If you find a job listing for remote work, with promising benefits and pay, be aware that scammers are posing as real employers on trusted platforms like ZipRecruiter and Indeed. They may engage you in what seems like a legitimate hiring process, but their goal is to steal your information and money.
Here's how to recognize potential scams:
- Quick Process: If the hiring process moves too quickly, be cautious. Some scammers rush the process, scheduling interviews quickly. They may offer you the job almost instantly, and before you know it, they're requesting personal details for direct deposit and tax forms.
- Upfront Payments: Legitimate employers will not ask for upfront payments or request you to purchase equipment. Be alert if you're asked to deposit a check and send part of the money back -- this is a common scam tactic.
How to Protect Yourself from Job Scams:
- Verification: Before applying, conduct research on the company. Check online or call using a verified phone number. If you can't confirm the legitimacy of the job opening, it might be a scam.
- Seek Advice: Talk to someone you trust about the job offer. Share the details with them and get their opinion. This can provide valuable insights and give you time to carefully consider the offer.
- Reporting Scams: Report any suspicious job opportunities to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ReportFraud.ftc.gov and on the website where you encountered the job posting.
Common Online Jobs that are Scams:
- Data Entry Position
- Mystery Shopper
- Start Your Own Online Business
While these online jobs are commonly used as a front for scams, that doesn't mean that all these jobs are illegitimate. If you've provided personal or financial information to a fake job, report the incident to IdentityTheft.gov for assistance and a recovery plan.