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How to Avoid Job Scams

What is a job scam?
A job scam occurs when someone offers you a fictitious job opportunity, typically through a false website or unsolicited e-mail. The victim is often asked to provide personal information and/or payments to the solicitor. If you get a job offer that seems like it’s too good to be true, be sure to do your homework – it probably is. Scammers are beginning to use well-known brands to entice job seekers to apply to their fictitious positions. Here are some tips on how to avoid being a victim of a job scam:

Beware of …

  • Being offered a job without having sent a resume, application or being interviewed
  • A request for you to send a copy of your social security card, passport or driver’s license before you’ve spoken to someone from the company
  • If you are being asked to wire money or share credit card information, you may be dealing with a scammer
    •      Being told you have to pay for training
    •      Unclear compensation details
  • Watch for spelling and grammatical errors
    •      If there are several typos in a job posting, it may be a scam

Things you can do to protect yourself from job scams:

  • Perform a Google search on the company
  • Then perform a second Google search by adding the word “scam” to the name of the company
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau
  • Check the company’s web site. Make sure there is valid contact information for the company
    • Realize that some job scams may be linked to web sites that look legitimate, but aren’t
    • Ensure that the contact email address is linked to the company’s domain name, i.e., awesome.job@sykes.com
  • Trust your instincts!

Now that we’ve reviewed a few key basics on how to avoid falling victim to scam, let’s address a common misconception regarding home-based employment.

No legitimate work at home company will ask you for money

This isn’t necessarily true. In fact, as a legitimate work-at-home company, SYKES Home provides many cost savings to our employees. We do, however, ask for a portion ($45) of your employment screening fees AFTER a job offer has been made. This money goes to a third-party vendor we pay to process our employment screenings. It’s important to note that we  never ask for money upfront – prior to making a job offer.

Stay tuned! Next week, we’ll post FAQs about our work at home employment positions.