Scammer

Sadly scammers are on the increase, with more and more fictitious jobs appearing on job boards, and more and more unsuspecting job seekers being conned into parting with their hard earned money, or becoming victims of identity theft.

What is a job scam? A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job. Once the money has been paid over the scammer disappears, and the job seeker is left with no job, and out of pocket.

Whatever the scammer’s technique is and how they go about their modus operandi, their goal is always the same. To separate you from your cash, or to obtain your confidential personal information, that can be used in identity theft.

The problem is, that scammers are becoming more and more crafty in the way they operate, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to know what is a scam and what is a legitimate job opening.

It also appears that more and more often, the scammers are targeting job seekers from overseas, such as hopeful immigrants or contractors, where they use the lure of huge salaries, work permits and paid travel as ways of enticing the job seeker to part with their money.

So how do you recognize a job scam, and what signs should you look out for?

  1. Never part with your money. The golden rule is, any job offer that requires that you pay a fee in advance, is probably a scam. Most reputable companies will absorb these costs themselves. Another warning sign, is if the recruiter offers to train you for the job, in return for money. NEVER pay money across ever. No legitimate company or recruiter will ask for money upfront. Not for anything.
  2. Do some research on the company. Visit the company’s website. If they do not have one, or it does not have contact details, then you need to tread cautiously. If there is a company website, compare the contact numbers, email addresses etc., to what would appear when doing a Google on the company or in a company directory.
  3. Free email accounts. Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail is very likely a scammer. Legitimate job related emails will come from corporate email accounts.
  4. Do a Google search on the company. Do a search on the company name and see what information you can find. Compare it to the information that you have been sent.
  5. Check scam lists. Always check with organisations such as Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if the company has been reported as a scammer.
  6. Offers without interviews. Always remember that reputable companies are not going to offer you a role without interviewing your first. Flattering as it may seem that they were so impressed with your resume, that they have offered you a position without meeting you first, the reality is, that you are probably being scammed if this happens. Never, ever accept a job offer that has come through via email, when you have never had a telephonic or face-to-face interview.
  7. Work from home. If this appears in the job title, the chances are very real that it is a scam. The chances of making money in your pajamas may sound enticing, and the idea of making a lot of money whilst being able to work from home is just too good to pass for many gullible job seekers, and because of this, it is a favorite with scammers. Unsuspecting job seekers have been falling for this type of scam for years now.
  8. Receiving offers for jobs you did not apply for. If you receive an offer in your inbox for a job that you have not even applied for, and it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.
  9. Salaries that are way over what you would normally earn. Getting paid a really high salary is not the norm for all job seekers. Any legitimate employer will evaluate your skill set and experience, before deciding on what you are worth. If the company offers you a salary that is completely out of your range, and experience, you are probably in the process of being scammed.
  10. Don’t hand out personal information. Never part with your social security number or personal information. By divulging this information, you may just be setting the scene for the scammer to pose as you to apply for credit cards, and run up massive bills in your name and ruin your credit record. The only time you should be handing over personal information such as social security numbers, is after you have been hired and are setting up payment and tax information.
  11. Be cautious of emails with grammatical and spelling mistakes. Most online fraud is carried out by scammers outside of the United States, with English often not being their home language, so check the grammar and spelling carefully when communicating.
  12. Fake URLs (websites). Scammers often use fake URLs to mask themselves as large well known corporates. Double check the URL, or the web address of the company. You may think that you are on a well-known company’s website, when you are actually on a bogus website. So always check the URL first.
  13. Vague sketchy job descriptions. If you read the job description and at the end of it, you are not really sure what the job actually entails, or if the role states that there is no specific skill necessary for the job, you are probably about to be scammed. The majority of jobs will require at least some experience or qualification.

The consequences of falling prey to scammers, can include identity theft, the loss of your hard earned money, and illegal charges to your credit card. It can be a very hard lesson to have to learn, and devastating for already cash strapped job seekers. Don’t learn the hard way. Before falling prey to unscrupulous scammers, do your homework and checks very carefully.

 

97 Responses to “How to determine if a job offer is a scam”

  1. Tshephang

    Thanks for tips, cause i never thought of such like i did paid several jobs before but currently i’m not working.

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  2. Susan Kihn

    Hi Tony

    Thanks for the feedback. Scamming is a real problem world wide. Recruiters should never ask for money in order to find you a job, if they do the chances are the job does not exist and you will be left with no job and less money. Thank you for the warning! Regards. Susan

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  3. Toby Minhas

    I think other web site proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and great user genial style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert in this topic!

