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How to spot a job offer scam?

How do we know if we are dealing with a job offer scam or not? Here are a few tips to consider when accepting a job offer.

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As more job openings become available to Filipinos, the incidence of scammers is also increasing.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned jobseekers of fake recruitment for a cruise ship sent through e-mail. The agency urged recipients to ignore the email which was deemed job offer scam.

In the email, the sender informs the recipient of being “shortlisted to become a Cruise group crew here in Ontario Toronto, Canada”.

To lure potential victims, Princess Cruise Ship Company, the purported employer, offers a monthly salary of US$3,500 and US$300 allowance, with free food and accommodation and medical insurance. Apart from it, the “company” also offers free visa and work permit.

The catch, however, is that the applicant is required to send US$350 to the company’s account officer through a remittance company. The recipient was told to send payment to a certain Kelvin Jacob Sloan of Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA.

The sender used the email addresses princess_cruise17@yahoo.com and princess_cruise17@yahoo.com, a telling sign that the job offer is a scam.

Here’s how to spot a job offer scam:

Too good to be true.  When an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is a scam.  They deceive victims through offering high salaries and several benefits.

You did not apply to the job.  It probably is a scam if you received an offer to a certain job you did not apply for.

Poor email content construction.  If a job offer which is supposedly created by a large company displays grammatical and spelling errors, it is always a scam.

Request for fees. Scammers always ask for advance payments supposedly for documentation or processing fees.

Suspicious email address. If you receive an email from supposed big company but the email address is hosted through free email domains like Yahoo, Gmail, etc, then you are probably dealing with a job offer scam.

Big companies always pay for their own hosting and use its own hostname for its email addresses.  For example, an email add which appears like nameofcompany@yahoo.com is not legit, while recruitment@companyname.com suggests legitimacy.

No physical company address. If there is no physical address, you are being scammed. If there is a physical address, check it out using Google and see if it is a real address.

Untraceable payment method. The scammer’s most preferred payment method is through remittance companies such as Western Union, MoneyGram, etc. because these payment centers are untraceable.  Legit companies, should it require payments, will always use a bank account in collecting fees.

Pressure. Scammers will often put pressure on their victims and urge them to pay immediately or lose the opportunity.

Jobseekers are urged to practice vigilance especially when accepting a job offer to avoid getting scammed.

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