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How to Avoid Online Job Search Scams

How to Avoid Online Job Search Scams

Eve Tahmincioglu | CareerDiva.net

Before you even send your resume to any job ad, Joyce stressed, you should snoop around and make sure the firm is legit, even call or email the company if you suspect a job ad is bogus.

But you should keep in mind that some times, she continued, companies do have more than one url that could be slightly different than their main site. But usually there is contact information that is directly connected to the real employer.

Durst offers some red flags she picked on on the fake CPL site you all should think about before you click on anything:

• Free website – in the lower left corner of the page, you’ll see a “create your own website” remark with a link to a website builder site. The person(s) who built this site used their free trial option to build this site. NO established company sets up its primary website using a free trial tool since it give the appearance of being new or poorly-funded.

• The “About Us” link leads to a page of “legal information”. A real company would use an about us page to share information about the company, its management, history, mission, etc.

• In looking at the underlying code, the scam site actually pulls the pictures it uses from the real site.

• This is supposedly a UK-based company, but the use of the English language, particularly on the employment page is horrible! (”…Unfortunately we are unable to open Bank Accounts in the United US “) Also, look at the use of capital letters throughout. Clearly not written by or for an organization in an English-speaking country.

• The “application form” asks nothing of the applicants experience. This is supposedly a position that would involve a high level of trust as “big money” would be involved. A real company would never hire an employee to handle their money without knowing something about that person.

Here’s a link to a recent Better Business Bureau article on scams that also offers tips on spotting fraud.

I know, many of you are thinking, “how the heck do people fall for this stuff?” Joyce and I discussed what drives some people to put common sense away. “I’ve had so many people tell me, ‘you know what, it looked odd,’” she explained.

But during tough economic times, desperation can make us do crazy things.

This article was originally published on CareerDiva.net.

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