An Internet Job Scam

Jobs & employment scams

Usually, companies just take those expenses out of your first paycheck. Same goes for background checks, so-called starter kits and other expenses. And never, ever submit your information to the company itself for a background check. If the listing uses generic language or is super short or vague, this requires some digging on your end. Common scams can be found in those classic entry-level, work-from-home customer service gigs — no training required.

That goes for those too-good-to-be-true opportunities, too. Sure, shopping to make money sounds great, but is it legitimate? Hutt says even the Better Business Bureau has had its brand stolen in the past — same logo, same colors. You can also stick any URL or email address into Google. Put quotation marks on either side, and search. Articles warning against scams might pop up.

Hutt said face-to-face interactions are best. Sure, Craigslist is a great way to find jobs. In fact, several of our founding employees here at The Penny Hoarder found their jobs through a Craigslist ad. One key is to see if you spot the same listing in multiple cities, Hutt says. Try instead searching on these 14 legitimate job-search platforms. Typically, these sites screen and even hand-pick the featured listings.

Can they use the information that I gave them to harm me in any way? On the appointment letter am ask to prepare for training, and i will pay for trainning materials. Hi Owolewa, unfortunately it sounds as though you have been scammed. No legitimate company will ask for money at any stage during the recruitment process. They will not ask for money for training, nor flights, nor work permits, nor stationary, not for anything. They also will not offer you a job without having been interviewed first. Please cut all ties with this company, as they will continue to try to extort money from you.

Please be vigilant, these scammers are ruthless and praying on desperate job seekers. Work scammers are active in Ghana be aware as they are very good, take notice of the advice given in this colum. There is a special place in hell for these people. They take money from poor people. They should be ashamed of themselves.

I tend to agree with you on this one David. Scammers are taking advantage of those who can afford to part with their money least, and take advantage of job seekers who are desperate for work. It is very sad to see just how many job seekers are falling for these scams. Please everybody be careful. If a company asks for money in exchange for a job you can bet its a scam. Please always be very careful before handing out any personal information, there are so many scammers out there and they are not only scamming job seekers out of money they cannot afford to part with, but they are also involved in identity theft.

Once a scammer has your personal information it does make it very difficult to do too much about it. I would however suggest that you contact your bank and notify them that you are concerned about identity theft. If you gave the scammer your banking details I would suggest you look at closing your bank account and possibly opening a new one. Good luck I hope all gets sorted out. I did not give him my account number. I only sent him my educational documents and passport scan copy.

Once I applied, I received an immediate response from the HR team and they scheduled a first human resource interview with me. This interview was held after a few days of finding the right time and slot. The interview was held at a coffee shop. Again after clearing this interview I was offered another interview with their project manager, this was a telephonic interview followed by a skype call.

Upon inquiry the project manager said they will let me know when they get a contract from a client. Who would do that? Thank you for your input and response to my article. I am sorry to hear how frustrated you feel. Job hunting can be very tough and stressful. It is difficult for me to say what would have gone wrong in this process, but it does sound strange the way it has been handled. If the company comes back to you and asks for money in any form, ie for visas, flights etc, you need to please be very careful as it could be a scam.

It is possible that the company had a contract that they lost or something went wrong during the interview process which has changed things for them and their work load. I would keep my options open and pursue other jobs, and should they come back to you with a clear concrete offer then re look at the situation. As I said though please be very careful as it could be that they are setting you up to be scammed as well. Thank you for the response and the input into my article. So far as your question goes, I would say it is highly unlikely that the job in Canada is for real. The golden rule to remember is that it is highly unlikely that any legitimate company is going to ask for money in exchange for a job.

They are also not going to pay the costs of relocating a job seeker across the world without having interviewed them first. Please be extremely careful there are a lot of scammers out there. They just asked me USD to deposit to a lawyer account which will be reimbusred after my joining the firm. I can provide you more details in case.

