Score a Job – Not a Scam: BBB Advises Job Hunters to be on the Lookout for the Growing Number of Phony Job Postings
Looking for a job? You’re not alone. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment is soaring at a rate of 9.2 percent and many job hunters are turning to online job boards to post their resume and search for jobs.
The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers to proceed with caution before sharing their personal qualifications and inquiring about jobs found online.
Even as the Internet has made searching for jobs easier, it also provides an opportunity for ID thieves and scammers to take advantage of eager—and unsuspecting—job seekers.
It’s becoming more and more common for scammers to lure in potential candidates with phrases like, “Get rich quick – without even leaving your home!” in hope of acquiring their personal information. Craigslist, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com and now even Facebook are all breeding grounds for scammers.
Job seekers need to be on the lookout for potential scams. Before posting your resume to a career site or inquiring about a job, make sure you know with whom you are dealing. Many job scammers are having candidates set up direct deposit accounts as part of the application process and making it seem as though it’s naturally part of the process to get an interview, when it’s absolutely not.
Employer emails rife with grammatical and spelling errors. Most online fraud is perpetrated by scammers located outside the
Emails purporting to be from job posting websites claiming there’s a problem with a job hunter’s account. After creating a user account on sites like Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com or Craigslist.com, a job hunter might receive an e-mail saying there has been a problem with their account or they need to follow a hyperlink to install new software. Phishing e-mails like this are designed to convince readers to click a link within the message to fix the issue, but actually take them to a website that will install malware or viruses on their computer.
An employer asks for extensive personal information such as social security or bank account numbers. Some job seekers have been surprised to learn they’ve gotten a job without having to do a single interview. However, when the employer then asked for personal information in order to fill out the necessary paperwork, suspicions were raised. Regardless of the reason or excuse given by the employer, a job applicant should never give out his or her Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or e-mail.
An employer offers the opportunity to become rich without leaving home. While there are legitimate businesses that allow employees to work from home, there are also a lot of scammers trying to take advantage of senior citizens, stay-at-home moms, students and injured or handicapped people looking to make money at home. Job hunters should use extreme caution when considering a work-at-home offer and always research the company with their
An employer asks for money upfront. Aside from paying for a uniform, it is rarely advisable for an applicant to pay upfront fees or make a required purchase to get a job. Most recently, the
The salary and benefits offered seem too-good-to-be-true. The adage holds true for job offers: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Phony employers might brag about exceptionally high salary potential and excellent benefits for little experience in order to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scam.
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