During this time of high unemployment, scammers go into overdrive. When people are in need of work, they’re more likely to fall for common scams. This is especially true for scams that claim to offer work-from-home opportunities—something in high demand for those who cannot return to their previous line of work at the moment.
Let’s take a look at the common scams out there and then talk about what employers can do to prevent their name from being used in conjunction with these scams.
Common Employment Scams
Scammers often post jobs and then prey on those unlucky enough to think the job posts are legitimate. They often use the names of real companies in an effort to get even more interest, as those companies can be researched and will appear to be real, even though the job is not.
The scammer’s goal is usually to get information—either personal information to facilitate identity theft or financial information to get money. An application is often enough to get an individual to divulge a lot of personal information, including Social Security numbers, birth date, etc.
Scammers looking for an immediate payout go a step further by requesting either banking info or direct payment for things like computers or other equipment, training materials, visa fees, application fees, and more.
Another type of job scam is when scammers try to get malware onto the would-be applicant’s computer or get access to his or her computer through some aspect of the process.
Yet another scam is when someone is told he or she has gotten a job and the scammer “accidentally” overpays the person by check and then requests the difference to be returned, only for the original check to bounce, sometimes weeks later, resulting in the individual’s losing the difference. Read more here…
Source: HR Daily Advisor