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Learn how to spot a job scam!

  1. Look out for anything that's too good to be true. If they reached out to you (and you didn't apply!), if the pay is too good to be true, if you got the job without having to do much, these are all signs of a scammer preying on peoples' hope.
  2. Look out for extremely vague job listings. If there are no real qualifications or requirements, it's likely that they don't care who applies because they're trying to scam applicants.
  3. Look out for unprofessional messages. If there are many typos, weird misspellings, grammatical errors, (i instead of I, Human resources instead of Human Resources, no space following the period after a sentence, etc.) -- this could point to the fact that they're trying to scam you.
  4. Look out for online interviews. Google Hangouts are very popular with scammers because they don't require any proof of validity. Anyone can pretend to be anybody on Google Hangouts. Make sure you research any company that asks you to do an online interview.
  5. Look out for emails sent from a generic email account. Real companies will send out emails from their company's domain (for example, Jobcase will email you from an email address that ends in whereas a generic email address ends in, or These emails, again, can be made by anybody and require no proof. Make sure you do the research even if the email address looks legit, because scammers will often purchase similar-looking websites or domains to email from (for example, adding a hyphen or adding or removing one letter of the company's name).
  6. Google EVERYTHING that looks suspicious. If company names don't add up, if there's no online presence, if you can't find enough information to make a decision it's probably something to be avoided. Real companies have an online footprint, you can find Glassdoor reviews or Yelp reviews or even references to the company that are not job postings. If there's no information online, be wary.
  7. DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION! Don't give anyone your bank account information or social security number until you know for sure they are legit!
  8. DO NOT ACCEPT CHECKS FROM STRANGERS! Take any check you've received to the bank immediately to get it looked over to make sure it's not a fake check. US jobseekers lose millions of dollars in fake check scams every year.
  9. Look out for any job asking you to pay for anything. Some companies do require a small fee for background checks, but if you're not sure if that's legit ask for help first!
  10. Trust your gut. If you think it's iffy it probably is. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.

Questions? Comments? Need help? Email me directly or forward any job email you've received to and I'll take a look at it and let you know what I think!



Esther Pascal

Thanks for sharing Emily!

Rachel Nixon

this is important information

i am going to save it

you can't be too careful these days

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I wish I would have seen this before. I'm still recovering from a bad experience I had with a recruiter that tried to hook me into one of these deals. Scammer are out of control and more policing is needed. I'll save this one, thanks.

Rafael Hoyos

I have an interview today with one o these apparently. They sent me an email asking me if I was interested, then sent me a very unprofessional email from a gmail account and they set up and interview today at 9am through google hangouts. I knew it sounded like a fake.

Stacie Nash

Thank you, so much, Emily.
I have been contacted/ripped off by so many of these scammers where I had to change my phone number. Because they was ringing my phone off the hook, also. And when I notice it's a scammer on the phone, and I confronts them, they have the nerves to get mad and curse me out. I know times are getting rough in America, but why can't these people find themselves a legal/legitimate job like everyone else.

Anthony HarringtonUsflag


This is a VERY helpful article. bumping back to the top of the forum.