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Looking For A New Job? Beware Of Job Scammers

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015

Looking for a new job can be hard enough searching job sites, updating your CV, researching companies and filling in online application forms. The last thing you need is to be targeted by a job scammer. The scourge of job scammers in all areas of life is increasing and identity theft is a huge problem. As people become more aware of money-making scams, the crooks come up with ever-more ingenious ways to part you from your cash.

Job seekers are targeted because they are keen, if it looks likely they’ll be offered a job, to be as compliant as they can be and hand over information that could lead to identity theft and an emptied bank account. But forewarned is forearmed. There are ways to spot a scam. Job search expert Alison Doyle offers these pointers if you suspect you are being targeted by job scammers.

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1. Beware Of The Job Scammers If They Contacted You

Scammers use job boards to look for victims. Some will say they found your CV on a job site and, of course, that could well be true but it is the first warning sign you need to be aware of as you research the company. Use jobsites that only allow verified employers access.

2. The Pay Is High

Often unrealistically so but it’s often enough to draw people in.

3. Beware Of The Job Scammers If You Get The Job Straight Away

A quick phone interview and you land the job? Alarm bells should be ringing as you may be falling for a job scam.

4. Unprofessional E-mails

Watch out for misspelled names, bad grammar and punctuation and fake company names that sound similar to household name firms. Emails sent from personal accounts are also a giveaway. Be aware though that some scammers produce convincingly well-written communication and even set up seemingly legitimate websites.

Fraud - text on wooden cubes. Fighting criminals and scammers, financial pyramids and corruption

5. Beware Of The Job Scammers If They Have No Online Presence

Research the company. If you suspect they are not legitimate search for the name plus the word ‘scam’ and see what other people have said.

6. You Are Asked For Confidential Information

A legitimate employer would never ask you to submit confidential information such as bank details, answers to security questions or PIN codes.

7. You Are Asked To Pay For Something Upfront

Beware anyone who asks for payment for such things as computer equipment or stock. You’re unlikely to see either it or your money again.

8. It Sounds Too Good To Be True

If that’s the case it usually is.

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