New Grads Should Avoid These Four Scams When Job Seeking

May 24, 2016

This time of year, recent college graduates are now seeking to enter the job market. Appealing job offers highlighting great pay, flexible hours, work from home and other perks may seem attractive to these job seekers. However, some of them may be job scams that put the job seeker’s personal identity and finances in peril. Your Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties wants new college graduates to be aware of the following job scams.

Job opportunities abroad scam: Keep in mind that a high paying job overseas that doesn’t require any experience in a certain field is almost nonexistent. Legitimate companies who wish to fill jobs outside of the U.S. will not ask for any kind of upfront money. They will also not use post office boxes instead of street addresses. Furthermore, they should not guarantee employment or charge for referral fees.

The payment-forwarding scam: Con artists pretend to be employers. They assure the job seeker that their job offer is real. Once the job seeker is convinced and trusts the scammer, the scammer may tell the victim he needs the bank information to setup a paycheck via direct deposit.

ID verification scam: The scammer will say their business needs to scan the job seeker’s passport, driver’s license or other means of identification to verify their identity. Or, the scam artist says it needs your bank account or credit card numbers to run a credit check before proceeding with the job application process.

The “personal” invitation scam: The con artist will send a mass email to long lists of recipients. In the email, it claims to have seen your resume online, says that your job skills match all the requirements for the job and invites you fill out an online job application.

To avoid scam tactics described above, job seekers should:

  • Do some research and check out the business’ website. You should also check the BBB Business Review to see if the company is legitimate. It never hurts to call to confirm that the position is really available.
  • Always be wary of work-from-home jobs or any job with a generic title. These positions usually don’t require licensing or special training, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.
  • Examine the level of professionalism. Carefully read the communication online and see if there is bad grammar or typos.

Rember when job hunting, you should always be proactively aware. If you have any doubts that a job position is legitimate or needs more information, visit or call (858) 496-2131.