When job searching, it is important to stay safe and use caution when applying to job postings While the majority of job ads are legitimate, there are also questionable job postings that may appear real. They are designed to gain access to your personal or financial information, steal your money and at times may even endanger you.
Potential signs of a fraudulent job posting:
- spelling and grammatical mistakes in the advertisement
- the job requires minimal to no experience, but pays very well
- the employer asks you to deposit or transfer money with your bank account after applying
- the company’s physical address cannot be located through an internet search
- the company does not have a website, Facebook page, or social media presence.
- the contact person’s email address does not include the company’s name and is generic
- the phone number is unavailable or suspicious
- the employer asks to meet you in a place other than the company’s location
Not all of the above listed signs indicate that a job posting is fraudulent, however, if you see more than one of these signs, please proceed with caution.
Tips to protect yourself
Never pay or accept money from an unverified employer, specifically during the interview process.
- Safeguard your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and personal information. You will be asked to provide this information once hired by an employer.
- Arrange to meet an employer either at the business location or in a public place for the interview
- Notify a friend/family member of your interview time and location
- Conduct online research of employers before you apply for job
If you have identified a fraudulent posting or scam, please ces [at] mohawkcollege.ca (contact us).