Have you ever faced a situation where you had to give a thought whether a job is real or a scam? Sometimes, it may become hard to know the difference. It is necessary for you to find out the fake job offers and avoid getting into job scams. Internet fraud is flourishing and job seekers are the first preys of the scammers. The best way of defending yourself is by researching thoroughly and reporting internet job scams.
Have a look at the following tips that will help you to identify Internet Job Scams
- Too Good To Be True
It is true that good jobs are really hard to find. Following are some of the tip-offs that the ‘job’ is fake.
- You didn’t contact, they came to you: They say that they found your CV online. Such scammers either propose you the job right away or say that they want to interview you. Sometimes, these scammers will try to tempt you by saying that your resume has been shortlisted and they are interviewing for the final round.
- You get the job right away: After a phone call or an instant message, the interviewer contacts you right away to offer you the job there and then.
Tip: In order to reduce the chance of getting scammed, you must use the job sites that have their privacy policies and only allow the verified employers to view the listings.
- Vague Job Requirements and Job Description
Scammers try to make their emails sound believable by mentioning the job requirements. In most of the cases, these requirements are absurdly simple that almost every candidate qualifies in. Say for instance: Must be 18 years old, must be a citizen of the country, must have access to the internet. The job necessities don’t include years of education or experience. As a rule of thumb, if it’s a real job, the requirements would be quite exact and particular.
Usually, job scam emails don’t include clear job descriptions. Furthermore, in most of the scam job calls, they say something like, “Don’t worry, we are here to train you”.
- Unprofessional Emails
There are many scammers who try to present their emails in a professional manner, whereas in most of the cases they aren’t. The true and actual companies hire professionals who are able to write well. If the email contains any spelling, capitalization or punctuation error, it means that the company is not professional (may be fraud).
- Emails Don’t Include Contact Information
If the email doesn’t include the address and phone of the company, you can easily bet that it is a scam. Further, you have the chance to win the bet, when the interviewer makes an excuse for using personal email address by saying that the servers of the company’s systems are down or the company is experiencing too many problems etc.
But, in case you find that the email seems to be from a real company, all you can do is to copy and paste it into the search box. With this, you will come to know if the company by that particular name exists or not.
- You Are Asked to Provide Confidential Information
Some scammers may ask for your bank account information in order to set up a direct deposit or with the motive of transferring the amount to your account. They may also ask you to open a new bank account.
In other cases, scammers try to get your confidential and personal information from you taking you to a website where you are required to fill a form. In that form, you are asked about your credit card, birth date, Social Security Number, and other personal information.
Your “GUT” Says It’s a Scam
One of your best defense is researching the company.
If you get to know that something is not right, don’t overlook your intuition. Ask questions and pay close attention to the answers that they are providing.
Don’t fall under the pressure of making a commitment. Take enough time to satisfy yourself. Conduct thorough research and if it comes out to be a scam, report it to the authorities.