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?