Five Tips to Protect Against Sophisticated Job Scams

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Scammers Use Fake URL

The scam: You encounter an online job listing from a well-known company offering work-from-home jobs. Is the company really the company it claims to be?

How to detect the scam: Verify the web address of the company, as scammers will recreate the original company's website by altering the web address. For example, www.cnbc4newsworld.com could be a convincing imposter for the real CNBC website, as are more subtle variations like adding a "-inc" or ending with ".net" in the URL. To cover your bases, open up a new browser and run a Google search on the company, and be sure to compare the URLs. Also, visit the company career page, and compare your potentially false job listing to the open positions on this website.

The continued expansion of Internet and cloud capabilities has led to more and more individuals having the opportunity to work from home. Online jobs have expanded the employment landscape into a phenomenon with a global reach. Unfortunately, as with any lucrative market, cyber scammers have taken notice. As the number of individuals working from home has increased, so too has the sophistication of jobs scams. It's such an issue that even the FBI and BBB have issued warnings to job seekers looking for work-at-home jobs.

While you might think it's easy to identify job scams – for example, those with extremely poor grammar or those that require an upfront investment – scammers have become more sophisticated and convincing in their tactics to trap job seekers. While these scams largely target work-at-home jobs, they can apply to regular job postings, as well.

"Job seekers have grown sensitive to the typical warning signs of fake job listings, so scammers have evolved their tactics to trick them," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, a leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. "In order to ensure a safer online job search experience, today's job seekers need to be aware of how job scams have matured so they can adequately protect themselves."

This slideshow features five sophisticated job scams and tips to identify and guard against them.

 

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