Fake Employment Ads & How to Best Avoid Them

The increasing pervasiveness of fake help wanted and employment ads is very alarming. They target the most vulnerable people at their most vulnerable time. Why?  For the purpose of data mining, identity theft and to market other companies by email spam campaigns. I urge you always to fight this practice whenever you can. Email the webmaster or management of the website that posts them so they can delete that account. Craig’s List now is requiring a phone number to be linked to the poster of most help wanted ads. Also they have started to charge a fee for them in larger cities as well.

Once you are sure a help wanted ad on Craig’s List is 먹튀사이트 검증 flag it, as prohibited. Then email the ad or the return email address to: abuse at Craig’s List dot org, this will get the ad deleted. Free classified ads are wonderful for all but as a community we must police them when appropriate. Here is how to spot a fake employment ad so you can make your job hunt as productive as possible:


  • First if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fake ads list high salaries or hourly rates.
  • When possible avoid free employment ads and help wanted ads. Paid posting is more reliable.
  • Is the name of the business or local recruiting firm disclosed? If not be suspicious.
  • Verify the employer/recruiter is genuine by searching the Yellow Pages, White Pages or Super Pages.
  • If further verification is needed search your local government site for business licenses or the Better Business Bureau.
  • Avoid if the type or nature of the business is not disclosed. Why would it not be if it was legit?
  • If you sent your resume to a recruiter’s office they will contact you by phone to set up an interview appointment. They will not send you to their website and have you answer questions. They are either interested or not. (Never give out your date of birth or Social Security number online.)
  • Are you being asked online: Do you wish to further your education? They will often recommend you answer yes as this employer prefers people interested in continuing their education. That is a scam.
  • Is there an email address that is professional and includes a name and company’s name? Or is the email from a free provider like Yahoo, Gmail or Live? (formerly Hotmail) Free often means scam.
  • If they asking you to pay a fee to become an employee, it is a scam. Self employment fees are okay.


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