Job Scams are Becoming Frequent, Here are Ways to Spot One

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Inflation and the current labor market landscape have negatively impacted employment. This leaves many desperately seeking for jobs to make ends meet. However, many reports have sprung about job scams.

Attorney and chief of staff from the Federal Trade Commission, Rhonda Perkins, said, “We are definitely seeing job scams.” Last year, their office saw twice the number of reported job scams than the year before the last. Meanwhile, the first quarter of 2022 has compiled over 16,000 complaints of job scams.

These scams have already been existing, although the frequency of people getting victimized has increased given the current strong labor market. Methods of scammers may vary. However, there are also ways to spot if a job is real or not. Here are some ways:

 

The job offer is eye-catching but only coupled with a little information about the job

It is critical that employers catch the attention of employees in their job postings. However, it would help if you were cautious about postings that offer hefty compensation in easy ways or make money quickly.

CEO and founder of FlexJobs, Sara Sutton, said, “If a job ad is using too-good-to-be-true terms like: ‘quick money,’ or ‘unlimited earnings potential,’ or ‘laptop for free’ and has very few skill requirements … and a lot of caps and images to distract you, it just doesn’t come across professionally.”

For reassurance, checking the indicated company website is advisable.

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When you ask for more information, they rarely answer – or have no answer at all

Recruiters usually call potential applicants for interviews. But you need to be careful and observant during the call.

“Pay attention to the questions they are asking you,” Sutton said. “If the recruiter is offering you a job very quickly without verifying your work experience or asking for references and moving very, very quickly — those are also red flags.”

It is also advisable to ask more about the job’s specifics, especially if the description in the job posting is ambiguous. Ask about the expectations, requirements, and experience needed to acquire the job.

According to Sinem Buber, lead economist at ZipRecruiter, “They will run from you when you start asking more questions.”

“If they start giving you inconsistent answers or not answering your questions properly, you know that’s not a real job,” he added.

 

Recruiter asks for your personal information

It is important to note that recruiters ask for your information. However, it should only be limited to your name, address, contacts, and work experience. Anything more asked should raise the flags.

“If they are asking you to provide personal information upfront during the interview stages, like your Social Security number for a background check … no legitimate company asks for a background check or Social Security number during the interview stage. That happens after you are hired,” added Buber.

Perkins added that background information and research of the company are highly advisable. “Look up the name of the company, the person who claims to be hiring you, plus the word ‘scam,’ ‘review,’ or ‘complaint’… and don’t trust reviews on the company’s website. Those could be fake.”

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Asking for payment

“Don’t pay for the promise of a job, don’t make an upfront payment to get a job — only scammers will ask you to do that,” explained Perkins.

When an employer intends to hire you, the only talk about money is about the compensation and nothing more. Should recruiters ask you for payment of some services or training, proceed with caution.

In the pursuit of a job, it is best that you research and be attentive to details. When you know how to spot who are the real employers from not, it should save you trouble and time.

Source: CNN


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Ivan Ryan

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