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  4. Kadiam Bharani

    i got mail from two different companies for various job oppurtunities in the concerned organisations. They sent me application forms and interview forms. they also told me that if you got selected in our organisation company will send you air tickets but you have to take care of visa fees. please suggest me how to detect whether the offer is real or fake.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Kadiam. Thank you for the response. Firstly the minute a company asks for money for anything during the interviewing process you need to be careful. It is highly unlikely that a legitimate company will ask for money for anything including visas. I would suggest that you do some research on the company, including doing a google on the company and the contact details and then contact the company and ensure that they exist and are who they say they are, and are not scammers “posing” as a company before you ever consider handing any money over for anything. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is highly unlikely that any legitimate company is going to make you a job offer without ever having interviewed you. So it sounds to me as though this position could be a scam. So please be very vigilant before handing any money or personal details over.

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  5. rajkumar

    I received a production engineering job from valero energy corporation.first they send me a application form and interview form.and asked me to fill it. After filling and sending they say u r selected for the job in our company and they send a visa form and asked me to fill and asked me to pay a visa registration fee 32400 inr.and other fees will be paid by company.and they gave a contact to Thomas l vadja as a us consular in mumbai.plz check me this is real r fake.how to find fake job.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Rajkumar. I would be very careful of handing over any money for a job. Genuine companies will not ask you to pay for visas etc. You should not be asked for any money ever. I would suggest that you contact the company and ensure that it is not a scam. If you are offered a job without even having been interviewed, you can generally assume that it is a scam. No company will hire somebody without interviewing them first. The best thing to do is to google the company details, ensure they are the same, and phone if possible otherwise email them and check that they are who they say they are. Good luck I hope you come right.

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    • Suraj Pisharody

      Same thing happened with me… I felt something fishy…. So i didnt send them the visa form..

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  6. De Waal Havemann

    Then if this site is all legit…why am I being asked to pay $65 to have my CV circulated.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi De Waal, To post your resume on the site is for free and it will be active on the site and visible to all the recruiters. However if you want to feature your resume, which is optional it means that your resume will appear at the top of the lists of all the resumes, along with the other featured resumes. We will also check it for grammatical errors etc and advise you should we feel changes should be made. It just means more exposure to the recruiters on the site, but as I said this is entirely optional. Regards. Susan.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi De Waal. We at CareerMine are not actively involved in the recruitment process with any of the recruiters on our site, but rather provide a service for companies to advertise their positions on CareerMine. If you are actively looking for a job in the mining industry, you may register on our website and post your resume. Your resume will then become searchable though our database. This service is for free. However you may also Feature your resume which will ensure that your resume stays close to the top of the list and you will have a better chance of being contacted by a company. It is also highlighted and edited. The cost for 6 months is Can$65.00 (approx. US$65.43)This is however optional, and as I said to post your resume is for free, and it is still visible to the recruiters on the site. Featuring your resume gives you more exposure to the recruiters on the site. It does NOT guarantee your getting a job, but gives you a lot more exposure.

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  7. Rocky Johnson

    This is the most valuable bit of information I have read in a long time, when we are desperate to get a job, we will consider anything without taking care not to be scammed. thanks Susan

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  8. kmon

    Job. Scammers are many in nigeria due to the level of unemployment in the country, they have offices well furnished if you not smart they will empty your pocket before you know. There was a day I went to interview like that they ask me money for training without telling me what position they training me for, they ask me money I said am not with money they ask me to use my ATM card to withdraw money I use that opportunity to run away from them they even calling me on fone.

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  9. SUNIL SHETTY

    Hai some week back i got a mail about the job and i applied after i i applied they give a application form and interview letter and for my reply they send me a agreement letter now i got appointment letter in zeal warth construction canada they guide me to contact canada embasy in mumbai and i also got call from us regarding these and i googled about the company actually these company exist but they didnt respond for my mail as seen in above case they also inform me that we provide air ticket and other cost you have to take care visa charges that we will return you back after you come to canada even though i have dout but sometime i feel confusion because they conducted all thing in so corporate way so whats your idea

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Sunil. Thank you for the message. I would suggest that you contact the company and ask to speak to their Human Resources department and ensure that they are who they say they are. I would suggest you do some research into the company, do a google search on them, check the contact details they have given you and phone the head office and ensure that all that has been offered is legitimate. The majority of companies will pay for work visas. Another sign to look for, is if they have actually interviewed you. Companies are highly unlikely to offer you a position without having interviewed you first. As soon as a company asks for any money for anything in the recruitment process, you need to be careful and start investigating. Good luck, I hope it all works out for the best.

