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Job hunting is tough enough, but throw a scam in the mix and it can make some people vulnerable. It could even put a trusting job seeker at financial risk. And, that is NOT okay. When I recently became aware of online scams targeting job seekers, I knew that I had to do something. To anyone reading this post … please share and help spread the word to our job seeking friends and neighbors.
SCAM #1 VIA CRAIGSLIST
Sure, Craigslist has had a shoddy past, but there are some legitimate employers with real jobs on the global catch-all site. However, there are also some people posing as legit companies that are disgusting scammers. Here are some ways to spot a scam job on Craigslist:
- There are no company branded visuals.
- There are no links or mentions to the company’s bona fide website.
- There is a link to a non-company branded URL.
- The “reply” button shows a Yahoo, Hotmail or other non-company branded email address.
If you respond to a Craigslist job posting and receive a response from a non-company email that directs you to apply at a non-company branded URL … I hope that a red flag goes up for you! Don’t do it. I have no idea what these people are doing with the information they are gathering, but it can’t be good.
SCAM #2 VIA RESUME DATABASES
There are people “sourcing” candidates online and emailing them with the promise of $34 an hour for entry level jobs. They are requesting that would-be applicants create Yahoo email addresses and Yahoo Instant Messenger accounts. Oh, and the “online hiring manager” is asking for bank account information to set up direct deposit … all before anyone ever calls you or sets up an in-person interview.
This is not how ethical companies do business.
SCAMMERS GIVE REAL RECRUITING A BAD NAME
It really ticks me off that these sort of scams happen. But, obviously they do and we have to protect ourselves. If a job posting reeks, don’t go near it. If it seems questionable, visit the company’s career site and see if you can find the posting there.
Many companies also have a “contact us” option on their career sites. Send an email and ask questions. And, please don’t ever provide your bank account information when applying for a job! No one needs that, not until well after you are hired and have actually started your new job.
Bottomline: If something seems “off,” it probably is! Be smart and safe online.