Outsmart employment scams: Learn how to stop and avoid such scams

Money By Aparna Iyer June 10, 2024
Work from home. Flexible schedule. No experience needed. These are some of the common phrases used on employment scam postings. Job hunting can be exciting, but unfortunately, it also attracts scammers. Scammers use several tactics to get your attention, these are some red flags you need to watch out for: • Upfront fees: Legitimate employers won’t ask you to send money via wire transfer services or prepaid cards for supplies, applications, interviews, or background checks. Too-good-to-be-true offers: Extremely high salaries with little effort, or promises of guaranteed jobs should raise red flags. Vague job descriptions: When you’re seeking a job opportunity in this competitive market, be suspicious of offers lacking details about the role or company. When looking for a job, always keep your guard up. Follow these tips to #BeFraudSmart:
  1. NEVER send money for a job: If a job offer comes your way with a price tag, stay miles away.
  2. Always verify: Research the company or an opportunity. Use LinkedIn, Google or a trusted source to verify the company’s legitimacy and check employee reviews.
  3. Stay informed: There are too many scams around the world, while we’re not able to stop them we can together keep an eye out and outsmart them. We’re committed to raising Fraud Awareness, so that we can be smarter and safer together.
  4. Trust your gut: If something feels off, it probably is. Proceed carefully and don’t be afraid to walk away.
  5. Your information is yours: Be cautious about the information you share. Don’t give out your personal identification number or bank details during the application process.
Keep an eye out for the red flags and help others by reporting such scams locally. After all, we can safer and smarter together. If someone is asking you to pay for an employment opportunity through Western Union money transfer, report it to us immediately.