How to know if a job of­fer is fake

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

How ideal would it be to re­ceive an email with a lu­cra­tive job of­fer with­out hav­ing to go through the trou­ble of search­ing, ap­ply­ing, in­ter­view­ing, and ne­go­ti­at­ing? This is sadly not re­al­is­tic and if you re­ceive such email then it is most likely go­ing to be a scam.

In­ter­net scams are be­com­ing more and more cre­ative ev­ery day. Many scam­mers to­day im­per­son­ate re­cruiters or HR man­agers and send you phish­ing emails in the form of job of­fers; they will con­tact you of­fer­ing a job op­por­tu­nity in order to ac­quire your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and bank ac­count de­tails. Some scam­mers will even il­le­gally uti­lize le­git­i­mate job boards and sites to find their vic­tims.

Here is how to iden­tify and avoid a fake job of­fer, ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts at, the Mid­dle East’s #1 job site:

1. Did the job of­fer come out of the blue?

Did you re­ceive a job of­fer even though you don’t re­mem­ber ever ap­ply­ing? Or did you re­ceive a phone call promis­ing you a huge salary to work part-time from home? Did they say they found your CV on a job site that you’ve never posted your in­for­ma­tion on be­fore? These are all red flags to watch out for. Rep­utable com­pa­nies will al­ways have a process for hir­ing.

Hir­ing is not in­stan­ta­neous, or ran­dom, no mat­ter how im­pres­sive your CV is. Most im­por­tantly, le­git­i­mate com­pa­nies will al­ways ab­sorb the costs of hir­ing and will never ask you to pay hir­ing fees.

2. Does the com­pany re­ally ex­ist?

Do your re­search when you re­ceive a job of­fer. Check if the com­pany has a web­site and con­tact de­tails. If there is no web­site or, at the very least, a so­cial me­dia page, be very cau­tious. If you do, in fact, find a web­site, then com­pare the con­tact de­tails dis­played to the ones they pro­vided you with in the of­fer let­ter. You can also do a quick web search to see if the com­pany has been re­ported by other job seek­ers.

3. Did the job of­fer come from a per­sonal email ad­dress?

Rep­utable or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses will have cor­po­rate email ad­dresses. If the email comes from a free do­main such as Ya­hoo or Hot­mail, make sure you do ad­di­tional re­search be­fore pro­ceed­ing. Some­times, a scam email may ap­pear to have a com­pany do­main but on a sec­ond look, you will find some mi­nor dif­fer­ences. For ex­am­ple, you might see an email com­ing from “...@srzde­” in­stead of “...@srzde­”. If you sense that the ad­dress may be fake, you can al­ways con­tact the com­pany by phone and ver­ify.

4. Is the email so­lic­it­ing con­fi­den­tial or bank in­for­ma­tion?

Some scam­mers may ask for per­sonal and bank ac­count de­tails in order to set up a di­rect de­posit. Stay away from any­thing of that sort. Al­ways avoid en­ter­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion online and def­i­nitely don’t give ac­cess to your bank in­for­ma­tion. Di­rect de­posit in­for­ma­tion is usually one of the last steps of hir­ing and oc­curs af­ter you have met with at least one per­son from the com­pany. You can check how se­cure the com­pany web­site is by check­ing the ad­dress bar. Al­ways make sure it is “https://” not “http://”, when en­ter­ing sen­si­tive ma­te­rial.

5. Is it a pro­fes­sional email?

Is the email well writ­ten? Are there any gram­mar and spelling mis­takes? Is there a com­pany sig­na­ture at the bot­tom of the email? Is the job de­scrip­tion clear and pro­fes­sional? Does it state what ex­pe­ri­ence or skills it re­quires? En­sure that all the usual re­quire­ments are present in the job de­scrip­tion, whether you re­ceived it in an email or found it on a job site or through so­cial me­dia. is the #1 job site in the Mid­dle East with more than 40,000 em­ploy­ers and over 26,250,000 reg­is­tered job seek­ers from across the Mid­dle East, North Africa and the globe, rep­re­sent­ing all in­dus­tries, na­tion­al­i­ties and ca­reer lev­els. Post a job or find jobs on to­day and ac­cess the lead­ing re­source for job seek­ers and em­ploy­ers in the re­gion.

This pho­to­graph taken by Tai­wan agency CNA Photo shows lo­cal res­i­dents pos­ing as they join hands to cel­e­brate their vic­tory re­ject­ing a pro­posal to al­low casino de­vel­op­ment in Penghu is­land yes­ter­day. — AFP

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