How to Detect Job Recruiter Scams and Avoid Them

Recruiter scams have shot up in the recent past, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify them and avoid becoming a victim of identity theft or money laundering. Luckily, some tell-tale signs can help you detect recruiter scams and avoid them.

Here is a list of them:

Job Offer Too Good

All job seekers will swear to the fact that good jobs are very hard to find. So when a job offer is too good to be true, it can be a sign that a job recruiter is fake. One, if the recruiter contacted you instead of the converse, have your senses up. They’ll claim that they came across your resume online and will proceed to offer you the job or ask to interview you. Two, if the pay is too good to be true, then the job offering might be fake. Finally, if you get the job immediately after a quick interview over the phone, then the recruiter might be a scam.
Now, all of these instances will be as a result of fake recruiters trolling job boards in the look for victims. To avoid being a victim, post only on job sites that put in place privacy policies which only allow employers who have been verified to look at the listings.

Unprofessional Phone Interviews

Fake job recruiters will hold unstructured interviews over the phone that will be entirely subjective and filled with questions that are too personal, inappropriate or simply unethical. For example, they may ask for your banking details to send you the money which you should then forward to another account or ask for your address to send you a package which could be illegal goods. All these red flags should indicate to you that the recruiter is fake and is out to scam you. Professional job interviews are pretty thorough, and the interviewer will have gone through your resume and often interviewers do not stray from the purpose that made them call you in the first place. To prevent this kind of phone call, we suggest that you google the phone number. If this number is suspicious, you will see some result and click the link like:,  People usually leave some comments about this phone number.

Asked to Give Confidential Information

Some fake recruiters may ask you to provide them with the last four numbers from your social security number alongside personal details. Others may request you to fill out your details in an online form to kick-start the hiring process and in the process, ask for your bank account details to transfer money into the account.

To avoid being a victim, if you are filling personal information on a website, ensure that the website is secure. The address on the web address bar should be https:// and not http://
Therefore, most companies are rigorous in their job recruitment process as they want the ideal person that fits the position they want to fill. Seldom will they hold interviews over the phone or Internet Messaging and give you the job. Neither do they ask for the applicant to pay for any service? Professional job recruiters will also be listed online on a site like a Indeed and will have email addresses that match the real company’s email address.

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