Published: Oct. 16, 2019

Whether you are looking for a part-time job or you are ready to start your career, be aware that scammers will use your desire to work as a way to steal your money or personal information. Here are just some of their methods:

How to know if a job offer is real or not
  • Legitimate organizations pay you to work for them. You shouldn’t pay them so that you can work.
  • If something doesn’t feel quite right, do an internet search on the organization name plus the word “review” or “scam” after it.
  • Feel free to reach out to the Better Business Bureau in the city or state the organization lists as its home address.

The best rule to follow is the old adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The credit report scam

You receive an email notifying you that, after reading your résumé on a career-finder website, the company would like to discuss the position with you further. All you need to do is fill out some information so that the company can run a credit check on you. You then provide them with your name, address, social security number, etc. The problem is that there isn’t a job, and they aren’t running a credit check on you.

The pay-for-your-background-check scam

During a fake phone interview, the job seeker is told a position has just opened up. To move forward in the hiring process, the job seeker needs to send a prepaid Visa/MasterCard/American Express gift card to pay for the background check.

The work-from-home scam

A company hires you to assemble products at home to sell. All you need to do is send them $300 to pay for the first kit. You send them the money, and your kit never arrives.

For more internet crime prevention tips or to file a complaint, see the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website.