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Email Job Scams

Email Job and Employment Scams

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How can you tell if an email message regarding a job is a scam? It can be hard to differentiate between scams and legitimate employment related email messages. However, many job scams will send you an email saying that you got the job before ever meeting with you in person.

Occasionally, the "employer" will speak to you briefly on the phone, but most of your contact with the "company" will be via email. The "company" typically will ask you to forward or wire money from a personal account to another account.

Be cautious whenever a company requests you to handle money for them; no legitimate employer will ask you to transfer money or pay to get hired.

Types of Email Job Scams

Some job scams do not even use job search websites; instead, they send emails directly to individual email addresses. You may receive an email offering you a job; the email is often from a Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, or Hotmail account, although scammers occasionally use a fake company domain name.

Once again, these unsolicited job offers are not legitimate; no company will offer you a job without even knowing who you are.

Spoofing Email Scams

Other email scams use a technique called "spoofing". They send you an email containing a link to a posting that appears to come from a legitimate job search site, but it is in fact fraudulent.

How to Avoid Email Job Scams

Simply put, do not respond to job offers that ask you to wire money, cash checks, submit your credit card information, pay for a credit report, or do any other transactions that require a fee to get hired.

More Information on Job Scams

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How to 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.

Scam Warning Signs
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