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The Washington Post Jobs team is concerned about the safety and se­cu­rity of all our users. We take a num­ber of steps to try to en­sure that only le­git­i­mate em­ploy­ers post open­ings on our site and that our users have a pos­i­tive job search ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, no site can guar­an­tee ab­so­lute se­cu­rity, and it is there­fore im­por­tant for users to be aware of po­ten­tial scams, risks and other prob­lems that may arise in con­nec­tion with an on­line job search.

TYPES OF SCAMS

Work From Home Scams

The fraud­u­lent em­ployer claims any­one can work from the com­fort of their own home and earn a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money with no skills or ex­pe­ri­ence needed.

Check, Pay­ment Pro­cess­ing, Col­lec­tions Scams

These scams will of­ten in­clude in­struc­tions to col­lect and de­posit funds from the fraud­u­lent com­pany’s “clients” and then trans­fer money back into a third party bank ac­count.

Ship­ping Scams

These fake po­si­tions re­quire the job seeker to re­ceive pack­ages of goods, such as elec­tron­ics and other items, and then re-ship the pack­ages to an­other lo­ca­tion, of­ten over­seas.

Mys­tery Shop­per Scams

The fraud­u­lent em­ployer claims the job seeker will be paid hand­somely to shop at a va­ri­ety of rep­utable com­pa­nies. Typ­i­cally these jobs will re­quire a fee for in­for­ma­tion or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion prior to em­ploy­ment.

COM­MON JOB TI­TLES Per­sonal As­sis­tant, Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant, Ac­counts Re­ceiv­able

Be cau­tious when ap­ply­ing to jobs that have very generic ti­tles with­out ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the po­ten­tial em­ployer. These generic types of list­ings can be good coverups for fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity be­cause the de­scrip­tions can be vague, yet look pro­fes­sional.

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