While it is uncommon and difficult to identify scams and fake job openings on real job sites, it does happen on sometimes. If something in your job search raises your concerns, here are 5 things to look for to help you identify if the position you’re looking at is legitimate or a possible scam:
A Non-Business Email Address Is Used
Most job sites prefer that prospects apply using the site’s submission form. A scam post may ask you to bypass this by sending you to a personal email account rather than a corporate email address.
The same caution applies to any correspondence from a prospective hiring manager. It might be legitimate if they contact you using a personal email account rather than a company email address. However, it might be an indication of deception, especially if any of the other warning indicators appear.
Communication seems unprofessional
Unprofessional communication is another major red flag that a job may be fraudulent. Look for inconsistencies in grammar, syntax, and how the employer or recruiter communicates with you in writing, for example, in a job offer email. If it feels unprofessional, try studying the position more and learning more about the company.
Confidential Information Is Requested Before Hiring
The completion of tax forms, the submission of bank account information for direct payment, and other procedures requiring the disclosure of private information are frequently prerequisites for employment. However, you won’t need this until after you accept an offer of employment and begin working there.
If a recruiter or employer asks for any personal information aside from your basic contact information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number, take this as a sign to avoid this company in favor of a real job opportunity.
The Company Requires Payment From You
Any business, recruiter, or job offer that requests money from you should be avoided. There are no real employment opportunities where you have to pay to work for the company.