Cybersecurity is a growing concern for many companies and individuals. The government has reported a 300% increase in cybercrimes since the pandemic has begun. This makes it harder for those who are seeking employment using recruiting websites. Hackers prey on applicants and try to find ways to gain confidential information. Many applicants have become victims of identity theft as a result.
The pay is unusually high.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. These hackers lure applicants in with pseudo promises to make a lot of money. An example is getting paid $30 an hour to stuff envelopes.
Here are ten ways to help decide if the job offer is legitimate or if it puts you at risk for identity theft:
You get the job offer immediately.
Legitimate companies with valid job offer use a system to acquire and hire employees. This avoids high turnover rates and keeps the business employed with competent people. Be very suspicious if a recruiter hires you immediately.
Broken language, unprofessional tone
This is a tell-tale sign that the job offer is a scam. Often, scammers use broken English or have an amateurish writing style when contacting you.
You are required to pay a fee.
Some scammers request that you pay a fee for equipment, services, and to get the materials needed to begin the job. Do not be fooled. Most companies will not require that you pay anything upfront.
The recruiter requests personally identifiable information before you are hired.
Information such as your social security number, bank routing, and account number, or your address is typically not required until you have accepted a position. Giving this information out prematurely can result in identity theft.
There is extraordinarily little or vague information about the company.
If you have researched the company and there is not much information available, proceed with caution. The legitimate business offers a plethora of information to attract customers, investors, and employees.
The email address is not professional.
Be skeptical if you notice that the email is from a source such as Google, AOL, or any name that does not have to do with the company. These are often personal emails that are used for phishing.
The recruiter request that you have your resume reviewed.
This will usually involve a third-party vendor and it will cost money. Getting your resume reviewed may be a good thing, but it does not always guarantee that you will get the job. Seek this service outside of your recruiter if you choose to use it.
There is no contact information in the email.
These scammers tend to choose not to provide a lot of contact information because it is more likely that the scam will be discovered.
You did not contact the recruiter.
Be careful if you have no recollection of contacting the recruiter especially if it is a field that you would not normally apply for. Usually, the recruiter is choosing random individuals to prey upon.
Identity theft is a terrible consequence of not being careful. These tips will help you make an educated decision on the validity of the job offer. Protect your personal information and be vigilant when obtaining your next position.