Beware scams; Edited by TRICIA PHILLIPS AND LISA GRAY scotcareers.
Byline: LISA GRAY
Beware scams ONLINE job searching and applications have opened up a whole new lucrative world for crooks.
KNOW HOW Scammers are cashing in by charging upfront fees for bogus jobs and training - opening up a can of worms for candidates.
Research from CV-Library and e-crime non-profit organisation SAFERjobs has found that threequarters of job hunters wouldn't recognise signs that a job offer was a scam, while a similar number assume any job posted online is legitimate.
Meanwhile, fewer than one in 10 would feel that being offered a job without an interview would indicate a hoax.
We've teamed up with Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, for the key indicators jobseekers should be looking out for to avoid becoming victim to fraudsters: . ? Illegitimate companies or emails: Personal email addresses unrelated to the company in question, i.e. email@example.com, or fake company names and web addresses could signal that the job is a scam. Make sure you do your research.
. ? Spelling and grammar: Mistakes could indicate poor translation and the possibility a job isn't genuine. Read through emails and job offers in detail, and ask a friend or family member to check them out too.
. ? Too good to be true: Unrealistic salaries, job offers without interviews and roles which state 'No experience necessary' as a job title will likely be scams.
. ? Money, money, money: Extortionate DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) costs (anything over PS75 should be queried), or requesting a candidate to pay for a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), which no longer exists. Premium-rate phone numbers for interviews are also another sign of a scam, along with upfront fees for training.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 2, 2016|
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