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  10. hope

    hello I applied for a job. I got the add from olx. There repiled me so quickly. sending me the information. what I don’t understand there a saying I must pay R200 for the secretary first kit. and am working from home I well work 4hours for R1000. and I well be trained. The company called Ringale trading in gemiston. The emailed me the form to fill and there information What there do to get money. Please check them for me if it’s not a scammer

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Hope. Thank you for the response. I would be very careful before handing over any money. It is highly unlikely that a genuine company will ever ask for money in exchange for a job. I would do some investigation into the company before paying anymore and ensure that they do exist. We are based in Canada, so difficult to know if the company is genuine or not, but I would investigate carefully first. Good luck.

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  11. mathew

    Very good advice im currently being sent three emails all for different jobs. Funny this is that they offer same wage, same methode of payment, and all three do not have a contact number. Also they all say “warm greetings”. So clearly that is a scam, I just had a question. Say you respond with ” can I have you work number?” And then later realize its a scam does that meen you set yourself up for disaster even though you did not provide any personal information? except for your email address which they already knew because they sent me an email

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    • anuj

      Some week ago..i am apply for work visa in UK… First UK person send me mail..he want home care taker like a supervisor job.. I am apply they want money m say no after this m ready to give half money they give me state bank of India account no m send money afterthis they send me application fom by mail ..(vaf1a ) m fill this fom nd send scan copy now they send me more mail nd want bal money.. They also give embassy payment list . .now she say give bal.money then m give U appointment latter like visa application fom…m confused m allready give 15000 nd 18500 is bal. If she fake then how she give m emmbessy payment slip .guiad me .

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      • Susan Kihn

        Hi Anuj. Thank you for the message. I would be very careful of handing over any money for any job. No legitimate company is likely to ask for money in exchange for a job. I think you should contact the UK embassy directly and ensure that this procedure is correct and that you are not being scammed. Work permits do cost money, but you need to ensure that the money you are paying is actually for the work permit and not going into the pocket of a scammer. So please be very careful before handing money over. Regards. Susan

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  12. Mandy

    Hey I received a job offer to be a personal assistant. The guy hired me and said he would send me a check and to deduct $300 and take $50 out for postage stamps and he would mail me a recipient list of all the people I would be mailing to he said the left over money would be used to buy stuff for his workplace. I asked him to call me because I have had sketchy job offers lately and he said he would call me for clarification. Is this a scam?

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  13. Tienie Erasmus

    It is a huge problem. Thanks for the tips. I have been seeking alternatve ex-pat employment for almost a year and all the replies I got was fake. And I register with well known sites! These days 8/10 times it will be a scam. That is my experience anyway.

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  14. Sandra McCallum

    Thank you so much for advise i was excited about a position offered to me in the mines as a machine operator due to
    my past experience. They requested i send them money in advance. They were even prepared to reduce the amount to assist me doing what they explained as a favor.

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    • admin

      The general rule is that any company that asks for money during the job application process is likely to be a scammer. Tread carefully.

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  15. TakiMass

    My wife got a job offer from Indeed [dot] com; The guy name “Jonathan Joneson” took her interview online by gtalk. After that he approved her. They doesn’t have any physical office in NY, but he ensure soon they will setup a office in NY.
    We surprised that guy offer her high salary, which is not expected! He sent her offer letter, W4 form, Employment Letter; and told her to sent her valid Driving Licence / State ID
    Now we are really confused, is it real job or fake? How we can find it out?

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    • admin

      There are many scammers out there who hoodwink honest job seekers into applying to their jobs. Te biggest telltale sign is than no bonafide hiring company or recruiter will ever ask for money during the job application process. If they do, you can be rest assured they are scammers. I would suggest never pass over any personal information until the integrity of the company and the person you are dealing with can be verified first.

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    • Trin

      I too just got that same offer from “James Joneson” and i went through the “online only” interview this morning. Seems very scammy…..non of the info matches and i asked weird questions and got responses that were not inline. Please do not send any forms back nor give him anymore info. I am going to file a complaint with BBB and you should do the same as well as delete him contact from your google account. I wish you the best and happy job searching to your wife.

