Never give your Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account numbers or other sensitive information. Also be cautious of job postings that contain the following: • Statements that sound too good to be true. For instance, phrases like: “No experience needed,” “unlimited income,” “work for one hour, get paid for eight hours.”
• Poor grammar and/or misspelled words. This can be an indicator of fraudulent companies that operate overseas.
• Positions that provide generic information or the lack of clear information on the services offered.
• Companies or agencies that refuse to provide verifiable references.
• Companies or agencies offering surprisingly high salaries for the promised job. • Be wary of employers with contact e-mail using a consumer e-mail domain such as gmail.com or yahoo.com.
• Legitimate employers and firms don’t ask you to pay for the promise of a job.
• Be aware that scamming “employers” often pay with incredibly realistic fake checks. And use extreme caution before parting with personal information. • Check with your local consumer protection agency, your state attorney general’s office and the Better Business Bureau
(bbb.org) to see whether any complaints have been filed about the company. But you should know that sham companies do not keep the same name for long, so they may not be listed with those agencies.
• There are a number of good Web sites to learn about job scams, including the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/jobscams, bbb.org, RipOffReport.
com and FakeChecks.org.