August 1, 2016 4:00 pm
If you have been looking for a job in Redding, CA, you likely have come across your fair share of scams. People use to browse the want ads in the local newspaper to find a job. Now the Internet is the primary resource for job-hunting. You can still use such a resource to find a job, but caution needs to be exercised.
The unfortunate reality is, however, job scams are everywhere and falling for them could cost you big time. Not only may it result in loss of money or identity theft, you may even be unwittingly cooperating in a crime in some cases.
Fake Email – This is usually a phishing scam, looking to steal your identity and/or your money.
Legitimate Employers – Sometimes, a fake job will come from what appears to be a legitimate employer. They take advantage of the legitimate employer’s identity to advertise an unrelated job.
Job Boards – Many job boards are legitimate and can provide access to real employment, but there may also be scammers who are posting on those boards as well. Using a job board from a reputable source like a staffing agency can ensure the legitamacy of the jobs you are searching for.
Social Media – Some opportunists will set up a fake Facebook page, twitter account or a LinkedIn profile or group. They can use those to spread their bogus opportunity, and sometimes they are even passed along by legitimate individuals.
Fake Websites – Some scammers will go to great lengths to get your information, including setting up fake websites. They will typically snag your information when you go to select one of their positions.
Since there are so many jobs that can be advertised online that are just scams, how can you find a job in Redding, CA? There are legitimate jobs out there and many employers will use the Internet to build a potential pool for the hiring process. Taking the following steps can help to ensure that you don’t get roped into a scam that could lead you down the wrong path.
The most important thing that you can do in any instance is to verify the employer and to ensure that they are legitimate. In order to do so, you may need to go through a third party. Using any contact information on the job posting or website will likely just be a matter of having the scam verified by a scam.
Do a search on Google to see what is being said about the business. At times, you may find a review that tips you to the possibility that a scam is underfoot. In addition, if all you find is information about that business hiring employees, it is a red flag as well. Legitimate businesses will have a number of listings, including their activities and business website.
The best way to avoid scams is using an employment agency. They have real job opportunities from real local businesses that are ready and eager to hire someone. You can avoid all the fake emails, job postings and research by simply applying for jobs online through a staffing agency.
This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created between the author and reader of this blog post, and its content should not be relied upon as legal advice. Readers are urged to consult legal counsel when seeking legal advice.