With the increasing number of internet users and job posting availability to all people, you may be a victim of job website scams and fake job offers. To avoid getting deceived, here are 9 characteristics of fake job offers and job scams.
Check out these tips to recognize and avoid many types of online scams that aim to misuses your personal information and money.
The job offer is too perfect to faultless
If you find a job that is perfect and true, then suspect its legitimacy.
This happens in situations like:
The company contacts you, but you can’t reach it
They tell you they’ve checked your resume online. They either offer you a job directly, or they ask to do an interview. The fraudsters will often want to attract you by claiming that you’ve succeeded “with no interview,” and they’re calling you to join immediately.
The salary is too high compared to the position
A small company that needs a receptionist to work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday-Friday and the salary will be 7000 AED, and she’s also expected to earn incentives and have flexible working hours needed.
Ambiguous job qualifications and description
Fake job websites or recruiters try to make their emails seem convincing by mentioning the job qualifications. Generally, these qualifications are unbelievable and meet everyone’s capabilities, like: the candidate must be over 18 years old. He must be in the country, or he must have internet access. The job requirements don’t specify years of experience or level of education.
In most cases, scammers don’t provide job descriptions, and if you ask, they will answer, “don’t worry, we provide training.”
The email is unprofessional
In most cases, scammers send very unprofessional emails that are full of grammatical and spelling errors. If you find such errors, be cautious. Big companies always hire highly qualified employees who can error-free content.
The company conducts Online interviews only
In our virtual world, it’s normal to be invited to an online interview for some positions. Still, the abnormal is being interviewed online only without being asked to visit the company office. In these cases, attend the interview but be cautious. Research the company, its products or services, and its representatives before joining the interview. Don’t provide any confidential information like your bank account details. Also, real interview questions don’t guarantee the company’s credibility.
Communications don’t include company contact details
If the communications (emails or letters) don’t contain the company’s address and phone number, it’s a scam. If the interviewer makes an excuse to use a personal email address by claiming that the company’s servers are down or that the company hasn’t set up its email system yet, It’s a real scam.
Check the email address carefully, and Google it. You may also type the term ‘scam’ after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company.
The company doesn’t have any online presence
Do your homework before attending the interview! If it’s a real company, you will find online information about the company. Finding details does not mean that the business is lawful, and if you can’t find it, it proves its illegitimacy.
When looking for company information, look for both the name of the company and the email address. Copy/paste paragraphs from the email to Google. Scammers may change the organization’s name, but they may re-use the other sections of the email, and you may find it is an online template that anyone can use.
Bank details are required
Don’t submit any bank details to any company even if they tell you that they need these details to transfer money to your account. The fake company may ask you to fill an online credit report form, so they provide you “insurance.”
So, before submitting any personal details online, look at the company URL. It should be HTTPS:// not HTTP:
You have to pay to get the job
You’re searching for a job to receive money, not pay cash, and huge companies never ask you to pay for anything. So, if you’re asked to pay for reviewing your resume or getting trained before getting the job, for example, then it’s a scam.
Your heart says, “It’s fake.”
Sometimes scammers are smart to the extent that you can’t find any mistake during the process but if you feel that they are fraudsters, start asking more questions and pay attention to their responses.
Do more research, and don’t submit any confidential details! If you find that it’s a scam, report it to the authorities without hesitation.