To prevent people from falling for the scam of fake job offers, we analyze the signs that can help us identify them in time.
Updated December 2022
Fake job offers are very common. They can arrive by e-mail, via spam, on LinkedIn or WhatsApp. Many of these offers present themselves as too-good-to-be-true opportunities, where so-called recruiters promise good earnings without demanding many requirements, but are often models of deception similar to pyramid schemes or Ponzi schemes. The objective may be to extort money from job seekers or steal their data in order to steal your identity.
Criminals who contact us get our information from job portals, our LinkedIn profile, or a database stolen or bought from an underground forum. Much of our information is public.
Below we will analyze some signs that usually indicate that we are facing an attempt at fraud. We can see these same signals in job postings that come to us through the mail, through LinkedIn, or through a WhatsApp number that claims to be the account of an unknown legitimate company.
Lack of personalization of messages
This generally suggests that it is spam (when it is not directly a fraud). In this case, the message was sent to a contact address and not an actual person, which in itself indicates that the message was sent to a randomly collected list of email addresses, hoping to find victims.
However, we have seen several examples of scam emails where they use the person’s name and even the recipient’s personal information, so although it is a sign, use of the name does not guarantee that the offer is genuine.
Lack of job information and no requirements
[Soy Miss Eliza Johnson de Canadá,yo La Gerente De Travelers Inn Hotel,El Hotel Necesitar Hombre Y Mujer Que Pueda Trabajar Y Vivir En Traveler Inn Hotels aquí en Canadá.]
Presentations like this are highly suspicious. Sure, there are jobs that don’t require any specific experience or professional title, but if they don’t even bother to come up with a name for the job title, it suggests that all they care about is extract money from applications for non-existent jobs.
On the other hand, it is not uncommon to find other versions of this scam that include a long list of available jobs, from pool attendant to restaurant manager.
The following list is taken from one of these messages:
[**Pasaje aéreo gratuito a Canadá
**Capacitación y ascensos regulares
**Beca de estudios para un hijo de cada Empleado
**Asistencia médica y hospedaje para empleados de tiempo completo, jubilación y Premios]
The hospitality industry now has to be incredibly more generous than when I worked in bars and hotels in the 1970s… In fact, I’ve held management positions (fairly recently) that didn’t include such a relocation package and relocation.
Pay attention to the original address
[Correo electrónico de contacto : [nombre_relacionado_con_el_hotel]@worker.com ]
This is a fundamental “red alert”. Beware of domain names in emails that seem appropriate in a context such as a job posting, such as “consultant.com”, “contractor.com”, or “accountant.com”, as these examples are some of the possible domains that they offer services like mail.com, a provider of free email accounts associated with a popular website provider.
While this service is completely legitimate, the ability to create email addresses with these domains has obvious appeal to scammers looking for credible email addresses.
The next time you’re tempted to reply to an address you think is legitimate, take a look at this list of free address domains.
They will offer to take care of the paperwork
[La administración del Hotel se hará cargo de su hospedaje y pasaje de avión . También ayudará a procesar la visa.]
When it comes to overseas job offers, these scams almost always They offer help to process the visa. In fact, if you follow the steps of any of these scams (although it’s usually not a good idea), you’ll usually find that they insist on processing your visa.
Not to make sure it’s legal, but because it’s a scam to charge a fee up front, and the visa fee is what they’ll want to include in your payment.
But in addition to the visa, there is a whole universe of possible excuses to justify supposed administrative fees and charges for purely imaginary services. A few years ago we saw an example where the supply of labor depended on the payment of £990 to obtain a certificate UK active security fit person certificate and terrorism affidavit. Definitely through Western Union, another legit service scammers love.
Does the proposal make sense?
Who would have thought that an organization large enough to have an HR department would be stingy enough to limit themselves to a free email account on mail.com? Clerical errors are also an indicator of bad intentions.
However, there are much more compelling variants than this, better written and with graphical content that resembles the actual content of a hotel site.
And of course they will ask you for your data
Información personal del solicitante
Fecha de nacimiento…………..
País de origen……….
Puesto solicitado para…………
Pasaporte internacional Nro. ……
Una fotografía del pasaporte….. (escanear y adjuntar)
CV/Títulos… (si tiene alguno) ]
I’m not sure why anyone would want to fill out this information other than the official hotel job application form. Without a doubt, I would be careful not to give any information that could be useful in case of identity theft: a cybercriminal is able to impersonate another person without even having that much data. Above all, be early in the job selection process.
In reality, there is no indication here that an actual interview is taking place, which in itself is another big “red flag”. However, sometimes a fake interview is arranged, usually over the phone. Offering an interview therefore does not guarantee that the job is genuine.
They will try to link
Buena suerte,Y bienvenido a Canadá]
Moving. Unless you think it’s a scam targeting a particularly vulnerable social group: those who are desperately looking for work.
Let us now see what are the Five signs that an offer is fake:
- Nail prestigious company Publish your job searches on a untrustworthy or reputable site
- You have an interview… but the mail it’s not directed at you
- The maintenance will be done by chat or even video call
- The offer looks good – but you have no idea what would be your tasks
- they offer you a Large sum of money to be a “Mystery Buyer”: seems fictional, but it’s a real work. There are people who get paid to pose as ordinary shoppers and then report their experience.
Remember: it is important that you stay vigilant to avoid scams like this. After all, it is useful to always keep in mind that All that glitters is not gold.