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Common Job Scams: Stay Aware and Protect Yourself
There are lots of scams out there in the world. The top fraud of 2017 was one where people would receive a call from a loved one who was reportedly in trouble and needed to be sent money. In fact, $328 million was lost to this scam alone, and one in five people who reported a scam fell victim to one.
The fact that any scam exists is unfortunate, but when you're looking for a job, the thought of a scam can make an inherently stressful process even scarier.
Especially if you're someone who hasn't been working for some time, it's hard to know where to look for signs of trouble. Here's how to avoid some top job scams so you can start earning without fear.
Ways to Avoid Common Job Scams
Luckily, many jobs that are scams have the same warning signs to look out for. On sites like Craigslist and others, chances are if it feels fishy, then it's fishy. Don't be a victim to something that you can avoid.
Look for the Warning Signs
Some warning signs may seem very obvious, and others might be more subtle and hard to detect. The sad reality is that these scams are around because they actually work.
If a job seems too good to be true, it almost without a doubt actually is. If you're offered the job straight away without an interview or without even applying, you should know that you're getting scammed. If little to no discussion has taken place with an employer, there's something that's not right about the process.
If the company you're looking into asks you to transfer money to them or wants to know your credit card information, that's a scam as well. This is something that you should report, as it's a blatant attack on people to try to get money.
Any time a company asks for personal information such as this, or something like your driver's license number or social security number, you should no longer contact that company.
If you have to pay for training, the job isn't legitimate or fair. If you have to pay for a credit check as a part of your application process, the company is trying to get money from you. Same goes for if you're asked to wire money or forward it to a third party.
Salary details can be a tricky topic to navigate while in the job market, but if they're wildly unclear, then something might be wrong. If the employer can't give you at least an estimate of a number, then they might not be a legitimate company.
Don't get disheartened. There are a lot of jobs out there with reliable companies that are excited to work with you. The good outweighs the bad, but the bad does need to be watched out for.
Do a Background Check
When you're considering applying to a company, do your research on them before you take another step.
If you just do as much as google the name of the company and add "scam" to the end of it, you may come up with some results that can help clear things up for you.
You can also check to see if the company is listed on Glassdoor and see what kinds of reviews that they have. If the reviews aren't good, it means other people have gone before you and seen if the company is a scam.
If there is no contact information on the website of the business you're looking into, that is another warning sign. You can also check the company out through the Better Business Bureau.
Types of Scams
Besides run of the mill scams to do with applying for jobs, career-related scams are also out there.
If someone is advertising career consulting, you have to be careful. There are people out there who will pretend to be impressed with your skill set and ask to represent you. They'll try to sell you resume writing skills, marketing services, and more to take your money from you.
Recruiters can also contact you saying that they have a job that would be perfect for you. They'll also, unfortunately, say that there isn't an opening right now, but if they could offer you a little bit of training, it might increase your candidacy.
These people are trying to get you to pay for training that will not pan out for you in the end, because the position was likely not ever going to open up or wasn't real in the first place.
There are also people out there who are phishing for your info. If you can't apply directly for a job on a website and it redirects you to a form where you have to fill out information, carefully look at the form to see if it's legitimate. They could be looking to take your information when you fill out this form, not use it to let you apply to a job, and actually be selling it to a third party that collects information.
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Don't let fear of someone taking advantage of you hold you back. When you're aware of all the dangers of job scams out there, you'll be able to confidently look for jobs and steer clear of warning signs. The sooner you start, the sooner you can start earning money and moving forward. Sign up now to start your job search today!