Elyssa Duncan
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Look out for these RED FLAGS

Unfortunately, fake job listings are more common than we would hope. Here at Jobcase, we work hard to make sure that all scammer profiles are deactivated, but sometimes they do slip through the cracks.

Here are a few red flags that a job might actually be a scam.

The Company Is Hard to Find Online The first thing you should do if you feel there is something “off” about a company is Google them. Even the least tech-savvy businesses usually have some sort of basic webpage that describes their company. If there is no trace of them online, be wary.

It Sounds Too Good to be True If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. When you see a high salary, topnotch benefits and a lot of big promises (job growth, pay increase, lots of perks, etc.) - proceed with caution. Be on the look for keywords such as “earn money quick” and “a lot of salary potential.” Typically they will also require you to work for less than minimum wage for some time or place you on probation where you don’t get paid at all for a “trial period.”

Vague Job Description If the description is vague and/or contains multiple typos, chances are it was computer-generated or put together by an individual writing in a non-native language. Ask to speak with a hiring manager directly to get a better idea of the role and expectations.

No Interview If you were offered a job with no interview process, your alarm bells should be blaring. If a company is in a rush to hire you and immediately asks for “payroll” information such as bank account and social security numbers, it’s typically a scam.

Sending Money / Using a Personal Bank Account Legitimate companies won’t ask for money or ask you to pay for something upfront. Never send any money or give out personal banking information.

Please be sure to report any suspected scams by clicking the three dots in the upper right and selecting Report. That will help the JC Team find them quicker!

Good luck with your job search!

As always, be sure to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! We're here to help :)

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Steven Ransom
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@Elyssa Duncan hope you don't mind me piggybacking off you!?

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Timothy Hamlin
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Excellent post!

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jasmine no ones biz
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Add to the list....when they reach out to you via email and phone when you never applied to that company or that position. Your contact info is on your resume so that is how they find you. In the email it will always say they saw your resume online but not say where and the job dets are very vague if they even bother. Any real company or headhunter/recruiter would provide you with precise job dets. If they call they always have very heavy accents. The callers you can hang up on. For those of you who still have a landline post that number over your cell as cells can be hacked. The emails do not respond as that is how they get your IP address to log into your computer and hack you. Most of these will be medical, financial or life insurance scams. Always google the company including employee reviews like on glassdoor.com as those reviews are very telling of what you might be walking into. Some of the company names they have used are: Trailblazers, Aflac, Con Edison. You will get to know them as they are relentless. It is sad that job seekers have to deal with these scammers which do consume your time on a daily basis. Always do your homework and research a company and you will save yourself a major headache.

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B Phillips
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Thank you for your hard work...

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Kaiju Lady
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Anything where you have to pay them up front or where they expect you to recruit people. Google search anti-mlm and there’s ton of info out there on these scammers

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Ken Adams
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Thank you! I almost got scammed this week. A "recruiter" texted me with a wonderful job offer on Monday and wasted a lot of my time for 3 days making me jump through hoops. What I found most odd is that we never actually had a phone conversation and that he never had me speak with the key people in the organization - didn't add up. Just before I got to the stage of giving out bank info and social security #, I wrote to the HR company in Florida (I'm in Baltimore - and it was promised to be a work from home job). Two of their people wrote back immediately to tell me it was a total scam and they are getting it repeatedly. Most of the contact with the scammer was via Google Hangouts and as someone mentioned below - that seems to be a Scam Hangout as well. Beware people and be safe!

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Robert Singleton
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Thanks

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Chris Parsons
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I have an ENGLISH DEGREE but all the jobs you send me and say I am qualified for are, for example, 'Budtender', or 'Sandwich Specialist at Subway', or 'Meat Cutter at The Golden Corral'. WTF? You also say openings for County of Sacramento, but they are not with the county, just in it. Again, WTF?

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Craig Ferguson
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But it sounds like you would be qualified for those positions! LOL!

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Chris Parsons
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Craig, i like your sense of humor. I just may be 'qualied'...but i would probably just end up wearing those finger condoms on my nubs.

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