We all know that feeling… you’ve been searching for a job for a while now. You have brushed up your LinkedIn profile, put your CV on job sites… But nothing seems to be working out. And now you’re feeling desperate…
This is the exactly why scammers often choose job-based scams to earn a quick buck from those hoping for step on the job market.
Below are some warning signs that a job off just might be a scam…
1. Too good to be true
This is one of the most common weapons in a scammer’s arsenal across many kinds of scams. The Balance Careers points out a few key points:
They come to you….
The first is when a recruiter comes hunting you, and not the other way round. Often times the contact individual will say they have found your CV online. The process is then very fast, with the job being offered to you straight away or an interview being proposed. If the scammer is feely particularly sneaky, he could state that you are one of the ‘few finalists’ to reach the last stage of the interview process.
Now its very rare that something comes for free. High salaries often require high skills requirements and are in high demand. When the effort to pay ratio is skewed heavily towards
Some examples from the Scamadviser’s database are:
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2. Long-distance Interviews - Just like a long-distance relationship, be wary!
Now this isn’t always a sign of a scam of course, but scammers will use this trick as well. It means they don’t have to have a convincing office space, or bother to look respectable…
Another trick used is to ask for personal information during the process of setting up the interview. Our advice? Do your research! Double check names on sites such as LinkedIn, and be sure to keep confidential information.. well confidential during the interview!
3. The research doesn’t add up…
Was there something odd about the interview/job offer? One of the easiest ways to double check is to simply do some research. That doesn’t have to mean some kind of deep investigation however. Perhaps it’s a simple internet search of the company (to make sure it exists) or the department of the organisation the individual is from. If you still have concerns, simply contact the organisation (from a contact point taken from their official website) and double-check the vacancy really exists.
Furthermore, checking the age of a website can be a big help, as a very young website can be an indicator that something is up. Lets use an example: mymoneyhour.com.
Now we’re not saying definitively that this is a scam… but it has been searched for 8035 times (as of writing) on Scamadviser.com. This is their website homepage:
The domain age is stated as 71 days old when searched for on Scamadviser. (as of the date of publication)
4. The process involves you giving money
Now this sounds obvious know. But scammers are creative in the way they can scam you out of money whilst sounding like legitimate reasons. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission states that often these kinds of job offers will require you to buy some kind of upfront material. That could be a ‘starter kit’, training or software for example. After payment, the promised product is not delivered, or is not what is expected.
Even more alarming is the request to pass on funds to another foreign account whilst you take a percentage of the transaction. For someone desperate for an income this might sound harmless but this is in fact money laundering.
5. Inappropriate/incorrect language in communications
Job postings can vary in tone drastically, from the very formal to those recruiters trying to be ‘cool’. We’ve all heard the worst of the them:
- Retail Jedi! = Sales assistant
- The ability to multitask = You’ll be expected to do three people’s jobs, but we’ll pay you for one!
- Salary is competitive = Minimum we can get away with
But one thing that doesn’t change is the requirement for expert use of language. Basic spelling mistakes, and creating an attractive proposition is the main aim of these postings. So when there are basic errors such as spelling or formatting keep your guard up, and double check the posting.
Job hunting can be stressful we all know that. But don't let this stress overcome your common sense and instinct. If you have a feeling that something is off, do research and contact the relevant parties.
Be careful out there, and best of luck with your search!!
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