Employment Scams

Beware of Employment Scams

Always be on the lookout for job scams.

Learn more on how to protect yourself against online scams and identity theft.

Employment or job scams are usually a form of advance fee fraud where unscrupulous persons posing as recruiters or employers offer attractive employment opportunities that require the jobseeker to pay money in advance.

Scammers try to steal the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to trick jobseekers into divulging personal information and cheat them out of money.

Please stay on alert.

Jobseekers can protect themselves by following a few rules of thumb:

  • Verify with the company: Check out the business' website to make sure the opening is posted there.
  • If you are still skeptical, call the business to verify the opening.

  • Search for the job online: If a job looks suspicious, search for it on Google. If the exact same job posting comes up in many other cities, it may be a scam.

  • Look for errors: Scam job postings often contain grammatical errors, misspellings and an overabundance of exclamation marks. Keep private information private: Avoid job listings that ask you to share personal information or to send money.

  • Scammers often ask for money to pay for running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, paying for training or purchasing equipment for work from home jobs.

  • Don’t give any money!