Jobseeking can be a stressful process, which can lead to stress and disappointment.

What makes it even more difficult is the fact there are scammers out there looking to rip-off and steal from people who are looking for work.

There are different types of scams jobseekers need to look out for.


Common scams include work from home frauds.

People are more likely to fall for these types of scams as working from home is very appealing to a lot of workers.

Scammers are aware of this, so they will put up adverts, primarily online, saying they have jobs where you can make thousands of dollars a month working from home with little time and effort.

However, you don’t end up making the money you were promised.

You end up paying for starter kits, “training,” or certifications that are of no use.

They also may charge your credit or debit card without your permission.

So, the bottom line is; if someone offers you a job and they say that you can make loads of money in a short period of time and with little work, that’s a scam.

The old adage “too good to be true” is very apt when considering these types of offers.

Another type of recruitment scam is: nanny, caregiver, and virtual personal assistant job scams.

Scammers will put up fake job ads for nannies, caregivers, and virtual assistants on job sites.

Or they will send you emails that look like they’re from someone in your community, or who is part of an organization you know.

The way they will try to catch you out is by sending a check.

They will tell you to keep some of the money for your services and then send the rest to someone else.

That is a scam as a legitimate employer will never ask you to do that.

Most importantly, the check is fake, meaning the bank will want you to repay the total amount.

Another common scam is Mystery shopper scams.

If you hear you have the opportunity to get paid to shop, it may well be too good to be true.

Companies do hire mystery shoppers to ensure they’re providing good service.

However, there are also many scams.

Legitimate mystery shopping companies won’t ask you to pay for certifications, directories of jobs, or job guarantees.

If someone asks you to pay to get a job, it is a scam.

And if they want you to deposit a check and send money back – don’t!

One rule to consider you never have to pay anything to get a job like this.

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Another highly used one is Job placement service scams.

There are some people who lie about what they will do for you by promoting outdated or fake job openings and charging fees for so-called services.

There is a pattern here with the scams – once again, legitimate placement firms do not typically charge a fee.

They usually hire companies to pay them a fee to find qualified candidates.

If a placement firm asks you for a fee, again, walk away.

And finally another scam commonly used is Government and postal jobs scams.

This is how they trick you.


Firstly, you will respond to an ad that promises jobs with the federal government or postal service.

Then you are asked to pay a fee to get the job, or pay for study materials so you’ll get a high score on the postal exam.

Those are scams as information about job openings with the federal government or US Postal Service is free.

It is also free to apply for a federal or postal job.

So if you do apply for these jobs make sure you use official websites.

Some advice to avoid being the victim of these scams is:

  • Always do your research on the company first.
  • Talk to someone you confide in.
  • Never pay for the promise of a job.
  • Don’t bank on a ‘cleared’ check.

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