In our current job market, we have seen an increasing number of scams that attract people who just want to get a great job. Scammers will often post their fake jobs on legitimate job boards, like Indeed and Monster. These thieves are trying to get two main things – money or personal information. Here are a few things to be aware of so you don’t get scammed:
If the job sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. This is especially true for work from home scams. I am working with a client who was recruited to do a special project for a medical billing company. She was asked to send $1,500 for a special computer before the job began. Another client was asked to join an advisory board with a price tag of $1,200 for “set-up” fees. Research every company through LinkedIn, Glass Door, or Google before you begin interacting with them. Jobs that require you to pay money in advance are generally scams.
Not all recruiters are looking out for your best interest. When a recruiter you don’t know reaches out, make sure you check out the source. Is there a legitimate email address? Can you find their LinkedIn profile? Can you research the company he or she is aligned with?
Legitimate companies will not ask for your Social Security number, credit card, or banking information when you start interacting with them. Nor will they ask for passwords. Protecting and securing your financial information is always in your best interest.
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