How do I protect myself from job scams?
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always do your research on a company before applying! Also remember:
- Just by Googling the company (or adding the word “scam” in the search), you’ll be able to determine if the company is legitimate.
- You should never have to provide private information (Social Security number, bank account number, a photo copy of your ID, etc.) just to be considered for the position.
- If the company is not well known, don’t agree to direct deposit.
- As a candidate for a job, you should never pay a recruiter – the companies do that. You should also never have to pay the company or agree to a wire transfer.
- Be wary of jobs that say “no experience necessary” or if there is very little to no information about the job in the posting.
- Emails from the company should match the company’s website domain (i.e., Jdoe@companyname.com, not firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can always call the company and confirm the job is actually open. If you can’t find a phone number for the company, that’s probably a sign the company is not legitimate.