How to Avoid Online Job Search Scams

By: Honorbound IT Team

How to Avoid Online Job Search Scams

With the world economy reeling, criminals are capitalizing on end-user desperation, they are targeting those looking for work. There are steps you can take to filter out illegitimate opportunities. The bad guys are betting people will be less cautious when they see an attractive job offer. Do not be their victim. Take these steps instead:

Read the job description carefully

Look for grammatical or spelling errors. As with other cyber scams, someone who is not a native speaker of the posting's language may write the listing.

Being wary of phrases designed to communicate urgency or a too-good-to-be-true offer. You would not expect to see “quick earning potential” or “unlimited money” in a legit posting.

Search for specificity. A legitimate listing will list job responsibilities and industry credentials. Someone faking it is less likely to be able to use the industry vocabulary.

Be wary of instant hiring

No matter what the industry is, few companies will hire on the spot. You should expect the recruiting process to take time. If you are being pressured to take urgent hiring steps, that should be a red flag. Get an email congratulating you on earning the position before you have met with anyone. Proceed with caution.

Question modes of communication

Job scammers will rely on online chat interviews and email. If you do not speak in person with someone, it will be more difficult for you to confirm legitimacy. With emails, read the return address carefully. A scam job might use a close approximation to a big brand to add credibility. You must look closely to distinguish between and

A good strategy is to search the company’s website for a job listing. If you do not see the job role you are looking for, investigate further.

Do not pay for a job opportunity

Do not pay an upfront fee for a background check, uniform, testing, or training. Do not provide any of your private personal information at the beginning. Do not send tax or banking details before a formal offer of employment. Be aware, that some scammers take it from start to finish, including interviews and job offers.

Trust your instincts

If the job sounds amazing, and you cannot believe how perfect it is, scrutinize the posting. A listing with excessive pay for easy work. Telling you about the amazing success of another candidate. Confirm standard job expectations and salary with an online search of career listings.

Falling victim to a fake job can leave you with more than just disappointment. Victims report loss of money, identity theft, computer hacking, and more.

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