Job Seekers Beware

Wed, 14 Dec 2011

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is… Today’s job market is fraught with scammers preying on the most vulnerable potential victims – the increasing ranks of the unemployed. “Work at home” scams are varied and can be difficult to detect.  Some of today’s most popular positions are:


  • Mystery Shopper
  • Finance Manager
  • Payment Officer
  • Envelope Stuffer
  • Reshipping Clerk
  • Medical Biller

Take the fraud test to determine if you could be the next victim. Here are the red flags you should look for to spot a scam:

Professional Looking Websites

  • Be wary of a hiring company’s website. These are professional con artists and masters of disguise! Often, these sites have professional photos, testimonials, audio and video.
  • Google doesn’t control the content of websites and has information here on what to look for and how to report suspicious websites.

Get Rich Quick – No Experience Needed

  • Job listings that state “make money fast”, “work in your pajamas” and “no experience necessary”.

Bad Grammar

  • Email communication with potential employer may contain poor grammar, spelling errors and awkward sentence structure. This is often indicative of scams originating out of foreign countries.

Private Email Address

  • Scam artist may use a private email address ie;

No Interview

  • Employment offer is made without any personal interview and primarily conducted via email.

Sending Money

  • You are asked to deposit checks/money orders or receive electronic payments into your personal bank account and then forward a large portion of the funds back to the “employer”.
  • Most scams involve the transfer of funds.  Click here for more details.
  • If you have been the victim of a scam, click here for additional information.

We all wish we could work from home in our pajamas and make tons of money without doing any work, but let’s face it, life doesn’t work that way. If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it. When searching out potential employment, keep these red flags in mind so you’re not a victim of a scam. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Have you seen any of these warning signs in your job search?

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5 comment(s).

December 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Kim these are some really great tips that everyone can benefit from reviewing. There are some many schemes going on these days.
March 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm
The only way to stop spam mail is to get a new email address and close the old one. It is aalwys a good idea to maintain two or three internet identities, and give a false email address if you don't think a site can be trusted with it. Update your passwords regularly and change email addresses or create one for serious use and one for more public use that you dont mind closing down if it does get too much spam. You can also use an email provider that has good spam filters to keep this inevitable problem down to a minimum.
February 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm
Excellent and very timely tips in this economy.
March 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm
Another way to spot a scam is if you receive an exact copy of an email ihiwtn a few minutes or hours after you received the first email, but when you look the email address is different from the first one.
May 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm
I agree. Anything sounding too good to be true always is. Good tips to put out there, it can be very tempting when you've been out of a job for a long time to jump on offers like that. Also, a good red flag to look for is if the job description says anything about only needing a valid email address or if the company is someone you've never heard of and they're out in another country.