How To Avoid A Job Scam (8 Helpful Tips)
One of the most agonizing things that could happen to an unemployed fellow is for him/her to fall victim to unscrupulous recruitment. Apart from the emotional trauma attached to this, there is also the financial extortion associated with it. Some people will travel across states to attend scam job interviews.
The following are some of the tips you could use to identify fake jobs:
Referral system: Some of these scam jobs have referral codes. These codes are the unique code of the marketer that posted the job.
Contact: Legitimate jobs usually carry corporate emails or other means of contacting the firm. However, individual phone numbers or emails are usually provided in the case of scam jobs.
Reluctance to disclose information: Job scammers are always reluctant to disclose their company’s identity and what they stand for. They will likely tell you that the information you seek will be provided when you come for assessment.
Unfamiliar jargon: Another way of knowing job scammers are the terms they use. Some of the jargon they use include, “career chat”, “job briefing”
Research the firm: To save yourself the agony of scam jobs, try to research the eligibility of the company. You could google the firm or ask people on online forums. This has been helpful for many people.
Locations: This is not a foolproof way of identifying scam firms, however, it’s a pointer for further information. Certain locations are known to accommodate a higher number of job scammers than others.
Excessive motivation: If peradventure you find yourself in the company of such fellow, one of their identifying features is excessive motivation. Firstly, they will talk about how to make millions and ballooned vocational benefits. Secondly, they could even show you payslips. Thirdly, they will make you see how useless you are by not making millions and how useful you could be by being part of their team. They are a heavy fan of Brian Tracy’s quadrants i.e employees, self-employed, business owners, and investors. They are skilled in the art of using motivational rhymes.
The snake bite: Are you familiar with the biblical Moses serpent that saves lives? Well, this one takes them. Their serpentine nature will be revealed after a day or two of the sham. They will introduce you to a different platform from what you applied for. They will ask you to make some payments that will qualify you for some unscrupulous positions and benefits.
Job scammers are evolving every day. They are developing strategies to stay relevant. Some of them belong to both national and international certified organizations and have fully registered companies just to make them look real to gullible job seekers. You must always try to decipher what they are not saying to avoid the agony associated with it.
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7+ Tips to Protect Yourself from a Job Scam
Unfortunately, no matter how familiar you are with the many sorts and warning indicators, you can never be completely protected from work scams.
After all, scammers are continuously “re-inventing” employment scams, but you could also be in a situation where you desperately need a job and fall victim to a scam.
As a result, whenever you come across a listing that appears suspicious, make certain that you:
Conduct an internet search. See what comes up when you Google the company, the employer, or the recruiter. For example, if you receive an email with a job offer from a random name claiming to be a recruiter, look up their name online (or on LinkedIn) to determine whether their claim is true.
Speak with someone you trust. If you come across a job listing that sounds too good to be true (for example, it promises high income in exchange for minimum abilities), share it to someone you know and trust. They might be able to provide you a second perspective on whether it’s an employment scam or the real thing.
Don’t pay for the assurance of a job. If you are forced to pay for a work, it is almost always a scam. In most cases, you can’t just pay for a job; you have to earn it. So, if you receive an offer that says you can only pay for a position, you can be sure it’s a fraud.
Make contact with the company. Have you seen a job posting on social media purportedly from a company? Don’t believe everything you hear. Send an email to the firm inquiring if the offer is legitimate, or at the very least, check the company’s website to see if the listing is there. If the job opening is genuine, it should be listed on the website.
Never agree to any kind of wire transfer. Thieves frequently use wire transfers. They consist of quickly shifting money from one account to another, and it is very hard to reclaim those funds. So, if you receive an email purportedly from a firm executive asking you to wire money due to the unavailability of a more convenient payment method, that’s your first clue that it’s a job scam.
Reject job offers that do not demand any prior experience. As previously said, every job that earns a respectable wage will necessitate some level of education or experience in the subject. So, if the job offer offers good/easy money for a simple task, it’s probably a no-go.
Don’t agree to give a potential employer your banking information. Obviously, you will need to submit sensitive information to your company, such as your bank account information, at some point. However, no legitimate employer will ever ask for your bank account information before you start working.
Avoid interacting with possible employers that pressure you to respond quickly. When the fraudster wants you to “close the deal” and give them your money or personal information, this is a common symptom of a job scam. A typical hiring procedure takes at least 1-3 weeks, depending on the employer. So, any company who promises a lightning-fast hiring procedure is almost certainly a con artist.
Accept an offer if you did not apply. Scammers will sometimes approach you out of nowhere, claiming you’ve been recruited for a job you didn’t apply for. Of course, this is a hoax.
Watch out for our next publication on “Interview Etiquettes”