3 Scams "Employers" Are Creating To Get Your Information
Last Update: Aug 30, 2016
If you’re looking for a job like millions of people in the U.S. You take the time out of your day to fill laborious job applications, sending in your resume with the confidence of knowing that you can get this job in a heartbeat only to be disappointed in the long run. Furthermore, you keep sending in these applications and resumes on to keep disappointed.
Now you are getting desperate and are willing to take “any job” out there. After some time, you start to see these weird job postings all throughout the internet and you know there is something fishy about the ad but still can’t help but explore because at this point, you are willing to take anything. Well I’m here to tell you to not fall into the temptation of this trap. Follow these steps and keep your dignity intact.
Job boards are flooded with scam job offers all throughout. The most famous one online is the sales scam. You will typically see a posting that looks like an ad for a sales job, but turns out it’s an online sales course or “sales kit” that costs you money to obtain.
Fake jobs can be categorized into three broad groups of increased sleaziness.
- 1.A company that hires directly may havde some extra money in their budget for recruiting and they have to spend it in a way that will survive an internal audit. So even though they don’t need to fill a particular position, they will put up an ad to justify incoming applications by saying they’re filling their database with potential recruits when the positions do become available.
- 2.A company will put up a fake ad to harvest contact information. They are basically taking your information (address, name, email, interests, etc) and sell that information to cold callers for all kinds of companies (charity non-profits, sales companies, etc). These are what we call market fields. This is a great way for them to build a database and sell them to news sites as well.
- 3.Identity theft is by far the most lethal of the three. Any crook can put up a fake site that looks a lot like the company they’re pretending to be and snare you into the site. Unless you’re familiar with the company’s site backwards and forward, how would know the difference? Some of the most famous kinds of sites are the money transfer. However, the crooks are becoming much more clever than ever before. Now you might see these weird fake skills tests, send you a congratulatory email that you’ve been hired, request verification documents like your Social Security Number, photo ID, and even trick you into filling out what looks like a direct deposit form giving away your bank account and routing numbers.
There’s not much that can be done about eliminating these crooks altogether, but there’s no reason why legit companies should be allowed to put up fake job ads to create databases and sell lists to other companies.
This is really bad for job seekers, which is bad for the economy too (might be taking too far with that statement) and bad for business. Until there are real measures being taken, then you will continue to see these ads and see these happenings continue online. Be careful when exploring jobs or other opportunities online.