Identifying Job Scams – Savings Corner Brought to you by Coosa Valley Credit Union
Looking for a job in 2021? Whether it’s your first big job, a career change, or a side bustle, you can never be too vigilant about job scams. In a world where we rely on our computers and the World Wide Web, crooks know that we tend to look for job opportunities online. This can be done through sites like Google, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and other job boards, as well as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In some cases, crooks may even try to trick you through unsolicited emails. Whatever the source, there are certain red flags you can keep in mind and watch out for when looking for a job.
We have put together some common indicators that will help you better avoid job-related scams. Read on to find your next gig safely!
Sounds too good to be true? It probably is
Beware of the following, as they likely indicate a scam:
– You are offered a job without application or discussion with the employer
– You are promised a high salary for little work
– You are guaranteed to be able to create your own hours / schedule
The company pays you, not the other way around
DO NOT follow any of the following. No reputable company will ever ask you to:
– Transfer money to the company in order to keep your place or to confirm a job
– Buy gift cards and send barcodes at the request of an employer
– Accept cashier’s checks or money orders as a method of payment
If they’re part of your business, don’t be part of theirs
If a potential employer asks you to provide secure information or personal data, do not act.
– Never give out personal information such as your social security, bank account number or driver’s license number by email or phone
– Do not agree to a background check unless you have met the employer in person
– Check and confirm that the representative’s contact details correspond to the organization for which he claims to work
Now that you know what to look for and how to avoid falling victim to job scams, go ahead and find your next opportunity.
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