When times are bad, there is seem to be an increase of get-rich-quick schemes floating around. When you look up online the various jobs that are available for job seekers, you will definitely find yourself seeing all sorts of job offers.

However, there are job offers out there that aren’t what they seem and take more than what they offer. When unemployment is on the rise and jobs are scarce, people may be desperate and missed out scams that targetted at them.

Here are the 10 job scam warning signs that you should look out for:

1. Jobs that say you don’t need experience

If you are just starting, job offers for entry-level jobs will definitely ask you if you have at least some experience about the job you are trying to apply for. If you find a job offer that says “no experience necessary”, you should definitely think twice.

Sure, there are jobs that doesn’t require experience and that are usually internships. However, if you see ads that promise huge salary with zero experience, you may just walk into a scam.

2. Questionable job description and requirements

Some scammers often try to appeal to job seekers by putting questionable job requirements and descriptions to get people’s attention.

A real job offer will detail what exactly is the job being offered, how much experience should the applicant have and how much is the expected fees.

Sometimes, a flowery job advertisement may look like a sales ad, these are likely clickbaits for you to find out more about “the job” when in fact, they are looking to generate online traffic to their website.

3. Asks for fees or online bank transfers

No jobs should ever ask you to pay upfront on anything.

Job offers don’t require you to pay for anything or even transfer money to the employer so that you can get “training” and all the other things you need for the job. If they do ask, run away from that offer.

4. Job listing typos

One great sign that the job isn’t real is when you notice bad grammar and other typos in the job listing. If you see a lot of them in the offer, it’s definitely a fake.

5. Calls during after-hours

If the employer tells you that they will call you during after-hours like after 10 pm or before 6 am and you can’t reschedule, don’t agree to it.

Even if you will be working remotely, employers will definitely consider your time zone to sort out your interview schedule.

6. Offers you didn’t ask for

Don’t immediately accept any job offers that you didn’t apply for but somehow landed in your email.

Check their details first and find out how they know your details before you even consider their offer.

7. Multiple job openings

While looking around job search sites and seeing duplicate job openings from the same company, it is possible that the company is not real. It is possible they are using multiple job openings to trick people into signing up for them.

8. No company details available

If you get an email with a job offer, always check if they have a website, company address or telephone number. If it doesn’t have one, it’s definitely a scam.

Some will try to make excuses as well to use personal email addresses because their servers are down but this should not be possible if they are a legitimate company.

9. Can’t be found in search results

Before you accept an interview offer, always check if the company is legit. If it is legit, you will find their details immediately in any search engine. If you can’t find it at all, it’s a big sign you are not dealing with a real company.

Some of the job search platforms like Glassdoor and LinkedIn will help you in your checks.

10. Instant Hiring

Even if you know that you can do the job, you are not perfect. If an employer (someone unknown) says they will hire you without even doing an interview, it’s not a job worth working for.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a job, always make it a point to research first. Even if the job offer sounds too good to be true, it is possible that it isn’t what you are expecting once you sign up for them. When you do your research, you will be able to avoid any job scams waiting in the wings and find the ones that will really help you out.

If something is too good to be true, it probably only exist in dreams.

You always need help in job hunting. Here are some of my personal tips to help you to get the job you want:
Insider knowledge: How To Prepare And Smash An Executive Job Interview
4 Ways To Ace Your Next Interview
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49 replies on “Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs

  1. Sad to say that LInkedIn regularly features scam ads. One scam crew lift the text of government jobs that have recently closed applications and present them as if they’re still open. You get nothing, they get your details. Hell, they probably sell your resume if it’s good enough.

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  2. Kally, Outstanding! extremely helpful and prudent.

    Here in the States I used “Head-hunters” (National and even inter national Recruiters) multiple times, with good results.

    These folks have contacts we don’t have. AND their frees are usually- paid by the Company hiring you. They get a commission for placing you; so be ready for a sales pitch. Which is WHY you need to know the name of the company, so YOU can check them out.

    But even with these; prudence dictates that YOU check out the company. If they try to feed you some crap about the “can’t release the company name until……..”…. Just tell them If they are interested in you; I MUST know the name of the company. They are on commission and when pushed will most often whisper it.
    This is especially helpful in a tight market; because they will work hard to SELL you to the employer. …Giving you opportunities you may not be able to get on your own.

    Here in the States TRADE papers and magazines usually have adds for their services.

    You might wish to check this out.

    Way to Go Kally,
    God Bless you,
    Patrick

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    1. Ah yes, I have been headhunted before too. And I have walked away when they refused to name the company. So far, they often cracked because their commission is huge. Something like a month’s salary of mine if I get hired.

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Patrick. Hope you are doing well.

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  3. As usual, Kally, great write-up. As other have commented already, most informative.

    Alas, I once fell victim to scammers, way back before I found my current position. The person called me and did identify himself as working for a company, call it X, but I never had heard of them before. I figured, naively, it turns out, that X was merely a sister company of somewhere I had applied.

    Anyway, this person was annoyingly vague, and never provided specifics, despite my pressing. He just threw around meaningless words like “opportunity” and “rewarding.” It turns out, he just wanted me to “invest” money with him.

    Needless to say, the conversation ended right there, but that was twenty minutes of my life I’m never getting back!

    Anyway, that’s another tell-tale sign of fraudsters, the lack of specifics they provide. Of course, my fraudster was The World’s Worst Scam Artist. Ever. Seriously, there’s no way anybody was falling for his particular schtick.

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  4. Very helpful for the job seekers.I agree with you because one of my colleagues wanted a change and had applied for a job where the employer had asked to send some money online and then with the same link they had removed enough money from the account.Thanks a lot .Take care.

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  5. Hey, Kally. Glad you posted this. The scammy ones are bad enough but what’s really bad are the legitimate companies whose HR departments post fake job vacancies. I’ve had a ton of “rejections“ or non replies. To the point where I now have to hire someone to screen job postings for me. Otherwise, I don’t know where my personal information is being sent.

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  6. Wow, thanks for going over these warning signs. Some of them might have made me suspicious right away, like asking for a fee or lots of typos, but some of them I might have missed. Calling only after hours might have only struck me as inconvenient without your warnings.

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