Here is an example of a typical work at home job scam that I received via email. The unsolicited job posting email message came with a CareerBuilder logo and said I received it because my resume was on CareerBuilder (it's not). The reply address is a gmail email address and the message wasn't addressed to me. When I hit reply, I discovered it had been sent to an email address I have never used for job searching. The message says to reply to the email to get more information and an application.
All of the above are red flags. It was an unsolicited email message - I hadn't applied for the job or posted my resume. The message wasn't addressed to me and the return address was a personal email address, not a company one. When I Googled the company name the top results were all on scam warning sites. In addition, processing payments is a typical scam designed to collect your bank account information.
Sample Email Job Posting Scam
[Company Name] company was established in 2004 by an international team of financial and marketing experts. We specialize in delivering positive business results through solving currency exchange problem as well as online payments and transactions, their tools being innovative solutions, high performance and e-commerce optimization techniques.
We offer a "work at home" part-time position "Regional Manager". This includes processing payments between our partners' clients and our company, ensure all personal data relating to customers is maintained, accurate and kept discreet, identifying opportunities to improve service delivery.
Position Type: Permanent. Working hours: 9:00AM - 1:00PM weekdays. Variable overtime is also required Occupation Type: part-time (1-5 hours a day occupation). Salary: $40 per hour.
Professional qualities and skills:
Scrupulous and diligent;
Good organizational and administrative skills;
Payment procedures prior experience would be an asset;
Ability to work independently.
Please REPLY to this e-mail to receive further information and application forms.
You may see advertisements for jobs that are scams on this page, because that's the topic of the article. Just because you see an ad here, that doesn't make it a legitimate company. Carefully investigate companies that you are interested in.