One of the questions I get asked most often is how to tell whether a job posting is a scam or a real job. Even though it can be hard to tell the difference, there are warning signs.
Job sites try to police the listings, but, it's hard to catch all the bad listings in a timely manner, especially when there are so many of them. Be very careful when reviewing postings to make sure that you're not taken advantage of by unscrupulous job posters.
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.
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.
Employment / Career Scams
Employment and career related scams include companies trying to sell you products 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
There are many scams that involve fake job listings. With a fake job scam a company lists a job online, but the job doesn't really exist. Here's more about fake job scams.
Typical unemployment scams involve websites that offer to file for unemployment benefits or extended unemployment benefits for you. Here's how they work and how to avoid them.
Work at Home Scams
Work at home scams - the typical work from home scams and how to avoid them.
Research Work at Home Scams
It's important to do your homework and check out every work at home job you're interested. Here's where to find out if a work at home job is legitimate or a scam.
Report a Scam
Here's how to report a scam, including where and how to report an employment scam.
Have You Been Scammed?
If you have been take advantage of by a scammer or know about a job scam, add it to our list of online job scams and review the list of online job scams so you can avoid them.
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.