
We can all spot a personal or dodgy email address these days. Hiring managers will contact you through their business email, so if you think the account seems like a personal one, you know to be careful. You can get a rough idea if the contact details seem real, but doing an internet search of the phone number can also alert you to a scam.
They ask you for money
This should immediately raise red flags with you; no company would ever ask you for money. This is perhaps the easiest way to spot a job scam. You should never share your financials details online without knowing it’s a legitimate company – we have all experienced some kind of online fraud. The most common scams ask for monthly sums on money – don’t ever part with your cash in order to be hired.
The salary is amazing! (but unrealistic)
One of the biggest tell-tale signs is the salary the scammers are offering. If the job description repeatedly goes on about the huge wedge you could expect to receive then you know it’s too good to be true. Often these scams turn out to be commission based; you may be told you’ll be on a starting salary of £50,000, but the reality is far from it.
You don’t need any experience
The description specifies no experience needed – this should definitely raise yet another red flag about the legitimacy of the job role. When have you ever been offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer? Most companies would want to know your experience and education at the very least before even meeting with you to go through the picky selection process that we know today. Of course there are jobs out there that don’t require any formal qualifications or too much experience, but generally speaking this is not the case.
The company has no online presence
It is almost an immediate reaction to turn to social media and Google to search the company in question. When searching for the company you might even be lucky enough to find forums warning you against the company or employers if other people have been scammed by them before. As we always say, do your research beforehand.
Using common sense when applying for jobs can go a long way to protecting you from these pesky scammers. The old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” goes for job adverts too. If an advert states you can get rich quick or make thousands each month by working part time whilst swinging on a hammock in the sunshine with a cocktail in hand and a cute puppy on your lap, you are most likely reading a job ad placed by a scammer. Avoid being the victim of identity theft or getting scammed by passing on these ridiculous get rich quick schemes.