If you always watch the nightly news, it is common to see news of overseas workers coming home empty handed because the jobs they applied to abroad were fake. Con artists have kept pace with modern job-hunting trends, judging by how well they have created job scams – once perpetrated only through printed classified ads – into cyberspace. In these recession-hard times, jobseekers are turning online for jobs abroad which make them prone to job scams. There are several online rip-offs you need to be wary of:
Phony jobs – Modus operandi: Scammers create fake but convincing job ads that they post either on legitimate job boards or on bogus websites that mimic genuine jobs in New Zealand job sites.
Personal invitations – Modus operandi: The crook sends an e-mail claiming to have seen your personal web pages or online resume, notes how your skills match the job requirements, and invites you to fill up an online job application.
ID checks – Modus operandi: The con artist will say he needs to scan your driver’s license, passport of other means of identification to verify your identity. Or he claims to need your bank account or credit card number to run a credit check before continuing with the job application process.
Such scams, and other numerous variations and versions, all want to fool unsuspecting and inexperienced job seekers into sending money to the perpetrators or into giving up personal information that can be used for identity theft.
To avoid being fooled, remember these important things:
– Be leery of spams offering assistance in getting you jobs.
– Do not pay money upfront to anyone promising to find work for you.
– Do your own research and call up your local country’s labor and employment department / bureau or call up the employment agencies jobs website.
– Do not provide your bank account number.
– Do not forward or transfer money to an employer.
– Establish a dedicated web-based e-mail account for all non-personal communication.
– Enter website addresses into your browser instead of clicking links when checking out job sources. This is to avoid being a victim of “pharming” (in which users are redirected from rightful websites to spurious replicas to steal personal details).
– Watch out for spelling errors, e-mail addresses that do not bear the company’s name, and other inconsistencies.
Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it’s likely to be a scam. But, here is a job site that is neither too good nor a scam, http://www.adecco.co.nz/. Visit our job site and find genuine jobs abroad.