Looking at the number of online scams happening around us at all times, even the best of us can be fooled by them. Especially in desperate times, it's all the more important to look out for scams in the name of job opportunities. Unemployment can leave you feeling desperate to pick on any and every opportunity that comes your way, but are they all real? These warning signs will help you understand the difference between the two and protect you against job scams.
Requests for financial information: Once you're hired, you'll need to provide your bank details to set up a direct deposit. But your personal financial information should never enter the equation unless you've understood the whole hiring process and accepted a formal job offer. If an interviewer asks for things like your bank account routing number or credit card information, it's a red flag. Do not provide this information as the request could be an attempt to steal your identity and commit fraud.
Suspicious email address: Hiring managers should be sending you emails from their business addresses, not from personal accounts like Gmail. So if someone claims to be a hiring manager at Amazon but doesn't email you from an "@amazon.in" email address, it is a massive red flag.
It looks too good to be true: If the job ad promises an exorbitant salary for a comparably slight amount of work, it's almost guaranteed to be a scam. Con artists will try to lure people in by promising opportunities that will seem way too good to be true. That's exactly what they are.