If you're unemployed and cash is low, any job might seem tempting. It is fundamental to be able to recognize employment scams so that you don’t waste your time applying to dodgy jobs. These steps will give you the tip-off on job scammers.
1. Check to see if you will have to pay anything up front. Why do you need to pay your boss to get a job? That seems to be in the wrong order, right? Avoid any job posting that requires you to cough up cash to get the job. For some reason, these types of jobs just don't ever seem to work out.
2. Look into the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Many people have dealt with employment scams before you and have also reported them to the BBB. Make sure you do some research to ensure that it is a real company. If it has ever gone by another company name (which you should find on the net), then look up both of the names with the BBB. You can’t be too careful when seeking out these scams.
3. Does it look too good to be true? Does the job offer you riches beyond your wildest dreams with hardly any effort? If it were for real, everyone would want to be a part of it. If an advertisement promotes how wonderful the job is going to be, it is probably a fraud. If the pay seems too good to be true, most likely that is just what it is. These fraudsters have no idea of employing you or giving back any money you may have sent. Stay away from all employment opportunities where you just get the feeling that something is just not right.
4. Be aware of addresses and names. Job con artists don't want to get caught, and won’t provide legitimate contact details. The contact number or address on an ad for possible employment will let you know if it is for real or not. Check where the area code is meant to be located. Most often fraudsters will be in foreign countries. And don't be taken in by mail box addresses – search for a street number and zip code, and check the details by going online to search.
5. You should check out the email address. To appraise whether a work place is true or false quickly, is to check email address. If it is something like Yahoo or Gmail, chances are it's a scam. Be wary of suspicious looking email addresses. You may not want to reply, and certainly don't send money, for a job opportunity if you don't trust the address of the recipient.
Tiffany Provost writes about Job Search and other Careers tips for www.HowToDoThings.com.