Top tips to avoid fake job offers- measures to take and the solution

A legitimate job-seeker in need of urgent employment has to face a lot of hurdles to arrive at a genuine offer. Blame it to the unemployment rate which seems to skyrocket post lockdown or the increasing number of fake scammers preying on innocent job seekers. However, every problem has a solution and there are ways to avoid fake job offers.

For example, jobs that sound too good to be true or something like ‘no skill required, get immediate posting and earn $1000 a day’ is a red flag scam. Anyone paying you $1000 a day will certainly look for commensurate skill and significant experience. Similarly, an online job offer classified ad promising perfect hours, a huge pay scale and scores of benefits is again a scam. A job so perfect needs no advertisement. So, you have to be cautious when hunting for a suitable job.

The unemployment rate in India has shot up 7.6% between 2016 and 2019 as per the reports of Centre For Monitoring Indian Economy. We can also blame an easy accessibility to the internet that encourages scammers to post fake job offers. It is great news for youngsters looking for perfect jobs that embassies, organizations and several job portals post advisories to warn the applicants to be aware of fake offers.

Recognize fake jobs postings:

In order to avoid fake job offers, you got to recognize fake offers first of all:

  • If the job post sounds too good to be true, as already stated, avoid it
  • Review the job posting carefully and if you are not convinced with the offer somehow, avoid it. Your commonsense can help a lot. If you find the job posting non-professional, carrying spelling and grammatical errors, it is a warning sign that the post is fake.
  • A job posting asking for upfront payment is fake. A legitimate recruitment agency will be paid by the concerned employer and not by the candidate trying for a job.
  • Avoid a job posting that asks for your social security number, birth details and personal details. It may be a scammer trying to steal your personal information.

If you are convinced with a job posting, do significant research on it. There are fraud scammers who try and steal personal information, bank account details or gain access to your social media accounts.

Check the legitimacy of the recruiter

Before you part with the personal details or information, make sure the person or recruiter is legitimate. He must have existence in social accounts and mostly in LinkedIn. Check his company’s profile or page, the address and contact details. If you see that the recruiter has only a few activities on social account or a few connections on his LinkedIn profile, then stay away. If the LinkedIn profile seems attractive, copy his information and paste that to Google to conduct a free search. Make sure you have complete information of the recruiter before approaching him. Scammers steal genuine information of recruiters from job sites to create a fake profile. So, be aware!

The best way out to identify fake job offers is to call the company right away and get information. The email id of the recruiter must match with the one given on the website. You may also talk about the concerned recruiter with your family and friends. The Better Business Bureau can also give information on fake job offers.