More than ever, now that we are living in a full-blown recession, job seekers are becoming more desperate for jobs. Career Builders offers these tips.
Before you apply for your “dream job,” check for these signs of a scam.
“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Though job scams are prevalent at any point in time, the current recession has increased the amount of scammers looking to take advantage of people desperate to make money and find a job.
“With the economy sliding, people who might otherwise be skeptical want to find a silver lining and too often mistake the glitz and glamour promises of a scammer’s ad for their path to financial security,” says Christine Durst, co-founder and CEO of Staffcentrix, a training and development company that focuses on home-based work.
Staffcentrix researchers screen about 5,000 home jobs leads every week, and there is a “56-to-one scam ratio” among work-at-home job ads. Any opportunity where you can “make money fast,” “no experience is necessary,” or “work in your pajamas” is appealing to people, so they get thrown into the scam mix.
Spotting a scam
Here are some things to keep in mind when spotting a job scam:
1. Hold tight to your cash
2. Make money while you sleep!
Legitimate employers are seeking candidates with specific skills, knowledge and education. Watch for ads, even for entry-level jobs, that use the phrase ‘no experience necessary,’ especially when there is a promise of big money.”
3. “Work at home” appears in the header
4. Miracles arrive in your inbox
These links are often used to confirm that your -email address is active and using them can result in even more SPAM.”
5. Palm trees, mansions, beaches and bikinis
6. Put on your detective hat
There are essentially two ways to get listed with the Better Business Bureau: Buy a membership or get reported for bad business practices.
“While the absence of a company’s name in their listings is not unusual — not every business is a paying member of the BBB — a C, D or F rating and multiple complaints are a flashing warning signal.”
Durst adds that you must be careful about ads that look legitimate and that contain the name and Web site of well-known companies but carry a “free” e-mail address for a reply.
“Reputable companies have been victimized by scammers using their company names and reputations to scam unwitting job seekers. Always take the time to stop by the company Web site before responding to a job ad,” she suggests. “You may find a notice warning you of the scam. What you won’t find, is a job listing for someone to accept checks and wire funds to someone.”