Please be very careful with this. It is highly unlikely that a legitimate company is going to ask you for money at any stage during the interviewing process, even for visas etc. Please do some research into the company, and ensure they are who they say they are. Scammers are become more devious now as job seekers are starting to become wiser and more aware of what is going on. So please be very careful and do not just hand over money. Thank you for the information you have sent me. I am sure that it is a scam. There are a number of concerns that I have with regards to this letter.

Firstly the grammar is not good, that immediately should ring a warning bell. Secondly it seems they are offering you and your husband both jobs in the USA without having even interviewed you. Thirdly they say they are not asking for money yet that is exactly what they are doing. They are asking for money. So I am sure it is a scam.

Please be very careful to give them any personal information especially banking details and do not pay them any money. I got a job offer letter without intetview, and they asked me to go for medical ,I paid rupees for medical I received medical certifalicate and the consultant told me that the visa process is 45day. This is in all likelihood a scam.

To get offered a job without having gone through an interviewing process is highly suspicious. Also no legitimate company is going to make you pay for a medical, this is something they should be covering. The next thing they will ask you for is money for a visa, and at the end of the process you are most likely not going to be getting a job as it probably does not exist.

Please do not hand over any more money without having investigated this company thoroughly. Sadly, I believe I fell for one of these work from home scams. I got so far as to receive a check to deposit into my Bank via ATM instead of going into the bank. Well done on not getting scammed here. It seems that these scammers are changing the way they work now and one has to be on the ball constantly. Going to the authorities is also a good thing to do as hopefully they can be shut down before they catch anybody else. I was emailed an opportunity from my LinkedIn account regarding a job.

After a 3 question telephone interview, I was offered the job after a day. The red flags that I see is that they would not provide me with an address where the office which is suppose to be opening in downtown area of my city. They do not want money but they requested my legal name, address and phone number. They actually want to send me money and a laptop. I am very curious if you think this is a scam as I am very Leary. Please be very careful here.

If you are offered a job without having even been for an interview, the chances are that it is scam. There are very few companies that are going to offer a job seeker employment without even having met them first. So please be very careful as there are a lot of scammers out there and many job seekers are falling prey to them. It is also highly unlikely that a company is going to ask for money for visas as they will normally cover all of these costs. I am sure that this is a scam.

Please note as well that we at CareerMine are not actively involved in the recruitment process with any of the recruiters on our site, but rather provide a service for companies to advertise their positions on CareerMine. Your resume will then become searchable though our database and visible to the recruiters on our site. Please follow this link if you wish to proceed, in order to register.

Once you have completed the above you can go to http: This service is for free: Hence anybody will be impressed that the job profile is perfectly matching with their own CVs requirements. If this first trap is not recognised, the person will become a scapegoat!! Hello In fact , 2 weeks ago I have received an application on my email to fill it out. So , after that I received an offer to work and they said no need for interview and i am qualify and i have to sign the offer.

How to determine if a job offer is a scam

So what do you think???? Thank you for the feedback on my article. What you describe sounds like a typical scam. The company has offered you a job with no interview and not having even determined that you have the right skill set for the job. Always remember no legitimate company is going to ask for money during the interview process, if you get an offer with no interview, and then they ask for money for visas etc you can pretty much guarantee that you are being scammed. Please do not give them any money, nor your personal information without doing some investigation into the legitimacy of this job offer as I am sure it is a scam.

Please be extremely careful. Thank you it was very useful to me since I have recieved a fake offer and I couId discover them. I really appreciate the work you have put here in writing this article and highlighting all the key points that scammers might use and personally answering to each and every question. Last week I got two separate offers from two separate financial services company one in NZ and the other in US to work for them as Escrow Team assistant. Like you mentioned exactly in the article, they said they were impressed with my resume and decided to send me an offer for this job.

And both the emails had spelling and grammatical mistakes very few though, hard to spot and both of them called up and spoke in European English accent. But they had websites and their emails were from genuine domain names representing their corporations. So I believed them, when they sent me the employment contract which looked very legit. The responsibilities as you mentioned were extremely vague but the package was very attractive. So as an escrow team assistant, I really thought this was a real job.

