Employment Scams

Job & Employment Scams

What are Job & Employment Scams?

As people are looking for work, many criminals are using their job search to scam them. In this article, we will address companies who seem to offer you a great job often in another country but somehow it feels fishy. If you are considering a Pay to Click Jobs or Work from Home Jobs, we recommend you to read the related articles.

Employment scams are hoaxes where a scammer tries to get you to pay money or provide you with financial information in order to get a job. Typical job offers are:

  • Jobs in faraway countries
  • Careers at holiday resorts
  • Vacancies which are highly paid

Typical positions being offered are:

  • Data entry, pay to click and other "work from home jobs"
  • Jobs as nanny, cleaner, personal assistant and entry-level jobs
  • Work in the construction, hotel and restaurant industry

Reasons you have to pay or give your credit card/bank details are:

  • To get more information about the vacancy
  • To apply for the job (application/admission fees)
  • To do a background check on you
  • To pay for the intermediation of the recruiter
  • To get the necessary travel/work visa
  • To receive insurances for social healthcare and travel
  • To receive the required training, course package or education program
  • To get access to software you would need to do the job
  • To verify your identify (pay via money transfer or credit card)

Tip: never give your bank or credit card details to a potential employer. An employer has no need for your credit card details. Your bank account number only becomes relevant after the employment has started. 

How to check if the Job is real?

There are several ways in which you can recognize an employment or job scam:

  • You have to pay them: This is often the biggest indicator that the vacancy is a scam. No normal company would ask you to pay to be employed. Recruiters likewise should not ask you for money. They are not allowed to serve two lords (you and the employer). Only job placement and counseling companies may ask for money. However, these companies can never-ever guarantee you actually get work. 
  • The job pays very well: The salary offered is higher than for comparable jobs offered on recognized websites. As soon as the money offered is more than you would get in your country for the same work, it is time to become suspicious. Why would they pay more? What is the catch? If the offer is legit, they will understand the question and answer it truthfully. 
  • The job is fantastic: The offer is too good to be true. We have come across "job offers" in luxury hotel resorts, holiday islands, and the coolest destinations. The work that has to be done is often simple or non-demanding. Discuss with them why they are offering you this great job. Again, the best way to check if the offer is true is to ask. 
  • They approach you: How do they know you are looking for a job. Maybe you posted your resume or CV on a job board or social media? Why are they approaching you? Which skills make you so unique while there are so many people looking for work? Ask them and see if their answers can explain their efforts to approach and convince you.
  • They are pressuring you: This is a typical scam trick. They are putting pressure on you to get you to make choices without thinking about them. Do not allow them to bully you. If they are unwilling to answer reasonable questions, brake off the contact and contact the police. 
  • They ask for sensitive information early: They like to you to fill in an application form. They may be fine. However, for the application itself, there is no need they know your credit card, bank, social security ID or other information. 
  • There is little employer info: This is not easy. We have seen scammers create professional company websites that are difficult to differentiate from the real companies. Search for the company. If you come across the company on multiple websites (e.g. companyXYZ.com and companyXYZ.co become suspicious. Another great resource is LinkedIn. If the company claims to be well established and large it should have a lot of employees on LinkedIn. If you cannot find any information at all, it is time to stop the conversation. 

Vacancies on big job boards like Monsterboard and Indeed are no guarantee that the job is real. All major job boards are faced with employment and job scams.

If you come across a job or employment scam. Please report them to Scamadviser.

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