Persons looking for jobs need to be aware of scammers who are asking for personal information and upfront money for help in finding a job. They keep the money and use the personal information for identity theft. The following red flags warn you of a likely job scam:
- The employer offers the opportunity to become rich without leaving home. While many legitimate businesses allow employees to work from home, many scammers try to take advantage of seniors, stay-at-home moms, students, injured or handicapped people, and those otherwise unemployed.
- The employer or a placement agency asks for upfront money. Scammers will say upfront money is needed for background checks or training for jobs that don’t exist.
- The salary and benefits offered seem too good to be true. Phony employers will promise high salaries and good benefits for little work with no experience necessary.
- Employer e-mails are full of grammatical and spelling errors. They usually come from scammers outside the U.S. where their first language isn’t English.
- The employer requires you to get a credit report from a recommended website. This is an attempt to get personal financial information or sell you credit monitoring services.
- The employer asks for personal information before you get the job. This is an attempt to get your Social Security and bank account numbers.
- The employer sends you a check and asks you to wire a portion back. These checks are not good. If you cash them your bank will ask you to pay them back when the check does not clear the bank is written on.