Most Popular Job Scams and How to Avoid Becoming a Victim part 2 of 2

There are a few steps and precautionary measures you can take in order to avoid becoming the victim of a job scam.

  1. Don’t give out personal information until you are sure the employer is legitimate. This means more than just checking to see if the business has a website. Have you ever heard of the company before? Did you send them your resume, or are they contacting you out of the blue? Do any of you friends or family members work for or know of the company? How long has this company been in business? Is the company website unusually flashy with too many pictures, exclamation marks, and assurances?
  2. Stay away from high-pressure sales pitches that require you to enroll/apply “right now.”
  3. Be cautious about purchasing services or products from a company that’s reluctant to answer your questions or give you more information.
  4. If the agency promises you a job placement after you complete its paid course or training, ask for the placement statistics. Remember that no agency can boast a 100% placement rate! Also, ask to speak to real course graduates.
  5. Don’t just give out all your private information. No employer needs to know your credit card number, your mother’s maiden name, or have a copy of your tax returns. Unless you are applying for a security clearance, no employer should be asking such personal information from you.
  6. Make sure you know what you are applying for. A real employer will be honest and open about the responsibilities and duties the position entails. A scam artist will be intentionally ambiguous.
  7. Meet the employer in person for an interview. Most scam artists will avoid face to face meetings to be able to more successfully “disappear” after the crime. If an employer refuses to have a face to face interview or keeps rescheduling to prevent you from seeing him or her, don’t give them your private information.
  8. Check with your local consumer protection agency, State Attorney General’s Office, and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about a company with which you intend to do business. You also may contact these organizations if you have a problem with an employment-service firm.
  9. Once you get scammed, report the incident! Contact your local consumer protection agency, State Attorney General’s Office, Better Business Bureau, FTC, or police.
  10. Use your common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. There just aren’t that many unskilled jobs where you work from home part time and make $200 an hour.
  11. Finally, if you get scammed, don’t be too hard on yourself. Many scams are so sophisticated nowadays that even highly experienced professionals have a hard time distinguishing between a legitimate opportunity and a scam.
  12. Unfortunately, once your money is gone, it is gone for good. It will be very difficult if not downright impossible to get anything back.

About teperlaw

I am an attorney practicing family law, immigration and wills and estate planning. You can find out more about me and my firm by visiting my website at: 106 W. Franklin Ave. Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-3030
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