How to spot a fake job offer

Jobs are hard to come by so most workers do their best to retain the position they have. If you’re not in that position and you’re looking for work, you might be tempted by some of the “too good to the true” offers found online. If that’s the case, you’ll need to know how to spot a fake job offer.

Job scam

So what is a job scam? This is the term for a scam posted by a fake recruiter or employer that offers really attractive employment opportunities. There is normally need for work visas, travel expenses to be covered or credit checks to be run which the employee is asked to cover. Once these costs have been met by the employee, the fake employer just disappears with the cash. There are other scams but that one illustrates the point – the fake employer wants to harvest some cash for a service that they won’t do with the promise of a job that doesn’t exist.

How to avoid this scam

As we’ve just mentioned, never send money. A job that requires a fee is most likely a scam. Reputable companies absorb these costs themselves. You also need to research the firm if you’re interested in apply for work. This should be something that’s ingrained in any jobseeker anyway as you want to know who you’re dealing with. You should be suspicious of a recruiter that uses a free Email account like Gmail or Hotmail. They’re not all bad of course but this is a sign that you might be dealing with a scammer. Any job offered without an interview is suspect. The sorts of scams we’ve seen always offer you the job without meeting the client or interviewing over the phone. Remember the basic rule with anything in life: if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

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