4 Simple Ways to Spot a Bogus Job Offer

With unemployment numbers rising, and more and more people yearning for work, the amount of people that browse online for a job is at an all time high. Unfortunately, the scammers are offering phony jobs in order to acquire your money, personal details, or to convince you to apply for employment that you don’t desire. I’m going to go through 4 basic methods in which you can recognize a work scam to make sure you don’t get suckered in.

Requesting money
If somebody ever wants money from you for applying for a job, it’s a scam. There is no way someone can ask somebody who is seeking for a job to pay for an interview. Unfortunately, while there are more job seekers around now than ever before, some people are falling for this hoax.

I’ve noticed a fair several sites that charge for a membership with the guarantee that you’ll find a job within a specific length of time. Cruise ship jobs is a common industry that does this. Make sure you are signing up with a legitimate company, and always perform a fast Google search on a company you know nothing about.

Unusually high wages
Obviously when looking for a job online, one of the first things people will look for is the compensation. If someone finds a work that they’re familiar in that gives an extraordinarily good wage, their heads will be turned.

Although jobs forums such as Total Jobs, Monster, Gumtree and Jobsite are recognized as official sites, there are still fake job offers surfacing on them. If you’re looking for a position where the industry average salary is £14000, if there is a vacancy that offers £20000 then be wary.

Usually these fraudulent job offers are only a technique of collecting personal details from people, or asking them a fee to be put forward for the post.

Sending from a hosted e-mail address
Being in the digital marketing sector, I join up to newsletters and mailing lists from credible sites. When I was seeking for a job, I’d leave my CV on lots of websites and jobs boards with my contact data available for everybody to see. Because of this, my email address is available to basically the entire internet.

Unfortunately, because of this, I am flooded on a daily basis with bogus job offers from many different persons. There are various email addresses who send me these, but they all have one thing in common, they’re sent to me from hosted email addresses (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc) (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc.) Fortunately, I’m not searching for a job, and even if I was, I’d recognize straight away that the emails are a fraud. But for someone with less familiarity with the internet, it might not appear so evident.

I’m not suggesting every single email you receive from Gmail, Hotmail or any hosted email address is a fraud, but if it’s something as important as a job offer, I’d expect a company with an internet profile to have their own website or email address.

The sad thing about this is that in the current financial scenario, more people tend to be out of job. Usually, these employment offers seem profitable, thus more people are liable to fall for them. The employment offer can vary, but once you communicate with the sender, they usually require a fee or personal details, which they are then free to use how they wish.

Vague job title
This is probably most typical with commission only sales and canvassing employment. I’ve applied to customer service positions before, only to get a call stating that the work involves knocking on homes trying to sell electric or house upgrades.

As you can undoubtedly guess, this type of employment is fairly unattractive, and appropriately so. Cold calling is a demanding job and most people prefer to steer away from this aggressive kind of selling. To enhance interest in these professions, they use diverse job titles.

Look out for titles such as ‘Trainee manager’ or anything providing a management program with no previous experience. If a corporation is paying commission alone, they can afford to employ as many people as possible, and if the individual isn’t good at the job, they don’t have to pay them.

Basically the ones promoting these jobs rely on others desire for work. Remember that they’re sales people, so they’ll attempt and make the work sound highly lucrative, but for many individuals, it’s difficult and can be soul killing.

Be careful
These are not the only ways to recognize a job offer scam, and there will be fraudsters who employ less obvious strategies, but if you spot any of these tell tale indications, you have to be alert. Make sure you never pay for an interview, and when someone asks you for any personal information, or emails you from a hosted account, check the firm out to make sure you don’t fall victim to one of these awful scams.

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