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Employment Scams

Typical Employment / Career Scams


Employment and career related scams include companies trying to sell you products or 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.

In most of these scams, the company will try and trick or entice you into purchasing services you don't need or into giving out confidential information that should remain private.

Employment and Career Scams

Career Consulting Scams
You may be contacted by "career consultants" who are impressed with your resume and would like to represent you. In addition, you may be interested in their marketing, resume writing, resume reviews, or other career-related services.
Scam Details: In reality, this is a pitch for products or services the company wants to sell you.

Recruiting Scams
Recruiters may contact you saying that have clients with positions that you could be qualified for, though they don't have current openings. However, they also offer training sessions you should purchase to enhance your candidacy.
Scam Details: This is another attempt to sell you services, rather than to recruit you for legitimate job openings.

Bait and Switch Scams
With this scam, you apply for a job and are selected for an interview. During the interview you discover that they job you applied for doesn't exist and the company tries to interest you in completely different position.
Scam Details: When a company is hiring for jobs that nobody wants, they believe they may be able to more readily convince someone to take the job if they discuss it with them in person.

Phishing Scams
In this type of scam, you get an email saying a company has clients with positions that you could be qualified for, even sending you the description of what could be a legitimate job opening: "Your online resume has recently come to my attention. I am impressed with your qualifications. A client of mine needs to fill an opening and because of your previous experience in the tech industry, I believe you might be a solid match. In order to see the full job description, just click on the link below or paste it into your browser's address bar."
Scam Details: You can't apply directly for the job. Instead, you are directed to a link on a web site, where you fill out a form with your contact information and other personal information. This is an attempt to collect your personal information either to sell you services or to sell to a third party.

Unemployment Scams
People or companies offer to complete or file your unemployment insurance claim for you - for a fee. They may say they have a connection to your State Labor Department and can expedite the processing of your claim.
Scam Details: There is no benefit to paying a service to file your claim. In fact, some states probit anyone other than the claimant from accessing the unemployment system. Unemployed workers should file their own claims for unemployment via the state unemployment office web site or by phone. Using a paid service to file your claim will not ensure faster handling.

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