Being an avid job seeker has its perks. As I apply for jobs, I have the option to have job notifications sent to my email which are tailored to my specific career interests. However, there is a downside to this. Putting your information out on the web allows job scammers access to your information and the opportunity to contact you. How many times have you been scammed by a supposed job offer from a potential employer/recruiter only to find out that the information is not accurate and the employer/recruiter might not even be who they say they are? This is a frustration of mine, and I have to admit that sadly I have been contacted by job scammers a couple of times. But because I was made aware of the warning signs and knew some of the things to look for, I didn’t fall victim to it.
If you’ve had the opportunity to read my other blog posts, then you know that I appreciate sites such as AbilityLinks and Indeed when seeking employment. AbilityLinks makes it a point to educate job seekers about the potential pitfalls and scammers that are out there. I appreciate this because it helps not only myself, but other people with disabilities gain insight into what and what not to look for. If you would like to read more information, click here.
Throughout my job search I came across some valuable lessons that I wanted to share that could possibly be useful to those out there searching for their next job. One of the ways I’ve been able to weed out the real employers/recruiters from the scammers is, I pay attention to the ending of the email addresses. Meaning if the person contacting you via email regarding a job position doesn’t have an email address connected to the job then it is probably a scam. Company email addresses shouldn’t end in yahoo.com, gmail.com, aol.com, hotmail.com etc. Another way to avoid scams is the employer/recruiter should never ask you to setup an email account in order to schedule an interview with them.
Other warning signs I’ve come across are when a scammer will contact you about a job using several different aliases for their name but are still using the same job information. Recently I encountered this situation where a scammer emailed me about a job opportunity several times using the same job information but a different name each time. In addition to this, I’ve also had scammers contact me asking for me to provide my name, address, email address, phone number, etc., and from there they would set me up for an interview. They didn’t ask or state where they had seen my resume online nor did they ask for any samples of my work. These are scams and you shouldn’t reply back to them.
Again, just to reiterate, ways to avoid job scams and some of the warning signs if you are possibly being scammed are to never provide a scammer with your personal and financial information, please keep in mind that if an employer is interested in interviewing you their email address will not end in Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, or any of the others I’ve mentioned, they should never ask you to setup an email or message account in order to interview with you, always research a company to determine their validity, and when seeking employment sign up with job sites that you trust and know that other job seekers frequent such as AbilityLinks, DisabilityJobs and Indeed.com. Even when you trust a website check the job postings for signs of a scam.