I like to warn people about this crap. So, here are a few things to watch out for:
Career Consulting Scams
You may be contacted by "career consultants" who are impressed with your resume and would like to represent you. In addition, you may be interested in their marketing, resume writing, resume reviews, or other career-related services.
Scam Details: In reality, this is a pitch for products or services the company wants to sell you.
Recruiters may contact you saying that have clients with positions that you could be qualified for, though they don't have current openings. However, they also offer training sessions you should purchase to enhance your candidacy.
Scam Details: This is another attempt to sell you services, rather than to recruit you for legitimate job openings.
Bait and Switch Scams
With this scam, you apply for a job and are selected for an interview. During the interview you discover that they job you applied for doesn't exist and the company tries to interest you in completely different position.
Scam Details: When a company is hiring for jobs that nobody wants, they believe they may be able to more readily convince someone to take the job if they discuss it with them in person.
In this type of scam, you get an email saying a company has clients with positions that you could be qualified for, even sending you the description of what could be a legitimate job opening: "Your online resume has recently come to my attention. I am impressed with your qualifications. A client of mine needs to fill an opening and because of your previous experience in the tech industry, I believe you might be a solid match. In order to see the full job description, just click on the link below or paste it into your browser's address bar."
Scam Details: You can't apply directly for the job. Instead, you are directed to a link on a web site, where you fill out a form with your contact information and other personal information. This is an attempt to collect your personal information either to sell you services or to sell to a third party.
People or companies offer to complete or file your unemployment insurance claim for you - for a fee. They may say they have a connection to your State Labor Department and can expedite the processing of your claim.
Scam Details: There is no benefit to paying a service to file your claim. In fact, some states probit anyone other than the claimant from accessing the unemployment system. Unemployed workers should file their own claims for unemployment via the state unemployment office web site or by phone. Using a paid service to file your claim will not ensure faster handling.
Work at Home Scam
I was looking for employment and I came across a WORK-AT-HOME thing and I thought it would be pretty cool, since you only had to fill out applications, send em back and you get paid for it, So I thought Hey I could do this, So I did and I had to pay 15$ But whats 15$? Anyways, So I paid and I quickly got the Training, and lo and behold, it was a pyramid Scam, so I reported the person who hooked me up to the Right Authorities and i am hoping they can be dealt with, be wary, the Ad is very little detailed and they will ask you for money for their training, Im going job hunting so i can pay my bill off, Dont be as stupid as I was!
Secret Shopper Scam
Do not forget the companies, usually from Canada, that contact you, send you a check, and then ask you to wire money to them. The check bounces, but the money has been wired from your account.
—Guest Jay Martin
I sent an e-mail out off of craigslist in response to a receptionist job, and received a very long form e-mail back stating they needed a credit report run before I could begin the interview process. Mind you, they said they only needed verification of my social security number, address, and employment history. So, I am in the process of reporting them for fraudulent business practices as I write this.
New "microfinance gateway" email scam
Received this today; appears that a likely legitimate link to microfinance.org from header pic is used to lend credence to sender. Good day, I got your contact through online Job network. Please permit me to ask you if you will be interested in a Part Time paying job that will not affect or disturb your present job, in which you can earn you up to $600 weekly. Do reply this email if you'll like more details. Best regards Morris Miller. Do not reply this email if you do not reside in the US.
I was searching indeed.com and came across an Executive Assistant position. That the business location was 123 Main St should have been a tip off, but I figured they just didn't want to bother. An hour after I sent in my resume and CL, I got an email saying that the position had been filled but they had a position for Business Management Whatever, where you accept checks for payment and transfer money via Western Union. Ellis Dev. even has a website, which contains some "expert witness" certificate. I am lucky and thankful to be able to tell that this is a scam, but I fear that some people haven't been so fortunate. This, my friends, is a Nigerian scheme, so STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING INVOLVING MONEY TRANSFERS!! What is happening is they are sending you fake checks for you to deposit into your own bank account. By the time the bank figures out that the checks are fake, you have already wired money to some thief from your bank account with money that doesn't exist.
—Guest Mr. Name Withheld
Poland Investments Inc
This company sent me an email offering a job making $125k/yr without any prior meetings, contact or application. The email address does not match the person who 'signs' the email. I couldn't tell what they were after because I didn't respond, but I've confirmed it's a scam so BEWARE!!
Career Switcher Teacher Credential Scam
This scam is a real joker, because it is often sponsored by public universities. They advertise for people wanting to switch to teaching. They also want a few thousand dollars upfront.
The guy that emailed me even provided a link to their website, which was legit. However, after several emails, they said payment was being sent, then I received an email stating they overpaid, and I was to cash the check and western union them the balance. I had already contacted the legitimate company and confirmed it was a scam, and sent the correspondence and told them, not to hold his breath.
Purchasing Agent Job Scam
I was contacted by email with a job offer from a marketing and advertising company based in the UK. They promised $2500/month for 3-4 hrs a day work. Not bad! I noticed they had last year's date on email...hmmm. There also was no info online about the company. There was misspellings in their emails and on the website. Every email I received had a different address. They created the website just a few days before emailing me. I think if I had played along enough, I'm sure they would have gotten to my SS# and bank information. These people need to get a real job!
I too received an email regarding this "employment position" For kicks I said "I'm interested" to see what it was about. Yeh like there just going to give (a total stranger) large amounts of money and HOPE I send them the rest!! My take it that after you cash a check or (2) from them, probably small ones-they drain your bank account because you have to put your account number on any check you cash at you own bank. BEWARE...
Absolutely Payment Career
This company responded to my resume on CareerBuilder.com, but I cannot imagine why any company would want to hire a stranger to accept payments from them. I feel certain this is some kind of scam. Has anyone else received this type of so called employment offer? Have you reported it? If so, where?