Job Seekers BEWARE!By Home Security Source Sep 21 , 2010 | 10:35:00 amPosted in: DIY Safety, Personal Safety
As if it wasn’t hard enough to find a good job in a bad economy that matches salary and skill requirements, now seekers have to worry about job scammers in their search. One of the easiest and most popular sites to look for job postings is on Craigslist. Craigslist is a free service, which also makes it a cesspool for scams. Nonetheless, Craigslist can still be a great resource, so check out these tips about how to identify red flags and avoid a fake job offer.
• Post has a generic, over-used or vague job title. “Admin Assistant or Customer Service Rep” are popular ones.
• If the description has a bunch of exclamation points and promises high income in one week, or states “No Experience Necessary” and promises high pay.
• There is no job contact information. A quality job post will tell you who to email or provide a valid company website.
• You receive a quick response to your email inquiry that tells you they have reviewed your resume when you haven’t even sent a resume.
• You receive a response to your email inquiry from someone in a foreign country looking to hire people in the United States to handle accounts payable or receivables.
How to avoid them:
• Google it. Make sure the company is legitimate. You may even find complaints about the fake job offer.
• Never pay money for anything. Never give your credit card or bank account information. Never open a bank account for a foreign company!
• Send a generic inquiry first. Ask about the job and location. Don’t waste time on a tailored cover letter for a scam.
Visit Craigslist’s scam page for examples of actual scams and where to report them.
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