How-To: Identify and Avoid Employment Scams

Looking for employment in 2021? Whether it's your first big job, a career change, or a side hustle, you can never be too vigilant in regards to employment scams. In a world where we rely on our computers and the World Wide Web, scammers know that we tend to search for job opportunities online. This can be through sites like Google, LinkedIn, Craigslist and other job forums, as well as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In some cases, scammers may even try to fool you through unsolicited emails. No matter the source, there are certain red flags you can keep in mind and look out for during your job search.

We've put together some common indicators that will help you better avoid employment-related scams. Keep reading to safely find your next gig!


Seems Too Good To Be True? It Probably Is
Be wary of the following, as they likely point to a scam:
- You're offered a job without an application or any discussion with the employer
- You are promised high pay for not much work
- You are guaranteed that you'll be able to make your own hours/schedule


The Company Pays You, Not The Other Way Around
Never follow through with ANY of the following. No reputable business will ever ask you to:
- Wire money to the company in order to hold your spot or confirm employment
- Buy gift cards and send barcodes at an employer's request
- Accept cashier's checks or money orders as a form of payment


If They're Up In Your Business, Don't Be A Part of Theirs
If a potential employer is requiring you to provide secure information or personal data, don't follow through.
- Never give out personal information like your social security, bank account number, or driver's license number over email or phone
- Don't agree to a background check unless you have met the employer in person
- Check and confirm that the representative's contact information matches the organization's for which they claim to work for


Now that you know what to look out for and how to avoid falling victim to employment scams, go out there and find your next opportunity.

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