Beware of job scams

Make sure that dream job is real!

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Fraudsters create fake social media accounts to promote remote job opportunities, promising that you can make a lot of money. Scammers have two goals with a job scam: 

  • Get money from you – to get the job, you need to make upfront payments e.g., application and/or training fees, equipment
  • Get information from you. Scammers will send you a job application in the hope that you’ll fill it out and give away confidential information

Warning signs of a job scam: 

  • The job pays a lot of money for little work
  • The company brags about ‘rags-to-riches' stories that show fancy lifestyles
  • The job ad mentions quick money, drastic income changes overnight, etc.
  • The job ad has glaring grammatical or spelling errors
  • The contact email address is personal (e.g., or one that mimics a real company’s email address (e.g.,
  • The job requires several up-front payments
  • Your payment is based on how many people you recruit

Tips to avoid job scams: 

  • Always research companies to which you’re applying, and make sure they’re legitimate
  • Never pay for equipment, training, or supplies upfront for a new job