The 13 Signs That Tell You That Job Opportunity May Be A Scam

An unfortunately high number of people around the world are in the unenviable position of being out of work due to the current economic crisis.

For the dishonest such a situation can be a golden opportunity as they find it relatively easy to part the desperate from their money at a time when they can least afford it.


Job scams have been around for ever it seems but right now they are probably far more common than ever before.

With that in mind, here are 13 signs that tell you that job may be a scam –

1. The job offers unusually high pay for apparently little work

2. Said well paid work has minimal requirements in terms of qualifications or experience

3. The job opportunity requires you to send money to someone, typically in an African nation, and by Western Union

4. The work involves repackaging products before shipping them out of the country, often to Africa

5. All communication with the employer is via poorly spelled emails that lack proper structuring

6. The offer of employment seems to be immediate without the need for an interview

7. The company requires an upfront payment for materials or training products

8. The employer requires too much personal information, such as bank account numbers or your social security number

9. The job is reported as offering a residual income in return for little or no ongoing commitment or work on your part

10. The only way to contact your new employer is via email and they use a disposable address, such as hotmail, gmail or yahoo

11. There is an element of time pressure added by saying respondents must do as they are told in a short time frame

11. There are multiple complaints levied against the company with the BBB or on consumer affairs websites

12. The job is offered via a website that is plastered with testimonials that sound just a little too good to be true

13. Its MLM !!!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. As the economy tanks the scam artists prosper. Sad.

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