Job scams are highly prevalent in a shoddy job environment, with scam artists aching to jack into your bank account by any means necessary. Since 10 percent of the U.S. population is on the job hunt, a great way for scam artists to gain your trust - and consequently, access into your bank account - is through job recruitment scams.
With online scam artists getting high tech with their cons, it's important to make sure you know how to tell the real job opportunities from the ones that are just a little too good to be true.
Tip 1: Unusually High Salaries are Being Offered for a Menial Job Position
While being offered an $85,000 salary for a basic executive assistant position would be nice, it's highly unlikely - unless you're working at Goldman Sachs. The tired old adage "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is" still rings true, and if you're gaping in disbelief over an unbelievable job opportunity, it's probably not legit.
Tip 2: Don't Hand Out Personal Information
Many applicants, eager to move forward on the job search, will give out too much information when asked. But job applicants should be wary of any job recruiter or hiring manager that asks for personal information, such as a social security number, during the interview or applicant review process. The only time you should ever hand over personal identification like that is after you've been hired and are setting up payment and tax information.
Tip 3: Tailored Emails for Job Opportunities
I see these emails in my inbox daily, and I'm not even actively searching for a job. So, I can see how easy it would be to follow up with one when you've already sent out three hundred résumés to different prospects. Look at the name of the company to see if it looks familiar and if it's one you've applied with previously. Also, if someone is going to email you about an open position that you've applied for, it will likely be a response to an email that you've already sent. Unsolicited emails from "prospective employers" should be checked with caution and suspicion. If in doubt, do a quick Google search for the aforementioned employer and see if anyone has reported them in a phishing scam.