The Better Business Bureau warns job hunters to be cautious about sharing personal information and resumes online because some of the job postings are scams and ID thieves looking for victims.
BBB says look out for these red flags when sorting through potential opportunities.
- Job postings that have lots of grammatical and spelling errors. Most online fraud is perpetrated by scammers located outside the U.S. Their first language usually isn’t English. If even common words are misspelled, skip it.
- Ignore requests to install software or provide "member" information. Legitimate job sites don't want or need your personal information.
- Don't submit your bank account or Social Security numbers. Regardless of the reason or excuse given by the employer, a job applicant should never give out his or her Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or e-mail.
- Get rich quick, work-at-home schemes. While there are legitimate businesses that allow employees to work from home, some of them are scams. Job hunters should use extreme caution when considering a work-at-home offer.
- An employer asks for money upfront. Aside from paying for a uniform, it is rarely advisable for an applicant to pay upfront fees or make a required purchase to get a job. Most recently, the BBB of Metropolitan Dallas uncovered a scam where job hunters were told they had to pay $64.50 for a background check before they could be considered for a cleaning job. Predictably, after paying for the background check, the job seeker never heard from the company again.
- The salary and benefits offered too good to be true. The adage holds true for job offers: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Phony employers might brag about exceptionally high salary potential and excellent benefits for little experience in order to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scam.
- The job requires the employee to wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram. Many phony jobs require the prospective employee to cash a check sent by the company through the mail and then wire a portion of the money on to another entity. Reasons given for this requirement vary from scam to scam. Whatever the reason though, the check might clear the employee’s bank account but will eventually turn out to be a fake and the employee is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.
Please note that the Toppel Career Center does not verify the authenticity or legitimacy of the jobs or internships that are posted, but merely provides links to them for your convenience and the University is not responsible for accuracy, completion or usefulness of the information posted. The ultimate responsibility for researching and checking out a potential employer or organization lies with you.
If you find a fraudulent job posting on HireACane, please notify the Toppel Career Center at 305-284-5451.