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  16. Rafique

    Hi Susan,

    I was offered a job through a recruiting company that asked me for $600 in advance in order to pay for job training. They would in return the money as soon as I am matched with a company and start working with them. What do you suggest? Should I go forward with them or back off. I checked the company’s reviews online only 4 were written but I am unsure if they are real reviews or reviews made by themselves.

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    • admin

      Back off, a company should never ask for money during the interview or job application process.

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  17. sivalingam

    Dear I received job selection letter on the name of labour solutions Australia through Mumbai recruitment agency.please advice how to check this letter is true.now the agency asking money for visa & immigration lawyer charge 30000inr.pls advice tku

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Sivalingam. Please do not pay any money for visa and immigration lawyer charges to the recruitment agency. It is highly unlikely that any legitimate company is going to make you pay for these costs, so please be very careful and do not give them your personal details nor any money. There are a lot of scammers out there and as soon as they start asking for money you need to be very careful. Also no company is going to employ you without interviewing you so please keep this in mind. Regards. Susan.

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  18. syed

    Respected sir,
    I received this job offer email Kindly check it is it real or fake i want apply for this job please help and guide me.
    Thanks reegards
    syed hassan my cell no 923452794469
    skype id shassanrizvi
    Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:48:37 +0530
    Subject: Application Form and Contract Agreement
    From: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]

    Dr. Gabriel Victor and Family
    Regina Beach, 352 Mc Murchy,
    Avenue, Brown,
    LA Canada S0G 4C0
    +13438825838

    Dear Syed Misdaq Ul Hasan,

    Application Form and Contract Agreement

    In receipt of your mail, we have gone through your CV and we are sanctified with it, here is an attached application form you have to fill and send back to us immediately so that it will enable us fasten the approval processing with the appropriate authorities here in Canada

    The employment agreement letter is also attached, which you have to read very carefully and understand if you agree with the terms and conditions sign and also return the copy to me along with your degrees Certificate CV Resume and copy of your international passport.

    We also have decided to offer employment that will be base on all your degrees and choice of position on application form.

    Your job responsibilities will be may know to you once we received all details require from you.

    Note: A proper self introduction interview will be conducted in our office here in Canada before work duty sign on.

    The Employer will take care of Employee’s visa fee and also Employer will be responsible for air ticket of Employee’s that will enable employee to come over to Canada for resumption of work duty after proof of visa page.

    Finally, the Employer shall open an international account for you on the account that you migrated from there to here on WORK VISA and your salary is payable at regular payroll period by cheque.

    Note: Employee will take care of his/her work permit fee / Insurance License and all other related documents required by the embassy in visa processing office to enable him/her have visa urgently without any refusal.

    Please do understand that we are doing this due to our past experience whereby we paid for visa fee/work permit fees and our employee turn us down, that cause us to lust money with no refund. Do not accept this contract if you cannot afford to pay for your work permit to the Canadian embassy in visa processing office when needed for your visa processing.

    Best regards,
    Dr. Gabriel Victor
    Director

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    • Susan Kihn

      Dear Syed. There are a number of factors that I see in the letter you have sent me that point to this being a scam. Firstly the English and grammar are not very good. Secondly at the end of the letter they talk about your not accepting the offer if you are not able to pay for the work permit. Thirdly the email comes from a gmail account not a company account, this also means that it is probably a scam. They are also saying that they are going to be asking for money for visas, which no legitimate company will do. For this reason I am sure it is scam and would advise you not to send any personal details through nor any money. Regards. Susan.

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  19. venu

    hi, please anybody guide me , i am in full of confusion……..

    i am an BE graduate working in bangalore, India. My known person is running a consultancy he is offering me a foreman job in Export Packers Group of Companies, Ontorio, Canada by profile selection itself!!!! he is telling that i got selected through profile selection and asking to take biometric & medical test in kolkata where he is having connection with consultancy (those are in contact with canada company , as per him) at the time of test they are asking to pay 25000INR & for company refundable Amt 125000INR ,here they are going to sign agreement and asking to hand over passport with photo for visa process & we have to collect it in delhi, after these process they are asking to pay 500000INR (5 Lakh) as a processing fee for them including air ticket, this is for two years contract ……. plz clearify my confusion , can i believe them….

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Venu. Thank you for your enquiry. I would be very careful if I was you about this offer. It is highly unlikely that a legitimate company is going to ask for money when offering a job. Please do your homework very carefully here, and investigate the company thoroughly. I am pretty sure it is a scam. Please be careful before handing over personal details or money. Regards. Susan.

