With COVID-19 continuing to impact our everyday life, it comes as no surprise that people are struggling to reenter the workplace. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, July alone saw 31.1 million people who were unable to work in the previous four weeks due to the pandemic. While this number is lower than the 40.4 million people in June and 49.8 million people in May unable to work, coronavirus continues to affect people across the United States staggeringly. As people try to reenter the workforce, many find themselves victim to employment scams. Here the experts at Anti Fraud News discuss the latest impacts and information about employment scams.
Employment Scam Basics
Finding a job is never an easy process, no matter your skill level, and scammers poach on this. Spotting an employment scam can be difficult as many will post seemingly legitimate ads in the same places where actual employers advertise. The pandemic has made many desperate to find employment to support themselves and their families, which is why it is crucial to recognize the warning signs.
Employment Scam Signs
Spotting an employment scam can be difficult, but there are several signs to be aware of to reduce the risk of falling victim to their tricks.
Above Average Pay
The chances are that if a job opportunity seems too good to be true, it probably is. The promise of earning a high income without an interview or resume is a definite warning sign. If the opportunity is promising to hire you immediately or that no experience is necessary, it can also be a sign of a fraud. Also, be aware of companies that promise you will make money quickly.
Pay For Employment
When an employee contacts you with the promise of an excellent job in exchange for a nominal payment, it is most likely a scam. These people will often say the cost is to cover training, certification, or materials to make it seem like a legitimate opportunity. Most commonly, they will cease contact after you make the payment.
How a person contacts and interviews you says a lot about a company. If you receive an email from a possible employer, be aware of their address. Scammers will often use their personal emails rather than one that is from a company. It is also common for them to communicate through online chats to throw you off. Actual companies are more likely to request video or phone contact and will have an email that reflects their business.
How To Avoid Employment Scams
With the elevated levels of unemployment in the United States, it is much easier for people to let their guard down while looking for a job. Remembering these tips will help you to avoid falling for employment scams.
Do A Background Check
No matter the company’s size, a legitimate business will have some online presence, whether it’s a full website, social media page, or reviews. If you are unable to find anything, it is more than likely a fraud. Check for aspects like contact information and job listings.
Get The Details
Actual companies want to give you as much information as possible about the job to avoid conflicts and discrepancies with their employees. If you can’t find the answers to questions like how you’ll get paid in the job description, ask the company. If they are hesitant to answer, it’s likely a scam.
Read The Reviews
More job search sites are implementing pages that allow former and current employees to leave reviews about their experience with the company. These reviews can give great insight into the legitimacy of the company and how they operate.
While there are several ways to be more aware of employment scams, the most critical skill is to be careful and trust your gut. In case you do come across a fraudulent job listing, you should always report it to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to protect others from falling for the same tricks.