College students are being fooled by online job scams.
As a college student or recent graduate, you’ve probably considered supplementing your income with an online job. There’s nothing wrong with wanting online work but you have to be careful when dealing with online employers.
Within the last few years, online job scams have been responsible for the loss of millions of dollars nationwide. These scammers pose as online employers or “job coaches” and have some requirements in order for you to have a chance to work with them.
You may find these kinds of “employers” under college job postings or unsolicited emails. These companies demand upfront payment with promises that you will have employment after working with them. They ask for your credit card or bank account information before you can make any progress in their programs.
After receiving your information, the companies don’t provide any form of their guaranteed employment or may become completely unresponsive. Trying to reach them about the services promised gets you absolutely nowhere.
Don’t fret, though. There are ways to avoid these scam artists and hold onto your money. Looking for work does not have to be so dreadful. When considering online employment, think about these tips:
- Don’t open links in unsolicited emails! First, you want to research the company through sites like BBB.org, The Better Business Bureau provides a grading system for businesses similar to how you get graded papers in college. You also want to double-check the email address to see if the address matches the real company’s URL. If the email doesn’t match, report the email to your email service provider immediately. If it does, then it’s probably safe to open links from that email, though I wouldn’t open any emails I didn’t sign up for.
- Always double-check the business rating through sites like BBB.org! When you come across a job posting on a college website or see a flyer on one of the messageboards in the halls, you always want to check the company’s business rating before replying to the posting. And as mentioned in the previous tip, check the URL. Make sure the URL matches the one listed by the Better Business Bureau. If everything seems legit, then feel free to check out the business.
- Think twice before giving out sensitive information! If a site you find through a job posting demands credit card or bank account information before joining their service, avoid that company. Legitimate companies will not ask for payment to process credit reports or background checks before you have an interview. Don’t even pay for “certifications” or training materials. That’s just another trap set by these scammers.
- Never wire money to people you don’t know! Wiring money to someone through companies like Western Union makes it incredibly hard to track the money. This creates a very difficult situation where you will probably never get that money back if the person you sent the money to is scamming you. Always be careful about this.
Dealing with companies online does not have to be dangerous. Just use caution and check the appropriate sites to make sure a company is legit. Your online job search CAN be fruitful as long as you are aware of potential scams.
Have you been scammed by an online “employer” before? What was that experience like? Did you ever resolve the issue and get your money back? Let me know in the comment section below.
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Thanks for reading. See you next time.