How to spot a fake job posting
- Poorly written job descriptions. Job postings with grammatical errors and vague details are usually a tell-tale sign you may be looking at a fake job ad.
- Questionable contact details. Be on the lookout for strange or unknown area codes for phone numbers or random, unprofessional email addresses from free web-based email services. If the email address doesn't match the company, that's a major red flag.
- They ask for money. No legitimate employer in Canada will ever request money for anything during the job search or onboarding process. Requesting money is your biggest clue. Never send funds to anyone.
- They somehow found you. If you didn't contact them yourself, be alert. Now, this is not necessarily an indicator of a scam but remember that scamming techniques these days are sadly designed to exploit common practices to seem legitimate. Many reputable companies often do reach out directly. Always good to double-check just in case.
- You can't find information on the company online. A Google search should bring up sources for information about a company or even a person. If you can't find anything, it could possibly be a scam.
- You can't find the position on the employer's official website. Even if the job is on a job board, always visit an employer's official website and cross-reference that the same position is on their site. If it's not there, this could be an indicator of a fake job. But beware: scammers may even copy real jobs to trick you. Applying to a job on the Employer's career site is a best practice.
- The website domain is different from the official brand. A great way to know if you are on the official website is to confirm the web address with their Google listing, social media accounts, or online directories. When in doubt, call to confirm.
Best practices to avoid getting trapped
Do your research. Run a Google search and review social accounts.
Always check the employer's official website.
Don't give your personal information to anyone unless you have met them in person or until you are sure they are the real deal.
Call the office to confirm.
Never transfer money for a job opportunity, ever.
Follow your instincts: If it seems too good to be true, it likely is.
Being the victim of job fraud is absolutely devastating. As a community, we all play a role in helping generate awareness and protect one another. At David Aplin Group, we have a recruitment fraud warning on our career site, reminding job seekers that we never charge for a job opportunity. If you believe or know for a fact that a job ad is fake, please consider reporting it.
David Aplin Group is a private family and employee-owned Canadian staffing agency founded in Alberta in 1975, recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished recruiting firms. Our mission is to positively impact lives. Blog author, Crystal Furtado, is the Marketing Manager at David Aplin Group, based in the Greater Toronto Area.