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8 Common Job Search Scams and How to Protect Yourself

By Brie Reynolds

We loathe job search scams and we want to help job seekers identify them and steer clear. FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell actually founded FlexJobs in 2007 to combat the huge number of job scams in the work-at-home job market, and we’ve seen some doozies in our day. They all tend to fall into the same eight categories. Below are eight examples of real work-at-home job scams that should be avoided at all costs. If you see anything like this, don’t respond to them, don’t click their links, and don’t give them a second thought. If you received these job scams through e-mail, mark them as spam and move on.

Data Entry
“Numerous companies are looking for workers to submit information into online forms and they will pay you nicely in return. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme but a legitimate way to earn money from home. For Full Details please read the attached .html file.”

Pyramid Marketing and Sales Schemes
“My name is Michael. I've made it my job to help people succeed online. I'm constantly on the lookout for the best ways and means to make your job simpler, and I pass the good stuff on to you. I have developed the eBay Cash Machine - it allows everyone to make a great income on eBay 99% automatically. It only takes a few minutes to set up and once that is done you will have your own eBay Businesses that literally run on auto-pilot! You just wait for the money to come in!”

Stuffing Envelopes
“$550 to $3,000 weekly. Ten dollars for each circular you mail...Free postage...Free circulars...No newspaper ads...No magazine ads...No bulletin board ads! Paychecks mailed to you every week! Advance paycheck forms included in your package!”

Wire Transfers / Money Movement
“We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas outside my country.We have won various small exports contract at one time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply financial programs for market analyzing, management project software in USA which was successfully done. We do not have so much time to accept wire transfers and can't accept cashiers checks and money orders as well. So we need your help to accept this payments in your country faster. If you are looking to make additional profit we will accept you as our representative in your country. You will keep 10% of each deal we conduct.”

Unsolicited Job Offers
“Our Worldwide Corporation is looking for new employees on various vacancies. We are already for a long time in the market and now we employ employees to work from home. Our supreme desire now is to enlarge our business level to more countries, so we are advertising here in hope of cooperating with you all. We highly appreciate honest and creative employers. You do not need to invest any sum of money and we do not ask you to give us with your bank account requisites! We are engaged in totally officially authorized activity and working in our corporation you can reach career growth at a permanent job.”

Shipping/Package Manager
“Honest workers needed for a package processing company located in NY, but any location in US are welcome! We have customers worldwide and started that position to suit they needs. We offer you 40$ for each processed package. The payment shall be made twice a month. The Company shall also bear all shipping expenses. Your salary is totaly depends on your ability to work fast and handy.”

Rebate/Forms Processor
“Make money simply by filling out online forms - Enter the data into the forms that we provide you, click submit, sit back and collect the money. You’ll earn $15 per rebate processed. Opportunities like this do not come by every day - act now!”

Assembling Crafts/Products
“The first thing that you’ll be receiving is a portfolio of all of our companies, their pay scales and the things you can assemble. That’s so you can pick out your job because there are about 85 different jobs for you to choose from and you are guaranteed any of those jobs. We do have a one-time, lifetime enrollment fee of only $38.95. Now, that enrollment fee is backed with a 90-day money back guarantee. All we ask is that you participate in the program for 60 days.”

If you’re unsure whether a job you’ve found is a scam or not, ask yourself a few questions:


Is the hiring company’s name listed in the job listing?
Do you need to pay to get the job, buy supplies, or invest in the company?
Does the job listing sound too good to be true?
Does the company ask you to provide your social security number, driver’s license number, credit card number, or bank information?
Does the language used in the posting sound odd or strangely written?
If you’re unsure of the job, do you really want to risk it?

About the Author

 

Article prepared by Brie Reynolds and appears on the FlexJobs website.


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