I did exactly that but something inside was telling me this was not right. Then I discussed with my friends and researched online and found your website and your article highlighting everything I experienced. I feel they are sending money to some illegal causes in foreign countries.

Thank you for writing this article. It helped me open my eyes. Can you please advise who I should report these emails to? I received a job offer from Canada. They said they will take care of everything thing and I just need to send them copy of my passport.

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Thank you it was very useful to me since I have recieved a fake offer and I couId discover them. It is difficult for me to say without seeing the documentation they have sent you, nor knowing the exact process, but the fact that they are asking you for money makes me think that this is highly likely a scam. If you are offered a job without having even been for an interview, the chances are that it is scam. If this first trap is not recognised, the person will become a scapegoat!! September 28th, Reply.

Thank you for your response to my article. Please be very careful about sending out any personal information that would include copies of your passport, social security numbers etc. Identity theft is a major problem, and for this reason you need to be very careful about what you hand out.

I would suggest you try to investigate the company a bit and try to see if they are legitimate or not. Please do not under any circumstances hand over any money, in exchange for promises of a job. I hope you manage to get this sorted out. The second day she called me to say that the job is mine and meet up to talk about the contract.

When we met sign some papers and she said if i can pay that fee cash and i said no i will do it on ur website online, first she said ok but after she called saying that i can do it only cash or the job is not mine anymore. Take notice that all this time i didnt have any idea where im gonna work , she told me that i will get an email just before i start.

My question is can they steal identity from your name , address , job history and signature? Thanks for the feedback on my article. Always be very careful when handing out any personal information, identity theft is unfortunately rife. I would be very careful to hand out any personal information without thoroughly investigating the company. Good for you for not falling for it, as it sounds as though it was probably a scam in the making. It is actually a great and useful piece of info. Please stay us informed like this.

Thank you for sharing. Hi susan, I seemed to have applied for an offer like that but the only thing that I provided so far is the my resume, I know now that it is a complete scam. Is there a way to avoid that they use my resume? I am happy to hear that you managed to avoid being scammed and that my article helped.

I think if you have only provided your resume it should be fine, identity theft becomes more of a problem when you have provided copies of your passport, banking details, social security numbers etc. Just be very careful in future as there are so many scammers around, before handing over any personal information. Please do not pay any money, this is I am sure a scam. No legitimate company is going to ask you to pay money for any interviews. Please be very careful and do not pay the money across. Hello Susan just wanna say thank you for this enlightment. Changing the location of job. Legitmate companies will never send you emails with gmail or yahoo but will use thier cooperate domains so pls guys dont be a victim.

Make alot of enquires and dont pay anyone a dime. Thanks for your insight and feedback into this. The more information we can get on these potential scams that are going around the better. The scammers are becoming more and more clever in the way they go about setting job seekers up for a potential scam, so thanks for sharing this information.

I just got an email that I thought was too good to be true! The first email offered me the job despite that fact that I never applied for the job. They have not interviewed me either. Their email actually went to my spam folder, and I missed the first one from them and the second email too which was sent 3 days later basically proposing the job again.

I thought it was fishy because two emails sent within days of each other and the other things as well made it seem dodgy. Oh, I forgot to add, they mentioned working from home, and the company is in New Zealand. I live in Australia. I wasted 45 minutes of my life last night with an interview through google hangouts. To make a long story short, this bozo is sending me a check that he wants me to deposit so that I can buy supplies. I have got offer from a company in West Sussex.

They have asked me to pay for tier 2 visa and charges for sending the hard copy of my offer letter to my postal address.

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What shall I do? I can provide u with the name of the company and the letter if needed. I would not suggest you pay this money before doing some homework. I am pretty sure its a scam. No company is going to ask you to spend money when being offered a job. Please investigate the company very carefully before paying anything. Everything is very open with a very clear description of the issues.

