If you are looking for a job, chances are you are posting a resume and doing most or all of your search online. But, now more than ever you need to be extra careful to avoid falling for a scam. Here are a few telltale signs that a job offer may not be legitimate:
You are not able to speak with anyone in person or by phone.
The website or email contains vague information, fuzzy graphics, no street address, or spelling or grammatical errors.
The email address may appear odd such as not containing a company name and coming from a Gmail or Yahoo account.
Without meeting the prospective employer, you are asked to forward sensitive information such as a copy of your driver’s license, credit report, or social security or banking numbers.
The company wants to send you a check to cover start-up costs. They want you to deposit the check into your account, and then wire the funds to another bogus company that will supply you with materials for the job.
Before you respond to a job offer, do your homework. Check out the company with legitimate sources such as the better business bureau, local chamber of commerce, or trade organizations. If you suspect a scam, report it to job posting sites, as well as state and federal consumer agencies.