The 4 cardinal focus of how to avoid being a victim of a job scam

The influx of fake employers and/or faceless recruitment agencies is now at an alarming rate in which desperate job seekers have now been left worse-off. It has been discovered that some jobless set of individuals have deviced unscrupulous means to defraud/scam people of their hard earned money for sustenance all in the name of giving out jobs.

They ask you to pay unrefundable consultancy fee and other charges and at the end of the day the job doesn’t even exist or intentionally not meant for a graduate like you or extremely it is an under-paid type – this can only leave you tired up and you won’t want to go back there since you are just wasting more transport fare in the wild goose chase.

Nowadays they have even gone as far as advertising these fake and unworthy jobs on reputable newspapers in other to decieve members of the public(since it is viewers’ discretion adviced). This post is to enable people to be able to identify and avoid fake employers and employment agencies.

Therefore, beware of their gimmicks, don’t fall a victim and above all don’t let them worsen your condition of not getting a job. Even though these scam jobs operators get smarter by the day, one still have to be more careful and not to avoid valuable facts that will expose their dubious antics.

As an important cardinal focus, here are the four (4) of the cross-checked things that you can put down as four square pegs(to be considered) to help you avoid become a victim of a job scam.

1) Be careful of the job title/description.
Before applying for any job, you should look at the job details; watch the tone of the job description, its workability and the specifics. Fake jobs advertisers don’t disclose the position, considerable description or job title they advertise and if they disclose them; they do it in a suspicious/deceptive or in an indirect way. If they disclose the job title/description, they are usually generalized with little or no specifics (they do this to get as many applications as possible). Be careful when you see or hear Job titles such as Graduate Trainees, Client Service Officer, Business Developer, Marketing Executive, Graduate Admin Officer, Positions in the Human Resources department etc; This doesn’t mean that all jobs with these titles/descriptions are scams,fake or faceless but be extra careful when you see unspecific titles. On the other hand, the job descriptions are usually generic with no clear explanation on the roles involved in the job.

Most of these fake recruiters/employers target fresh graduates and entry level positions (sometimes mid level) because they believe job seekers in this category are naïve, too desperate and are looking for escape route as quick as possible.

2) Be particular about the company name, location and its full details
It is important to find out about the name, location an other important details of the company before accepting to try their interview. It is not as a result of you being proud but it is to be careful.

These fraudulent agencies may send you bulk text message in a catchy-manner that they have screened your CV (even when you didn’t submit your CV to them). Try to find out the name, location, track record and other details of the company or the employment agency inviting you for an interview from reliable sources such as friends, parents, internet: search engines(e.g ), social media(e.g ) and other means.

Sometimes fraudsters use valid/registered company names but use email addresses or websites that doesn’t relate to the company to scam people. However, beware of generic names such as(funny names, Global consultants, joblink Consult, Human Resources Concepts etc. Beware of companies without buildings that display name and address and other means to identify. Do background check on the company and the track record of their HR agencies provided they use.

3) Get details and ask useful questions before attending any interview
If you are called for any job interview or sent a text message/email by any company and you are not sure of it because it looks suspicious to you; politely find a means to get the required information about the truthfulness or realness of the vacancy. You should ask about the company, the nature of the job and their location.

However, you should search online before asking in case their information is already available. If you don’t get a reasonable response from the company or information about them or if they refuse to disclose any of the above information, kindly stay away.

(4) Be sure of the nature of the job you applied for
Always take time out to document the details of each job you applied for. This may sound somehow stressful but it is good because this will enable to identify if some dubious individuals are trying to bring your attention to where you didn’t apply.

The ultimate aim of these fake recruiters or employers is to collect money from you or give you a slave job. Stay clear of any person or company that asks you to pay a certain amount of money or send recharge card in other to get you a job.

Best of luck

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