Scammers increase as modern technology develops. They imitate all methods used by legitimate employers in attracting workers such as formulated document and contract letters, creation of fake websites and email addresses, making advert online, in newspapers, and even on TV and radio.
Here are 7 ways to identify whether a job offer is a scam.
- Job offers without applying to the company; they usually indicate that your resume was found online or formulate something related. Such job is likely to be a scam. Good and legitimate jobs don't come easily.
- Recruiters asking for your personal informotion and documents on phone or mails. They can mail you a biodata form and tell you to attach photocopies or scanned copy of your international passport, school certificates and the likes. Please, never hand over personal information via email. Many scammers buy fake job ads with stolen credit cards and these while gotten through personal info collected from people. Don't fall victim.
- Any job that requires supplying your credit card or bank account information is a scam. Don't give out your credit card or bank account information over the phone or mail to a company unless you're familiar with them and have agreed to pay for something. Note! Anyone who has your account information can use it.
- Mandatory Visa on your behalf: they will tell you that as an overseas employee, you can not take the employment document to the country's embass in your State, that their company has an agent responsible for applying for Visa on your behalf and you will pay to such agent. Such job offer is likely to be a scam, if the work is real and the company is a registered company you should be able to go to nearer embassy of such country and apply for a Visa with the documents supplied to you from the company.
Frequency of their mails: you will notice constant mails from the employer emphasizing urgency in signing of contract document or put short time bound. A legitimate company will give you time to read the contract and decide, not pressure you into signing then and there.
- If you read the mails and the contract documents sent to you from such company carefully, you will discover some grammatical errors.
- Checking such job link in the ad and it takes you somewhere else: Sometimes job ads are simply meant to drive you to another website and you're clicking on information for a job you're interested in, you might be taken to another job board (that wants you to pay to subscribe) or other website.
- Their mail address and website always have unusual ending letters, for instance www.bimtom.org.au.in (Notice the "in" at the end) And also, using personal mail addresses for company transactions.
Always guard your personal info and research a company before applying, especially if you have your suspicions about the ad. See what other people say about the company in a popular forum online.
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