Job scams are out there!
While you look for work, you need to protect yourself from job scams. Learn how to spot a job scam and the best ways to avoid them. Join a community of job seekers, share tips and advice, and stay safe as you look for your next job opportunity.
Have you been the victim of a job scam?? With so many people forced to stay home, either based on their own health conditions or the circumstances of loved ones, the number of people looking for remote work has skyrocketed over the past several years. This creates opportunities for scammers to target people looking to get back into the workforce.
If you have been targeted or fell for an offer that seemed too good to be true, don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Often scammers will use tactics such as advertising impossibly high pay, describe a position that doesn’t require special skills (like envelope stuffing), falsely claim to be affiliated with a legitimate company, and may not require background information in order to secure the position. You should never have to pay to get a job, and it’s unlikely you’ll have to buy equipment either - so advertisements encouraging these two things are a red flag already!
The best ways to prevent your personal information from being stolen are, researching the job posting through other channels, learning more about the company from the Better Business Bureau, and checking for grammatical and spelling errors on the listing. If they want to conduct the interview in an unusual way that can be a red flag also. Interviewing over Telegram for example, is unlikely to result in a legit job.
If it seems like you’ve applied to a fake job, you may want to contact your bank, the Better Business Bureau, or law enforcement.
Even though there are scams out there, legitimate remote jobs are plentiful as well! By staying sharp, doing your research and monitoring the process of acquiring a position to look for any red flags, you’ll have a high chance of staying safe!
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How To Spot A WFH Scam!
I see in SO many posts and comments that WFH job scams are pretty prevalent 😕 here’s a list of 10 warning signs to look out for during your job search:
1️⃣ Asking for personal and/or financial information right away
2️⃣ Promise of quick warning potential
3️⃣ The offer sounds too good to be true
4️⃣ Additional information is not provided when asked
5️⃣ They seem eager to hire you even though you do not possess the skills listed in the job description
6️⃣ Great pay is promised for minimal work
7️⃣ You can’t find any information about the company online
8️⃣ There are spelling and grammatical errors in the job description
9️⃣ Communication is scarce
🔟 They require money from you in order to secure the job
For more information surrounding WFH job scams, you can visit the Jobcase Resource Center!
Was sent an email earlier this morning for a job to meet someone on Microsoft Teams for an interview. They gave legitimate URLs to companies BUT the more we got the talking something just didn't seem right so I started asking questions about seeing a face during the interview and the person that I was speaking with came back with the comment I wasn't ready for the position then ended the conversation. This was definitely a scam interview I turned on the scammer. Happy that I started asking the questions that I did. #interview #advice #scams #jobsearch
I work in the mortgage industry which is dead right now so I have been applying to other remote jobs. I was texted by someone who claimed to be interested in me for a Data Analyst job for CareSource and wanted to interview on Zoom. It was a text (no camera, voice) interview which asked good questions. I was asked to hold for 15 minutes and they came back with an offer. They then asked me to provide my personal information within the zoom app! I told them this was not safe nor normal and to provide me the CareSource link where I could provide this info. She simply kept giving me the website address where by the way it says interviews are first conducted by a phone call then a face to face. So this was a phishing scam and just have to say if it sounds too good to be true it is! #scams #jobsearch