Fake Job Scams: What to Watch Out For

Fake Job Scams: What to Watch Out For


If you’re looking for part-time work, you’re not alone. The job market is good for workers right now, but that doesn’t mean everyone has the job they want. Scammers know this too, and they’re using their underhanded tricks to fool people into handing over money for a job that doesn’t exist. Here’s what you need to look out for when it comes to employment scams, and how to avoid falling victim to these insidious schemes. 

Never Pay Up Front

If you get an email from a potential employer and they tell you that you need to buy some specialized equipment to work for them, it’s time to get suspicious. Often, scammers will use this tactic to fleece people. They make it look like they’re running a business and will offer you a great job with impressive pay and surprising benefits. Once you get into the interview process, they send you a link to a private vendor they insist you use to purchase your equipment.

Here’s the thing: once you send money to this vendor, you’re never going to see that cash again. It’s going to be gone because there is no vendor, no equipment, and no job. The whole thing was an elaborate scheme designed to extract your money.

Don’t Work Without Pay

Some scammers are a bit more straightforward – they might ask you to just start working before you ever get paid. Make sure you’ve got your labor agreement signed and recorded before you do anything related to a job task. If your potential employer asks you to work before they’ve got your financial information and have agreed to pay you for the labor, it’s time to walk away.

Some scammers will trick you into moving heavy boxes, completing digital clerical work, or other menial tasks without any intention to pay you. Make sure you keep detailed records and never work without signing a written agreement with respect to your hourly pay rate.

Never Spend Money You Don’t Have

You should never pay for anything for your employer. If they deposit a check into your bank account and tell you to purchase things for them, this is a scam. That check is going to bounce and you’re going to be left holding the bill. 

Instead, if your employer needs you to buy something on their behalf, get a company credit card from them for the expenses. If they’re not willing to foot the bill, you shouldn’t be willing to pay.