companies. One of our readers reported that she received a job offer from “Proctor and Gambel,” but the real company is named “Procter & Gamble.” Another reader says he was offered a job by someone who claimed to represent a real company, but when he did his research, he found out it was a scam:
ALWAYS contact the REAL company and ask if this employee exists. That is how I found out this employee was a fraud.
Sophisticated scammers sometimes set up nice-looking websites—but looks can be deceiving.
Go to Who.Is and type the company’s web address into the “domain names or IP addresses” box and click the search button. The results will tell you the date when the website was created. If the website is less than a year old, be on your guard.
When searching for information about the company online, search for both the company’s name and the email address. Also, copy/paste paragraphs from the email into the search box. Scammers may change the company name but re-use the other parts of the email, and it’s possible you’ll find an identical email posted online.
- You’re Asked to Provide Confidential Information Some scammers ask for your bank account information to set up direct deposit or transfer money to your account, or ask you to open a new bank account and provide the information to them:
Other scammers will tell you to go to a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information so they can “put you on the company insurance.” Identity theft scams try to get you to provide your Social Security number and birth date and other personal information.
Before entering personal information online, check to make sure the website is secure by looking at the web address bar. Secure websites have URLs that begin with “HTTPS://”, not “HTTP://”.
- Sending Money or Using a Personal Bank Account Some readers say they’ve received checks that look like real cashier’s checks. They are instructed to deposit the check, keep some of the money for themselves, and send the rest of the money to someone else via Western Union or Money Gram. Then, a few days or weeks later, they get a call from the bank saying the check is fake. They have lost the money they sent.
Here’s an example of a scam sent from a reader:
Once you receive the check, First of all, I want you to head right away to your bank and get the check cashed. Deduct your first-week pay which is $500, and Deduct an extra $100 for the Money Gram sending fee and proceed to the nearest Money Gram outlet around you to make payment to my wife’s travel agent.
Some scammers ask to use your personal bank account to transfer money from one account to another account. It is called money laundering, and it’s against the law. Other scams ask you to receive and forward packages from your home. These packages might contain stolen goods or illegal substances.
- They Want you to Pay for Something Legitimate companies don’t ask for money. If you’re told you need to purchase software or pay for services, beware. Here are three examples:
Buy This Software
A reader reports:
They were offering $15 per hour for training and $24.75 to start. I was so excited to work from home and actually be paid a decent wage.
The interview went well, and I was told I have the job. YAY! Then I was told that they were going to send me a brand-new HP laptop for work, but I needed to pay for the software for it. I thought not a problem; I’ve had to upgrade in the past for jobs.
Well, here is the red flag: ‘We need you to send $312 Western Union for software costs…’
Pay for a Credit Report
The job will require you to work in a high financial environment, so it is our corporate policy that we perform financial verification checks on all employees to ensure applicant registration info. It’s corporate policy that we have applicants sent through our link, so we are compliant with the U.S employment standards act… Fill out the form and indicate that you want the free report.
Here’s what a reader had to say about this scam:
…These companies are using the internet to get job-seeking people to use their site. Then they tell them they need a credit check to apply for a job through their site. Then the company charges an unauthorized fee on your credit card, which you used to pay a $1 one-time fee for the credit check. Preying on those who can least afford it! Shame on you!
Pay to Have Your Resume Reviewed -
The scammer wrote:
You have a lot of strong, relevant experience and are an excellent candidate although it would be best to improve your resume before doing anything with it. I can refer you to a resume writing expert that can improve your resume to the standard we are looking for, and I believe he charges around $150 or so…
- Your Gut Says It’s a Scam Researching the company is your best defense, but some scammers are very clever. If you start to feel that things aren’t right, trust your intuition. Ask questions and pay close attention to the answers.
Slow the process down and don’t be pressured into making a commitment or giving out personal information. Do more research. If it turns out to be a scam, report it to the authorities. #scammed #scam #jobscams #advice
We’ve seen a growing number of suspicious posts everywhere and apparently it’s Scammers are stealing identities with fake job ads . It’s frustrating to stay productive for your job search to find a legitimate listing. Plus, there can be serious risk of falling for identity theft when submitting your personal information to the fake posts. What are your strategies to spot and avoid these scammers? Please share in the comments so we can all be aware!
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Today I could have been scammed if I had not called the bank and inquired about my hangouts conversation with a lady posing to be a hiring manager from a company called intellectsoft , hired me emailed me a pdf check for me to deposit in my bank email her a copy of the deposit , wait 24 hrs until funds will be available for me to buy my equipment to work with the company.
@Amy wallace do you suspect you may have been scammed by someone pretending to be from this company? If so, I would tread lightly! There are always other job listings out there. If you get a bad feeling from one, trust your instincts and move on!
As a quick background, there are two reasons a job listing online gets removed:
If you're interested, you can also take a look at our our article on how to spot and avoid a job scam while you're looking for work. All the best to you in your future job search.