Fake job offers are increasingly on the rise as scammers prey on vulnerable job seekers. Watch out.
It is estimated that 12 million Indian youth enter the job market every year. Amidst such a staggering high competition and artificial intelligence modifying human intervention at the workplace, there are more candidates vying for the same position. While the desperation in seeking the right source of livelihood rises, so does the number of scammers duping innocent job seekers through the promise of fake jobs.
Such scams not just affect your chances of getting a job and lower your morale, but it can also hurt the company’s reputation if they wrongfully use their name. Here’s how you can differentiate fake job offers from the real ones.
Fake job scam: Analysing the trend
After carefully analysing some job scams that became the talk of the nation, such as the Wisdom Jobs scam, wherein the CEO, Ajay Kolla duped more than a lakh of applicants of a collective Rs. 70 crore, we’ve listed a few recurring trends to be mindful of.
- Scammers usually seek profiles on job search sites, and these applicants are typically from tier 2 and 3 cities.
- The victims are usually in their early to mid-twenties, have less work experience, and sub-par interpersonal skills.
- Scammers send them mass emails and usually link to fake websites, take telephonic or video interview, and in some cases, may even call them to their ‘makeshift’ office.
- Victims are asked to either deposit a registration or a pre-job consultation fee.
How to avoid a fake job scam
1. Only communicate on credible sources
Whether it is Facebook groups or individual emails, the chances of phishing increase when you communicate on a non-authority platform. If you’re interested in seeking a job with a specific company, it’s best to either cold call or apply via the e-mail id provided on their official website.
2. Carefully scrutinise the mail
Most fake job offers start with a mail. When you receive a mail promising you a fantastic opportunity, be sure to scan it for red flags. Is the mail from the official e-mail id? Does it sound too good to be true? Is it specific to the position you have entered in your resume on jobs search websites or does it come with an umbrella offer?
The promise of more than double increment on your current salary, or a package above the industry standard or suiting your qualification and experience levels are most definitely fake. Steer clear of such offers, no matter how attractive they may seem.
3. Never pay to secure a job
The biggest tell-tale sign of a job scam is when they ask for a deposit for you to either secure your interview spot, for documents, for registration, etc. No legit employer will ask candidates for money for the interview process or to secure a job. Companies look to hire people on merit and not through bribery, so if you get asked to deposit money to save yourself a spot or as a guaranteed way to earn a job, it is, in all likelihood, a fake job scam.
Finding the right job can be taxing but falling prey to such scams is even worse. Take your time to search for the right job and make sure that the employer is credible and it’s a legitimate organisation. Have a look at these 7 perks can give you better job satisfaction and work-life balance.