How to Make Your Job Search Safer

There is no doubt that Internet has become one of the most popular means of recruitment. However, fraudsters who parade themselves as recruiters have used this means to defraud many unsuspecting job seekers. In this article, I will share with you ten indicators to check if an email from an employer or recruiter is a fraud or scam.

1. If you have not heard the name of the company before, search on Yahoo, Google or MSN to see if the company has a genuine website. If it does not, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
2. Even if it has a website, check if other people have reported that the employer has been involved in job scams previously.
3. If the mail offers a job without a face to face interview, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
4. If the mail offers you a job you have not applied for, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
5. If the mail asks for your personal, non-work related information such as credit card numbers or bank information over phone or email, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
6. If the mailer asks for money-transfers or payment for any employment/recruitment related purpose, such as immigration and visa processing, travel etc., then it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
7. If the mailer has used free email IDs to contact you or as 'reply to' email IDs. For example, if you get a job offer from XYZ Petroleum Company, and their email ID is or then it is most probably a fake company. Real companies use their own domain name on their email, and do not use free email providers.
8. If the 'reply to' email ID is different from the 'from' email ID, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
9. If the contact telephone numbers are mobile phone numbers only, and no landline numbers are given, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.
10. If the mail mentions that a well-known company such as Coca-cola or Pepsi is their recruitment partner, or labor consultant or employment partner, it is a FRAUD or SCAM.

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