5 Ways to Spot a Recruitment Scam
<p>When looking for international job opportunities, unfortunately it is possible to encounter fake recruiters. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/how-to-recognize-online-job-scams/" target="_blank">Recruitment scams</a> are illegal activities that target job seekers through fake job listings. Often they charge fees for travel, visa processing or accommodation deposits. A recruitment scam usually targets your personal information or money. Some fake recruiters collect sensitive information like your banking information with which they can steal money from your accounts.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, falling victim to a recruitment scam is avoidable as long as you know how to spot them. In this blog, we discuss <strong>5 red flags to look out for to avoid a recruitment scam:</strong></p> <h2>1. It&#8217;s Too Good to Be True&nbsp;</h2> <p>🚩 Many fake recruiters trap their victims with offers of high-paying positions. Usually, they will promise a salary much higher than the industry standard or that does not correspond with your responsibilities.&nbsp;Scammers offer fake rewards to increase the chances that you will fall for their tricks. To avoid falling for such scams, thoroughly research the position you are interested in and be realistic in relation to what the industry standard is for the salary and benefits. Find out your earning potential that corresponds with your skills, training and experience &#8211; if it sounds too good to be true,&nbsp;it usually is. </p> <h2>2. Random Job Offers&nbsp;</h2> <p>🚩 Fake recruiters may also send random job offers to people who did not apply for a job. These scammers look for unsuspecting people who will fall for the job offer to pay them or provide sensitive information.&nbsp;</p> <p>To avoid falling for such scams, always keep track of the jobs you have applied for or intend to apply for. By doing so, when a scammer contacts you with a “job offer,” you can verify whether you applied for that position before responding.&nbsp;</p> <p>You should also familiarize yourself with the recruitment process for where you want to work. Most countries that recruit overseas often have information on what to expect when you apply for a position. Use this information to keep yourself safe from recruitment scams.</p> <h2>3. The Recruiter Avoids Questions About the Job</h2> <p>🚩 Fake recruiters know they are lying; therefore, they will provide as little information as possible about the job offer. The job description could be lacking and they may avoid answering questions related to the job opportunity.</p> <p>A legitimate recruiter will provide clear information in the job description and clarify additional questions or concerns you may have during the recruitment process.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Emails from Free Accounts</h2> <p>🚩 Legitimate businesses communicate with potential employees through official business emails. If you receive a job offer from an account using a public email domain (e.g. @gmail.com), you could be dealing with a fake recruiter. Make sure you look at the sender’s name as well as the email address. Even if the email seems legit, look for other tell-tale signs such as a poorly written email, grammatical errors, or spelling mistakes.&nbsp;Watch out for suspicious attachments or links that contain malware and may capture sensitive information such as your login credentials, card details, phone numbers or account numbers.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Top tip: </strong>Never open an unfamiliar email or its attachments. Report an email as phishing and block the sender from contacting you again.&nbsp;</p> <h2>5. Asking for Sensitive Information or Money</h2> <p>🚩 As stated earlier, fake recruiters are after your money or personal information. Therefore, their scams are created and designed to extract your personal information or money from you.&nbsp;</p> <p>A recruiter asking for sensitive personal or private information before submitting your application or before you secure the job and begin the onboarding is most probably a scammer.&nbsp;</p> <h2>6 Ways to Protect Yourself From a Recruitment Scam&nbsp;</h2> <p>If a scam is executed properly. most of us could easily fall victim to it. However, there are certain steps to avoid falling for a recruitment scam. <strong>Here are 6 top tips to protect yourself:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong>Avoid</strong> job postings that seem to have a sense of urgency. Recruiters manage to pedal their scams by creating a sense of urgency which deprives you the time to think through their job posting. Recruitment can take several weeks or months and while shortages need to be stemmed, it should not be a panicked process.</li><li><strong>Avoid</strong> jobs with vague job descriptions and obvious grammatical and spelling errors.</li><li><strong>Research</strong> the company offering the job position. Many companies have careers pages where they update the vacancies they have. Check these pages and if possible, apply directly through the company’s website instead.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Look</strong> for reputable companies dedicated to helping people find overseas jobs. For example, <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/partner/resources/trueprofileio-jobs">TrueProfile.io</a> Jobs lets its Members view <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/trueprofile-io-jobs-a-world-of-healthcare-opportunities/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">verified job listings</a> from trusted organizations. This inspires confidence and trust from the outset.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Be wary</strong> of jobs that require no <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/mytrueprofile-digital-cv-highlight-your-education/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">education</a>, <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/mytrueprofile-digital-cv-highlights-work-experience/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">experience</a> or skills, yet they offer a high income. These are usually scams.</li><li><strong>Do not share</strong> your sensitive personal or banking information over email, text, or phone.</li></ol> <p></p> <h2>Only Engage with Verified Recruiters</h2> <p>When looking for overseas employment, it is safer to be skeptical than naïve. Before you apply for any job position, research the company, the recruiter, and additional details about the company. Check on your country&#8217;s Ministry of Labor whether the recruiter is licensed to help job seekers find employment. 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