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Job Scams

How to tell if a job is a scam, typical employment scams, work at home scams, and how to avoid scams. Disclaimer: You may see advertisements for job scams on this page, because that's the topic of the page. Just because you see an ad or a site listed here, that doesn't make a legitimate company.
  1. Craigslist Scams (8)
  2. Types of Online Job Scams (32)

Internet Scams: A - Z List
There are many internet scams including career, employment, unemployment, education, business, visa, and other scams. Here's an A - Z of the most common online scams.

How to Tell if a Job is a Scam
Sometimes, it seems that there are as many scams as legitimate job openings. Here are warning signs to help you determine if a job is a scam.

Top 10 Internet Job Scam Warning Signs
Information on the top 10 internet job scams, including warning signs, real examples and tips for avoiding them.

Call From a Recruiter Job Scam
This job scam involves a phone call from a recruiter who has obtained a copy of your resume and says they have a job for you to apply to.

Craigslist Job Scams
Craigslist is known for having many job scams. Here's how to determine if a Craigslist job is legitimate or a scam, along with information on the typical job scams posted on Craigslist.

Craigslist Writer / Research Assistant Scams
Information on Craiglist freelance writer, product review and research assistant scams.

Credit Report Scams
Credit report scams occurs when an "employer" asks to see your credit report. The employer (which is not a legitimate employer) requests that you use a specific free service that ends up costing you money.

Data Entry Scams
Data entry scams are common on Craigslist and numerous job search sites. Interviews are often conducted by Yahoo IM. Here's how to avoid them.

Direct Deposit Scams
Direct deposit scams involve getting job applicants to give out their bank account information. Here's how to tell if a job offer is a scam and how to avoid getting scammed.

Email Job Scams
How can you tell in an email message regarding a job is a scam? It can be hard to differentiate between scams and legitimate employment related email messages. Here's advice on how to tell if an email message about a job is scam.

Employment Scams
Employment and career related scams include companies trying to sell you products and services or scams attempting collect your personal information to sell to a third party who will then try to market their products/services to you.

Entry-Level Job Scams
With the number of entry-level sports and entertainment marketing jobs listed on job boards, job seekers need to be very careful to avoid the numerous scams that take advantage of job seekers.

Fake Job Scams
Information on fake job scams, including examples of scams, the information scammers try to get from job seekers, and how to avoid getting scammed.

Identity Theft Protection for Job Seekers
Identity theft protection for job seekers, including information on common employment-related scams, how to avoid scams, how to protect your identity from being stolen, and what to do if you have been scammed.

Top Internet Job Search Job Scams 2014
There are a variety of internet job scams, ranging from fake job offers to scams that try and collect your personal information. Here's a list of online scams shared by About.com readers. If you've gotten a scam email or text, please add it to the list.

Internet Job Scams
There are a variety of internet job scams, ranging from fake jobs to scams that try and collect your personal information.

Job Scam Examples
In general, if a job says that you can earn a lot of money in a hurry with no experience or skills necessary, the chances are good that it's not going to happen. All of those are warning signs to watch for when job searching. Review these examples of job scams.

Job Scams
Information about job scams including how to check out job listings, how to avoid employment scams, how to report a scam, and where to find lists of scams.

LinkedIn Scams
Common LinkedIn scams, how to tell if a message is a scam, how to protect your personal information and what to do if you have been scammed.

Loan Scams
Information on internet loan scams, including how they work, warning signs, examples and tips for how to avoid getting scammed.

Money Job Scams
Money laundering scams are some of the most common online job scams. Money launderers post jobs online or simply send out emails saying they are hiring employees to help process payments or transfer funds.

Mystery Shopper Scams
Information on mystery shopper scams including types of mystery shopping scams and how to avoid getting scammed.

Nanny Scams
Information on typical nanny scams, nanny scam warning signs, how to avoid scams, and how to report it if you have been scammed.

Personal Assistant Scams
Personal assistant job listings are common on Craigslist and numerous job search sites, and those job postings are typically scams. Here's how to avoid them.

Report a Scam
Have you been scammed or almost scammed? Here's information on how to report a scam, including where and how to report an employment scam.

Research Work at Home Scams
Where to find out if a work at home job is legitimate or a scam.

Reshipping Scams
Information on shipping job scams which offer you a work-at-home job, promising that you can earn a lot of money by reshipping - repackaging and forwarding goods.

Scam Victim Compensation Center Scam
The Scam Victim Compensation Center scam seeks to take advantage of identity theft victims for a second time. This email scam claims that the receiver has been identified as a scam victim, and will receive monetary compensation

Unemployment Scams
There are a variety of different types of unemployment scams that are used to get unemployed workers to divulge personal information which may be used for identity theft, to steal unemployment benefits, or to get unemployment beneficiaries to pay for services or supplies.

USA Visa Scams and Warnings
When seeking to work in the US it's important to be aware of scams that offer to assist with obtaining a visa. Here are some of the typical US visa and green card lottery scams and how to avoid them when you are seeking employment in the United States.

Work at Home Scam Example
Example of a work at home scam email message.

Work at Home Scams
Work at home scams - the typical scams and how to avoid them.

Bad Job Sites
Some of the job sites that call themselves the best job sites are not good job sites, let alone the best job sites. Others are bad, and still others would garner a spot on a list of worst job sites.

Social Security Numbers on Job Applications
Know when you should and should not give your social security number to employers.

The Truth About Paid Surveys
Paid surveys are not new. But 'middleman' online paid survey sites are hyping big cash rewards working from home. Are they legit?

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