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      • Biju

        Me. Venu… Please note that before paying the money you should do your homework. I spoke to the consultant in Bangalore and I understand that he has advised not to pay and stopped paying money till he gets clarification. I also understand that you have paid on your own in spite of his advice . It looks he is a good consultant who work for candidates — Good Luck

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  20. Jakir

    Hello mame
    thank you for your valuable advice …
    I am a B.TECH graduate working with a private company, i registered in a job portal side jobsindubai and i submitted all my info with resume and i got some mail from them regarding jobs in dubai but they are asking money $ 99 cad for registeretion charge for be a active member than only they will forward my profile to various companies….so , i want known how much this info is truth or froud ….i will be glad on your advice

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Jakir. Thank you for your enquiry. Please be very careful about handing money over in exchange for a promise of a job. No legitimate real company is going to ask for money in exhange for a job, so the chances are most likely that you are being scammed. Regards. Susan.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Jakir. Thank you for the enquiry. Please be very careful about paying any money for a job. No legitiate company is going to ask for money in exchange for a job. Regards Susan.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Adil. I would say you are being scammed, the golden rule is that no legitimate company is going to ask a job seeker for money in exchange for a job. It would be highly unethical, and for this reason I am sure you are being scammed. Please do not pay that money across, before doing a thorough investigation into the company. Regards. Susan.

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  21. JL

    Hi Susan…I have been approached by a big corporation in China who has asked me to be the Canadian Rep. He wants me to open a bank account at the Bank of China and tells me that he cannot remit my salary any other way. He forwarded me to a representative with the Bank. The bank has asked me for personal info which I gave – my drivers license # and Security # but no copies…Now the bank is asking me to deposit $1200 or they will not be able to open the account for me to receive my salary. I am really skeptical about this…Is it a scam?

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Jacques. Thank you for the feedback. I think you are about to be scammed, it is highly unlikely that a bank is going to ask somebody to deposit $1200 in order to open a bank account. Please be very careful here before paying any money across. One needs to also be very careful about handing out personal information such as your social security number, because of identity theft. Did you have a formal interview with this company? I would suggest that you do some research into the company and check that they do exist. I would also do some research with the bank and see what the procedures are in order to open a bank account, but I think it is highly unlikely that any bank is going to ask for as much money as $1200 in order to open an account. Good luck and I hope you get to the bottom of it, but I would suggest that you do not pay the money across. Regards. Susan.

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  22. Satyam

    A company is offering me a job but they are asking for registration fee 4500/- and promises to return it in 6 month and promises to sign an agreement for proof.. what should I do?

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Satyam. Thank you for the response. Sadly I suspect you are about to be scammed, it is highly unlikely that a legitimate company is going to ask for money in exchange for a job offer. I would not pay the money across without doing some very careful investigation into the company. Please also be careful of handing over your personal information such as social security numbers etc. Regards. Susan

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      • Choco

        Hi Susan, what if the person writes to me a personal mail through LinkedIn, has over 500+ contacts, is a very influential CEO in a foreign country but still requests me to ask for more info on the job via a gmail address? Am I overly cautious or does it sound ‘scammy’ to you as well?

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        • Susan Kihn

          Hi Choco. I would be careful, please do your homework well. Investigate the company ensure the person is who they say they are before proceeding. If at any stage they ask for money in return for a job offer or anything that goes along with a job offer eg work permits, checks, air flights etc then you are in most likelihood being scammed. So please proceed cautiously. Regards Susan

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  23. Audrey Munda

    I got a job in USA and the employer said he can pay for visa and flight fee bt he said I need to pay for my work permit and contract letter about $500 to the US agent. Help me to kno if this is a scammer

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Audrey, the chances are this is a scam. No company is going to ask for you to pay for visas and flights. If you pay the money the chances are you will never hear from the company again. Please be very careful and do research into the company. Regards. Susan

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  24. Nick

    A guy texted one of my ads claiming have he needs somebody to run erronds and such for him. But he asked me about my bank account but he isn’t asking me to give him money. Pretty confused what should I do

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Nick. Please be very careful about giving out your personal details such as social security numbers, passport numbers, bank details etc. Identify theft is rampant as well. So please be very careful. Regards. Susan.

