Watch this short video below for tips on how you can spot a scam, and what you can do to stay safe.
Vague job details
Very little or confusing information about the job is provided and no skills or experience is required.
Suspiciously high pay
Highly paid jobs require a lot of expertise, diligence, and dedication. While it’s important to find a job that pays you well, if the salary seems disproportionately high for the type of work you’ll be doing, or your skills and experiences, then it may be a scam.
Someone is offering you a job that you never applied for, especially via email or text message. Legitimate recruiters have been known to headhunt using social media, email or LinkedIn, but they will often provide more detail and interview you before hiring.
Most reputable companies will interview you first before offering you a job. If you were offered a position before you provided a resume, references, had an interview or met in person, do more research.
If you received a job offer from a messaging app like WhatsApp, WeChat, or Messenger when “recruiting,” do some research before accepting or providing any information.
You should also beware if the job posting or communications you received from the supposed employer have many spelling or grammatical errors, slang, or are poorly written or translated.
Suspicious contact information
While it’s not uncommon to use Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or other free email providers, most employers will also use a corporate email address to contact you.
Always double-check the email address, as some scammers can create a fake corporate email address that’s similar to a legitimate company’s name, but with a minor detail changed.
Extra costs or fees
Scams might involve paying an upfront fee for “training” or “software” or buying the products before you sell them. Typically, candidates aren’t required to pay any costs for the job they are being offered. If you're being asked to send money or pay fees as a condition of the job, stop and do some research first.
Requesting sensitive information
Identity theft is an extremely common motive for scammers. Don't provide your SIN or direct deposit information until you are absolutely sure the job offer is legitimate, and you have met the employer, interviewed for the position and signed a formal offer.