Ten Ways to Avoid Employment Scams
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Ten Ways to Avoid Employment Scams

1) Ignore job posts which only contain a 800 or 888 phone number. The vast majority of them only sell job lists which are completely useless. The more dangerous ones ask you for personal information so they can steal from you. The prominent examples are these kind of posts are the ones which advertise government or postal jobs.

2) Stay away from sites which make you pay to search through their job boards. There’s no reason a person should spend money perusing ads when there are plenty of free sites which serve the same purpose. Furthermore, most of the postings listed on such sites can often be found on the free ones.

3) Do not apply for At Home jobs. Many will try to pay you with fraudulent cashier checks, money orders, and wire transfers. Some will use your personal information while others require an investment of some sort for supplies.

4) Avoid replying to ads which promise big bucks. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

5) Don't respond to e-mail which tells you they have seen you're resume but need more personal information.

6) If you've never heard of a company, do some research on it. Many scammers will make up a company name that sounds official to lure victims.

7) Resist responding to ads which are vague, especially those that advertise being a Fortune 500 company without providing a name.

8) If you e-mail your resume, don't give away all your personal information.

9) Avoid job offerings which require you to spend money. In many cases, an e-mail is sent in response to your inquiry which states that some monetary investment is required for such things as business expenses and contract fees.

10) When in doubt, don’t respond to the job posting. Better safe than sorry.

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