In today’s job market, a recruiter can be approached who promises you the world. However, many signs can indicate if the position they are offering is a scam. Every year, the FBI estimates that over 30 million people are affected by job scams. In this article, we will explore 7 warning signs about job scams.
Too Good to Be True
The most common warning sign of a job scam is that the offer seems too good to be true. Many scammers will make promises such as “work for this company, and you’ll get paid $50,000 per year!” or they may claim that there are no income ceilings on your earnings potential with their company. The problem with these claims is that if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is!
Usually, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t! If someone offers you a high-paying job with no work experience, there’s bound to be some catch. Be sure not to fall victim by giving out your personal information over email and pressing buttons blindly because who
Job Scam Warning Signs:
– Job offers seem very high paying when compared against industry standards in your area
– You’re offered an interview before you even apply for the position
Unclear Job Requirements and Description
The job requirements and job description will be unclear, or they may not provide any information at all. Job scams often require little to no experience because the work is just assembling a list of email addresses off resumes from your local college’s career services office, for example. If you’re applying for an advertised position as a New York Times reporter, but it doesn’t mention anything about reporting – this could potentially be a scam!
Job Scam Warning Signs:
– The employer asks for personal contact information such as social security number before interviewing
– You are required to pay money upfront after being told that you’ll get paid later on down the line
Scammers write emails that are unprofessional and have poor grammar. They may also tell you that they can’t meet or speak with you on the phone because of their busy schedule, but they’ll be more than happy to chat via email or Skype.
Example of an Unprofessional Scam Email :
Hi, Jim! My name is Iva, and I was wondering if you had time to chat. We would make a great team. Let me know when it's a good time for us to talk-I'm free all week."
Here we can see that the email is unprofessional with poor grammar, and it’s also unrealistic that you’ll be able to talk on the phone because of their busy schedule, but they’re fine talking via email or Skype.
– You are told that to receive a job offer from them, you must pay money for background checks
– The employer says they need your help moving large sums of money overseas so they can’t meet up face to face
Emails Don’t Include Contact Information
These scam emails are usually written by people who want to stay anonymous, so they will not include any contact information. This is a red flag because it is common courtesy to include a contact number.
Warning Signs :
– the employer refuses to provide an address for their company on their website or show any of its physical locations
– The employer does not provide any information about who they are when you ask for more detail
– You get an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be the hiring manager at XYZ Company, but their company doesn’t match up when searched on Google about it.
You’re Asked to Provide Confidential Information
It is never a good idea to provide personal information, such as your social security number or bank account numbers.
Warning Signs :
– You are informed that you will not be able to apply without providing this sensitive data
– The employer wants any of the following: your checking account balance, credit card statements, Social Security Number (SSN), passport details, legal status in the US, and more – even before they interview you for the job! (This may also be called “fishing” for information)
Here is an Example Asking for confidential information using Job Scam Email
Subject: Job opportunity at XYZ Company
Hello, we need your help with our international company. We are looking for a highly qualified person to work in the field of customer service and sales. I am sharing with you our job description and application form that needs to be filled out. Attached is also an invoice showing payment details if you choose to apply and go through the interview process. Suppose this sounds like something up your alley. Please send us back all documents by email, which will expedite things considerably! Thank you!!
This seems very suspicious as they ask for confidential information before there even going through any interviews. This may seem more legitimate, but it could just be a ploy from scammers who want people’s personal information so that they can steal information and commit fraud.
This is a widespread job scam. What the person on the other end of the email wants you to do is send them your bank account number and routing numbers, social security number, birth date, etc., as well as any money that they may ask for up-front for you being hired or any upfront payment for something like an equipment contract. This can be anything from $50-$500 depending upon what type of business venture this might be
Not Paying your Salary and Delaying it
Many signs can help people spot a job scam. One of these is if the employer starts to delay payment for your salary, and they don’t have any clear reason why. This might make people feel like their company does not value them, or worse yet, it could be a sign of impending bankruptcy.
If you find yourself in this situation with an unscrupulous boss who isn’t paying you what he or she owes you on time – even after repeated reminders – then there’s probably something fishy going on. It may seem more legitimate because employees often get paid monthly.
The above-mentioned example is one instance, and if you find yourself not getting paid on time, you will want to start considering your options.
Here are some other signs that could indicate a job scam:
– employers refuse to pay on the first payment and delays it.
– Company offers no payment or too low of a salary for what you are doing
– employers who require you to work excessive hours while not getting paid for it because of some illegal reasons.
Asking for an Advance Fee to Apply for a Job
Some job scams will ask you for money before they even get your resume.
Here the scammer will ask for very high registration fees, and if you pay, they will never let you apply for the job.
If it doesn’t feel right or sounds too risky, don’t send any money and keep looking for a legitimate opportunity.
– company requires employees to pay fees in advance.
– Job scams require money upfront.
Example of Advance Fee Scam Email
We are happy to inform you that your resume has been selected for a position with our company. We ask, however, that all candidates submit an application fee of $150 to cover the background check and cost associated with processing each candidate's qualifications. We regretfully cannot make any exceptions on this request as it is essential in order to ensure we offer equal opportunities for every candidate to submit the application fee.
Tips to avoid these Job Scams
- Look for a phone number and call the company to check their legitimacy.
- Ask if there is an upfront fee or deposit, especially when applying through email.
- If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Be careful of scams that promise high salaries with little work required by applicants.
- Keep away from any company that will not tell you what the hiring process is or how long it takes to get hired.
- If they ask for your confidential information – DO NOT give it to them! Remember: A legitimate company won’t want to know anything about your confidential information.
- Do your research before you apply for a job. Check out companies to see if they are legitimate and don’t just trust anything that pops up on your computer screen!
You’re reading this article because you want to know how not to become a victim of job scams. We applaud your intentions! In order for you to best prepare yourself, we recommend looking into these types of scams and becoming aware of the warning signs which will help you avoid them altogether. Did any of these job offers ever come across your desk? Was there anything about them that seemed off or suspicious? Share with us in the comments below if so!