June 12, 2019

Job Posting Scam

Job Posting Scam –when your dream job becomes a nightmare.

Heads up employers and job-seekers! Scammers are targeting job posting sites and impersonating legitimate companies to gain personal information from wannabe hirees. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from job application scams.

The company is legit. The contact info is not. Scammers pose as legitimate companies hiring for positions that do not exist at a real company. Look at the email address associated with the posting. If it is generic (like a Yahoo or Gmail account that can easily be set up by anyone), it could be a scam. Instead, call the business directly to confirm they are hiring. 

Like all scams, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Scam job postings often promise high salaries for little work. If you can work from home making thousands each week, companies would be flooded with applicants. If the salary does not sound commiserate for the education, hours, and duties described, it’s probably a scam. 

Don’t provide personal information during initial communications. Sure once you are hired and meet with HR, you might have to hand over your driver’s license or provide your social security number. But if the would-be employer is asking for all this info when you initially apply, it’s probably a scam.

For more information on how to protect yourself financially, talk with a Tulsa Federal Credit Union financial professional. Visit in-person at any branch location or call 918.610.0200.