Often, unemployed people are targeted by scammers, so it’s important to be aware of potential employment scams when job searching. In general, if the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be cautious of job postings with any of the following details:
- A promise of high paying jobs with little or no experience required.
- Any posting that asks for money in order to access a list of jobs.
- Offers for overseas employment, especially for unskilled labour.
- Any requirement that asks you to cash a cheque at your bank.
- The requirement to pay for training in exchange for “guaranteed” employment.
- A long distance number that you need to call for details about the position – you may be billed at a very high rate per minute.
- Any posting where you can’t find an address for the company.
If you’re not sure about details in a job posting, ask a lots questions; legitimate companies will always answer your questions about their job opportunities.
Avoid job postings that ask for personal or sensitive information like age, marital status, Social Insurance Number, Driver’s License or Health Card numbers or banking information.
Some scammers may pose as employment agencies. Before using an employment agency, consider the following details:
- Agencies should have permanent addresses and place applicants in specific jobs.
- Agencies should receive payment for their services from the employer, they should not ask you for any money.
- Agencies should not force you to sign a contract or ask you to pay an administration fee.
Information About Work At Home Scams
Work at home scams are often posted on the Internet, in the newspaper or in a flyer in the mail. These scams usually offer huge earnings with no experience necessary by working out of your home. All work at home scams require an upfront fee and typically include stuffing envelopes or assembling some type of product.
The Better Business Bureau reports that responding to a stuffing envelope scam will lead to no reply from the company or receiving instructions on how to place similar ads requesting that other people send money for information on how to stuff envelopes at home.
Assembling product scams require a fee to purchase materials for assembling. In many cases, the instructions for assembling the products are very difficult to understand and payment may not work out as originally promised. In the end, the company may reject the assembled products due to poor workmanship and the employee may end up keeping the products and not make any money.
Always use caution when sending money in advance or when disclosing personal information to an unknown source.
A final note on employment scams: Always consider your personal physical safety. Make sure the place you’re going for an interview is a regular office or business location. If the meeting is outside regular business hours, don’t go alone and be sure to tell someone where you’re going.