Before you go ahead with that “once-in-a-lifetime” job application, take a look at the list of job scams that have caught many people off-guard.
1. The false job application scam
This email is sent, asking you to complete an online form. The website link then redirects you to a page that requires all your personal information. There will also be text saying something like: If you do not submit your details we cannot consider you for the job.
2. You have to pay for items scam
After going to what seems like a valid interview, the company says it will set you up with software to allow you to work from home. The employer will then send you a cashier’s check and ask that you deposit the check into your bank account and withdraw funds. You’re then asked to send those funds to Western Union for materials that you’ll need in order to perform your job properly.
3. Pay before an interview scam
You’re offered a job via email and you get told that employees’ salaries are paid via Direct Deposit with the organisation’s bank. After registering your Direct Deposit confirmation, you’re then told to choose a date and time for your interview and reminded that without your Direct Deposit account details, your salary won’t be paid on time.
4. You sign up for a trial period job scam
You’re told that you are one of two or three candidates who will go through a trial period that consists of two or three weeks. This scam can be quite deceiving as the company’s details and information all seem fine. The only thing that should set off warning bells is the form that you have to complete – your ID number, personal details and bank account information is required.
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5. The fax job scam
This is one of the most popular scams in South Africa. With this job scam a fake recruiter will advertise a fake job. You’re asked to fax your CV to a fax number that’s strategically set up to charge higher than standard rates. After you send your CV the charges will be sent to your phone bill at ridiculously high rates.
Things to watch out for for fax scams:
According to The Job Network here are a few tips on how to spot a fake job posting in 2019
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What should you do if you think you've spotted a scam on Careers24?
1. Do NOT respond to the ad
2. Notify us immediately by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org