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  25. G. David Turnblom

    This article was very insightful, thank you. I received an offer from a company today that immediately raised numerous red flags. The company name used was legitimate, but operates out of Italy. The web address from which the email was sent opened to what appeared to be a copy of the legitimate site’s homepage, complete with links to the legitimate site’s other pages (I think it was literally just a copy of the legitimate site’s homepage). After confirming that the web address from which the email had been sent was fraudulent (based in Oklahoma City, for a company that doesn’t do business in America, from what I could see), I reported these messages to [email protected]. I also verified that the site itself is legitimate (the site’s information is in Italy), I also warned them that an American based scammer was using their copyrighted content.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Well done for not getting scammed David! So many job seekers are not so so lucky and end up having their dreams shattered, and losing money they cannot afford to lose. So please to all job seekers be very careful, and do your homework. Do not ever pay money across for anything. Regards. Susan.

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  26. welid omer

    hi susan, i got job offering throuth third party , they told me to provide free ticket and visa just what i have to do is to pay them 199 $ for visa processing , and i contact the company which provide me the job and they confirm it , they ask me to pay the fee through western union bank

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  27. Puja Medhi

    Thanks a lot for these tips. Its been few days since I’m getting some fake calls from some companies and they seem so professional but at last ask money for registration or interview etc. Now I have started to avoid this type of calls and thanks to all your information now i am sure enough they are all fake.

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  28. zaeem

    hi susan i want to know that i got offer from turkey and now consultant is asking for a money but he is saying to send money on your own name through western union they just want to see it as a bank statement security money.they just want a reciept no code of western union.what do you say kindly guide me.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Zaeem. Thank you for your input. Please be very careful about paying any money. No reputable company is going to ask for money in exchange for a job. If they do it is highly likely that they are going to try to scam you and that the job does not exist. Please be very careful. Regards. Susan.

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  29. Ron

    thank you so much for this! i think i was likely to be scammed. A job offer letter came to me after replying and without any interview. They said I have to deposit a refundable (!) $200 after accepting the offer letter and the letter itself is full of mistakes :/

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  30. Arvind

    Hey,
    First and foremost thank you for the information you shared. Job scammers are really a big issue to be dealt with. They suck out a huge amount of money from rich or poor anyone. I personal got 7 fake emails for jobs in airlines and automobile sector. I noticed one thing in particular, they ask us to deposit the amount the next you receive the email/message. They are spread all over the internet with fake recruitment offers. Another point is the bank details it is in the name of an individual, this is where you can locate them by contacting the bank with the help of the cop. I want you to add my points to your blog so that its helpful to others incase you’re okay with it.

    Thanks again

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  31. Lkshya

    Awesome article ! I really like this post.

    Thanks for sharing these helpful post for who are looking to build his career in the competitive world.

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  32. Priscilla

    I just want to know if there are people that can actually check and see if jobs aren’t scams…because the offer that I got sent me job applications, documents letters of appointment,applications for visas and so on …but there was nothing about paying them or giving them some sort of money

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  33. Khaled

    Thank you Susan. This is vital information people! Never ever give away personal info, I learned the hard way. I almost sent money (thousands) to a “travel agent” who was going to help me get a work visa and flight ticket. If an “employer” is asking you to send money through Western Union or Moneygram, this is the red alert. I’d rather be jobless than have a stolen identity and be more in debt. A question for you Susan. How do I break off contact with these scammers? I don’t want to draw attention by admitting to them I know they are fakes for safety reasons, should I report them to local authorities or just ignore and block their messages completely? How to protect myself? Thank you.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Khaled, well done for not ignoring those warning signals! So many people have a feeling that something is wrong and that it is all too good to be true, and find out the hard way after having parted with their hard earned money. I suggest you report the company to the authorities and block them so that they are not able to contact you again in the future. Always remember if a company offers you a job without even having interviewed you the chances are its a scam, and if they ask for money at any stage in the process including for visas, verification checks, air flights etc you are in all likelihood going to be scammed. So please be very careful!

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  34. Serena

    Hi, I just got an email 2 days ago, of a job offer as a personal assistant who can work from home. it said i dont need an interview, and that they would send me tasks to do right away.
    unfortunately I fell for it and gave my name, address, phone number, and email to them. I found out yesterday that this was a scam.
    Can they use the information that I gave them to harm me in any way? and if yes, what can I do about it ?

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  35. Owolewa sunday

    i apply for a Job, Nigeria Immigration Service. a form was send to me by my mail, i filled it nd summited it back. later am ask to pay for approver of the appointment letter, which i payed. the appointment letter was send to my mail. On the appointment letter am ask to prepare for training, and i will pay for trainning materials. hw true is dis, Immigration av to pay for trainning materials.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Owolewa, unfortunately it sounds as though you have been scammed. No legitimate company will ask for money at any stage during the recruitment process. They will not ask for money for training, nor flights, nor work permits, nor stationary, not for anything. They also will not offer you a job without having been interviewed first. Please cut all ties with this company, as they will continue to try to extort money from you. Please be vigilant, these scammers are ruthless and praying on desperate job seekers. Regards. Susan.

