When you are job hunting, are you worried about getting scammed? You may have received emails involving fake job listings, which means the jobs listed don’t exit.
In the phishing emails, crooks may use social engineering schemes to get you to provide your personal information like your birthdate. Besides, they want you to give them “your Social Security Number (to complete the paperwork to hire you), and/or your bank account number (for depositing those never-received paychecks).” If you fall for the scams, you could face very unpleasant consequences, such as the loss of your identity and loss of your money.
Sounds terrible? Don’t worry. To help you identify job scam emails, here are Major Warning Signs you should notice.
Too Good to Be True
The fake “employers” send you unsolicited emails, saying they have found your resume online. They claim that you are the perfect candidate for this opportunity. Moreover, you can get the job right away, sometimes even without an interview! The considerable salary they offer is more tempting. Remember, if the jobs seem too good to be true, be careful.
Vague Job Requirements and Job Description
To make their emails look believable, scammers would list job requirements. However, these requirements are usually ridiculously simple: Must be 18 years old. Must be a citizen. Must have access to the internet. They don’t mention anything about education or experience. In a word, almost everyone qualifies for the job. As for job description, the phishing emails often don’t include clear ones.
Most of the time, emails from scammers are not well-written. Specifically, such emails may contain spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammatical errors.
(How many mistakes can you find in the above example?)
Suspicious email senders
It’s a good bet it’s a scam if the email doesn’t include the company’s address and phone. Furthermore, if the interviewer uses a personal email address and makes an excuse, for example, the company’s servers are down, the email is also likely to be a malicious one.
The phishing emails are often from Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, or Hotmail accounts. Nevertheless, scammers sometimes use a fake company domain name. These emails will look as if they come from real companies. In other words, it’s difficult for us to tell fraudulent emails.
If you have similar problems, then Mr. Post, an add-in for your Outlook, would be a nice option. By checking the meta information hidden in the email, Mr. Post will visualize the email route, unveil the real sender and tell whether it’s legitimate or suspicious, safe or dangerous.