Job Search Safety Tips: Be successful, savvy, and safe!
When making contact with employers, especially residential or "in-home" businesses, please take into consideration our safety tips:
- When calling about a job, never give out your personal information, like home address or home phone. Just stick to cell phone numbers.
- When going on that initial interview, bring a friend or tell a friend where you are going and when you will return if you have any qualms.
- Be aware of your surroundings ALWAYS.
- Trust your instincts: If a potential employer sounds odd or off-beat, check out his/her references! If something doesn't seem right during the initial phone contact, find another job listing and tell Career and Professional Development Services if you believe the job is sketchy.
Tips that a posting might be a SCAM:
- The company asks you for your credit card or bank account numbers, payment in any form, or copies of personal documents – but you get nothing in writing.
- The company asks you to provide your social security number by email.
- You are offered money or funding prior to the start of the job.
- You receive an unexpectedly large check or payment.
- The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company yet, the domain in the contact's email address does not match the domain of the company. For example, a posting from Google would only have an email adress @google.com. Another way to validate is to check the open positions on the company's website.
- The company website contains information only about the job you are interested in. Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legitimate at first glance.
What if you are the victim of a SCAM?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the following instructions:
Immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation regardless of whether the scam is local or in another state.
If you have sent money to a fraudulent employer:
- You should contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
- If the transaction occurred completely over the Internet, you should file an incident report with: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).