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  36. Graeme Rapley

    Work scammers are active in Ghana be aware as they are very good, take notice of the advice given in this colum. do not be a victim of employment scammers

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  37. David Rivera

    There is a special place in hell for these people. They’re kicking people while their down. They take money from poor people. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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    • Susan Kihn

      I tend to agree with you on this one David. Scammers are taking advantage of those who can afford to part with their money least, and take advantage of job seekers who are desperate for work. It is very sad to see just how many job seekers are falling for these scams. Please everybody be careful. If a company asks for money in exchange for a job you can bet its a scam.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Yousaf. Please always be very careful before handing out any personal information, there are so many scammers out there and they are not only scamming job seekers out of money they cannot afford to part with, but they are also involved in identity theft.Once a scammer has your personal information it does make it very difficult to do too much about it. I would however suggest that you contact your bank and notify them that you are concerned about identity theft. If you gave the scammer your banking details I would suggest you look at closing your bank account and possibly opening a new one. Good luck I hope all gets sorted out. Regards. Susan.

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  38. Umair

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for the excellent article.

    I would like to ask your opinion about a recent job interview process that I went through.

    I applied to a job recent which was posted as a “FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT” on linked.in

    Once I applied, I received an immediate response from the HR team and they scheduled a first human resource interview with me. After the interview they offered me another “Technical interview”. This interview was held after a few days of finding the right time and slot. The interview was held at a coffee shop. Again after clearing this interview I was offered another interview with their project manager, this was a telephonic interview followed by a skype call. Finally after a few days I received a “CONDITIONAL OFFER” subject to that organization obtaining a contract within 8 months and then they would offer me employment. Upon inquiry the project manager said they will let me know when they get a contract from a client.

    I feel cheated as I have put in my time an energy in all this, and why would they post the job ad as “FULL TIME” before obtaining a contract with any client? Who would do that?

    I shall be highly grateful to you if you shed some light on this.

    Thanks,
    -Umair

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Umair. Thank you for your input and response to my article. I am sorry to hear how frustrated you feel. Job hunting can be very tough and stressful. It is difficult for me to say what would have gone wrong in this process, but it does sound strange the way it has been handled. If the company comes back to you and asks for money in any form, ie for visas, flights etc, you need to please be very careful as it could be a scam. It is possible that the company had a contract that they lost or something went wrong during the interview process which has changed things for them and their work load. I would keep my options open and pursue other jobs, and should they come back to you with a clear concrete offer then re look at the situation. As I said though please be very careful as it could be that they are setting you up to be scammed as well. Regards. Susan.

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  39. vivek sonawane

    Hi Susan, well my elder brother spoke to an agent who is offering him a job in canada ,well he haven’t appeared for an interview or so and the rep is asking to pay only 50k and no other money ..rep has provided the doc and place of work and the other info , does that sounds legit to you..

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Vivek. Thank you for the response and the input into my article. So far as your question goes, I would say it is highly unlikely that the job in Canada is for real. The golden rule to remember is that it is highly unlikely that any legitimate company is going to ask for money in exchange for a job. They are also not going to pay the costs of relocating a job seeker across the world without having interviewed them first. Please be extremely careful there are a lot of scammers out there. Regards. Susan.

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  40. vineeth

    Hi Susan
    Is that something related to scam if a US based firm after clearing their interview rounds ask to make payment to a agent for verifying certificates & back ground for applying visa to US.
    They just asked me 156 USD to deposit to a lawyer account which will be reimbusred after my joining the firm.
    I can provide you more details in case

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Vineeth. Please be very careful with this. It is highly unlikely that a legitimate company is going to ask you for money at any stage during the interviewing process, even for visas etc. Please do some research into the company, and ensure they are who they say they are. Scammers are become more devious now as job seekers are starting to become wiser and more aware of what is going on. Some scammers now will go through the process of “interviewing” job seekers prior to asking for money in order to make things look more authentic. So please be very careful and do not just hand over money. Regards. Susan.

