How to Tell if a Job is a Scam

How to Tell if a Job is a Scam

November 21, 2016

It is unfortunate that people try to take advantage of others. But they do, and job searching is no exception.

When you look for a job, make sure the job you are applying for is legitimate.

  • Visit the company's website. Does it look professional? Does it contain contact information? Are there job openings posted?
  • Research the company online, not just on their website.
  • Does the salary sound too good to be true? If so, then there is a good chance it is.
  • Does the company want money? Don't give it to them. If they are legitimate, they won't ask for money. Also don't give them important personal documents with private information, such as credit card numbers or passports, or anything with your social security number on it unless you are confident that the business is legitimate. 
  • While some work-at-home jobs are legitimate, others are not. Carefully research any work-at-home jobs.
  • Be careful of email from job recruiters that found your contact information online. Posting résumés on job boards can be a productive way to find a job, but it can also lead to unsolicited emails that may not be legitimate.
  • Finally, are there grammatical or spelling errors in the job posting? Legitimate companies will post cleanly written job announcements.