What is a Job Fraud?
A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities, which require the job seeker to pay some money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or credit checks that are required for the job. Once the money has been paid, the scammer disappears and the job seeker is left with no job and no refund.
How to protect yourself from Job Fraud?
- Never part with your money. The golden rule is, any job offer that requires you to pay a fee in advance, is probably a scam. Most reputable companies will absorb these costs themselves.
- Legitimate job related emails will come from corporate email accounts. Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail is very likely a scammer.
- Another warning sign is if the recruiter offers to train you for the job, in return for money. Don't believe such offers. No legitimate company or recruiter will ask for money upfront.
- Don't hand out personal information.
- Do not forward, transfer, or "wire" money to an employer.
- Scammers often use fake URLs to mask themselves as large well-known corporates. Double check the URL or the web address of the company.