It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Next day I received Employment offer letter from the company with all salary structure and details. Now they are asking me to pay for the Visa which they will reimburse me along with my first month salary.

Also, travel tickets will be provided by them only. I would be very careful with this offer. It sounds suspicious to me. Most companies will not expect you to pay for your own visas. Please investigate very carefully before handing over any personal details and money. I would say based on what you are saying that this job offer is indeed a scam. Firstly the salary is extremely high for what you would be doing. I am assuming as well that there was no interview?

The next step is probably that when he sends you the agreement copy with his lawyer that they will at some stage ask for money for something, whether its a work permit, immigration certificate or something. Once you pay the money you will probably never hear from them again. Please also be very careful about sending copies of your passport, etc.

There is a lot of identity theft going on. This offer may be legitimate, but my gut feel is that it is a scam. Please do not hand over any money at any stage, and investigate this very carefully. Good luck and sending you all the best. Please tell me it is true or fake. They send me terms and conditions letter and after I sin they send me appointment letter and they asking for visa fee. Thank you for your response to my article on scamming.

It is difficult for me to say without seeing the documentation they have sent you, nor knowing the exact process, but the fact that they are asking you for money makes me think that this is highly likely a scam. Please do not pay any money across, nor give them your personal details until you have investigated this company fully Regards.

There is a new scam or recruitment in India. These are from so called recruitment firms. They claim that they will have a dedicated person who will hunt for vacancies which are not available on job portals after u derstanding our profile. For this service they charge a fee up to Rs. And I have heard cries from people who have paid and not getting any responses from the company.

A genuine recruiter will always charge the employer and not the candidate. The catch is a one letter difference between the original employer and the fake one. Hi Susan, I recently shared my passport and educational documents over email to a person hiring for supervisor job in UK which I now guess I fraud.

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What shall I do now? Hi Ray, I am sorry to hear this, sadly it happens so much. Somebody else walking around with your passport details is never a good thing because of the risk of identity theft. I am not sure what country you are living in, and exactly how much of your personal information they now have, but I would suggest you contact fraud stop, or passport control and ask if there is anything that you can do, or if there is anything that you should be doing. If you have given them access to your banking details, I would suggest notifying your bank and possibly cancelling credit cards etc.

Good luck with this. Thanks designed for sharing such a pleasant opinion, piece of writing is good, thats why i have read it entirely. I received a job offer without interviewing. Thanks for your enquiry. It sounds very much to me like the offer you have received is a scam. Companies just do not offer jobs without going through an interviewing process. Where they are going to try to catch you is through making you pay for an employment expatriate quota, which is probably the same thing as a work permit or work visa. Once you pay them this money they will disappear with your money.

The golden rule is — if they ask for money at any stage during the interview process you are probably being scammed. Good luck, please tread carefully here. No legitimate company is going to offer a job and a high salary without even telling you what the job is for, and having conducted interviews to ensure you are the right fit for the company.

So please be very careful here and I suggest do not give them any of your personal information etc without investigating this very carefully. I received a job offer actually a employment contract without the interview process. And my habit was to check first the company details, official website, contact no.

It is obviously scam right. Perhaps a identity theft. Hi Mary, thanks for sharing this information with us. And for being alert and not falling victim to these scammers. It sounds to me like your gut feel was spot on and that the offer is a scam. Please continue to be vigilant when job hunting.

Hi I got a job offer where the employeer is offering to take care of all visa documentation , has asked me to send my passport doc scan copy for further processing. Does it sound like a legit or a scam…. This is difficult to know for sure, you do need to be aware of identity theft so please be cautious here, the fact that they have not asked for money is a good thing, however that might still be coming.

I would suggest you do a google on the company that they say is going to be employing you, get the number and phone them, ensure that the person who says they work there actually does. Speak to HR and find out for sure if this job exists and what the process is. There are other warning signs to look out for, such as did they interview you? Have you seen a detailed job description? Does it fit your experience? Where did you find this job from? Have you checked the website? The email address etc? There are a number of things you can look into to ensure this is a real job and not a scam.