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  41. Ericko

    Hi Susan
    this is the mail i received from my purported employer, kindly shads some light to me and see if it’s a scam.
    “US VISA PROCEDURE
    Hello
    Thanks for the soonest response, after accepting the terms and conditions, we are happy to tell you that you and your husband have been granted job. About the procurement of the documents, the flight ticket fee is going to be cover by our family, but the total fee needed for the procurement of the documents is $1550.27 for each working visa and we are willing to shoulder $1000 out of the needed fee, you are to shoulder $550 each f.We want you to know that this fee is for the procurement of your documents nobody is asking you for money, but the fee will be payed to the travel agency id that i will give you if you accept to this, we also want you to know that the fee is also part of the commitment to this job…
    If you have questions regarding the processing of your visa ask ASAP”

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Ericko. Thank you for the information you have sent me. I am sure that it is a scam. There are a number of concerns that I have with regards to this letter. Firstly the grammar is not good, that immediately should ring a warning bell. Secondly it seems they are offering you and your husband both jobs in the USA without having even interviewed you. Thirdly they say they are not asking for money yet that is exactly what they are doing. They are asking for money. So I am sure it is a scam. Please be very careful to give them any personal information especially banking details and do not pay them any money. Regards. Susan

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  42. Ravi

    I got a job offer letter without intetview, and they asked me to go for medical ,I paid 7000 rupees for medical I received medical certifalicate and the consultant told me that the visa process is 45day

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    • admin

      Hi Ravi. Please be careful here. This is in all likelihood a scam. To get offered a job without having gone through an interviewing process is highly suspicious. Also no legitimate company is going to make you pay for a medical, this is something they should be covering. The next thing they will ask you for is money for a visa, and at the end of the process you are most likely not going to be getting a job as it probably does not exist. Please be careful. I hope in this situation that the job does exist, but I am pretty sure it doesn’t. Please do not hand over any more money without having investigated this company thoroughly. Regards. Susan.

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  43. Rebecca Young

    Sadly, I believe I fell for one of these work from home scams. Since I haven’t been looking for another job for awhile, I didn’t realize the fraudulent activity of these work from home scams until I called the company I was hired at and was told they have no record of me applying for a position. They said I wasn’t alone. I got so far as to receive a check to deposit into my Bank via ATM instead of going into the bank. All of my training and correspondence with my “supervisor” has been via google hangout and he has been pressuring me to deposit it into an ATM instead of going into my bank. Of course I’m not going to listen. I’ve saved all of the hangout sessions that we’ve had and plan on Turning them into the authorities.

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    • admin

      Hi Rebecca. Well done on not getting scammed here. It seems that these scammers are changing the way they work now and one has to be on the ball constantly. Going to the authorities is also a good thing to do as hopefully they can be shut down before they catch anybody else. Regards. Susan.

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  44. Diane

    I was emailed an opportunity from my LinkedIn account regarding a job. After a 3 question telephone interview, I was offered the job after a day. The red flags that I see is that they would not provide me with an address where the office which is suppose to be opening in downtown area of my city. They do not want money but they requested my legal name, address and phone number. They actually want to send me money and a laptop. I am very curious if you think this is a scam as I am very Leary.

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  45. Alwin

    i got a appointment letter from USA but they ask 21760 rupees for visa process so how can i hope it true or fake…..please help me how to identify

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Alwin. Please be very careful here. If you are offered a job without having even been for an interview, the chances are that it is scam. There are very few companies that are going to offer a job seeker employment without even having met them first. So please be very careful as there are a lot of scammers out there and many job seekers are falling prey to them. It is also highly unlikely that a company is going to ask for money for visas as they will normally cover all of these costs. I am sure that this is a scam.

      Please note as well that we at CareerMine are not actively involved in the recruitment process with any of the recruiters on our site, but rather provide a service for companies to advertise their positions on CareerMine. If you are actively looking for a job in the mining industry, you may register on our website and post your resume. Your resume will then become searchable though our database and visible to the recruiters on our site. This service is for free. Please follow this link if you wish to proceed, in order to register.
      https://account.infomine.com/join/

      Once you have completed the above you can go to http://www.careermine.com and select “my resume” or click on the link below in order to post your resume, by doing so your resume will be visible to the recruiters on our site. This service is for free:
      https://secure.infomine.com/careers/job-seekers/manage/

      Good luck Alwin. Regards. Susan.

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  46. Venugopal

    Fraud job consultants will study the CVs first & then create jobs, offer the same job to the seekers. Hence anybody will be impressed that the job profile is perfectly matching with their own CVs requirements. If this first trap is not recognised, the person will become a scapegoat!!

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