Job scammers take from their victims their money, time, effort, friendships, good names, and even their identities. This article will discuss how preppers can protect themselves from job scammers.
This article is a follow-up to the first article in this series that also discusses how job seekers can identify and avoid Job scams. This information is important because job seekers often are desperate to find jobs, even lower level jobs, and this desperation can cause job seekers to exercise less caution than they usually would exercise.
There usually are signs that what someone describes as a job opportunity is really a job scam. If, for example, the described job would allow a job seeker to earn a lot of money quickly, and if little or no experience or skills are necessary, it probably is a job scam. The job offer is especially suspicious if there are fees that the job seeker must pay for information, training, certifications, or kits.
Job seekers also should be suspicious if the job offer is unsolicited, or if there is a private phone number to contact instead of legitimate information needed to respond to the company cited. In cases such as this one, googling the company might reveal that it is listed on a job scam warning web site. Even respectable, well-known companies can be cited in these job offers. If the job seeker contacts the respectable, well-known company, the job seeker can determine if the company is advertising such a job. Another possibility is that the job seeker might find that no such company exists.
Common job scams often claim to offer jobs such as data entry, envelope stuffing, rebate or forms processing, pyramid sales schemes, craft assembly, shipping management, and wire transfers or money movement. The con men who offer these jobs might conduct a “job interview” over instant messaging programs, then immediately offer the job, and next press the job seeker to instantly accept the job or risk losing the job to someone else.
The information that these con men give usually includes few details about the jobs, and these con men might request sensitive information such as bank account details and social security numbers.
These con men will advertise their job scams where legitimate employers advertise their jobs. That is, these con men will use legitimate advertising sources such as newspapers, TV, radio, and online sources such as Craigslist.
Extended unemployment is an economic disaster for a prepper family. Being victimized by job scammers only adds insult to this injury. Job seekers should not let their eagerness to find jobs compromise their cautious evaluation of job opportunities. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true.”