Job Frauds: Safeguard Yourself Before Getting into a Job

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Job Frauds: Safeguard Yourself Before Getting into a Job
15 Jan 2022
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When you're looking for work, it can be a dream come true to receive an excellent job offer with little to no effort on your part. Unfortunately, jobs are not as simple as you may believe, and this could be a fraud. Many jobs scams entail transferring money to the employer or supplying personal information to the employer before you have the job. This blog will assist you in recognizing and avoiding job frauds. #ThinkWithNiche

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A job fraud occurs when a con artist appears as an employer or recruiter and offers tempting career chances in exchange for money upfront. It is generally hidden behind the idea of mandatory work training, application fees, or credit checks. Once the money is paid, the scammer vanishes, leaving the job seeker without a position and no refund.

The following are some examples of different types of job frauds.

Money Scams 

These scams, sometimes known as financial managers or payment processors, appear to be among the most popular among students. A check will be deposited into your account by the fictitious employer. You'll keep a portion of the money and send the remainder to someone else or a business. Because the checks are frequently fake, you'll have to send your own money. You may also become involved in unlawful activities as a result of these scams.

Application & Training Fee Scams 

Fraudsters will charge you an application fee and a training fee before hiring you, and will sometimes promise you a job at the end of it. You will pay money, but at the end of the day, you will not have a job. They may even send you a check to pay for these items, but the check will be counterfeit.

Phishing Scams

Scammers will send you an unwanted text or email in response to a résumé you have placed. They'll frequently tell you that you have the talents they're looking for but that they need additional information from you. They may occasionally direct you to an internet application check that requests personal information. This information about you could be exploited to steal your identity.

Placement Agency Scams

There are authentic placement services that can help you find work, but agencies that put workers in temporary positions are not allowed to charge you any fees under the law. Agencies that place job seekers in permanent jobs can charge for things like resume evaluations, but they can't charge for assisting you in finding work.

Fake Websites

To deceive applicants, duplicate websites of reputable companies, employment marketplaces, or government departments are developed. They then advertise fictitious job openings, administer exams, and publish the findings before charging successful candidates for passing the interview. Some even go so far as to build up makeshift offices, hire staff, conduct interviews, distribute appointment letters, and bill in installments.

How Can You Avoid Such Frauds?

Unfortunately, no matter how knowledgeable you are about the many sorts of work scams and the warning flags that accompany them, you will never be completely protected from them. However, you may still be attentive and generate a likelihood of safety.

Conduct Comprehensive Online Research

See what comes up when you Google the company, the employer, or the recruiter. Whether you receive an email offering a job from, for instance, a random name claiming to be a recruiter, look up that person's name online or on certified job sites like LinkedIn to see if their claim is true.

Speak with an Experienced

If you come across a job offer that looks too good to be true, present it to someone who knows what they're doing. They might be able to give you a second view on whether it's a work scam or not.

Paying For The Promise Of A Job Is Not A Good Idea

If you must pay for a job, you can be sure it's a rip-off. You can't just pay for a job in normal conditions; you need to earn it. So, if you receive an offer that says you can only pay for a job, you can be sure it's a ruse.

Contact The Companies

Don't take everything at face value if you encounter a job offer on social media that appears to be from a company. Send a question to the firm to determine if the offer is genuine, or at the very least, check the company's website to see if the listing exists. If the job vacancy is legitimate, it should be listed on the company's website.

Job Offers With No Required Experience Should Be Rejected

As previously said, every profession that earns a respectable wage will necessitate a certain level of education or experience in the subject. As a result, if the job offer offers good pay for simple work, it's probably a big no-no.

Before You Settle Down, Don't Give Out Your Bank Information

You will have to submit sensitive information to your company, such as your bank account information, at some point. However, no legitimate company will ever ask for your bank account information before you start working.

Ignore The Employers Who Urge You To Respond Quickly

When the fraudster wants you to act quickly to close the transaction and give them your money or personal information, this is a common symptom of a job scam. Depending on the corporate policy, a typical hiring process takes at least 1-3 weeks. As a result, any company that promises a lightning-fast hiring procedure is almost always a con artist.

 If You Didn't Apply, Don't Accept An Offer

Scammers will occasionally approach you out of the blue, claiming that you've been hired for a job that you didn't apply for. Of course, this is a ruse.

Conclusion

So, starting today, do your homework and consider before you act to protect yourself against job scams.