[UPDATE 04/21/2009] View the Simply Hired Job Scam Tip Sheet
During your job search, you’ve probably come across job listings that ask you to wire money or promise high amounts of pay for little work. Seem too good to be true? They probably are. Unfortunately, there are people online who leech off unsuspecting job seekers, trying to take advantage of them for money or other personal information.
Because Simply Hired aggregates job listings from a variety of sources, job scams can sometimes end up in the search results. That said, out of the 3 million job postings in the Simply Hired network, less than 1 tenth of 1 percent turn out to be fake postings. However, we have no tolerance for scam or spam jobs, and permanently remove them when we become aware of their presence. Simply Hired is continually working on tools and procedures to protect users from online job scams and will soon be rolling out a new feature to address this problem.
Simply Hired recommends that job seekers be diligent in vetting potential employment opportunities, at the same time it also encourages employers and other job resources to be vigilant in protecting the integrity of their job listings and corporate brand.
To keep yourself safe during your job search, watch out for these red flags in job postings:
- Ask for your SSN too early in the process
- Ask for your bank account number or to wire funds to an employer
- Include misspellings and grammatical errors in job title/description
- Request to scan your ID
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has published a fact sheet with more information about avoiding job scams online.
Please notify us on the contact us page if you notice a job posting that looks scam-like or fraudulent in nature. We will investigate the listing and remove it.
In addition, you can block job sources that are scam-ridden using the "Hide" feature.