We have a summary of tips for you to spot a job scam, and we have also added this into the Job Scam category page. We find that this is necessary especially in this time when there are so many people out of work due to the economic crisis. The scammers are always out there to exploit your weakness. And if you need a job or money urgently, you will be very vulnerable to job scams, lottery scams, etc.
Here are some tips to spot a Job Scam:
1) You did not apply for the job, but you received an offer via email (or as spam).
We received many of such scam reports. Some of these offers came with detailed job description, while others are tend to keep it short and simple.
2) No experience or resume required.
This will sound too-good-to-be-true. You will be surprised why would anybody need your service when you have no experience, and that they are willing to pay a high price.
3) You are asked to receive a check, bank it, and wire out the money (in cash) to another account.
This is a fake check scam. Your bank may clear the check in 3 days. Then you will be asked by the scammer to wire the money to another bank account. Then the bank will contact you several days later to say that the check has bounced, and you have to return all the money and pay the charges for bounced checks.
4) You are asked to pay a fee to get the job.
Please note that a job offer is an agreement to engage your service in return for an agreed remuneration. You are paid to work. Never pay to get a job.
5) You are asked to buy something to get a job.
Never trust companies that ask you to buy something in order to work for them. If you need to pay for a start-up kit, make sure that the company is reputation. Just a test: In order to join Amway, a reputatble MLM company, you need to buy the startup kit? Will you buy this? If you are keen to join Amway as a partner, which we recommend, then you should buy the startup kit. However, if you don’t think you would buy the startup kit for Amway, then you should be even more careful about companies (esp. new ones) that does not have any track records. Do not be tricked into believing that “they are just starting up, so there is no track records yet”. For new companies, they have to bear the cost of the startup kits to get the initial group of followers.
6) A very high pay that is too good to be true.
It is not easy to get a high paying job. An enployer will evaluate your skills and experience before deciding the price tag. If a job is paying you a salary equivalent to a senior manage, but does not require any specialized skills or experience from you, it is 100%, a scam.
We hope that the above tips will be useful to you. The same tips has been posted in our category page at Job Scams.
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