Are you in need of a new job? Before you scan the classified section in your
local newspaper or search online, you need to read this article!
Thieves know you are vulnerable during a job search, so they are using
employment scams to make their money off of your circumstances. You’ll see
these scam ads blended into many of the places that a legitimate potential
employer would use to advertise a job opening. It’s important to keep these
tips in mind when you decide whether to explore and/or apply for the position.
The company requires a fee up front.
The “fee” may
be mentioned as a requirement for training or certification purposes, and it
could be legitimate, but the risk is that you pay the fee and the job doesn’t
materialize. Then you’re left not only without a job, but without the money
you’ve put into this scam. To avoid being a victim of something like this,
utilize online employer review sites, such as Glassdoor, to read first-hand
feedback from employees on their experiences and salary range. You can also
check with the Better Business Bureau to search for any complaints made by
customers and/or employees about a company.
The company requires you to provide personally identifiable information (PII).
It’s common that many
legitimate companies ask for PII after an offer of employment is made. While
most of the time it’s to take actions like running a background check, make
sure that you have done proper research on the company before you share PII or
your bank account information. Anything an employer requests from you should be
in writing and they should disclose how the PII will be used then securely
stored and/or destroyed.
The company guarantees you a quick, high-paying income.
Everyone wants to make a quick and easy buck, especially if you are currently
unemployed. Scammers will use a ‘get rich quick’ tactic to bait you in. To
avoid being a victim of this type of scam, research the company’s reputation,
consider the position and number of people in the company you speak to during
the interview process and make sure everything discussed in terms of pay and
commitment is documented in writing.
Visit the Federal
Trade Commission for more tips on how to spot and report employment