Five Tips to Protect Against Sophisticated Job Scams

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The scam: This is a tried-and-true scam tactic; even most tech-savvy job scammers still use this method. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently had to refund over $2 million to 90,000 individuals who were subject to an extensive work-at-home scam. According to the FTC, "The online work-at-home operation, which operated under the names Google Money Tree, Google Pro, and Google Treasure Chest, deceptively used Google's name and logo. The operation promised that consumers could earn $100,000 in six months after signing up to receive a work-at-home kit for a shipping fee of under $4. The operation didn't tell consumers that, by ordering the work-at-home kit, they were disclosing their account information and would be charged an additional $72.21 each month."

How to detect the scam: If you've been offered a large amount of money for a small investment, have been asked to immediately share bank account information for any reason, or have been promised a quick-fix kit to all your work-at-home search troubles, this is very likely an example of an Internet job scam. Although these scam tactics have been used for decades (originating in newspaper and magazine ads), they have effectively made the leap to the Internet and have kept right on evolving to take advantage of job seekers every day.


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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