I am sure this is a scam. Whenever they ask for money for anything, you can normally be guaranteed that it is a scam. Please do not pay the money until you have looked into this very carefully, nor give them your personal details, because of the risk of identity theft. It is highly unlikely that a company is going to offer you a job without having done a face to face interview, and the fact that they have asked for money is normally a big warning sign.

I hv received interview letter, no face to face online interview, then a contrat letter for 4yrs, then after a job letter. Im afraid of identity theft. Requesting your help in regards whether its not a fake. As i tried connecting employees via linkedln or facebook but they dont revert at all like they are fake accounts online. Also company site is month old. It is very difficult for me to say given that I have not had any dealings with the company nor seen the documentation they have provided you. However it sounds highly suspicious to me and I am pretty sure it is a scam.

The chances of any company employing you without even having interviewed you, are highly unlikely. Scammers normally are after one of two things, or both. One is your money, the second your identity. Please be very careful when handing over any personal information. Identity theft is a massive problem world wide.

So please always be vigilant. Good luck with this, I hope it all works out okay for you. Your email address will not be published. Employment Advice How to determine if a job offer is a scam by Susan Kihn. April 20th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Tony Thanks for the feedback. Susan June 23rd, Reply. Toby Minhas I think other web site proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and great user genial style and design, as well as the content. June 24th, Reply. September 3rd, Reply. Kadiam Bharani i got mail from two different companies for various job oppurtunities in the concerned organisations.

October 5th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Kadiam. October 6th, Reply. Russell Ooh thanks for that susan.. June 27th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Getachew. July 5th, Reply. Palesa Hi Susan, I am 21 and i got a job offer in Dubai its very enticing but at sometime a bit suspicious. July 8th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Palesa. November 24th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Rajkumar. November 28th, Reply. June 18th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Gayatri. Suraj Pisharody Same thing happened with me… I felt something fishy…. October 15th, Reply. November 25th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi De Waal, To post your resume on the site is for free and it will be active on the site and visible to all the recruiters.

Susan Kihn Hi De Waal. January 21st, Reply. Callistus Vog-Enga Thanks for the tips. December 25th, Reply. Rocky Johnson This is the most valuable bit of information I have read in a long time, when we are desperate to get a job, we will consider anything without taking care not to be scammed. January 18th, Reply. SUNIL SHETTY Hai some week back i got a mail about the job and i applied after i i applied they give a application form and interview letter and for my reply they send me a agreement letter now i got appointment letter in zeal warth construction canada they guide me to contact canada embasy in mumbai and i also got call from us regarding these and i googled about the company actually these company exist but they didnt respond for my mail as seen in above case they also inform me that we provide air ticket and other cost you have to take care visa charges that we will return you back after you come to canada even though i have dout but sometime i feel confusion because they conducted all thing in so corporate way so whats your idea January 20th, Reply.

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Susan Kihn Hi Zaeem. Ron thank you so much for this! Arvind Hey, First and foremost thank you for the information you shared. Thanks again June 29th, Reply. I really like this post. Khaled Thank you Susan. July 28th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Khaled, well done for not ignoring those warning signals! September 20th, Reply. Serena Hi, I just got an email 2 days ago, of a job offer as a personal assistant who can work from home.

August 1st, Reply. Owolewa sunday i apply for a Job, Nigeria Immigration Service. August 25th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Owolewa, unfortunately it sounds as though you have been scammed. Graeme Rapley Work scammers are active in Ghana be aware as they are very good, take notice of the advice given in this colum. David Rivera There is a special place in hell for these people. September 8th, Reply. Susan Kihn I tend to agree with you on this one David.

September 13th, Reply. You just saved me from one scam. Yousaf I got a fake email. I sent them my passport scan copy and documents. September 28th, Reply. Susan Kihn Hi Yousaf. September 29th, Reply.