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If you’ve been involved in a serious job search for any length of time, you’ve probably come across what I call “Scam Hunters”. These are companies that masquerade as recruiting firms and, once they contact you (and suck you in), try to sell you on a program where they claim they will “represent” you in
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“If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true”. Protect your personal information at all costs.
Work at Home Schemes: There are probably some legitimate work at home companies out there, but the vast majority of “work from home” offers are scams. The FTC receives thousands of complaints on these schemes. Their sales pitches are very convincing, and they all have a list of names of individuals who supposedly made 10’s of thousands of dollars. That being said, look out for:
- Check out the CEO, if his address is a PO Box, stay away.
- Find out the state of incorporation and check for complaints with the Attorney General, FTC and Better Business Bureau.
- Do not give your bank information, credit card information or your Social Security number.
- Take a look at the free FTC publication – Work-at-home-Schemes.
Emails about Jobs You Didn’t apply For: If you get an email from an employer or
Other Warning Signs:
- The pay is too good to be true
- You didn’t contact them (but they say you did)
- Unprofessional emails (poor grammar, misspelled words, your name misspelled, etc.)
- Emails from companies your trust, offering you a job and asking your to “just click here” are most probably a scam (do not click on the link).
- Unsolicited phone calls – ask for their information and a call back number. Get their name, address and do a search.