Scam Prevention Tips


Safety Tips for the Job Seeker

The internet may be the best thing to come our way in the past 20 years, but it has, sadly, become the favourite hunting ground of scammers. Not surprisingly, these cyber thieves include those who place false job ads in otherwise legitimate job sites. Whatever their methods, their objective remains the same: to swindle you out of your money.

Your better judgment will likely prevail when you see an obvious scam ad for job placements. You probably won’t blindly jump at anything that looks to good to be true. But there are more cleverly disguised job offer scams you have to wary of. Save yourself the trouble – and heartache – of finding out the hard way. We want your job-hunting to be a safe experience, so we’ll help you familiarise yourself with the more common techniques of the job scammers. Plus, we’ll give you some tips to help you avoid being victimised.

Phishing Expeditions

If an “employer” requires you to submit personal identification and account information online, watch out. If any employer provides you with a link that requires you to download software, this is likely to be malware that will give him/her access your information which stored in your computer. Please be informed that jobsDB never send emails to any job seeker for downloading and/or installing any software, tool or utility for job seeking purpose.

Pay Now, Work Later

There are numerous online job offers that require you to pay a certain amount before you begin working for their “company”. They label this as a “processing fee” for your application. This requirement is a sure sign of a scam. No legitimate employer requires its applicants to pay any amount as a precondition for working in their company.

Helpful Tips

  • Be cautious. Follow the rule of thumb that if something looks too good to be true, it certainly is.
  • You may do some research on the company, look for or ask for their incorporation / registration number, credible companies are always willing to share. Be wary of companies that have no credentials or references to speak of.
  • Do not accept job offers that require you to buy products or pay for services beforehand.
  • If a company expresses interest in hiring you without so much as a phone interview, be wary.

At jobsDB, we want your job search to be both fruitful and safe. Your peace of mind is just as important to us as your success.

Click here to learn more smart tips to avoid job scams from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

Source: Ministerio TIC Colombia (photo)

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