Job offer scams

How To Spot A Fake Job Offer


A great many hopeful graduates every year fall prey to job scams or fake job offers. Every year, job offers which sound a little too good to be true, lure innocent graduates. Hundreds of graduates fall prey to these scams and get extorted for money, or become victims of human trafficking even. Today’s article is addressed to all young job seekers who are desperately hunting for jobs, and will help graduates identify a job scam efficiently.


Beware when job offer seems Too Good To Be True : You know those job offers which sound like a godsend, which sounds a little too perfect… they promise big fat paychecks, unbelievable CTCs, flexible job hours, lucrative perks and compensation benefits, company sponsored holidays what not!! These jobs sound too good to be true…. Because they are not true. Most cases these are fabricated stories.


Now not saying lucrative jobs don’t exist, but in general always take jobs that promise the earth, with a pinch of salt. Truly lucrative jobs are few and far in between and highly competitive. If you dont have requisite skills, certificates and qualifications and yet an extremely attractive job offer comes your way….. Treat it with misgivings. Legitimate jobs always pay in consummate with skills and experience.


Watch Out When You Are Instantly Selected : As mentioned before the job market has become extremely competitive. Even an entry level job will likely have group discussions, several face to face and panel interviews before you are even shortlisted. So if a job interview ends in no time and your employment gets confirmed instantly….beware.


Avoid Jobs which have vague job description : A quality,  legitimate job offer will have an exhaustive list of what the job profile consists of what are the responsibilities in clear cut terms. If the job details are hazy and not very straightforward, tread very carefully. A company not clearly mentioning the details of a job profile, almost always have a shady intent. The job profile might involve work that is not completely legal or ethical, or might not even exist.


Check the domain name of the recruiter : A genuine company that is sending you a job offer will have domain names like .com, .org or .net. Avoid job offers that come from personal email addresses like Gmail .com Yahoo mail or Hotmail. These ‘job offers’’ are very likely fake.


M For Money : Reputed employers will never ask prospective employees for money in exchange for employment. So if any job offer wants money for ‘’subscription’’ ‘’initial payment’’ etc. just stay away from these offers. Remember, a job is not a product which you can buy from the market.


R for Research : Whenever you get a job offer, do a thorough research on the company background, track record, vision, mission etc, this will not only make you more informed about the company, ( always a plus during interviews), but you will also come to know whether the company is genuine and reliable.


Job Offers From Jobs Which You Have Not Applied For : It’s generally advisable to stay away from jobs which you have not applied for.
Check the URLs : Triple check the URL of the company with a job offer. Scammers often use bogus URLs and mask themselves as well known firms.