Online Job Scams to Watch Out For

Practically everyone uses the Internet to look for employment, which often includes posting resumes or responding to job listings. However, in today's high tech world, jobseekers have to be aware of popular employment cons. Continue reading for information about some of the more common online scams to watch out for.

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Types of Online Job Scams

CareerBuilder. Monster. Craigslist. We've all heard of or used these popular job search engines. More and more, these websites are having to deal with posers who are steaming with unethical and potentially illegal intentions. Of course, there are a number of legitimate online job postings as well as Web-based positions out there. The difficulty is trying to navigate through them all.

Jobs to be leery of:

  • Work-at-home
  • Reshipping
  • Envelope stuffing
  • Medical billing
  • Mystery shopping
  • Vending machine sales
  • Franchise opportunities

Common Details of Online Job Scams

Consider the following tells that should nag your brain. First, proceed with caution when benefits and reimbursement potential sound too good to be true. Mistakes in grammar or spelling are instant tip-offs. If you are asked for personal information during an application process, such as bank account numbers, copy of identification or social security number, run away. Also, you should never have to pay to apply for a position; if a company is asking you to pay an upfront fee, chances are you're being scammed.

Tips for Navigating an Online Job Search

One of the best things you can do before sending out your resume, which contains loads of personal information, is to perform some simple research. Utilize the Better Business Bureau site to investigate a company. You can also use Google to search the name of the organization to which you're applying. If your contact is an individual, search that name on the Web. Do your due diligence and you'll be less likely to be taken advantage of.

Other points to consider:

  • Do not respond to random e-mails offering employment opportunities.
  • When responding to job postings, keep in mind that real recruiters and company representatives likely wouldn't have 'yahoo.com' or 'gmail.com' addresses.
  • If you're looking for a government job, don't pay someone to help you with the process. Public service listings at the local, state and national level are freely available

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