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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. joebloggs@hotmail.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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