5 Ways to Spot a Fake Job Posting

Fake job postings are not new. However, since online job postings are now so common, this crime is on the rise. The average loss per victim from these online crimes is about $3,000. Here are some tips and ways to spot a fake job posting and avoid being scammed.

  1. Punctuation, Grammar, and Other Errors: While not everyone is a grammar expert, the posting should come across as professional and polished. If the flyer, website or email is full of punctuation and grammatical errors, strange capitalizations, misspellings, or other inconsistencies, it should be an early red flag. Other red flags: any misspellings of the company name, key software required for the job, the job title itself, or common sites like Google and Yahoo should encourage you to not apply.
  2. Informal Job Description, Requirements, or Hiring Process: It’s not just the grammar and spelling that show you if a job is real. Sometimes the description and requirements of the job will be a clue. If the “requirements” are basic elements that most adult applicants would achieve, like being over 18, being a US citizen, and having internet access, the job is potentially a scam. These requirements don’t tell the hiring manager anything about your qualifications or work experience, a clear sign they are more concerned with getting your personal information than giving you a job.
  3. Requests for Confidential Information: Confidential information that can be requested as part of a fraudulent job posting includes your bank account information, credit card number, or Social Security Number. While it’s true that real jobs will collect this information from you to complete a background check or set up direct deposit, this should never be part of the preliminary application process.
  4. Fee Requirements: You should not have to pay for the company equipment before you begin.
  5. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t: If the responsibilities sound amazingly easy, especially in comparison with the salary, this is a sign the job is too good to be true, meaning it probably isn’t!

Read more about, “How to Spot Fraudulent Job and Internship Postings”, here. 

The photo below is an example of a recent flyer passed out in classes. The Career Hub would never sanction this type of recruiting tactic. Please notify the Career Hub if you have any questions.

By Alex Martens
Alex Martens Assistant Director