The internet is a great tool for businesses to connect with customers and find potential new employees. Those that are seeking employment use the internet to find jobs if they become unemployed and are able to find opportunities by the type of experience they have and can offer. Unfortunately for millions there are also thousands of internet job scams that you have to watch out for. The typical ones are the work from home schemes that we all see when searching online for legitimate jobs. The big red flags is when they make outlandish claims on the type of money you can make by being your own boss by simple setting up a website or answering surveys. Some of the elaborate ones that appear to be legitimate are where you lead to believe you have a job with a reputable company and they then ask for a deposit for necessary background and drug testing. There are several things that are pointed out at the marcus evans training site to help you avoid a scam.
- If you notice misspellings in the ad or offer letter
- The company demands you send them your bank information prior to your start date
- A request to send in a scanned copy of your driver licenses or social security card.
Now I do want to be clear that these tips primarily pertain to when you are applying for a job online and have not met the people or seen the company live. If you are solicited to apply for a job through an email then you will want to do your homework and try and contact the company directly. Online scammers have gotten very good at replicating company webpages so it looks like you are on the actual company website. In most cases just look at the URL and if it looks weird and does start with the actual company name then it is more likely to be a scam. The job market is tight in many places so be careful when you are searching for an opportunity and make sure to do your homework before submitting any personal information.